Gail Prensky

Reciprocal Exchange Participant in South Sudan

Gail Prensky is the creator, executive producer, and director of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project.  As creator and director of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project, Gail brings a deep and first-hand understanding of the Kulturbund's spirit and recognizes that their issues of living under oppression continue with artists around the world today.  Her interviews with the Kulturbund survivors and current-day artists form the basis of her passion and vision for this project, which is rooted in the Kulturbund's strong regard for music and the performing arts.  In 2001, Gail started researching and gathering material about the Kulturbund.  Several years later, she has brought together select talent, partners, and like-minded supporters to make this project possible and then interviewed artists living under oppression in various countries.  Her hope and dream are that the project will serve as a beacon of inspiration for all people.  Gail has written, produced, and directed a broad range of media projects in film, multimedia, books, and exhibitions for clients such as Banner Health's Alzheimer's Registry, the New America Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust, Discovery Communications, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Time-Life Books, and GlaxoWellcome.  Through her Meteopa Productions, Gail produces independent projects focusing on advocacy, art, human rights, international, and music themes.  She is on the advisory board of the Breaking Barriers Institute, which develops films about those who made an impact on civil rights in the United States.  Between 2013 and 2016, Gail served on the board of The Welders, the Washington, DC-based playwrights' collective and winner of the Helen Hayes-John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company (2016).  Gail is a recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship American Impact Award, a Reciprocal Exchange participant of the Mandela Washington Fellowship of Young African Leaders (2019), and a U.S. State Department Arts Envoy Program Awardee (2019).  She is also honored to be an ongoing participant in the Mandela Washington Reciprocal Exchange Alumni Ambassadors Initiative.

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