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Debra Cash

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Debra Cash is a longtime member of Boston’s arts and culture community. For thirty years she has reported, taught and lectured on dance, performing arts, design and cultural policy for print, broadcast and internet media. Her roles have spanned journalism, education, consulting and advocacy for the rights of creative professionals. She has been the Scholar in Residence at the Bates Dance Festival  (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) and at Jacob's Pillow (2010, 2005, 2004).

Debra regularly presents audience engagement lectures and creates collateral for dance events for the region's leading presenters, including World Music/CRASHarts, the Celebrity Series and the Wesleyan Center for the Arts. She has also given pre-concert talks and conducted public interviews at Harvard, Wellesley, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, the Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H., the Coolidge Corner Theatre and Green Street Studios. 

A longtime consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts, for whom she documented the NEA’s landmark “American Masterpieces: Dance” initiative and NEFA's Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI), Debra has served on panels and nominating committees for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, The LEF Foundation, The Yard, Boston Center for the Arts, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Debra was dance critic for the Boston Globe for 17 years, followed by a five year stint at National Public Radio's award-winning WBUR Online Arts website. Her current writing outlets include  Arts, Women’s Review of Books, Boston Phoenix, and Alternet.

Her work has also appeared in print outlets such as Opera News, Ballet News, The Nation, The Village Voice, Dance Magazine, Ballet Review, Dance On Camera Journal, Harvard Magazine, Brandeis Magazine, Boston Magazine,Hadassah, The Forward, Inc., Technology Review, the Saturday Review, the syndicated radio programs Morning Edition, Studio 360, and Here and Now, and websites including, Wall Street Journal Online, andTablet Magazine. She has contributed to arts encyclopedias and textbooks and been a consultant to BBC Television for the documentary Dance USA. She has appeared in a number of American arts documentaries and on Dutch television.

Debra previously taught Dance History and World Dance at Emerson College. She earned her B.A. at Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in Design Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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