Director, 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts
As Director of 92nd Street Y's Tisch Center for the Arts, Hanna Arie-Gaifman oversees 92Y’s concert series and Unterberg Poetry Center.
Since her arrival in 2000, Hanna has revitalized 92Y's concert series and carved out a distinct place for 92Y among the many first-rate presenters in New York. Fluent in English, German, Hebrew, French, Czech and Russian, she is able to speak to many of her artists and colleagues in their native tongues—and does so every day.
During her tenure, Hanna has introduced a number of new concert series, including Art of the Guitar, Words & Music and Family Music. In addition to presenting several critically-acclaimed thematic projects and commissioning new works for 92Y's classical music series, she brought jazz pianist Bill Charlap in to direct 92Y's long-running Jazz in July series and Deborah Grace Winer to direct 92Y's American Songbook series, Lyrics and Lyricists.
Hanna also oversees 92Y's Unterberg Poetry Center, which presents a world-renowned reading series featuring established and emerging novelists, poets, playwrights and biographers reading from and discussing their work; programs that examine the role of the critic; and staged readings, verse dramas and dramatic adaptations of literary texts. In addition, the Poetry Center offers a wide range of writing courses designed for both beginning and advanced writers.
Before joining 92Y, Hanna served as dean of the Mozart Academy in Prague, director of artistic management and international relations of the Czech Philharmonic and director of Prague’s annual Musica Judaica Festival. In these roles (from 1993 to 2000), she helped to recreate Prague’s cultural life in the post-Communist era and reinvigorate the strong tradition of Czech Jewish culture. She has also taught at University of California, Berkeley and New York University. Hanna earned an undergraduate degree in Russian studies and English literature at Hebrew University, a master's degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from Stanford University and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Hebrew University. She also studied piano at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.
Hanna lives in Manhattan with her husband, Chaim Gaifman, a professor of logic at Columbia University. She has two daughters, Milette and Morit.