OUR team

executive director

Simon Dove is a curator and educator and co-curated the Crossing the Line Festival, the annual trans-disciplinary fall festival in New York City. He was previously Executive and Artistic Director of Dancing in the Streets in NYC, and Professor of Practice and Director of the School of Dance at Arizona State University. His past international projects have included work with the Amsterdam Choreography Master’s program (Netherlands), Rachid Ouramdane (France), the Guardians of Doubt (UK), Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (USA), The Arab Dance Platform (Lebanon), Attakalari (India), and TseKH (Russia).

Simon was curator and Artistic Director of Springdance, the international festival of new developments in dance and performance in the Netherlands from 2000 to 2007. Prior to that he ran one of the first National Dance Agencies in the UK, the Yorkshire Dance Centre in Leeds, was the founder and Artistic Director of Vivarta – the first contemporary South Asian performance festival in the UK, contributed to national dance policy development with the Arts Council of Great Britain, and programmed an innovative arts center in London. He has written articles for the performance and South Asian press, devised and presented a series for BBC Radio 3 on Dance and Music, and extensively mentored students and professional artists from many countries in developing their creative practices.

Program Director, Art Prospect and Back Apartment Residencies

Based in St. Petersburg, Susan has managed CEC ArtsLink’s office in Russia since 1998. She serves as the director of CEC ArtsLink’s Charitable Foundation in Russia. Susan directs the Art Prospect Program in public art, social practice art, and professional development in the countries of the former Soviet Union as well as the Back Apartment Arts Residency program in St. Petersburg.  She works closely with a diverse network of international partner organizations, funders, and artists to develop, finance, and coordinate these projects.  She also teaches courses in public art and arts management in the curatorial studies department at the Smolny College of Liberal Arts in St. Petersburg.  Susan has a Ph.D. in public administration (cultural policy) from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and wrote her dissertation on the development of nonprofit cultural organizations in Russia.


Based in St. Petersburg, Lizaveta joined CEC ArtsLink as a project and residency manager in 2015. Liza manages the ‘Back Apartment Residency’ program and works closely with visiting artists and curators connecting them to St. Petersburg’s arts community.  Liza co-curated the artist-run space LUDA gallery with artist and curator Peter Belyi, and is also an independent curator for a number of museums, galleries and self-organized spaces including the Museum of Freud’s Dreams, and the State Theater Museum in St. Petersburg, and Winzavod and the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow. Liza advises established institutions on the St. Petersburg contemporary art scene, including the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow.  She is one of the founders of an independent artist-run art fair in St. Petersburg, and curated the first art fair SAM at the Museum of Street Art, St. Petersburg. Lizaveta is currently completing her PhD on the “Pedagogical System of Vladimir Sterligov” at the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg.

Director of Communications

As a skilled arts administrator with experience in development, special events, communications and program management, Zhenia was instrumental in ensuring smooth organizational transition to new leadership in 2017-2018. Zhenia has produced a series of events about contemporary issues in the arts, CEC ArtsLink Talks and a public art workshop in NYC, Publicly Creative. She has played a key role in the development and implementation of the strategic plan that resulted in a more focused programming, engaged board and improved communication. She co-edited A Miracle or Misunderstanding,  a collection of essays on socially engaged practices in ten  countries, and 1-50: CEC ArtsLink’s 50 years of opening doors and changing perspectives, a book of essays and history in honor of CEC ArtsLink’s 50th anniversary. Zhenia has produced many successful and memorable fundraisers. She holds an MA degree in History from Lviv University (Ukraine); she studied Economics and Business Administration at Fordham University, New York.

program manager

Maxim Tumenev is an arts administrator, actor, and teacher. Maxim embarked on a career in performing arts after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from The Ilkhom Theatre School of Drama in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (the only independent professional repertoire theatre company in Central Asia). He has enjoyed a successful artistic career as a performer in interdisciplinary theatre, incorporating elements of video art, dance, music, found-texts and original writing. He has served in the capacity of Company Manager, Performing and Visual Arts curator, International Affairs Director, Producer and Production Manager on more than 15 tours worldwide throughout Europe, Russia, Asia and USA. Maxim serves on the Board of The Ilkhom Center for Contemporary Arts in Uzbekistan, he is multi-lingual, fluent in Russian, English and French and relocated to New York City from Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2011.