The not-for-profit organization Yayasan Bagong Kussudiardja (BK Foundation) was established in 2006, after the death of Mr. Bagong Kussudiardja, to legally manage and advocate the pioneering vision of Bagong Kussudiardja and cultural assets he bequeathed.
Butet Kartaredjasa is a writer, visual artist, actor, and independent producer with a long artistic track record. Aside from his career in theater and the arts, since the mid-80s he has worked as a journalist and copywriter for an advertising company he founded, Santono Communication and Galang Communication; and founded Galang Foundation, the non-profit organization that initiated a public campaign to raise issues pertaining to gender and reproduction. As a cultural activist, he has been involved in various boards that includes the Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation, Umar Kayam Foundation, and Omah Munir Foundation.
Since his father, Bagong Kussudiardja, passed away in 2004, he founded the Bagong Kussudiardja Foundation as an important step towards sustainability of the cultural assets and legacy his father has endowed.
Enamored by Indonesia’s rich Javanese cultural heritage, Jeannie Park immigrated to Yogyakarta, Indonesia from the United States in 1996. Through her tenure in cultivating PSBK as an arts centre since 2007, she has succeeded in establishing innovative programs and physical renovations to serve the institutional mission and the greater arts sector.
She has participated in different residency and fellowship programs as creative producer and arts manager through BAM, New York; Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; Asian Cultural Council; and Japan Foundation. Jeannie was part of Kelola’s program staff, Indonesia’s first service organization for the arts –formerly in Surakarta; and was the Director of Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA prior to her move to Indonesia.
Djaduk Ferianto is a composer-musician, choreographer, actor, director, festival producer and photographer. He is the founder and director of the music group Kua Etnika and Sinten Remen. As the youngest son of Bagong Kussudiarja, he grew up in a rich artistic and cultural atmosphere, and participated in numerous creative and artistic ventures through various art groups. He has claimed himself as a ‘restless musician’, which led him to advocate the arts by initiating successful festivals such as Ngayogjazz and Pasar Keroncong Kotagede. His incredible knowledge and artistic insight has been an important asset in connecting to the historical context of the work of his father, and mentoring young artists in their creative processes at PSBK.
Head of PSBK Arts Programs
Teguh Hari P
Teguh Hari’s vast network in the performing arts, visual arts, and multi-media has enabled him to administer creative solutions that encourage growth, critical thinking, and constructive dialogue of young artists and arts platforms. As creative producer, independent curator, writer, musician-composer, and film maker; Teguh Hari’s experiences has supported his ability to develop fruitful rapport with artists and arts communities at PSBK.
Head of PSBK Facilities
Mulyono brings with him over 25 years of experience in the theater arts to PSBK. He has a long track record, specializing in stage lighting design, stage special effects, and theater engineering services. He brings to realization the creative spaces (facilities) that support processes and presentations of various artistic disciplines and activities at the PSBK site. His experience and expertise as both performing artist and stagecraft professional, offers a prized combined capacity to lead and share valuable knowledge and skills to future human resources urgently needed in stage lighting, as an important field in the performing arts ecosystem.
He served as Lighting Designer for internationally renowned theater group Teater Koma in Jakarta; and was part of the teaching faculty at his alma mater Arts Institute Jakarta before moving to Yogyakarta.