Ras Dia

Program Associate & Producer

Ras Dia, a native of New York City, has produced multi-disciplinary programming, launched youth arts initiatives, and established partnerships which highlight the role of the arts as a platform for global advocacy and sustainable youth engagement.

In addition to his work at National Sawdust, Ras is the Executive Director of the New York City Master Chorale (nycmasterchorale.org), Creative Producer for MESS (messnyc.com), and currently serves as Special Advisor on Arts and Advocacy to the United Nations Association of El Salvador. 

He has also worked with the National Children’s Chorus, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and The New School, where he supported outreach programming for immigrants, abuse survivors, and refugees across New York City.

Ras holds a Master of Music degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a Bachelor of Music degree (summa cum laude) from Purchase College (SUNY).