Staff

Craig T. Peterson, Executive Artistic Director
cpeterson@henrystreet.org
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 p erforming arts institutions based in NYC.  For four years he served as the organization’s Co-Artistic Director. 

 

OPERATIONS

Jon Harper, Managing Director
212.598.0400 x1408 | jharper@henrystreet.org
Jon oversees all operational aspects of the arts center.  Prior to joining Abrons and Henry Street, he toured as a lighting supervisor with Pilobolus, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and worked in the fabrication of large-scale public artworks. He has also worked for many years as a freelance lighting designer and creates lighting designs for dance, theater, opera, performance art, and live music shows. He received his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Tennessee in 2007.  He received an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Baruch College in 2019 as part of the NY Community Trust Fellows program.

Megan Wilton, Rentals and Office Manager
212.598.0400 x1404 | mwilton@henrystreet.org

 

PROGRAMMING AND RESIDENCIES

Ali Rosa-Salas, Artistic Director
ASalas@HenryStreet.org
Ali Rosa-Salas is a curator of live performance, music, and visual art. Her approach is rooted in the belief that curatorial practice must serve the public good. She finds inspiration from the cultural ecosystems of Lenapehoking (currently called New York City), where she was born and raised. Ali is currently the Artistic Director at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, where she curates the Center’s performance and exhibition programming, as well as supports the Center’s residency programs. Prior to Abrons, Ali organized projects with AFROPUNK, Danspace Project, Discwoman, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, Weeksville Heritage Center, and more. She graduated from Barnard with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with interdisciplinary concentrations in Dance and Race/Ethnic Studies, and has an M.A. from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. In addition to her role at Abrons, Ali is the Associate Curator of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She is also the co-curator of Nuyorican Mag, a digital archive that celebrates the cultural, social, and political innovations of Puerto Ricans from New York City.

 

EDUCATION

Randy Luna, Director of Education
212.598.0400 X 1414 | rluna@henrystreet.org
As Director of Education Programs, Randy Luna oversees all Abrons’ Education Programs. Randy was born and raised in the Lower East Side. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theater and a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management while actively performing in NYC. He is an educator, choreographer, creative director, actor, stylist, and designer.

Millie Kapp, Associate Director of Education
212.598.0400 X 1413 | mkapp@henrystreet.org
As Associate Director of Education, Millie Kapp stewards educational programs between Abrons Arts Center and other divisions within Henry Street Settlement, including some Department of Education sites. Millie Kapp is also a performance artist, writer, and educator. Millie Kapp was born and raised in New York City (Lenapehoking).

Tyler Diaz, Education Manager
212.598.0400 X 1402 | tdiaz@henrystreet.org

 

PRODUCTION

Lauren Parrish, Production Manager
212.598.0400 X 1423 | lparrish@henrystreet.org
Lauren holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she graduated in 2007 with a concentration in dance. She has been the production stage manager for Battleworks Dance Company, KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Susan Marshall & Company, BODYTRAFFIC, Youth America Grand Prix at NYCC and Lincoln Center, TAKE Dance, and amongst others. From 2011-2018, Lauren was the resident lighting designer and production manager for American Repertory Ballet, where she helped premiere the first ballet version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. She also worked with Camille A. Brown & Dancers on the creation of Brown’s trilogy of works Mr. TOL E. RANCE, Black Girl: Linguistic Play, and ink. She was previously the production manager of 59E59 Theaters, managing three venues hosting over thirty different productions each year. Outside of her role at Abrons Arts Center, Lauren is currently the General + Production Manager for DANCE NOW and continues to work with artists on the development of new work as a lighting and visual designer. She lives in the Bronx, but you can find her online at www.laurenaparrish.com.

Jørgen Skjærvold, Technical Director
212.598.0400 | jskjaervold@henrystreet.org

Justin Faircloth, Audience Services Manager
212.598.0400 X 1422 | jfaircloth@henrystreet.org
As Audience Services Manager, Justin works with the Front of House, Programming, Marketing, and Production teams at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement by developing and managing ticketing operations for Staff, Artists, and Visitors. Justin received his BFA in Dance at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts in 2016 and continues his art practice as a freelance dancer and performance maker.

Laty Smith, House Manager
212.598.0400 X 1425 | lsmith@henrystreet.org

 

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Jamie Sterns, Director of Development and Communications
212.598.0400 x1415 | jsterns@henrystreet.org
Jamie Sterns oversees development and communications strategies for Abrons Art Center. Previously, she worked in digital communications and development for NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions. She also has a background in commercial and non-profit arts organizations and was formerly the director of P.P.O.W and A.I.R. Gallery and was the curatorial director of Interstate Projects. She has a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, a MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmith’s University, London and is a Masters Degree candidate for Marketing at NYU.

Charles O’Leary, Digital Communications and Graphic Design Manager
212.598.0400 x1407 | coleary@henrystreet.org
As Digital Communications and Graphic Design Manager, Charles oversees the promotion of cultural activities at the Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement. Charles is a New Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist and arts administrator. They received their BFA in Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Interested in the possibility of art being both a meaningful social service and a poetic experience, they have worked for a number of artists, designers, and institutions alike.

PRESS-SPECIFIC INQUIRIES AND INDUSTRY TICKETS

Meryl Weinsaft Cooper, Public Relations
929-266-7377 | press@henrystreet.org