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 also received an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Baruch College in 2019 as part of the NY Community Trust Fellows program, and is currently pursuing his MPA at Columbia University with a dual concentration in Environmental & Sustainability and Management & Innovation.

Bridget Holmes, Studio and Theater Rentals Manager
212-598-0400 x1404 | bholmes@henrystreet.org

 

PROGRAMMING AND RESIDENCIES

Ali Rosa-Salas, Artistic Director
212-598-0400 x1421 | 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.

Chayanne Marcano, Associate Producer
212-598-0400 x1426 | CMarcano@HenryStreet.org
Chayanne Marcano is an artist, writer, and researcher of space, place, and belonging. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Chayanne is vested in producing a more holistic arts ecosystem for artists, cultural workers, and audiences. Previously, as Senior Coordinator of Public Programs & Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chayanne presented programs that varied in scale and provided multiple entry-points for public engagement with artists of African descent. Additionally, Chayanne has contributed to programming efforts at Visual AIDS, The Anacostia Community Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. In 2022, Chayanne was one of over forty cultural innovators featured in Museum Metamorphosis: Cultivating Change Through Cultural Citizenship. They are currently training as a full-spectrum doula.

 

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 was the General + Production Manager for DANCE NOW for over a decade, and 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 continues to work with artists on the development of new work as a lighting and visual designer. She lives in the Bronx, and 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.

Latyana Smith, House Manager
212-598-0400 X 1425 | lsmith@henrystreet.org
As a house manager, Latyana oversees operations and staff throughout all of Abrons Arts Centers theater spaces. Latyana, along with her front of house staff, welcomes the public to the theater and oversee their safety and well-being before, during, and immediately after the show. They answer any patrons’ questions, listen to patrons’ compliments and concerns, and make audience members feel welcome during their time at the Abrons.

 

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Anzia Anderson, Marketing and Communications Manager
212-598-0400 x 1407 | aanderson@henrystreet.org

 

CREATIVES REBUILD NEW YORK’S ARTIST EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Perfect City members Aaron Landsman, Jahmorei Snipes, and Tiffany Zorilla will work with Abrons Arts Center from 2022 to 2024 on projects that will engage Lower East Side residents through a series of creative initiatives sponsored by Creatives Rebuild New York’s Artist Employment Program. Designed to support employment opportunities for artists, the program is funding 98 collaborations involving a dynamic group of 300 artists employed by community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribal governments across New York State.

Multidisciplinary artist Aaron Landsman formed Perfect City in 2016, from the understanding that many sustainability initiatives in urban planning do not address systemic inequities, and often lead to cities becoming more exclusive. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, support from major foundations and residencies at ASU and Princeton, where he continues to teach.

Jahmorei Snipes is an actress, advocate and artistic activist. Originally from El Barrio, she currently resides in Harlem, New York. With a profound care for her city and the world around her, Jahmorei joined The Youth Channel at Manhattan Neighborhood Network Youth Media Center. In 2017, she joined Perfect City and co-founded The Catcalling Project. She received a BFA in Acting with a minor in political science from Marymount Manhattan College, Jahmorei has continued to pursue her passions as an actor, theater-maker, and activist. She has presented workshops regularly through Perfect City at CUNY, Princeton and ASU, and with the Confident Futures project alongside other artists and advocates in Amsterdam.

Tiffany Zorrilla is a Dominican woman who was born and raised in the Lower East Side and currently resides in El Barrio in Harlem. Tiffany is a prolific artist with fluency in many media, including but not limited to poetry, ceramic sculpture, painting, video-making, and non-fiction writing. Her research and work exist conceptually within studies of anti-misogynist, anti-colonial resistance, and literary criticism. A published writer and strong advocate for her community, she co-founded The Catcalling Project, sings jazz and plays the piano.

 

PRESS-SPECIFIC INQUIRIES AND INDUSTRY TICKETS

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