Who We Are
Craig T. Peterson, Artistic Director
Craig Peterson joined the staff at Abrons in September, 2016. Previously he was the Director of Programs at Gibney Dance, a multi-faceted center for dance and performance development, training and presentation in New York City. From 2009 – 2013, Peterson was the Director and Producer of the annual Philly Fringe Festival, a three-week city-wide festival featuring the work of more than 200 performing artists and companies. During this time he also launched and directed the Live Arts Brewery (LAB), a research and development program supporting long term residencies and engagement activities for local and national artists. For ten years he served on the staff of Dance Theater Workshop, one of America’s preeminent contemporary performing arts institutions based in NYC. For four years he served as the organization’s Co-Artistic Director.
Kim Cox, Registrar
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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.
nicHi douglas, Engagement Manager for Performance
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Nichi Douglas is a dancer, actor, writer, and teacher of children’s theatre, political comedy and creative arts, respectively, individually, and collectively. Her NYC stage credits include performances at Skirball Performing Arts Center, HERE Arts Center, La Mama Galleria + The Ellen Stewart, The Wild Project, The Bushwick Starr, Irondale Center, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub and Madison Square Garden. TV appearances include Politics Nation (MSNBC), Good Morning America (ABC), and The Late Late Show w/ James Corden (CBS). BFA from NYU ’09. MFA from New School ’13.
Chantara Ellis, 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.
Terrell Finner, Performance Programs Coordinator
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Terrell supports a variety of artist and audience services in tandem with the Director of Performance Programs. Terrell is a native of Houston, Texas. He received his B.S. in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University in 2015. Terrell is very interested in public health and is an aspiring physician. Combining his calling with his interest in the performing arts, he enjoys working with artists and helping them connect to new audiences.
Jon Harper, Technical Director
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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.
Carl Johnson, House Manager
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Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Performance Programs
Ali oversees the curation of Abrons’ performance season with Artistic Director Craig Peterson and manages artist relations. An an independent curator, she has produced visual art exhibitions, performances, and public programs at Danspace Project’s Food For Thought Series, AFROPUNK AFTER DARK 2015, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, MINKA Brooklyn, Weeksville Heritage Center, and more. She has also organized discursive events as an Alumnae Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, with Movement Research as part of their Studies Project platform, and the DISCOURSE series as the Associate Curator of the 2017 American Realness Festival. Ali was co-founder of the curatorial platform MAMI (2016-2017), which produced a music compilation, an exhibition, performances, symposiums, and nightlife with NON WORLDWIDE, Fake Accent, BUFU, BBZ London, GET ARTISTS PAID, and over 150 DJs, artists, collectives, and activists. She graduated from Barnard with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and interdisciplinary concentrations in Dance and Race/Ethnic Studies. She is currently an M.A. candidate at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
Benjamin Schrier, Engagement Manager for Music
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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.
Carolyn Sickles, Director of Engagement & Visual Arts
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Carolyn oversees Abrons’ Engagement offerings and AIRspace studio/curatorial residency program. She is an artist, curator and arts educator living in Brooklyn, New York. Carolyn has facilitated workshops for New Museum, Dia Art Foundation, and e-flux; given artist talks at NARS Foundation and The Wassaic Project; guest lectured for Teachers College Columbia University, The New School, and Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development at New York University; and presented at National Guild for Community Arts Education and NYCMER annual conferences. Previous institutions include the Norton Museum of Art and Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. Carolyn received a M.S. Edu in Museum Leadership at Bank Street College and B.F.A. in Sculpture & B.A. in Art History attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute, and Florida Atlantic University. Select residencies, exhibitions, and curatorial projects 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).
Renee Schwartz, Operations Manager
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Bio coming soon.
Emma Zurer, Engagement Program Coordinator
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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.