NYSAF COMMUNITY: STAFF
CAMILLE CAPPELLO | Covid Compliance Officer
Camille Cappello (She/Her) Hello! Camille is thrilled to be returning to New York Stage and Film after being a part of the acting apprentice program in 2017. She has worked in collaboration with non profit organizations including Tsechen Kunchab Ling Temple, The Fresh Air Fund and Zip Zap Circus in partnership with Safe Harbors on the Hudson. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Dance and is currently pursuing an MFA in Applied Theatre at Emerson College. Here’s to a summer of exciting new theatre! :)
GRACE CHARIYA | PRODUCTION MANAGER
Grace Chariya, Production Manager (She/Her) is in her third season at New York Stage and Film - she has previously served as Assistant Production Manager (2021) and as a Stage Management Intern (2019). Grace has worn several hats - she is currently the stage manager for the national tour of Madeline Sayet's Where We Belong (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) and has previously served at Baltimore Center Stage as the Interim Executive Coordinator for their 2021-2022 season, as a Production Assistant, and as a Production Management Apprentice for their 2020-2021 season. She holds a BFA in Stage Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Favorite credits include Fires in the Mirror (Baltimore Center Stage/Long Wharf Theatre), A Play for the Living in the Time of Extinction; The Garden; (Baltimore Center Stage), Sanctuary City; Annie Salem: An American Tale; Goddess; (New York Stage and Film), Jessica Lang Dance’s us/we (Krannert Center for the Performing Arts), eurydice; gorge, idling gorge, just idling, just; An American Daughter; Studio Dance II; Don Giovanni; In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (University of Illinois).
YI-CHUNG CHEN | LIGHTING DIRECTOR
Yi-Chung Chen (She/Her), originally from Taiwan, is a NYC based lighting designer. Her designs have been seen in NY at New York City Center, David H. Koch Theater, The Joyce, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, New Ohio Theater, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Judson Memorial Church, etc; regionally at TheatreSquared in Arkansas; and internationally at Palais Garnier, NCPA Beijing, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Festival d'Avignon OFF, among others. Member of USA 829. MFA: Boston University. www.yichungchen.com
ERICA FEAGIN | AUDIO TECH
Erica Feagin is a sound designer and audio tech from Biloxi, MS. She received her BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2019. Erica has worked and apprenticed at companies like New York Stage and Film(2018, 2021,2022), Contemporary American Theatre Festival(2019), Repertory theatre of St. Louis (2022), and Baltimore Center Stage (2020-2022). In addition to working in sound for live theatre, she also has experience working in post-production for podcast media and short films.
NAISHALY VÉLEZ GALÁN | Stage Management Apprentice
Naishaly Vélez Galán (She/They) is based out of Albany, NY and is currently a rising Senior at the University at Albany majoring in Theatre and Sociology. During her undergraduate career, she has stage managed for the University at Albany’s production of Twelfth Night, in addition to multiple productions with Illuminate Theatre and the City School District of Albany. They are very excited to work with New York Stage and Film this summer.
LIAM GARDNER | Head Electrician
Liam Matthew Gardner is a proud trans & queer artist who holds his B.F.A. in Theatre Production & Design from Northwestern State University. Liam is often immersing himself in his passions such as stage lighting, acting, writing, painting, hiking, and goofily dancing around to pop music. Liam creates because every moment overflows with beauty. He seeks to capture those moments and share them with the world. He believes there is always an opportunity to construct something that highlights stories that have never been shared before, specifically stories about marginalized communities.His short-film “Transcend” was recognized as a Semifinalist in the Del Shores Foundation Writers Search. Liam’s favorite lighting design credits include Cinderella: An Original Contemporary Ballet, State of the Arts, and @ the Museum. His favorite acting credits include Brix in In Memoriam of Lena and Macbeth in Macbeth. Liam is over the moon to be joining NYSAF this summer!
SARAH GLENN | Company Manager
KATIE GUDZIK | Covid Compliance Officer
Katie Gudzik (She/Her) is a theatre artist from Port Jefferson, NY. She is graduating from SUNY New Paltz in December with a BA in Theatre Arts (Performance) and minors in Music and Deaf Studies. She is exploring many aspects of the craft as an actor, director, vocal director, scenic painter, front of house assistant, and now, CCO. Katie’s mission is to build community, inspire growth, and spread joy, empathy, and love through the arts and beyond. She is passionate about increasing accessibility in the arts and considering the sustainability impact of her work, regarding all people and our planet. Her goal is to leave this world a better place than she found it, collaborating with others who hope to do the same. Katie is thrilled to be joining the NYSAF team this summer and is looking forward to a spectacular (and COVID-safe!) season.
SHEA HITTMAN | Assistant Production Manager
Shea Hittman, Assistant Production Manager (She/Her) comes to NYSAF from South Florida, where she is the Stage Management Lecturer at the University of Miami. Shea is an Ensemble Member in Absentia at Theatre B in Moorhead, MN where she also worked as the Operations Manager. She has previously worked with theatres such as Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and the Hangar Theatre. Shea has a background in non-profit arts administration and as a production manager. She holds an MFA in Stage Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Favorite credits include Equivocation, Hand to God (Theatre B); Gem of the Ocean, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (University of Illinois); Master Class (Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre).
SHONARI JAMES | Assistant Company Manager
Shonari James is an actress and singer songwriter from Northern Virginia. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Contemporary Theater and Performance at The New School in New York City. Shonari releases music as an independent artist and has performed throughout the DC Area. She has recently played the lead in the short film "Subliminal" and played Angie in Is God Is. This is Shonari's first summer at New York Stage and Film and she's excited to be on the Company Management Team.
KYDIANA JEANTY | Assistant Company Manager
Kydiana Jeanty (Assistant Company Manager) is a new addition to the NYSAF team. Kydiana graduated from FSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. There, she refined her skills in stage management and acting. She also minored in Communications and Film Studies to not only learn about theatre, but entertainment in all aspects. She has worked on many memorable theatre productions, and with what she has learned, she hopes to cross over to film production in the near future. She is very excited to be working on the company management team at New York Stage and Film.”
VERONICA KLOSS | Assistant Company Manager
Veronica Kloss (She/Her) is excited to be working with NYSAF for the first time. She is currently attending the University of Montevallo in Alabama. She is double majoring in Communication Studies and Social Sciences with minors in Arts Administration, Public Relations, and Social Media Administration. This is her first experience with professional theater, but she has enjoyed acting, house managing, assistant directing, playwriting, and dramaturgy experiences in her schooling. After graduation, she hopes to work in the theater community full time, and she wants to work towards making theater more accessible. In her free time, Veronica enjoys watching Scooby-Doo and playing board games.
JUSTIN MACKIN | Content Creater
Justin Mackin is from Gastonia, North Carolina. He recently graduated from Western Carolina University, where he received a degree in motion picture studies. His passion started in high school where he found a love for the art through photography. Justin slowly grew an interest in the process of motion pictures where he currently finds opportunities to improve his craft in videography and photography. Justin is very excited to be working with NYSAF as a Content Creator. He feels that he can not only enhance his craft, but can show the world the wonderful opportunities NYSAF offers to people like him.
CAMILLE MARIE | Stage Management Apprentice
Camille Marie (She/Her) is a theatre maker from Staunton, Virginia. She is currently a junior B.F.A. Theatre Arts - Directing and Stage Management major at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. Camille most recently worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for I Love Christmas Movies! at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center with RWS Entertainment. Her work has also been seen onstage as the Assistant Director of Ordinary Days with DeAnna Smith and the Assistant Director of Spring Awakening with Dr. Kelly Bremner, both at Emory & Henry College.
ANTHONY MASSA | General Manager
Anthony Massa (He/Him) is a New York City-based theatre manager and third-year MFA candidate in Columbia University’s Theatre Management & Producing program. Most recently Anthony served as a Booking Assistant for Broadway and Beyond Theatricals. Previous theatre credits include: FringeNYC (Assistant to the General Manager), New York Musical Festival (General Management Intern), Macaulay Theatre Club (Co-Founder & Producer), and Disney Cruise Line (Entertainment Host/Character Hybrid). Anthony is a native Staten Islander and graduate of the Macaulay Honors College, CUNY (B.S. in Psychology & Dramatic Arts). Anthony's work and research focuses on family entertainment, theatre for young audiences, and accessibility within the performing arts, specifically maintaining DEIA policies to foster healthy work environments for individuals with disabilities. This is Anthony's first summer up in Poughkeepsie, NY working with New York Stage And Film and he is excited to get to work! Notable publications: Massa, A., DeNigris, D., & Gillespie-Lynch, K. (2020). Theatre as a tool to reduce autism stigma? evaluating 'Beyond Spectrums'. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 1-18.
JARED MATHIS | Front of House/Box Office Manager
Jared Mathis (He/Him) is thrilled to join the incredible NYSAF Team and welcome audiences to Poughkeepsie for this Summer Season. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Jared works in the worlds of event production, development, and marketing - creating opportunities for people to have enriching and meaningful experiences through art. He is a professional drummer and plays in multiple bands and for theaters around New York City. Jared was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas and holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing with a focus in Arts Management from Baldwin Wallace University.
VANESSA MINGS | Resident Stage Manager
Vanessa Mings was born in New Jersey but raised in Miami, FL. Vanessa made the move to the big apple after graduating with her bachelor's degree in theatre from Florida International University. Vanessa is honored to have stage managed for The Juilliard School, WP Theater, A.R.T and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater. Vanessa is a proud AEA member and is very grateful and happy to be back at New York Stage and Film for the 2022 summer season!
ALEX MONTOYA | Assistant Artistic Producer
Alex Montoya (He/Him) is a New York city based Producer & AEA Stage Manager. He is excited to be in his fourth season with New York Stage and Film, where he has worn many hats in both the Producing and Stage Management Departments. Alex holds a BFA in Stage Management from the University of Houston and is a graduate of The Juilliard School Professional Apprentice Program. Selected Stage Management Credits, Broadway: Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Dana. H, Is This A Room. Regional: Bob Fosse’s DANCIN (The Old Globe), Ragtime (TUTS), Tell Me I’m Not Crazy (WTF), Alice By Heart, The North Star, Our Country (NYSAF), Seussical The Musical, Pinkalicous The Musical (Dallas Children’s Theatre). TV “Annie LIVE! On NBC”. National Tour: Moulin Rouge! The Musical
RONELLE PEARSON | Production Management Apprentice
Ronelle Pearson (She/They) is a recent graduate of Marist College 2022. After just receiving a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Studies and Production with a concentration in Film and Television and a minor in Music, Pearson looks forward to serving fellow artists within New York Stage and Film. In spring 2022, Pearson was cast as Marty Walker, in the capstone short film Psuedea, Directed by Ani Stein and written by Chelsea Columbus and Ethelle O'Mara. The film has been entered into several short film competitions. Pearson recently won Best Actress at the Silver Fox Film awards. So far the film has won a total of nine prestigious awards and is currently a semi-finalist in the Top Short Awards (2022). With experience as a Stage Manager, Director, and Writer, Pearson is excited to serve the NYSAF community by working alongside the production team to create a welcoming and blossoming environment for fellow artists.
RAD PEREIRA | Director of Inclusion and Impact
Rad Pereira (They/Them) is a queer (im)migrant artist and cultural worker building consciousness between healing justice, system change, reindigenization and queer futures based in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn) and Haudenosaunee territory (northern Hudson Valley). Their work in performance, education and social practice has been experienced on stages, screens, stoops and sidewalks all over Turtle Island through the support of many communities, institutions, and groups. Their book Meeting the Moment: Socially Engaged Performance, 1965-2020, By Those Who Lived It is available through New Village Press. They are building a Native led food sovereignty project called Iron Path Farms.
SARAH BERRY PIERCE | Marketing Associate
Sarah Berry Pierce (She/They) recently graduated from Vassar College with degrees in Drama and Women’s Studies. During her time at Vassar, she found a love for directing plays centering issues of gender and girlhood- recent work includes Alexis Scheer’s OUR DEAR DEAD DRUG LORD and Maria Irene Fornés’ FEFU AND HER FRIENDS at the Experimental Theater at Vassar College. Sarah Berry has worked as an Equity Membership Candidate Stage Manager and has called the theater her home since she was a toddler. Next year, Sarah Berry will graduate from NYU Tisch with a Master’s in Performance Studies. She looks forward to continuing her work both as a scholar and an artist and plans to focus on gender representations of southern women on the American Stage. After calling Poughkeepsie her home over the last four years, she is thrilled to join the NYSAF team and looks forward to creating wonderful theater in Poughkeepsie. Sarah Berry is passionate about fostering both the NYSAF and Poughkeepsie community and is thankful for the opportunity to do so!
Andrew Rovner | Audio Director
Andrew Rovner (He/Him) is a sound designer, composer, and audio engineer for live performance. His work has been heard at Audible Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Jackalope Theatre Company, First Floor Theater, Walkabout Theater Company, and others. As an associate designer, he has contributed to productions at Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage Theater, Atlantic Theatre Company, MCC, Hartford Stage, and more. MFA: Yale School of Drama. BA: Vassar College. andrewrovner.com
NINA SCHATELL | Stage Management Apprentice
Nina Schatell (She/Her) is a rising senior at SUNY Purchase College majoring in Theatre Design/Technology with a concentration in Stage Management. She has always taken an interest in new works, where one isn’t bound by pre-existing templates. Past credits include: King Lear (New York Classical Theatre), Dear Evan Hansen national tour (rehearsal PA), About Town: Roaring Through The Twenties (Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center); Barbecue, Everybody (Purchase Main Stage); Dialogues of the Carmelites (Purchase Music Conservatory); Metamorphoses (Mary Zimmerman), H.M.S Pinafore, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma! (The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater). She is a proud recipient of the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship.
SAMUEL STEIN | Electrician
Samuel Stein is in his second year working with NYSAF. Sam is a senior earning his bachelor’s degree in American studies and philosophy with a minor in history at Marist College. He will be serving as President of the Marist Theatre Guild for the 2022-2023 school year and will produce seven shows. Sam has worked as an electrician for IATSE Local 52 on numerous television and motion pictures. He has also done lighting, scenic, and sound design for educational theatres.
ISABELLE SANATDAR STEVENS | Arts Administration Apprentice
Isabelle Sanatdar Stevens (She/Her) is a first-generation Iranian-American who recently graduated from Smith College with a degree in Theatre, English, and Translation. This upcoming fall she will be moving to Boston to pursue an MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. Passionate about multilingualism, multiculturalism, anti-racism, and intersectionality in theatre, these topics tend to shape her work. In her free time, Isabelle writes plays and short stories, plays her guitar, paints, and reads archeological reports. She is elated to be joining NYSAF as the Arts Administration Apprentice this summer season.
PETER SULLIVAN | Assistant Company Manager
Peter Sullivan (He/Him) is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. He is very excited to be in Poughkeepsie for his first summer with New York Stage and Film. Peter loves all aspects of theatre, but he loves acting most of all. Off the stage, Peter was recently an associate producer for an upcoming thriller film, Laced. In his free time, Peter is an avid outdoorsman. You can always find him camping, hammocking, climbing, or swimming in questionable bodies of water.
ADAM WASSILCHALK | Assistant Production Manager
Adam Wassilchalk (He/Him) is a production manager and stage manager from Austin, Texas. He is currently a rising senior at Yale University majoring in Theater and Performance Studies, and is very excited to be working with NYSAF for the first time this summer! As a Black, Queer theatremaker from a low-income background, he is deeply passionate about theatremaking that is equitable, accessible, safe, and fun for all. He recently served as the Production Manager of the Yale Dramatic Association for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, and as the program director for their BIPOC Theatremakers Series. His recent Stage Management credits include Word Nerd, Grimly Handsome, Radium Girls, and Call Me From The Grave (Yale College). He hopes you’re as hyped for the NYSAF 2022 season as he is! www.linkedin.com/in/adam-wassilchalk/