Board of Directors
Marian M. Zak
President and Artistic Director
Marian Zak, choreographer, is a graduate of the State Ballet School in Warsaw, Poland. He received M.S. from Polytechnic Institute in Cracow, Poland and M.A. from New York University, NY, USA. He has received acknowledgments from the highest ranking theaters and arts institutions of his native Poland. He was the principal dancer with the Cracow Opera, and the Silesian State Opera, where he directed and choreographed. He was also a founder of Dance Theater Silva Rerum which was very successful throughout the whole Poland. In 1989, he immigrated to America where he choreographed off Broadway and for Polish & Slavic Annual Festivals. He was also the School Director of the New Dance Group Studio and a Fellow Teacher at New York University. Currently, he is the President of the New York Dance & Arts Innovations, Inc.
Suzanne K. Walther, Ph.D.
Vice-President; Magazine.Art Editor
Dr. Suzanne K. Walther was born in Budapest, Hungary and entered the United States as a political refugee. She has a BA degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Dance from New York University. She has taught classical dance technique and dance-related academic courses for the United Nations Recreation Council, at Cedar Crest College, and at New York University where she is currently an adjunct professor in dance. She has been a dance critic for several publications including The Call Chronicle Newspapers and The New Haven Register. Her articles have appeared in academic journals such as Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), Choreography and Dance and the American Book Review. She also reviews dance companies for the New York State Council on the Arts. Her book The Dance of Death; Kurt Jooss and the Weimar Years was published in 1994 by Harwood Academic Publishers. Her poetry translations from Hungarian were included in an anthology, In Quest of the Miracle Stag. The poetry of Hungary from the 13th Century to the Present. Her hobbies include painting in oil, photography, video, swimming and gardening. She continues to take classical ballet classes at the New York Conservatory of Dance, where she has studied with Vladimir Dokoudovsky for many years.
Przemyslaw J. Moskal, Ph.D.
Born in Poland, Przemyslaw Moskal moved to the U.S. in 1990. In 2003 he graduated with a master’s degree from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and in 2011 he earned his doctorate in Film Art from the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź, Poland under the supervision of Prof. Stanisław Szymański. Currently, he holds a position of Associate Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where he directs the Digital Media Arts Program. In 2003 he received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for his project Virtual and Real: K-Dron and Light. In 2005 The ChronoScope designed for the Times Square Centennial received Honorable Mention Award from I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review in interactive category. His interactive, digital art works have been exhibited in the U.S., Poland, France, England, Portugal, Brazil, Thailand, China and Germany. You may visit his artist web site at www.laksom.com
Biography will be available soon.
Eric Walther, Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Walther is a Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, where he is currently Acting Chairman of the Philosophy Department. His Ph.D. is from Yale University, and he earned an MS degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University. He has published articles in symbolic logic, parapsychology, business ethics and the philosophy of science. He has done extensive research in statistical language processing at Brown University. His current research interests are in artificial intelligence and the philosophy of the mind. His hobbies include hunting, vegetable gardening, home repairs and fine wines.
Anna K. Zak
Anna is the Executive Director of New Dance Group Studio Inc. She holds a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, with an International Specialization from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and has graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Journalism from Long Island University. Anna was born in Poland and has traveled, studied and worked abroad. She has worked with NYU/Wagner and Education Development Center on The Our World 2007 Capstone Project which was nominated for the Howard Newman Award of Excellence. The project took Anna to Beirut, Lebanon where she interview youth on camera for an in depth case study. She studied at Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has participated in the International Health Policy & Prospect Intensive Seminar in Geneva, Switzerland as well as the National Collegiate Honors Council Study Abroad Program at Universidad de Alcala de Henares, Spain. Furthermore, Anna possesses sound experience in New York’s vibrant nonprofit and government sectors. She spent five years working for a New York State Senator, initially as Public Relations Representative and in the last two years she held the position of Chief of Staff. Anna serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of New York Dance and Arts Innovations (NYDAI), a nonprofit organization supporting performing arts in New York City. Previously, Anna has worked at NYDAI as the Events Coordinator; she also served as their Master of Ceremonies at weekly Art Nights and The Annual International Chopin & Friends Festival for over eight years. Her experience is further enhanced by her brief past in the field of journalism and broadcasting. Amongst others her works have been featured in Newsweek Polska, Magazine.Art, Magazine 11211 and on WNYE Channel 25. Anna is fluent in English and Polish and proficient in Spanish.
Biography will be available soon.