Ras Dia


Ras Dia is a Brooklyn-born producer and arts administrator whose work has been described as “stirring” (Washington Post), “bracing, compelling, and heartbreaking” (Musical America), and “grippingly produced” (The Boston Globe). He serves as Deputy Director, Creative Projects at National Sawdust, and as Producing Director of VisionIntoArt (VIA), where he leads commissions and productions supported by National Sawdust such as Primero sueño with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sensorium, a groundbreaking opera and social impact project at the intersection of disability and artificial intelligence, and We Were Fridays, a cultural heritage and music project inspired by diaspora, collective imagination, and co-creation, in addition to producing creative initiatives such as the National Sawdust/VIA Impact Lab Fellowship program.

Ras previously served as the Creative Producer at Little Island, a public park and arts organization developed by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, where he helped to lead and curate its first three seasons, as the Assistant Producer of the Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody- and Emmy award-winning Live in HD series, and as the Managing Director of the New York City Master Chorale, in addition to marketing, development, production, and administrative roles with the National Children’s Chorus, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and The New School, where he supported programs for immigrant, refugee, and survivor communities across New York City.

Past projects include Heartbeat Opera’s BREATHING FREE: a visual album, the Frederick R. Koch Foundation’s Townhouse Series, San Francisco Symphony’s MTT25: An American Icon, and San Francisco Opera’s In Song.

Ras is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Purchase College (SUNY), and the Boy’s Choir of Harlem.

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