NYWIFT Talks: Virtual Collaborations with Liz Dreyer


At our inaugural NYWIFT Talks on March 27, 2020, we joined virtual collaboration expert Liz Dreyer for a Zoom conversation. We focused on tips and best practices for creating productive virtual meetings, including information on preferred platforms and the leading question of the day: “Should you wear pants on video chats?” Liz has facilitated creative digital groups for over 20 years.


Liz Dreyer currently is a Lead Facilitator and Senior Program Manager at EmcArts, a consulting firm which creates workshops, coaching, and intensive labs designed to support non-profits in meeting and embracing their complex challenges. At EmcArts, Liz helps create challenging and flexible environments to explore complexity and adaptive capacity. She designs and delivers the Community Innovation Labs and Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators programs and New Pathways programs, including individual adaptive leadership coaching. Before joining EmcArts, Liz spent 20+ years in leadership at the Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre, an experimental theatre devoted to exploring form and process. In 1998, she began working in virtual space as well when GSRT established Learning Worlds—a for-profit technology consulting firm focused on helping companies and organizations use digital technology to tell their stories more effectively. Liz holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and subsequently earned her MFA in stage management from Yale University’s School of Drama.

Maud Kersnowski-Sachs leads fundraising efforts and strategies for NYWIFT. Working closely with the Development Committee and the Executive Director, she directs corporate, philanthropic, and government partnerships. Maud also manages publications projects for the organization.bMaud has led publications for the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Association on Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) and the editor-in-chief of The Independent Film & Video Monthly. She has covered arts, entertainment, and media for publications from Metropolis Magazine to IndieWIRE, where she also held the post of West Coast Editor. She consults on editorial and development projects for a variety of arts and culture organizations. Maud founded and manages a scholarship and engagement program at Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and is a member of the Bard College Board of Governors. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Bard College and an MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from the NYU School of Journalism.


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NYWIFT Talks is a new weekly series to bring updated news and vital information about the impact of COVID-19 on the media and entertainment industry. Industry professionals will be in conversation discussing what you need to know about theatrical releases, digital advances, virtual tools, festival opportunities, production updates and more. 


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