Kimberleigh Costanzo

Senior Director of Grants and Operations

Kimberleigh Costanzo currently serves as the Howard Gilman Foundation’s Senior Director of Grants and Operations. In that role, they are responsible for designing and overseeing the Foundation’s internal grants systems, managing the grants team staff, and developing grantmaking policies and processes that are aligned with the Foundation’s values. In addition, Kimberleigh continues to work directly with grantee organizations pursuing funding, collaboratively crafting recommendations that support the Foundation’s vision of a more just and equitable performing arts ecosystem.

In their time at the Foundation, Kimberleigh has held a variety of positions and has played a critical role in the development of the Foundation’s core programs. Prior to joining the Howard Gilman Foundation in 2015, Kimberleigh worked in operations and development at Gibney Dance, Movement Research, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and for a variety of individual artists. 

Kimberleigh was born and raised on Long Island, studying both dance and string bass performance, with the vital encouragement of their supportive family. Kimberleigh attended Iona University where she pursued an individually crafted course of study and graduated with degrees in philosophy, dance, and sculpture. Kimberleigh continues to make work as a dance, performance, and fiber artist whose choreography has been presented at venues throughout New York City and developed in residency centers nationally and internationally. Kimberleigh is a proud Ridgewood, Queens resident.


Performances stand out to me when they dance between the specific and the universal. There’s something powerful about a work that makes you feel seen, and it becomes even more powerful when you look around the audience to find a crowd full of other people feeling the same way.