Yesemin Ozumerzifon



Senior Community Action Manager, Community Action Program, Gibney Dance 

After completing her primary education at the Royal Academy of Ballet, Yasemin moved to the US to study Dance and Psychology at Connecticut College. In order to combine her two passions, she pursued an M.A. at Columbia University in Developmental Psychology with focuses in creativity and human development. During her apprenticeshipat the New Victory Theater, she created a School Tool™ which is a resource guide designed to support the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning the Arts, and the New York State Learning Standards. Additionally, Yasemin has a background in conducting research which includes assisting a year long study that evaluated Guggenheim Museum’s “Learning Through Art†program. Since 2011, Yasemin has been working as a Community Action Manager at Gibney Dance which is the first program to unite dancers with survivors of domestic violence. Her role at Gibney Dance includes the areas of advocacy, trainings and the Community Action Hub, a physical space dedicated to dance and social action.