Gabrielle L. Kurlander

Chief Executive Officer at All Stars Project, Inc.

Gabrielle L. Kurlander

Gabrielle L. Kurlander

Chief Executive Officer at All Stars Project, Inc.


Gabrielle L. Kurlander is a community organizer, actor, theater director, and non-profit entrepreneur who has transformed All Stars Project (ASP) from a grassroots all-volunteer effort into a national model for engaging poverty through Afterschool Development and community organizing.

As the Chief Executive Officer of the All Stars Project, Ms. Kurlander has worked closely over the last three decades with the Board of Directors to advance the organization’s vision and strategic growth. During her tenure, she has won the support of hundreds of prominent business leaders, philanthropists, and corporations, raising $150 million from thousands of individual donors and 180 corporations, including national partners MetLife, EY, and RBC Capital Markets.

Under Ms. Kurlander’s leadership, the size and influence of ASP has steadily increased, growing from one city to six cities. In 2003, she established ASP’s national headquarters on 42nd Street in New York City, with a 31,000 square foot $20 million performing arts and development center, then expanded to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007, followed by Chicago in 2008. In 2013, Ms. Kurlander opened the country’s first Center for Afterschool Development in Newark, New Jersey, where ASP had its start in 2000. ASP’s explosive growth continued into Dallas, Texas in 2013 and into Jersey City, New Jersey in 2017.

Ms. Kurlander heads the Council of Grassroots Organizers, a leadership body that is responsible for strengthening ASP’s grassroots impact and for advancing Afterschool Development initiatives and strategies in poor communities coast-to-coast. She also hosts an annual forum for the ASP community and its leaders to dialogue with some of the most influential thought leaders and visionaries in the world. Past speakers include Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ph.D., Kathryn Edin, Ph.D., David Grusky, Ph.D., Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D., and john powell, Ph.D.

After a brief stint in commercial theatre, Ms. Kurlander now creates off-Broadway theatre productions. She has performed in dozens of shows and has directed numerous plays and musicals. In 2011, she directed Playing with Heiner Müller, which won an Audience Development Committee, Inc. (AUDELCO) Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Her direction of the 2012 production of Sally and Tom (The American Way) won five AUDELCO Awards, including for Best Director. She recently directed Clare Coss’ play Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington, starring Kathleen Chalfant, and Votes, a musical play written by Jacqueline S. Salit and Dr. Fred Newman, featuring music by Grammy-nominated composer Annie Roboff. Ms. Kurlander is directing the world premiere of Shackleton On Ice by Jacqueline S. Salit, opening on March 20, 2020.

In the early 1990s, Ms. Kurlander raised investment capital to establish an organizational change company called Performance of a Lifetime (, which trains corporate clients worldwide.

Ms. Kurlander is a trained community organizer with experience in inner-city communities nationwide, winning numerous awards for her accomplishments. In 2014, she was honored for her leadership and vision at the Volunteer Referral Center’s 25thAnniversary Gala. In 2015, ASP received the International Association of Chiefs of Police/CiscoAward for Community Policingfor Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids — its innovative police–community relations program in partnership with the New York City Police Department. And, in 2016, Ms. Kurlander accepted the Southern Methodist University Simmons Luminary Awardfor the ASP’s extraordinary commitment to improving lives through education.

Along with a B.A. from SUNY Empire State, Ms. Kurlander has decades of experience in all aspects of performance and theatrical production. She resides in Greenwich Village in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter: @ASP_CEO.

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Individualized learning programs and distance education courses are some of the options Empire State College offers its predominantly adult student-body. Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, Empire State has learning centers throughout upstate New York and the New York metropolitan area as well as online to better serve the primary population it serves: the adult learner. Bachelor's, associate's and master's degrees are offered in the Arts, Sciences, Education, Business, Nursing and Human Services, among others. In order to best serve the adult learner and the varied interests and experiences they bring to the table, Empire State also offers a number of interdisciplinary study and independent study programs as well. A comprehensive student center supports students in all aspects of their education, from assessment to academic and career planning. Admission is based on submission of an application, proof of a high school diploma or GED, and evaluation of transcripts. Students whose grades fall below average may, however, still have the chance to be admitted by simply providing an explanation of the circumstances leading up to their low performance. Financial aid is available to qualifying students through loans, grants and other sources. Additionally, unemployed workers and low-income students may apply for special consideration and assistance.

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All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that transforms the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. Founded in 1981, ASP creates privately funded, outside-of-school educational and performing arts activities for tens of thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities. ASP actively promotes supplementary education and the performance learning model in academic and civic arenas.

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