Alison Friedman selected to head Carolina Performing Arts

Posted on: April 14, 2021

“Carolina Performing Arts has finally found its new executive and artistic director after more than a year of searching,” writes Sara Pequeño in Monday’s (4/12) Indy Week (Durham, NC). “Alison Friedman, currently the artistic director of performing arts for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong, is bringing years of experience with internationally renowned talent to UNC-Chapel Hill this October. From there, she’ll begin leading the charge for the arts center’s 17th season…. Filling this void was not an easy task: Emil Kang, the previous director of Carolina Performing Arts, founded the program in 2005 … he created a program that’s comparable to ones in New York City. Kang left in mid-2019 to work for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York…. Prior to her time [at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority], Friedman worked at Ping Pong Productions, a Beijing organization she founded and helmed that presented 250 shows across five continents every year…. Until October, Michael Johnson, associate director of Carolina Performing Arts, will offer interim leadership. As the new leader of CPA, Friedman will also helm the Creative Futures program and Arts Everywhere, two initiatives that mix arts with student life.”