American Realness


Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor, Founder, Curator, & Producer


Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor (Founder, Curator & Producer) From 2010-2016, Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor worked as an independent curator and producer under the moniker tbspMGMT, through which he produced and toured contemporary performance works by Miguel Gutierrez, Trajal Harrell, Ishmael Houston-Jones / Dennis Cooper / Chris Cochrane, Yvonne Meier, Wally Cardona / Jennifer Lacey / Jonathan Bepler and Deborah Hay to venues and festivals including Festival d’Automne, Centre Pompidou, ImPulsTanz, Festival TransAmeriques, Tanz Im August, Kampnagel, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Walker Art Center, among others. Pryor has managed over 150 performance engagements in sixteen countries since 2010. Pryor created American Realness, an annual festival of dance and contemporary performance in January 2010. The festival has since become a launching pad for artists entering the national and international performing arts field. Pryor has curated projects for institutions including Centre National de la Danse, Théâtre Garonne, Les Subsistances, Wiener Festwochen and Hollins University MFA Dance Program. From 2016-2018 Pryor worked as the Director of Performance and Residency Programs at Gibney. Pryor has served as a panelist for CEC ArtsLink, the Jerome Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Creative Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts and has been a guest lecturer for NYU Performance Studies, Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, The New School, Marymount Manhattan College and at the National Dance Center in Bucharest, Romania. Pryor is currently Senior Producer for Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, PA.

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