Director, New Frontier Lab Programs at Sundance Institute
Kamal Sinclair is a producer, acclaimed theatrical director, community arts leader and multi-disciplinary artist interested in exploring innovative ways to create art using the technology and connected culture of the 21st century. Kamal Sinclair serves as the Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology; as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation's JustFilms program; and as artist and producer on the Question Bridge: Black Males transmedia art project. At New Frontier, she partners with Chief Curator Shari Frilot to development and platform landmark projects in the evolution of story, including experimentations with virtual reality, augmented reality, data intelligence, transmedia, haptic technology, projection mapping and smart objects as storytelling mediums. Partnering and interfacing with leaders in the field, such as MIT, Jaunt VR, National Film Board of Canada, Fox Innovation Lab, Oculus, ILMxLab, TimeWarner, HTC Vive, Madison Wells Media, IMAX, New York Times, Annapurna/With.In, Google, Samsung, USC, Sony and more. With support from institutions like Open Society Institute, Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Ford Foundation, Question Bridge launched a successful interactive website and robust education curriculum, published an acclaimed book under Aperture, and exhibited in over fifty museums and Festivals, including Brooklyn Museum, Sundance Film Festival, Jack Shainman Gallery, Oakland Museum of California and LA Film Festival. It received accolades from a broad range of critics and institutions and won awards such as the International Center for Photography’s 2015 Infinity Award for New Media. In 2016 the project was archived at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Previously, Kamal worked at 42 Entertainment on projects such as J.J. Abrams’ Legends of Alcatraz, Mark of the Spider-Man and Random Acts of Fusion. As Principal at Strategic Arts Consulting, she created strategies for major art institutions, such as the High Museum, Alliance Theater, Young Audiences, Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta Cultural Affairs Office, Atlanta Symphony, and Fractured Atlas. Her professional career began as a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit STOMP and founding artistic director of Universal Arts, where she collaborated with OBIE Award-winning playwright Robbie McCauley. She began traveling as an semi-amateur artist by the age of twelve and visited twenty-five countries by the time she was twenty-five years old. She served on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Special Events Council; as a board member for Fractured Atlas, the Children’s Theatre Company of NYC, the Hammonds House, the Gallery Group and the Collective Renaissance Guild; as an Ambassador for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; a contributing author to the acclaimed theatre publication, Black Masks; and as juror/panelist for various institutions like the National Endowment for the Arts, the Future of Storytelling, and the Knight Foundation. Her teaching experience includes business courses at the Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD), C4 Atlanta, Fractured U: Continuing Education for the DIY Artist, DanceSpace and the historic Henry Street Settlement. She graduated cum laude with both her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MBA from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business; and earned her high school diploma from the acclaimed Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.