OUR FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Subashini Ganesan-Forbes (She/Her)
Subashini is a curator, arts administrator, choreographer, and former Creative Laureate of Portland (2018 – June 2021). Her contemporary works include deep collaborations with acclaimed artists and arts organizations including Mike Barber (Founder, Ten Tiny Dances), Michelle Fujii (UNIT SOUZOU), Sabina Haque, Amna Mawaz Khan (Pakistan/Germany), Anita Menon, DJ Anjali, Third Angle New Music, PICA, APANO, and Portland Center Stage.
Subashini founded New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) in 2012. Through residencies, artist conversations, and performance seasons, this vibrant performing arts venue celebrates bold new works created by multicultural independent performing artists.
Subashini is Adjunct Professor at Pacific University teaching arts advocacy, an active Community Advisory Committee member of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, and serves as a Board of Director for the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Portland Parks Foundation. Subashini also serves as Oregon Arts Commissioner.
OUR STUDIO COORDINATOR
Belinda Washington (She/Her)
Being a second generation native Oregonian, Belinda Washington has never lived outside of the Portland Metro area. She is a performer, producer, director, choreographer, and teacher. After years of training in ballet, jazz, modern, and gymnastics, these dance styles are the basis for her artistic and technical repertoire in aerial lyra, aerial silks, tumbling, contortion, and contact juggling. From Seattle to San Francisco, her performances have been featured in shows such as Circus Church, Sunday Night Suga Shack, Melange, Mischief, Ten Tiny Dances, and Whoopee!. She’s been a regularly featured artist monthly in Circus Church and Sky Club PDX. Belinda is a co-choreographer and collaborator with Kayla Banks’ Mixxed Reflections and Viva La Free’s Earthdance. As a teacher, she has shared her love of circus arts and gymnastics at Portland Parks and Recreations and Harriet Tubman Elementary School. Belinda is giving back to her community as a Studio Coordinator for New Expressive Works and returning to her theater roots as the director of choreography for her high school theater director's productions. She is currently a residency member of The Voice Project, facilitated by The Circus Project. Belinda aspires to share the Oregon black and circus arts culture with the rest of the US and beyond.
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