Justine Bayod Espoz

  • Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
  • Chicago, IL

Justine Bayod Espoz is an arts journalist, producer, and performing arts curator. She holds BAs in Spanish and English Literature from Smith College and a Master’s in Cultural Management from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).

Ms. Bayod Espoz has written about and researched flamenco for over a decade, lecturing on the evolution of the artform at various North American universities, museums, and cultural institutions. Her articles and research on the performing and fine arts have been published in magazines around the world, with her most recent article on flamenco appearing in the New York Times’ magazine Departures.

In 2010, she founded ToritoArtists, a booking and management agency focused on touring international artists in the United States and Canada with the goal of building appreciation and understanding of traditional and ethnic arts and the cultures that they represent. The company has represented groundbreaking artists from Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Mexico and Spain.

In 2016, Ms. Bayod Espoz founded Torito Arts NFP to address what she sees as an undeniable dearth of diversity and representation in the American performing arts field. The organization’s objective is to reduce this underrepresentation on stage, behind the scenes and within our audiences.

“I believe that access to the arts is a human right and that governments should ensure equitable access to arts education and experience. Participating in the ALI will help me develop my understanding of how to most effectively advocate for arts access at the government level.”