Avery Willis Hoffman

A writer, director, producer and curator of public programs, Avery Willis Hoffman recently joined Brown University as the inaugural Artistic Director of the Brown Arts Institute. As inaugural Program Director at Park Avenue Armory in New York, Avery has curated and produced numerous innovative and diverse public programming initiatives, including large- and intimate-scale cultural events. Between 2010-2015, her primary project was the development of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C. For almost two decades, her professional career has also included multiple projects in collaboration with acclaimed director Peter Sellars. Avery earned her PhD and Masters in Classical languages and literature from Balliol College, University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and earned her BA in Classics and English at Stanford University.