Laura Roumanos is a Lebanese Creative Producer originally hailing from Australia. She is currently the Executive Director and co-Founder of Photoville, a non-profit organization devoted to reaching a wide, diverse audience by producing a free annual photo festival in NYC, activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and connecting artists to a worldwide audience through educational programming and community events. Laura graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts back in Australia and worked as a Producer before making the big move to NYC 16 years ago. Since then, Laura has worked for the Manhattan Theatre Club, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Creative Time, The Future of StoryTelling, and the World Science Festival, in addition to producing several large scale theatrical shows for creatives such as Karen O, Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Spike Jonze, Opening Ceremony and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Laura is currently a Coro Leadership NY Fellow and is committed to working with the New York Creative community on sustainable and equitable programs and initiatives.
Where Do I Go? (Lawen Ruh لوين روح)
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
Presented by Leica Women Foto Project
Despite the dire situation in Lebanon, I found hope and inspiration in the young generation of women. I found myself in awe of them — their creativity, strength, beauty, and resilience. I felt a sense of urgency in collaborating with them to tell their story — our collective story.
Photoville Founders’ Curated Tour
Put on your walking shoes and your mask, and join the Photoville team on a curated tour of the Photoville Festival!
Meet at Pier 1 Info Booth.
CRAFTING YOUR CAREER: Grant Writing & Proposals For Photographers
Learn how to write successful grants, proposals, and pitches and about the in’s and out’s of being a photo editor.
The Art Of Pitches & Proposals (ENCORE RECORDING)
Join us in a crash course for tips that cover everything from job searching, responding to proposal requests, crafting the perfect caption and grant submissions, as well as best practices for photo-editing.
Diversity in Visual Storytelling
Explore the unique visual dialogues of our esteemed Leica Women Foto Project 2019 awardees, Debi Cornwall, Yana Paskova and Eva Woolridge, in a multi-dimensional conversation covering topics from gender parity in visual storytelling to the value of a personal project.
The Photoville Family Funtime Tour
Join Photoville Co-founder Laura Roumanos and her daughter Violet for a family-friendly walking tour.
Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour with Katie Hollander and Laura Roumanos
Join Laura Roumanos and Katie Hollander for a behind-the-scenes tour of Photoville, featuring guest appearances by members of the team including the master behind all the container stacking and logistics!
The Art of the Pitch: Preparing and writing proposals, grants, and more
Join Emma Raynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation and United Photo Industries and Photoville’s Co-Founder Laura Roumanos, in a 45 minute crash course that covers everything from searching for job and exhibition opportunities, responding to request for proposals and learning the tricks of the trade to writing the perfect grant submission.
Leveraging Your Local Community to Land Gigs
In this panel, we’ll help you think outside the box to build your network and attract clients by leveraging opportunities right in front of your nose.
Raising Money for Your Photo Project
In this panel, hear from organizations like Photoville who can help fund your stories, plus photographers like Joni Sternbach and the Restless Collective who have successfully turned to third parties to raise money. Plus, get tips on how to craft a proposal and pitch your idea!