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Claudia Norman, College of Performing Arts Faculty Member, Wins Two Awards from Leading Music Industry Groups

More than 20 years ago, Claudia Norman, a faculty member in the College of Performing Arts, founded the Mexico Now Festival, which introduces New York audiences to emerging and established artists from around the world who are influenced by Mexican culture.

Recently, Norman was honored with the global FEST Trouble Worldwide Award for her work as founder and director of the festival. She is also the recent recipient of a CIPA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Producing for her work during the past five years developing the work of Bijayini Satpathy, an Odissi dance master, scholar, and choreographer.

“Receiving these two awards from two of the most important organizations represents for me, a huge achievement in my career,” shares Norman. “The fact that both awards are decided through a nomination process gives these awards even more value. It is wonderful to get recognition from my colleagues in the fields of performing arts presenting, production, curation, and management.”

As a working producer, Norman is constantly finding new and innovative ways to teach her students at the College of Performing Arts, where she is a faculty member in the MA Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program. 

Next up, she is working on a variety of unique projects, including a tour for Bijayini Satpathy, a curatorial meeting for La Casita as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, and prepping the 20th anniversary of the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival.

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