Mary Stephens is currently Producing Director of Performance in the Borderlands at Arizona State University, where she focuses on public art, performance, politics, and community engagement in public spaces. Her work focuses on new relationship models between institutions and multiple publics in Arizona. Along with her production career, she teaches in the School of Film, Dance & Theatre and in the Socially Engaged Practice program where she focuses on civic engagement through the arts. Through her work in the arts she has built a successful initiative and cultural center in downtown Phoenix. Key to her work is place-making through artistic partnerships between international, national, and local stakeholders.