NYSAF COMMUNITY: STAFF
RACHEL ACKERMAN | Covid Compliance Officer
Rachel Ackerman (she/they) is a director, manager, and producer currently working out of New York City. Some of their recent credits include Ratatouille the Tik Tok Musical, Slave Play, and other developmental work for Seaview Productions. They are thrilled to be back at New York Stage and Film this summer working alongside the Creative and Administrative teams to help establish safe spaces for all of their residents, artists, and patrons. Rachel’s ambition both in and out of theatre center largely around community and compassion. They are incredibly drawn to stories that break the status quo and enlighten audiences on how unifying our differences can be.
JENNA ADAMEK | Box Office Manager
Jenna Adamek (Front of House & Box Office Manager) - a Poughkeepsie native, Jenna is excited to help welcome audiences back to NYSAF this summer! She was a member of the Powerhouse apprentice company in 2014 and has since held positions in various areas of theatre administration, including general management, casting, and audience services. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and spent a semester at the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. Outside of her work, she is a swim teacher and coach and she spends any free time she has baking.
BRYAN BAUER | Associate Producer, Filmmakers' Workshop
Bryan Bauer (Associate Producer, Filmmakers' Workshop). In addition to his work with the Filmmaker's Workshop, Bryan is an Equity stage manager based in New York. Selected Credits include: Broadway: Slave Play. Off-Broadway: Enemy of the People (Park Avenue Armory); Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie, KPOP (Ars Nova); Slave Play (NYTW); The Things That Were There (The Bushwick Star); Dance Nation, Miles for Mary, Bella: An American Tall Tale, The Light Years, A Life (Playwrights Horizons); We’re Gonna Die, King Liz (2ST). Regional: The Black Clown (A.R.T/Lincoln Center); Skeleton Crew (Westport Country Playhouse); In Your Arms, Roar of the Greasepaint…. (NYSAF); A Christmas Carol (Lyric Theatre); Bernstein’s MASS (Canterbury Chorale Society). Dance: Oklahoma City Ballet, Vail Dance Festival. OCU Alum.
CAMERON BRITT | Filmmakers' Workshop Apprentice
Cameron Britt is a recent graduate of Marist College with a degree in Digital Media. She is from Bridgeport, CT. During her time at Marist, she minored in theatre and was very involved in the Marist Theatre club. She worked mainly as a stage manager on both main stage and experimental shows, but also held positions in directing, scenic design, and properties design. She also held an internship as Assistant Stage Manager at Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford for their shows The Winter's Tale and Coriolanus. She is very excited to be working with New York Stage and Film this summer.
ALEX BROCK | Audio Technician / Mixer
Alex Brock is a sound designer and engineer based Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Sound Design and Technology. You may have heard her work at the Chautauqua Theater Company, Syracuse Stage, or Bay Street Theater. This is her first season with NYSAF. As a lifelong lover of music, Alex values its use in theatre as a way to help audiences connect to characters and their stories. She aspires to design for musical theatre.
MOLLY BURDICK | Assistant Company Manager
Molly Burdick (she/her) Molly is a writer, podcaster, and actor based in Syracuse, NY. She was part of the Powerhouse Theater Training Program in 2013 and is thrilled to be back in Poughkeepsie in a new capacity. Molly is passionate about new work development and has previously worked in company management and general management at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Theatre for a New Audience. Her full-length play, Light Green Moss, was produced in 2019 by Ruthless Nightingale Theater Company, and she is an ensemble member of the Journalists Theatre Company. Molly is the creator and co-host of Pod and Prejudice, a Jane Austen deep-dive podcast.
GRACE CHARIYA | Assistant Production Manager
Grace Chariya is a production manager and stage manager from Urbana, Illinois. This is Grace’s second summer with New York Stage and Film, having previously served as a Production Stage Manager on a reading of Martyna Majok’s Sanctuary City, and as a Stage Management Intern on Goddess and Annie Salem: An American Tale, as well as a reading of The Notebook. Most recently, Grace was a Production Management and Stage Management Apprentice at Baltimore Center Stage for the 2020-2021 season. Before that, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Stage Management. Favorite highlights: A Play for the Living in the Time of Extinction, The Garden, The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks, and Curls (Baltimore Center Stage), 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, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, therapoda (University of Illinois).
YI-CHUNG CHEN | Lighting Director
Yi-Chung Chen, originally from Taiwan, is a NYC based lighting designer. Her designs have been seen in NY at New York City Center, The Joyce, Chautauqua Theater Company, La Mama, Target Margin Theater, Kitchen Theatre Company, Shadowland Stages, New Ohio Theater, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Judson Memorial Church, etc; internationally at Palais Garnier, National Taichung Theater, NCPA Beijing, Wuzhen Theatre Festival. MFA: Boston University. www.yichungchen.com
BRITTANY COYNE | Production Manager
Brittany Coyne (she/her) is a production manager and artistic producer out of New York. Highlights: Associate Production Manager with Atlantic Theater Company 2018-2021, COOP by Sam Max (producer, Paradise Factory), Heather Christian’s Animal Wisdom (asst. producer, The Bushwick Starr), Thicker Than Water (asst. producer, Joe's Pub), Rotterdam, The Secret Life of Humans (asst. producer, 59E59). She also works a myriad of roles with St. Ann's Warehouse, the TEAM, and alongside Lucy Jackson. She is excited to direct “Anniversary Play” alongside the author, Sarah Gallegos, as part of the TEAM’s 2022 Petri Project Cohort.
AMY EINGOLD | General Manager
Amy Eingold is originally from South Florida and received her BFA in Theatre Arts at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. While in Chicago, Amy worked with The Second City, O’Connor Casting, and The Hypocrites. Originally a stage manager, Amy’s plans changed once she interned for a producer at The Second City and loved everything about it. Producing credits include July House at Fringe NYC and The Trojan Women with Oppressed in Heels. She is particularly drawn to theatre that pushes boundaries in every sense of the word. Amy is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University studying Theatre Management & Producing.
ERICA FEAGIN | Audio Apprentice
Erica Feagin is the sound apprentice for New York stage and Film. This is her second time working with the company. Erica graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Fall of 2019 with a BFA in Theatrical design and technology. Before coming to NYSAF this year Erica worked as an audio apprentice at Baltimore Center Stage (2020-2021) working on plays such as The Garden, A play for the living in a time of extinction, and The Glorious world of Crowns Kinks and Curls. Since she began her journey as a Sound Technician, she has concentrated on improving her skills and knowledge in both Sound Design and Sound technology. She is excited to immerse viewers into production through artistic innovation and changing technologies and she hopes to capture and expand the viewers' imagination with detailed storytelling.
Sarah Glenn | Company Manager
Sarah Glenn (Company Manager) is a San Francisco native that is overjoyed to be back with New York Stage and Film for another great summer! She has been spending the last three years living in New York City as a freelance Production Assistant & Coordinator.
MOKSHINI GOBIN | Head Electrician
Mokshini Gobin is happy to be returning for their 2nd season at NYSAF as the head electrician. Coming from Brooklyn, they work throughout the city as a freelance electrician and led technician. They are grateful for opportunities as this to continue to expand their knowledge, as well as give hope for the future during hard times.
ISAIAH AARON JONES | Arts Administration Apprentice
Isaiah Aaron Jones is a 2021 graduate (Magna Cum Laude) from Loyola University New Orleans, where he holds his B.A. in Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre. He is currently the Arts Administrative Apprentice for NYSAF's summer 2021 season. He previously interned at Venice Theatre in Venice, FL, where he performed in several shows, including Sister Act (T.J.), Crazy For You (Harry) and Once on this Island (Soloist). Some of his other favorite roles include: The Dryer (Caroline, or Change), Cabaret (Bobby), These Shining Lives (Mr. Reed) and As You Like It (LeBeau). Isaiah is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society as well as various other honor societies. After NYSAF's summer season, he plans on pursuing his career in theatre further, whether it be in performance or administration. He would like to thank his family and friends for their unending support, and New York Stage and Film for allowing him to have this amazing experience.
VENESSA MINGS | Stage Management Apprentice
After graduating with a BA in Theatre from Florida International University, Venessa worked locally in Miami, Florida at a variety of professional theaters including; Main Street Players, City Theatre and African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Venessa is thrilled to start her journey in New York with New York Stage and Film’s summer season. Venessa is also looking forward to working in the fall for Juilliard’s Professional Apprentice Program for stage management.
ALEX MONTOYA | Producing Assistant
Alex Montoya (Producing Assistant) is a stage manager and aspiring producer from Houston, Texas. Most recently Alex was a Stage Management Apprentice in The Juilliard School’s Professional Apprentice Program for the 2019-2020 season. Previously to that he received his BFA in Stage Management from the University of Houston . He is excited and grateful to be returning to NYSAF for his third summer. Selected stage management credits include: Fucking A (The Juilliard School), Tell Me I’m Not Crazy (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Alice By Heart (NYSAF), Ragtime (Theatre Under The Stars), Seussical (Dallas Children’s Theater).
KHALID TAYLOR | Assistant Company Manager
Khalid Taylor Recent Graduate from UMBC with a BFA (Acting) from Washington DC.
JAMIE WASHINGTON | Production Management Apprentice
Jamie Washington (they/them, Production Management Apprentice) is an arts administrator and technician for theatre and live entertainment. They previously traveled with the world premiere tour of Trolls LIVE! and worked as stage crew for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Other career highlights include working to install theatrical fly systems for their alma mater and acting as a puppeteer and electrician for a drive-thru dinosaur exhibit. They hope to continue to pursue their passion for travel and arts management (simultaneously, if possible). Thank you to NYSAF for this opportunity and here’s to a thriving season!
LAUREN WINSTON | Stage Management Apprentice
Lauren Taylor Winston will be working as a stage management apprentice at New York Stage and Film for the first time this summer! Select stage management credits include: Solo Plays 1 (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Little Shop of Horrors (Gulfshore Playhouse), Maytag Virgin (Gulfshore Playhouse), Mrs. Christie (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Wolves (Montclair State University), Wedding Band: A Love / Hate Story in Black and White (Montclair State University), and Company (Montclair State University). She has also worked as a Wardrobe Head for Anything Goes (Alexander Kasser Theater), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Fox Theater), and Guys and Dolls (Alexander Kasser Theater). She is a graduate of Montclair State University with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design degree with a concentration in Stage Management.
TRAVIS WRIGHT | Audio Director
Travis Wright, is a freelance sound designer/composer and a recent MFA graduate from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Since first discovering a passion for sound while working on a production of Nicholas Nickelby at PlayMaker's Rep. in 2009, they have experimented with ways in which sound design can be accessible to all. Their work focuses on building tools that capture the performer's motion to manipulate music. By bridging the gap between sound and the performer, they hope to engage more people in the process of making and building live sonic performance art.