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Mary Lou Aleskie

International Festival of Arts & ideas

Executive Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut, since September 2005, Mary Lou Aleskie has provided leadership at the helm of numerous international organisations and projects as an executive producer and presenter in support of landmark premieres as well as masterworks of the performing arts. During her tenure, the Festival has been recognised among the top arts presenters in the nation by the National Endowment for the Arts and has grown its audience in record numbers. The hallmark of the festival under her leadership has been the deepening of local community roots while expanding the profile of the festival internationally. The marriage of local and international engagement has resulted in distinctive programming connecting critically acclaimed performances with insightful dialogue. Recognition of the Festival as a major cultural tourism destination and proven driver of economic impact for the region has placed the International Festival of Arts & Ideas firmly among the world’s most well respected cultural festivals.

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