This successful entrepreneur, opera director and choreographer, dancer, and producer founded and headed several arts organizations, including American Opera Projects, Family Opera Initiative, and Ardea Arts, Inc.
She earned degrees in art and architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequently performed with Laura Dean's dance company.
In the early 1980s, she choreographed the first production of the Gian Carlo Menotti opera A Bride from Pluto.
Her marriage to photographer Arthur Elgort resulted in an actor son named Ansel, a photographer daughter named Sophie, and a filmmaker son named Warren.
Early in her career, she performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in the Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach.