“ In the production department of any major dance company is really all about contracts. ”
Elena Paul is the director of legal and business affairs for Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, a premiere modern dance company based in New York. Prior to joining Alvin Ailey, she was the executive director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts where she represented clients on a pro bono basis, acting as general counsel and a legal advisor to arts and cultural organizations and individuals artists. Previously, she was the executive director of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Elena has been intricately involved in many arts related organizations. She serves on the board of the Sculpture Center, a nonprofit arts institution. She is also an adjunct professor in the Producing and Documentary Programs at the New York Film Academy.