Angel Gardner is seasoned arts administrator with more than 30 years of professional experience. She holds a BA in Art from Goshen College and an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama. She currently serves as Associate Director, External Affairs, at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, where she develops and manages initiatives that engage alumni in the arts with the Lewis Center's academic programs and the greater University community. Before coming to Princeton, Angel spent nine years as Director of Communications with National Dance Institute (NDI), the celebrated arts education non-profit founded by ballet legend Jacques d’Amboise. Prior to NDI, Angel traveled the country as a freelance tour manager, supporting world-class artists such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Elizabeth Streb, Batsheva Dance Company and the St. Petersburg Academic Capella Choir. Angel has worked as a manager and event producer for many notable organizations including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Theater Communications Group, Jean Cocteau Rep, New Federal Theatre, Yale Repertory Theater, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
As a dedicated practitioner and supporter of choral music, she has sung with Princeton Pro Musica since 2015, and joined the Board in 2020. Additionally, she volunteers on on the Boards of Oratorio Society of New York and Yale in Hollywood, is a "Big Sister" with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mercer County, and is currently in her third term as Drama School Delegate to the Yale University Alumni Assembly. As a visual artist, Angel specializes in pastel pet portraits. You can find her portfolio at angelgardner.com.