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French Institute Alliance Française Appoints Courtney Geraghty Artistic Director

Manhattan’s French Institute Alliance Française announced that Courtney Geraghty has been named its new artistic director. Geraghty joins FIAF from the French Embassy in Santiago, Chile, where she served as a Cultural Attaché, curating and commissioning artistic events from a variety of disciplines and operating as the South American performing arts liaison across the region. She will begin programming for FIAF in 2019.

“We are thrilled to welcome Courtney to FIAF,” said the organization’s president Marie-Monique Steckel. “With her perspective as an American with a passion for French culture, her extensive international experience, fluency across the arts, and wealth of exciting ideas, she is uniquely qualified to broaden FIAF’s position as an artistic pioneer in New York, France, and around the world.”

Prior to her position in Chile, Geraghty worked as an artistic advisor for the performing arts festival Automne en Normandie in Paris and for the contemporary literature festival Terres de Paroles in Seine-Maritime. She also served as the performing arts officer at the French Institute in Tokyo, where she arranged productions for Jérôme Bel, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, Mathilde Monnier, Olivier Py, and Christian Rizzo, among others.

Commenting on the position, Geraghty remarked: “Coming to FIAF marks a special homecoming for me and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work closely with French, Francophone, and American artists . . . Being able to share my personal history as an American who lived in France, I’m excited to build upon FIAF’s one-hundred-year legacy and eager to encourage cross-cultural collaborations with today’s innovative artists.”

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