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.
Chantara Ellis, Senior Engagement Manager: Outreach & School Programs
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As Senior Engagement Manager, Chantara oversees Abrons’ outreach and school based teaching 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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Millie Kapp, Engagement Program Coordinator
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Millie Kapp is a New York-based performing artist. She graduated with a masters in Performance Studies from NYU and completed her undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kapp has presented her performance work in Oakland, Maine, Toronto, Philadelphia, Montreal, Minneapolis, Chicago and New York. She’s curated and programmed performance in New York City and was previously adjunct faculty at Stony Brook University.
Randy Luna, Senior Engagement Manager: Center Programs
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As Senior Engagement Manager, Randy Luna oversees Abrons’ Center Programs. Randy is a New York Native born and raised in the Lower East Side. He has a Bachelors in Business Management and a Bachelors in Theater.
Kenny Olguin, Assistant Technical Director
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Kenny handles a majority of the onsite technical needs for the many performances and events hosted by Abrons. Outside of his work at Abrons, Kenny performs professionally with Tiffany Mills Company (a Brooklyn-based dance company), works in technical theater and dance freelance, and deeply invests himself in the sustainability of dance and art making communities. Kenny got his start at Abrons back in 2014 as a Production Intern for the technical theater department. He graduated from Bennington College later that year with a BA in Liberal Arts, concentrating in dance and psychology.
Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Performance Programs
As Director of Performance Programs at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Ali Rosa-Salas oversees the curation of the Center’s performance season with Artistic Director Craig Peterson. As an independent curator, she has produced visual art exhibitions, performances, and public programs with AFROPUNK, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, Weeksville Heritage Center, and more. She has also organized discursive events as an Alumnae Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and as the Associate Curator of the 2017 American Realness Festival. Ali graduated from Barnard with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with interdisciplinary concentrations in Dance and Race/Ethnic Studies, and is currently an M.A. candidate at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. In addition to her role at Abrons, she supports electronic music DJs and producers as a booking agent with Discwoman.
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.