the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) has appointed Tehvon Fowler Chapman as the association’s new executive director. Chapman’s experience as Executive Director, combined with a deep passion for arts education, will help further the mission of the organization as it heads into its 22nd anniversary, the second year of the Debbie Allen Middle School (DAMS), the daily DADA ON POINTE program as well as new programs and events to be announced soon.
“I am thrilled to welcome Executive Director Tehvon Fowler Chapman as we take giant steps to expand our presence and programming at our new residency at Rhimes Performing Arts Center,” said DADA Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director. Debbie Allen. “Mr. Chapman‘s professional experience as a performing arts director, administrator and educator is a win-win for all of us.”
“It is truly an exciting time of change and growth for the Debbie Allen Dance School. I am incredibly honored and thrilled to work with the talented staff at DADA and Ms. Allen to provide greater access to dance and the performing arts in Los Angeles,” Chapman said.
Tehvon comes from Washington DC, where he is currently Executive Director of the Washington Concert Opera. Previously, he held the positions of External Affairs Manager at Vocal Arts DC, Company Leader for Wolf Trap Opera, and Ensemble Leader for the African American Dance Company at the Institute of African American Arts in the United States. Indiana University. An advocate for artists, he helped guide the formation of several nonprofits, including the Network for Diversity in Concert Percussion, the Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Artist Relief Tree, which boosted the economy of artists at the start of COVID. -19 pandemic.
Tehvon is an alumnus of Sphinx LEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts, and Diversity), a program created by the Sphinx organization to empower leaders of color in the performing arts. He holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from Arizona State University.
Chapman succeeds executive director Mitzi Lizarraga, a longtime educator and former principal of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), who took office in February 2020.