"We are so lucky that we get to work in an environment that is creative and new and challenging and pushing boundaries."

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Lucia Mauro is an arts journalist and director from Chicago, IL. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and Dance Magazine, among others. Mauro left journalism and turned to filmmaking after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and has written and directed films that center around the themes of healing and human connections.

September 20, 2018: Lucia Mauro set out to become an arts writer while growing up in Chicago. She chronicles that journey, explains her introduction to dance through seeing and studying ballet, and offers her philosophy on the roles and responsibilities of a dance critic.

"It was truly the guts, the determination, the tenacity of some brilliant women in this city who realized the need to create a home like that for these companies."

"I take this as a responsibility and a challenge to make sure that I'm mentoring the smart, intelligent, brave women who are going to be the next generation of arts leaders."