Rashida Bumbray is a choreographer and curator. Bumbray is senior program manager at the Open Society Foundations leading the Arts Exchange, its global arts for social justice initiative. She was guest curator at Creative Time for the public art exhibition Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn (2014). From 2006 to 2011, Bumbray served as Associate Curator at The Kitchen, where she organized several critically acclaimed projects and commissions, including solo exhibitions by Leslie Hewitt, Simone Leigh, Adam Pendleton, and Mai Thu Perret as well as performances by Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers, Kalup Linzy, Marc Cary, Kyle Abraham, and Camille A. Brown among others. Bumbray began her career as Curatorial Assistant at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she coordinated major exhibitions, including Energy Experimentation: African-American Artists 1964–1980, with Kellie Jones. Bumbray earned her BA in African American Studies and Theater & Dance from Oberlin College and her MA in Africana Studies from New York University with a focus on Contemporary Art and Performance Studies. A critically acclaimed choreographer, her work has been presented by Harlem Stage, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Museum, Project Row Houses, SummerStage, Tate Modern, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was nominated for the prestigious Bessie Award (NY Dance & Performance Awards) for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer in 2014 and is a recipient of the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work. Her performance RUN MARY RUN in collaboration with Jason Moran and Dance Diaspora Collective was named among Best Concerts of 2012 by the New York Times’ Ben Ratliff, a video of which is featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Bumbray’s ring shout work with Dance Diaspora Collective is also featured in Common’s short film Black America Again, directed by Bradford Young (2016). She is presently working on an ongoing collaboration with Simone Leigh and developing an evening-length work for presentation at Harlem Stage Spring 2018.