Laura TroianoDeputy Director of Strategy and Operations, New Arts Justice
In over a decade-long career, Laura Troiano serves as the Deputy Director of Strategy and Operations for New Arts Justice at Express Newark and as the Research Project Manager for Rutgers University – Newark’s Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience. Her work on public programs has brought her to every corner of the city and through much of the Greater Newark region, forging collaborations with various schools, teachers, and nonprofits, including the Newark Museum, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She spearheads the Price Institute’s Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, the state’s largest and oldest Black History Month conference; its Dance Symposium Series; its student initiatives; and its professional development workshops for school teachers. Troiano has emerged as a much-in-demand expert on local history, teaching RU-N’s popular “Topics in the History of Newark” class since 2014. She has presented her research at conferences around the country and spoken at events hosted by the Newark History Society and the NJ Council for the Humanities. She received her PhD in 2017 from the Graduate Program in American Studies at RU-N. An avid theater-goer, Laura combines a longtime love for the performing arts, her knowledge of local and national history, and her classroom experience into all public programming.