Invested partners and staff
Kristopher McDowell (founder) An arts industry leader and global entrepreneur, McDowell began working as an actor and dancer when he was seven, and by his 20s moved into various aspects of performing arts management. He served as CEO for KMP Artists for 13 years in the United States and is responsible for the company’s expansion into Asia Pacific. He has produced over 1,200 performances in North America and has toured major companies to 15 countries in Asia and the Middle East. He has served as a consultant for West Australian Ballet, Mummenschanz Foundation, International Association of Blacks in Dance and Bonifacio Art Foundation, and more. McDowell was a faculty member of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles for 4 years.
Francine Sheffield (senior partner) is a former company member of Urban Bush Women under the leadership of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar for 6 years, where she traveled and performed all over the world. Francine received a MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University. Francine then went on to work as Artist Representative for Pentacle, where she booked engagements for emerging dance companies. With her knowledge of dance and skills in arts administration, Francine started Sheffield Global Arts Management in 2014. Francine serves as a proud board member for the Association for Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and Dance/USA, the National service organization for dance.
Ping Pong Productions (PPP) is the leading non-profit cultural-exchange organization whose mission is to bring China and the world together through the performing arts. PPP knows that experiencing the creativity of another culture is the most direct way to glimpse the heart and soul of its people.
Since its founding, Ping Pong Productions has brought more than 500 performances, master classes, discussions, residencies and symposia to audiences, students, corporate events and communities worldwide. By transcending boundaries through the arts, we foster a more peaceful world. Our programs advance dialogues between nations at grass-root and government levels. (http://pingpongarts.org/)