David Jordan Harris
Musician and writer David Jordan Harris brings a wealth of experience to the Jay Phillips Center, drawing together cultural communities through theater, music, and dance in workshops for students and adults, innovative artistic collaborations, and artist salons. He is artistic director and co-founder of the performance ensemble Voices of Sepharad and executive director of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council. His performance and study of Judeo-Spanish music has taken him to every region of the United States and to Canada, France, Spain, Poland, Bosnia, Morocco, Israel, Greece, and Turkey. Harris is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships supporting his work in cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue through the arts. Funders have included the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, the Luce Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the United Arts, and the St. Paul Companies. A graduate of the University of Chicago where he received both special and general honors in civilizational studies, he has co-authored four plays and composed music for the recently released film Romania 1941/Rwanda 1994.