Kim Whitener (left) with HERE Arts Center Artistic Director Kristin Marting. Image courtesy of WNYC.
Kim Whitener, producing director at New York City's HERE, visited The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in July 2013 to talk to local performing arts constituents about creating effective recordings and documentation of their live works. Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York's most prolific producing organizations, and today, it stands at the forefront of the city's presenters of daring new hybrid art, supporting multidisciplinary work that does not fit into a conventional programming agenda. The New York Times has called HERE "one of the most unusual arts spaces in New York and possibly the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow."
Kim Whitener works in partnership with artistic director Kristin Marting to curate and produce HERE's performance programs and activities. HERE supports the work of mid-career artists working in hybrid forms through commissions, work-in-progress and workshop productions, and fully produced works as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program. She also develops relationships with presenters and promotes HERE's artists' work for its ongoing life. Whitener has also been an independent producer and consultant with her own company, KiWi Productions, working with a range of United States artists and ensembles in the contemporary theater, dance-theater, music-theater, and multimedia worlds, and has been involved in developing several other projects in both theater and film/media. Clients have included the Builders Association (Alladeen, Super Vision, and Continuous City); Big Dance Theater (Shunkin, Antigone, The Other Here); Martha Clarke (Garden of Earthly Delights remount); 33 Fainting Spells, and Suzzy and Maggie Roche (Zero Church); among others. Previously, Whitener was managing director of ensemble theater company the Wooster Group for over four years.