FIELD STAFF(alphabetical by last name)
NISHA ASNANI is a singer and songwriter who is thrilled to be at The Field in a Marketing & Communications capacity. As an artist, she's been fortunate enough to be a part of New York City's music scene playing regularly at staples such as The Bitter End, The Highline Ballroom, The Canal Room, The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, and Rockwood Music Hall. Nisha also created and hosts a weekly all-art form Open Mic at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Outside of performance, she teaches music and yoga! In her spare time, you will find Nisha practicing yoga on her mat and experimenting with vegan cooking. www.thisisnisha.com
PELE BAUCH is a choreographer, dance dramaturg, and arts manager. Pele joined The Field in 2004 after benefiting from its programs for six years. As Associate Director, Programming she manages The Field's career and creative development curriculums and residencies, oversees our international Field Network of sites offering Fieldwork. In 2007 she received a Passing it On BAXten award for her work at The Field. She has published articles on artist services in BackStage and Contact Quarterly. From 2001 to 2004, Pele was Development Officer for government and individual support at The Joyce. She has also held development positions at the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Young Dancers in Repertory. As a choreographer, Pele has received residencies from The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, the Chocolate Factory, and 92Y Harkness Dance Center. Her choreography has been selected for presentation at many NYC venues including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Movement Research at the Judson Church, HERE's American Living Room and the Best of the American Living Room, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Pele has also received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Brooklyn Arts Council. Pele pronounces her name "pelly." www.pelebauch.org
ADAM BURNETT is a playwright, director and producer who joins The Field as Development and Special Events Associate after working in grants administration at Exit Art and BAM. Adam is the co-artistic director of Buran Theatre, founded in 2007, which is comprised of a bevy of rotating disparate artists, designers and performers in far-flung locales who collaborate around his theatre texts. With Buran Adam has produced his work and the work of others throughout the United States and abroad with major productions in New York at The Brick, Dixon Place, Exit Art, and Incubator Arts Project; in Kansas City at the MET Ensemble and Unicorn Theater; in Albuquerque at Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival; in Las Vegas at the Box Office Theater and Las Vegas Little Theater; in Los Angeles at Studio/Stage Theater; in Lawrence at the University of Kansas and Lawrence Arts Center; and in Vilnius, Lithuania at the Vilnius Chamber Theatre. As a director/producer Adam has assisted in developing the works of Theresa Buchheister, Sarah Graalman, Carlo Matos, and Casey Mraz. Adam also irregularly writes fiction and non-fiction pieces having been published in The Awl, VICE Magazine, and Three Rooms Press, among others.
The Field empowered Executive Director, JENNIFER WRIGHT COOK, to cut her teeth twice! First, as a fledgling arts administrator in 1996 when she was an exhausted dancer/waitress/personal trainer in need of a life change and then again in 2006 when her full-time performance life was waning and she was ready to hunker down and test her leadership skills. Her current role as Executive Director is firmly grounded in these two experiences - that The Field can truly change someone’s life. Jennifer officially joined The Field’s staff in 2006 as Development Manager and then Co-Director. In 2007 she was promoted to Executive Director where she oversees The Field’s programmatic, technological, financial and organizational growth. In 2008 she launched an innovative mentorship program, Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists (ERPA) in 2008 with multi-year funding from The Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Backstage, WNYC Public Radio, and by participation on adjudication panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and Dance Theater Workshop. Jennifer is a part of Pew Charitable Trust's Cultural Data Project Task Force and the NYC Arts Coalition. She has been on panels for CUNY Prelude Festival, Alliance of Artists Communities and the Future of Music Coalition. She is also a proud alum of Coro Leadership NY XXI. As a dance/theater performer, teacher and art-maker, Jennifer has performed/created with the San Francisco-based Joe Goode Performance Group (1997-2005) and New York choreographers Neil Greenberg, Sarah Skaggs, Mark Dendy and others. She has performed her own work in Madrid, New York, San Francisco and Portland, OR. She sings in a gospel choir and lives in Brooklyn.
SHAMA DAVIS, Online Systems Manager, has worked in website development for more than 15 years and is a children's fiction writer. She trained in dance, theatre, and music at Walnut Hill School of the Arts and Northwestern University, and went on to complete an M.A. in the writing and critical analysis of Children's Literature.
KELLEY GIROD is ecstatic to be a staff member of The Field, an organization whose generosity, support and real commitment to artists changed her life after having worked closely with Executive Director Jennifer Wright Cook in 2012 as a sponsored artist. Girod is a playwright and founding producer of The Fire This Time Festival, a downtown theatre festival founded in 2008 for emerging artists of African/African American descent. This endeavor earned her nytheatre.com's "Person of the Year 2011." Other producing credits include "Outcry"(Horse Trade Theatre and Jack, NYC 2012/2013); "The Flower Thief" (Horse Trade Theater, 2012); "Get Me A Guy" (Midwinter Madness Festival, NYC, 2013). Her own work has been produced in her native Louisiana, Los Angeles, Ohio and New York. In addition she is serving as a committee member for Culture Project's Women Center Stage 2013. She is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program where she was a Stein and Liberace Fellow as well as a John Golden Fellow.
SHAWN RENE GRAHAM is a freelance writer and dramaturg from San Jose, California who has worked with many writers including, Kia Corthron, Nilo Cruz, Steve Harper, Eduardo Machado, Walter Mosley, Lynn Nottage, Suzan Lori Parks, John Henry Redwood, Guillermo Reyes, Paul Rudnick, Steve Harper, Susan Sontag, Dominic A. Taylor, Edwin Sanchez, Judy Tate, and Naomi Wallace. She has been a guest dramaturg at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Crossroads Theatre Company's Genesis Festival, the New Professional Theatre, and African American Women's New Play Festival and on many panels including, National Endowments for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Artist Grants Panel in Playwriting and the Mark Taper Forum's New Works Festival and is currently the resident dramaturg of The American Slavery Project's: Unheard Voices collaboration. Ms. Graham has worked in dance, serving as dramaturg for The Errol Grimes Dance Group's RED, Mrs. Robeson in Moscow, Sunday Day, Prism to a Dream and By the Sea at the Henry Street Settlement's Harry De Jur Playhouse. She is the Producing Coordinator for the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Future Classics Series and Playwright’s Playground, and founder of All Creative Writes, an artistic assistance service designed to provide individual artists and performing arts organizations with administrative, fundraising and writing support. Ms. Graham holds degrees from the California State University, Los Angeles and the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. She lives in Harlem, NY
LIZA WADE GREEN is a Brooklyn-based performing artist who enjoys creating collaborative works that blend playful storytelling with dynamic movement. As a performer, writer, and director she has collaborated on dozens of original pieces of dance and theatre in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Liza bolsters her performance-making practice by assisting other artists and has served as Managing Director for the Stolen Chair Theatre Company, Manager of Grants and Services at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, PR Assistant at Media Blitz and Project Coordinator and Teaching Artist at CUNY/Creative Arts Team. She is currently working towards an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College. www.lizawadegreen.com
SUSAN OETGEN An opera singer by training, Susan Oetgen is a New York City-based performing artist. In addition to creating and performing original works of contemporary music theater, Susan designs and facilitates workshops, dialogues and teaching artist residencies that investigate the interdisciplinary relationship between the performing arts and conflict resolution. Susan earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Catholic University of America and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Susan has been a Fieldwork facilitator since 2006.
CASSIE TUNICK is a physical theater performer, writer, and teacher. After moving to New York from San Francisco in 2004, she joined The Field’s team in 2007 in support of the performing arts community and received a crash course in non-profit accounting. As Associate Director, Finance and Human Resources, she manages The Field’s fiscal accounting and reporting, the financial side of the Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and leads bookkeeping workshops for artists. In her past she managed dance studios and medical practices, danced in a Butoh company, played in a rock band, taught in Universities, organized conferences, and improvised around the world. In New York her work has been seen at Issue Project Room, The Brooklyn Art Museum, Triskelion Arts, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, CAVE, CRS, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Dixon Place, and Symphony Space, among others. For the last 23 years she has worked extensively with Ruth Zaporah in Action Theater and is a Senior Teacher of the practice. Currently she is a member of Company SoGoNo and Reflex Ensemble, and creates solo performance works. She holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. www.cassietunick.com
BILL ZEMAN is The Field's Associate Director, Technology. He has been a web developer and programmer since 1996 and is well versed in numerous languages and technologies. He has developed websites for the United Nations, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Aspen Institute and the Ford Foundation. He has also developed a number of desktop applications including an automatic content management system generator. Bill is also a painter and sculptor. He is best known for his project "Tiny Art Director", a collaboration with his two-year-old daughter. His art can be seen at www.billzeman.com.
This Fall, Fieldwork is being facilitated by AMY COVA, the Founder/Artistic Director of Amy Cova Dance. Amy's choreography has been commissioned by numerous institutions including the Detroit Institute of Art. Her company has been seen at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, The Alvin Ailey Studio Theatre, TriskelionArts, The Flea Theater and Dance New Amsterdam. Most recently Cova premiered her evening length work Spinal Streets and a Straw as part of FLIC fest 2013. Having been a faculty member/guest artist at numerous universities including Oakland University and the University of Michigan, Cova is currently a Groundwork Artist in Residence at Shannon Hummel's Cora Dance and performs with Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edit) Arts.
EDWARD MCKEANY, who is teaching The Field's arts management intensive, JumpstART, moved to New York City in 2003 and has served as the Director of Development & External Relations for Elevator Repair Service Theater since September 2011.Ed worked as the General Manager of The Wooster Group from 2008-2011 and the Director of Special Events at BAM from 2005-2008. He's also been the Managing Producer for PearlDamour and Banana Bag & Bodice, and Director of Development at Abingdon Theatre Company. Before moving to New York, he spent many seasons at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, WV.
THOMAS O. KRIEGSMANN: Producer, manager and curator who founded ArKtype in 2006 toward the long-term development, production and touring of new internationally based performance work on various scales. His work includes projects with venues worldwide and renowned artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Brook, Yael Farber, Annie-B Parsons & Paul Lazar, Lisa Peterson, Jay Scheib, Julie Taymor, and Tony Taccone. For three seasons he produced the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL and recently premiered Big Dance Theater / Mikhail Baryshnikov’s MAN IN A CASE and the U.S. premiere of Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater’s NOT BY BREAD ALONE. Current collaborations include Jay Scheib (Cambridge); Baryshnikov Productions (New York); Denis O’Hare & Lisa Peterson (New York); Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater (Tel Aviv); Big Dance Theater (New York); Byron Au Yong & Aaron Jafferis (Seattle/New Haven); Phantom Limb (New York); Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen (New York); Sam Green / Yo La Tengo (Brooklyn / Hoboken); Compagnia T.P.O. (Italy); Aurélia & Victoria Thiérrée-Chaplin (France); Joshua Light Show (New York); Dayna Hanson (Seattle); KMA (London); Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra (Brooklyn); Rude Mechs (Austin, TX); and Theatre for a New Audience (New York). Upcoming premieres include Jay Scheib’s PLATONOV from the story by Anton Chekhov (La Jolla Playhouse, September 2013), Dayna Hanson’s THE CLAY DUKE (Summer 2013) Jessica Black & Erik Jensen’s LESTER BANGS PROJECT (Spring 2014). www.arktype.org. Thomas will be teaching Touring 101 at The Field this fall!
FRAN KIRMSER has worked for over twelve years, producing, promoting and fundraising for dance and theater. Collectively she has raised millions of dollars in institutional funding and corporate sponsorships for hundreds of companies. She has held positions in Development, Public Relations, Management, or Booking and Representation with the following organizations: Ellis Wood Dance, Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, Lisa Giobbi Movement Theater, Shen Wei, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Doug Varone and Dancers, Sandra Cameron Dance Center, Pentacle. She was a founder of manhattan theatre source 1999-2011 where she served as Producing Artistic Director and in 2002 founded Made to Move, Inc. - a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge of the art of dance and theatre that still thrives today. Fran produced August Wilson's Radio Golf on Broadway nominated for four Tony Awards. She holds two Tony Awards for the 2009 Best Musical Revival Hair and this year's 2013 Best Play Revival Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In 2010 Fran conceived a sports series for stage including the 2011 longest running Broadway play Lombardi, Magic/Bird and now Bronx Bombers. She is a graduate of Skidmore College with continuing education at NYU Tisch School of Dance and Columbia University. www.frankirmser.com
VITO SCLAFANI, a native New Yorker, has a BA in Public Accounting from Pace University. Having worked for KPMG, Peat Marwick and other public accounting firms, Vito realized the need for more personalized service and expertise required by the arts community and the small business community. For over 20 years his firm has been servicing the arts and entertainment community. Vito has been a member of The Field's board of directors since 2005. "I find that the arts community in New York appreciates the personalized attention my firm is willing to give them," says Vito Sclafani.
Recent program leaders have included Brian Brooks, Royd Climenhaga, Maura Donohue, Arlene Goldbard, Andy Horowitz, Sara Juli, Amy Kail, Jodi Kaplan, Jaki Levy, Brian McCormick, Beth Morrison, Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, Esther Robinson, Rachel Schroeder, Janet Stapleton, Laura Colby, Zanetta Addams-Pilgrim, Peggy H. Cheng, James Scruggs, and more