Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala

Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala (she/her) joined the 92nd Street Y, New York in 2022, where she serves as Program Manager for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Prior to joining 92NY, Rachael was Program Manager for the Spencer Educational Foundation, where she managed five educational grant programs dedicated to funding opportunities for students in the risk management and insurance fields. From 2019 to 2020, Rachael taught dance and led community programming for young people at the Center for Family Life Beacon Community Program at PS1 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and served as Teaching Artist for the Lifelines Interdisciplinary Arts Program at M.S. 136 and M.S. 821. As a dancer and choreographer, Rachael’s work investigates humanistic and sociological questions and aims to provoke conversation, in hopes that she, the performer, and the viewer may all find deeper self-awareness and subsequent potential for radical empathy. Her work has been presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the WestFest Dance Festival, WAXworks, Uptown Rising, and the Tank Theater. Rachael is co-producer and curator of the WestFest Dance Festival, an annual festival presenting the works of emerging and established movement artists in New York City. She is currently education chair and board member of the Sasamani Foundation – an organization dedicated to increasing access to education and employment opportunities for women and girls in Tanzania. Rachael holds a bachelor’s degree in Dance and Sociology with a certificate in Community Action and Public Policy from Connecticut College.