Japan Day @ Central Park is an annual celebration which celebrates the culture of Japan, and is a ‘thank you’ to New York for hosting its citizens for more than 100 years. The day starts with a 5k race in Central Park ending at the infamous Bandshell stage, which is filled with activity tents for all ages – origamis, calligraphy, yukata, kabuki face-painting and many more. Live performances include traditional Japanese dancing, music and drumming to karate demonstrations to a variety of Japanese visual artists and ending with modern performers and music direct from the native country. Authentic Japanese food, snacks and drinks are distributed at no charge throughout the entire day. Each year the event brings together over 50,000 New Yorkers to celebrate love for Japan. See more details about the next Japan Day HERE. For more information, go to www.JapanDayNYC.org
The Center at West Park, a non-profit independent organization, is dedicated to the challenging and essential work of personal and social transformation through the pathways of culture and the arts, social activism, lifelong learning, and the cultivation of wonder and the human spirit. Located in a diverse, “crossroads” neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and housed in the recently landmarked West Park Church building, it provides a space in the city of New York where encounters across differences can find a home and where ideas, endeavors, and movements can take shape. As Director of Operations for The Center at West Park, Laurie has increased the income for the building by more than 200% in less than a year, renovated and restored more than 2,000 square feet of interior and worked with NYC Landmarks commission to restore sections of the exterior. www.CenterAtWestPark.com & www.WestParkPresbyterian.org
For the past 12 years, Laurie has served as Maze Designer for The American Maze Company and The Amazing Maize Maze, a 3-time Guinness World Record Winner. She has worked side by side with farmers in upstate New York, Pennsylvania Amish Country, historic North Carolina and Jamestown VA, rural towns on the outskirt of Manchester England, the oldest working farm in New York, the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park and more! Each summer presents new themes, designs and challenges! Find the closest maze near you and get lost!
The Award Winning Charles M. Schulz musical stars young Broadway actors, at the iconic York Theater. Directed by Michael Unger with choreography by Jennifer Paulson, Graham Kindred designed the lights.
In a rare moment, Graham was excited to share one of his projects with his twin daughters.
New York Times Critics’ Pick, Catch the Butcher, kicked off Greenwich Village’s Cherry Lane Theatre’s 92nd Anniversary Season. Directed by Valentina Fratti, Lighting Design by Graham Kindred, scenic design by Lauren Helpurn, sound design by Quentin Chiapetta and starring Lauren Luna Velez (Showtime’s Dexter) and Jonathan Walker who played poetic serial killer who’s latest victim liked it.
BELIEVE is the first SeaWorld Adventure Parks’ killer whale show to be featured at all three parks – Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio. Laurie worked from 2004-2006 as Project Manager for the multi-million dollar roll-out of BELIEVE, which included managing the vendor bidding process, production budget, the physical installation (4 – 10×20 moving LED screens each powered by a 5 ton chain motor, multiple live cameras including overhead and underwater, and more. During each park’s installation, Laurie served as Video Director, syncing IMAG, pre-recorded video, and photos of the audience.
An award-winning documentary feature, which was released nationwide in October 2015 in twenty cities across the country and is now available for streaming on demand, rental and digital purchase! Winner of the Audience Award at the Bentonville Film Festival and the Interfaith Award for Best Documentary at St. Louis International Film Festival, THAO’S LIBRARY was also screened at five other film festivals before becoming available nationwide.
Forty years after the Fall of Saigon, a young Vietnamese woman is among the Vietnam War’s uncounted casualties. Born near fields where American planes sprayed Agent Orange, Thao lives with severe physical deformities. Halfway around the world, a woman in New York is struggling to cope after the sudden death of her famed younger sister. In the midst of her crippling depression, a friend shows Elizabeth a black-and-white photograph from a recent trip abroad. The image haunts Elizabeth. It shows Thao sitting in a wheelchair outside a shed that houses pig feed, fertilizer — and books. Despite her disabilities, Thao had set up a makeshift library for children in her village. The photographer who captured the image had asked, “If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?” Thao replied, “Three hundred dollars, so I could buy more books.” Through this simple request, Thao and Elizabeth are brought together, forging an unlikely sisterhood, transcending language and culture. The two women reflect on the past and confront the present, changing both lives forever. www.ThaosLibrary.com