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 Austin Emerging Arts Leaders identifies and cultivates the next generation of arts leaders by developing inclusive systems for creative and personal growth.

EAL Austin is a 501(C)3 non-profit tax exempt organization and a local chapter of the national Emerging Leaders Network initiated by Americans for the Arts.

  

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Shawn Sides (EAL mentor)

Shawn Sides is a founder and a Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs Theatre Collective in Austin, TX. As such, Shawn has co-conceived, created, and directed a new work every year, give or take, since 1996. She most recently⁠ directed Not Every Mountain, rudes’ meditation on change and impermanence, at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance, a chamber opera by Graham Reynolds for Ballroom Marfa and Prototype Festival⁠ of New Opera in NYC. She’s currently deve