Mission & Founders
CultureHub is a global art and technology community with locations in New York, Los Angeles, Korea, Italy, and Indonesia founded in partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Through artist residencies, professional services, and creative collaborations, CultureHub advances the work of artists experimenting with emerging technologies and fostering new artistic forms. CultureHub’s residency program brings artists from diverse backgrounds to its global sites to develop interdisciplinary projects, teach workshops, and present works-in-progress to audiences. CultureHub serves the global arts and technology community by offering services such as livestreaming, telepresence, and video and projection design. In association with founding partners, the Seoul Institute of the Arts and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, CultureHub regularly presents original work that explores new forms of storytelling often in collaboration with artists and companies who have been in residence at one of CultureHub’s global sites. The resulting projects range from newly developed and accessible telepresence softwares to full scale performance art projects that tour the world. CultureHub’s designs have been nominated for Outstanding Innovative Design by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theater. La MaMa provides a supportive home for artists and takes risks on new work. An integral part of New York City’s cultural landscape, La MaMa has a worldwide reputation for producing daring work in theater, dance, performance art, and music that defies form and transcends boundaries of language, race, and culture. Founded in 1961 by legendary theater pioneer Ellen Stewart, La MaMa is a global organization with creative partners and dedicated audiences around the world.
Now under the artistic direction of Mia Yoo, La MaMa is finding new ways and new technologies to fulfill La MaMa’s mission and global vision. La MaMa produces between 50–60 productions annually, most of which are world premieres. To date, over 5,000 productions have been presented at La MaMa with artists from more than 76 nations. La MaMa’s programming is culturally diverse, cross-disciplinary and draws audiences from all walks of life. In addition to low ticket prices, La MaMa distributes up to 7,000 free tickets annually to established nonprofit senior centers, women’s shelters, schools and other social service organizations through its Ticket Subsidy Program. In its 56 year history, La MaMa has been honored with the 2018 Regional Theater TONY AWARD, more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, and Villager Awards.
The Seoul Institute of the Arts, founded by renowned playwright Chi Jin Yoo in 1962, is a leading arts institution in Korea, educating more than 2400 students and creative professionals in 14 different artistic disciplines.
Seoul Arts is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning located in the city of Ansan, South Korea, with a satellite campus located in Namsan, a neighborhood in downtown Seoul. A driving force in the Korean art and culture scene, the Institute has produced many well-known artists working in a variety of artistic fields.
Seoul Arts has four primary goals that drive its educational and programmatic initiatives: to provide an educational environment that is both creative and global, to focus on collaboration and interdisciplinary work that preserves traditional Korean culture in new forms, to strengthen cooperation between industry and academia, and to support the integration of art and science. The Institute’s partnership with La MaMa and CultureHub enables it to better pursue these core tenants of its educational and artistic mission.
Catherine Filloux, President
Jon Lefkowitz, Treasurer
Frank Carucci, Secretary
Billy Clark, Director
Claire Conceison, Director
Jamil Ellis, Director
Ralph Samuelson, Director