Who We Are
Jay is the Director of the Abrons Arts Center and responsible for all aspects of the Center's curation, programming, and administration. Prior to joining Henry Street in 2006, he served as Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine for over a decade and was a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC from 2004-5. He frequently serves on review panels for public funding and private foundations, and has served on the Bessie Award jury since 2012. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Yale University.
Kim is responsible for registering students for workshops and classes. She also manages the music department. Kim has been with Henry Street since 1987, working full time as a receptionist and clerk at Youth Services. She has also worked at Governuer and Bellevue Hospitals.
Director of Exhibitions and AIRspace
Jonathan organizes the gallery exhibitions, AIRspace residency program, and many artist related events and programs. Prior to 2008, when he started at Abrons, he was an artist in resident at the CORE Program Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He received his MFA in sculpture from UCLA, and is the recipient of an Aunspaugh Fellowship from the University of Virginia. Jonathan's artwork has been exhibited internationally including Recess, NY; Mixed Greens Gallery, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,TX; CTRL Gallery,TX; Galerie fur Gegenwartskunst, Bremen, Germany; and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland.
Engagement Manager for Visual Arts
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As Engagement Manager for Visual Arts, Chantara coordinates Abrons’ visual arts classes and school based residencies. Chantara is an educator, artist and art historian from Fort Worth, Texas. She has a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street College and a Bachelors in Art History from Brandeis University with a focus in modern and contemporary art. Chantara developed her interest in arts education while interning as a camp counselor and artist assistant at The Modern Museum of Art and an education intern at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas as a high school student. She has continued to work with a varied of museum education department, including the Rose Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and most recently the New Museum.
Jon oversees the technical aspects of the performance spaces and the shows that happens in them. Prior to joining Abrons and Henry Street, he toured as a lighting supervisor with Pilobolus, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He has also worked for many years as a freelance lighting designer, and created the lighting for dance, theater, opera, performance art, and live music shows. He received his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Tennessee in 2007.
Engagement Manager for Performance
Millie Kapp is the Engagement Manager of Performance, coordinating dance/theater classes and school residencies. Millie has a MA in Performance Studies from New York University and BA in Visual and Critical Studies from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Professional experiences include teaching performance-based classes and workshops and visiting artist lectures at Maryland Institute College of the Arts, the University of Chicago and Stony Brook College. Kapp is a performance artist and has presented her work in Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Toronto, and New York, recipient of the CAAP grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and participated in artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, the Chicago Cultural Center and the School of Making Thinking. Though her performance work is primarily dance-based, her work crosses disciplines incorporating video, sculpture and text. Kapp is also a writer and curator and has curated performance events in Chicago and New York.
Maedhbh Mc Cullagh
Maedhbh is the Managing Director of the Abrons Arts Center and is charged with the center's financial, marketing, operations and front of house management. Originally from Ireland, she is an honors graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, [B.A.] and the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, [H.Dip Communications & Development]. She has worked in the US and Europe as program manager, consultant, producer and curator of performing arts programs, cultural events and festivals. Producer: Pretty Filthy (The Civilians) at Abrons Arts Center; And Death Shall Have No Dominion (Pete M Wyer/River to River Festival), site specific; with The Foundry Theatre, The Provenance of Beauty (site specific), The Myopia & Plays (Atlantic, Stage 2), This is My City Dialogue Series; Graham & Frost (The Sullivan Project/1st Irish Theatre Festival). Producing Consultant: This is the End (Restless Productions at the The Chocolate Factory), Touring Producer: Red Fly, Blue Bottle (Latitude 14/Tour: Noorderzon Festival). She has also worked as a consultant, special events and fundraising producer with ART-New York, Elevator Repair Service, The Chocolate Factory, Radiohole and the NTUSA. Prior to moving to NYC she was the Program Manager of the Dublin Fringe Festival (2002-2006), a curator of the music program and was a producer and venue manager of the award winning Aurora Nova international program of physical theatre, dance and cross disciplinary performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Many, many moons ago she could be found traipsing the halls of an Irish medieval castle as a Bunratty Singer!
Rose Marie Ortiz
Rose provides direction and day to day management of several key functions, including administration, operations, human resources, liaison, also assists with events and supports the director with projects, as needed. Prior to joining Henry Street in 2005, she worked for The World Travel Specialist Group for Lawyers, as the Facilities Coordinator. Rose attended Pace University in 1984.
Audience & Performing Artists Services
David is responsible for the information center/front desk area/lobby, providing a gateway for the exchange of information, thereby facilitating the needs of a vibrant cross-section of patrons/students/performers/staff/general art enthusiasts/neighborhood residents/random passers-by. David's previous art-milieu experiences include similar stints with Anthology Film Archives and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Engagement Manager for Music
Ben Schrier is the Engagement Manager for Music, designing and coordinating music/media classes and school residencies. After attaining a BMS form Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ben went on to work as a composer, recording engineer and music education coordinator. Teaching experiences include private lesson, ensemble, theory and group classes. Though his music is primarily rock-based, his work incorporates elements of classical, jazz and electronic music. In addition to his solo work, Ben is a member of the progressive rock/metal band Die a Hero.
Director of Engagement
Carolyn oversees Abrons' Engagement offerings including classes, seminars, and public programs. She has worked in New York City and South Florida as an artist/curator/art educator; facilitated workshops for the New Museum, Dia Art Foundation, e-flux, NYCMER Annual Conference; guest lectured for Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, and New York University; collected/processed exhibition evaluation for Museum of Modern Art. Previous institutions include the Norton Museum of Art and Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. Carolyn received her M.S. Edu in Museum Leadership at Bank Street College; B.F.A. in Sculpture and B.A. in Art History at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute, and Florida Atlantic University. Select residencies, exhibitions, and curatorial experiences include Shift, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Hidden in Plain Sight, Projekt722, Brooklyn; Truck n’ South, Living Room Gallery, Miami; Beyond Delicate, Whitespace at The Mordes Collection and Materially Speaking, Armory Art Center, Palm Beaches.
Engagement Program Assistant
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Emma Zurer is the Engagement Programs Assistant supporting the performance, music and visual arts classes. She is a collage artist, performer and educator. Her work has been exhibited in various New York galleries and publications, most recently at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City. Emma has performed with the artist collective Cheryl in nightclubs around New York, including the Museum of Modern Art.