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 curricula 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 dramaturg she has worked with Brian Brooks, Yanira Castro, Rachel Cohen, Barbie Diewald, Rebecca Davis, Jody Oberfelder, Jody Sperling, Shannon Gillen, Krista Jansen, Abigail Levine, Erin Malley, Rebekah Windmiller, Sara Zimmerman, among others. 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.
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
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.
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
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, Ed McKeaney, Thomas O. Kreigsmann, Vito Sclafani and more