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  • Nicholas C. Avila
    Nicholas C. Avila
    ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
  • SHARON AXELROD
    SHARON AXELROD
    FINANCE
  • MINDY BAKER
    MINDY BAKER
    CPA, SOBEL & CO.
  • Ben Bartolone
    Ben Bartolone
    ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
  • MICHAEL BERGMANN
    MICHAEL BERGMANN
    ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
  • Ben Coleman
    Ben Coleman
    ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
  • MICHAEL RICO COHEN
    MICHAEL RICO COHEN
    GENERAL MANAGER
  • DR. BONNIE FENSTER
    DR. BONNIE FENSTER
    GRANT DEVELOPMENT/FUNDRAISING
  • HOFSTETTER + PARTNERS
    HOFSTETTER + PARTNERS
    MARKETING AGENCY
  • KEITH SHERMAN & ASSOCIATES
    KEITH SHERMAN & ASSOCIATES
    PRESS/PUBLICITY
  • Joel Kirk
    Joel Kirk
    ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
  • HEATHER McVEIGH
    HEATHER McVEIGH
    FUNDRAISING AND SPECIAL EVENTS
  • David Don Miller
    David Don Miller
    ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
  • Erik Nikander
    Erik Nikander
    LITERARY ASSOCIATE
  • PROSKAUER ROSE LLP
    PROSKAUER ROSE LLP
    LEGAL COUNSEL
  • JENNIFER SUNSHINE
    JENNIFER SUNSHINE
    FUNDRAISING/DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
  • Sue Wolf
    Sue Wolf
    ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
Nicholas C. Avila
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Nicholas is a freelance Director currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nicholas has directed and developed new work at theatres that include The Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, The Chance Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Marin Theatre Company, and The Magic Theatre to name a few. Deeply passionate about new work, Nicholas is excited to serve as an Artistic Associate for New York Rep Theatre Company. Nicholas is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Directing program.

SHARON AXELROD
FINANCE
Sharon has been providing financial management services through her company Vantage Financial Management (VFM) for the past 25 years. She has her MBA in Finance from NYU and worked as a business manager for several small businesses. VFM provides professional bookkeeping services to a wide variety of clients in NYC and Westchester County, with the goal to help businesses keep their records simple and organized so that they can focus on generating business and improving cash flow.
MINDY BAKER
CPA, SOBEL & CO.

Sobel & Co. is a regional certified public accounting and consulting firm that is passionately committed to serving middle market families in business and nonprofit organizations, listening to them and assessing their specific situation while applying our skills and capabilities to provide the technical services and relevant resources that lead to smart solutions. Mindy Baker manages the TTC relationship with Sobel & Co.

Ben Bartolone
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Ben Bartolone is thrilled to work with NewYorkRep. He previously served as Managing Director of The Active Theater, and also currently serves as Artistic Director for The Bluestone Project, a five-year mission in association with Kef Theatrical Productions, bringing more empathy into a divided nation. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and an M.F.A. in Writing For Stage and Screen from the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

MICHAEL BERGMANN
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Michael is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He makes films that are “sexy, surreal and entirely original,” (Sam Maser, Program director of the Hamptons International Film festival. Bergmann’s first full-length feature film, Milk and Money (1995), “a treat to see,” according to the New York Times, featured performances by Calista Flockhart, Margaret Colin, Marin Hinkle, Olympia Dukakis and Dina Merrill. Trifling With Fate with Bridget Moynahan followed in 2000 (“unafraid to be both smart and silly,” –Lisa Nesselson, Variety), followed byThe Reality Trap (2003) and Tied to a Chair in 2011 (“One of the more exotic and enticing new independent films”  –Richard Brody, The New Yorker).

Michael came to NewYorkRep’s attention for writing a book, The Birth of Venus about the dramatic first four years of his autistic son’s development after he learned to spell out his thoughts. He and his son invented iMean, an inexpensive iPad app that helps autistic and deaf people, as well as stroke victims, spell out and remember their thoughts. For The Telling Company, he has written and directed the film Influence, which is about two young autistic adults on a date who need their parents, who have their own agendas, to help them communicate with each other. The film, which was shot in February 2014 premiered at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, and won the Platinum Award for Best Feature Film, in the Docudrama Category.

Ben Coleman
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Ben is a theatre professional specializing in new works and literary management. Currently he is the Literary Supervisor for Samuel French Inc. where he is part of the team responsible for curating the catalog of plays and musicals for this 180 year old theatrical institution. His role with the company involves scouting new works and artists for publication and licensing, and many more playwright-related responsibilities. Outside of the office Ben teaches Play Analysis to the undergraduates at Marymount Manhattan College, periodically writes theatre criticism/editorials, serves as a dramaturg and script consultant, appears on various panels and podcasts, and has dabbled in producing too. In addition to his work in dramatic publishing, he has had the privilege to work for The Drama Desk Awards (2015 Nominator), The Signature Theatre, New Dramatists, UnsungMusicalsCo., Astoria Performing Arts Center, and numerous theatrical agencies and casting offices. Ben has a Master’s Degree in Theatre History & Criticism from Brooklyn College and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. @benreviews

MICHAEL RICO COHEN
GENERAL MANAGER

Michael has worked on the Broadway and touring companies of A Bronx Tale, Fully Committed, Amazing Grace, Matilda, Evita, Chaplin, American Idiot, Billy Elliot, and Bonnie & Clyde. Additional credits Signature Theater Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Berkshire Theater Festival. Developmental projects have included Mozart l’Opera Rock, Up Here, Kung Fu, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Kingdom City.

DR. BONNIE FENSTER
GRANT DEVELOPMENT/FUNDRAISING

Dr. Bonnie Finster has 30 years of experience in developing and evaluating evidence–based behavioral health programs to reduce risk behaviors during adolescence. Dr. Fenster has also written numerous grants for non-profit organizations to help fund and research both school and community initiatives for youth. Holding a Ph.D in Psychology, Bonnie is presently a consultant with interests in health promotion and wellness. She is a fierce advocate of de-stigmatizing mental illness and addiction.

HOFSTETTER + PARTNERS
MARKETING AGENCY

A growing, mid-size independent marketing and advertising agency of passionate thinking, spirited ideas, and relentless problem-solving. We are big enough to deliver. Small enough to think on our feet. Smart enough to one-up our success. Every time. Credits include Silence The Musical, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Lady Day, Stuffed and Unstrung, Evil Dead The Musical, Long Story Short.

KEITH SHERMAN & ASSOCIATES
PRESS/PUBLICITY

KSA provides diversified public relations and marketing communications services to entertainment, lifestyles, special events, corporate and not-for-profit clients. From our roots on Broadway, KSA has built a distinguished reputation for over 20 years among the leaders of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, producers, studio executives, celebrities, and artists for executing effective campaigns and consistently exceeding our clients’ goals. KSA is a hands-on agency distinguished by smart strategic thinking, proactive effort, integrity, personal attention, and a passionate drive to deliver excellent results for the clients we represent.

 

Joel Kirk
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Joel Kirk is a Manhattan based director who has directed and developed new work at New World Stages, Playwrights Horizons, Sheen Center, Dixon Place, New York Theatre Festival, NewYorkRep, Secret Theatre, The Brick, People’s Improv Theatre, Midtown International Theatre Festival, New Dramatists, and Hudson Guild Theatre. Blatantly Blaine, a musical he directed/choreographed, was listed in TimeOut as “One of the Best Things to See This Week.” He studied directing at Ball State University.

HEATHER McVEIGH
FUNDRAISING AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Heather has been involved in Fundraising, Special Events and Development of not-for-profit organizations for more than 25 years. She currently serves as a volunteer on several other boards in New York City including Graham Windham, a childcare agency which serves some of our most troubled and at-risk youth, as well as Danza Espana, a flamenco dance company. In addition, she has recently started a new endeavor, Angel Wings Parties & Events.

David Don Miller
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

David Don Miller: Playwriting credits include FringeNYC hit and TimeOut NY Critics’ Pick  Why You Beasting?, produced by NewYorkRep and directed by Markus Potter. Dramaturgical credits include Wearing Black by Riley Thomas, and Rent Control by Evan Zes. Miller holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.

Erik Nikander
LITERARY ASSOCIATE

Erik Nikander is a dramaturg, writer, and critic based in the Boston area. Recently, he assisted with development of the original musical A Wall Apart at New York Rep, was the production dramaturg for the Nora Theatre Company’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Intimate Exchanges, and designed and built the lobby display for the 4th Wall Stage Company production of 12 Angry Jurors. His theatre criticism can be read in The Arts Fuse and HowlRound.

PROSKAUER ROSE LLP
LEGAL COUNSEL

Proskauer Rose LLP founded in 1875, is a global law firm providing a wide variety of legal services to clients. The firm has wide experience in all areas of practice important to businesses, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law. Partner Jay Waxenberg manages the TTC relationship with Proskauer.

JENNIFER SUNSHINE
FUNDRAISING/DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

Jennifer is a born Brooklynite with a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and opera studies from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Jennifer’s performance background led her to pursue a career in advocating for the arts where she began fundraising in the individual giving department at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Jennifer has worked in multiple arts’ institutions, including her current position at Second Stage Theater, and volunteers her time at the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

Sue Wolf
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Sue Wolf began her career on Broadway… as an usher. Eventually, she tired of using the very important skill of reciting the alphabet backwards and started directing plays and musicals. After nearly being electrocuted at an East Village theatre in New York, she moved to Los Angeles.

First living in her car in Beverly Hills, then moving-on-up to an 8-dollar-a-night Hotel in the shadow of downtown, she landed a job in the casting department for Norman Lear. By night she played the alto sax at The Central on Sunset Boulevard (for those club rats out there…it’s now The Viper Room) …by day she was a writer’s assistant on “All In The Family.” She got very little sleep!

She worked as a young assistant to many directors.  Her favorites were Paul “All In the Family” Bogart, John “Shakespeare In Love” Madden and Jerry “Hollywood Squares” Shaw.  While marking their scripts and getting them coffee she learned many invaluable lessons about directing.

Ultimately, after a long and winding journey from being Peter Marshall’s cue card girl on the original “Hollywood Squares” to a critic for Variety Newspaper, Ms. Wolf became a producer and director for stand-up and sketch comedy shows and documentaries.

She has worked for Comedy Central, MTV, Disney, Lifetime, CBS, ABC, TBS, UPN and has over 50 shows on HBO. In addition to spearheading the classic award-winning series “One Night Stand,” she produced the first all-Black stand-up show called “Uptown Comedy Express,” and the first all female stand-up show called “Women of the Night.”  She has worked with and loved many new stand-up comics and has directed over 10 one-person-shows including Eliza (South Park) Schneider’s about her trip across country in an ambulance and Kathy Buckley’s called “Now Hear This” which made it to Off-Broadway.

Ms. Wolf’s affinity for working with comics and actors led her to produce and/or direct specials which included Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Susie Essman, Richard Belzer, Stephanie Miller, Beth Lapides, Taylor Negron, John Larroquette, Chris Rock, Tracy Ullman, Martin Short, Paul Rodriguez, Martin Mull, Denis Leary, Joy Behar, Janeanne Garofalo, Sandra Bernhardt and Julia Sweeney.

Currently, Ms. Wolf is pitching shows, shooting her documentary on Nixon’s Enemies List at glacial speed, and enjoying the airplays of her most recent documentary for Comedy Central “Legends: Rodney Dangerfield.”  She is most proud of her community work which includes starting FosterYourDream.org, mentoring Kyrei, serving on the Friends Committee ofHollywood Beautification Team (a non-profit that paints out 2 million miles of graffiti and ‘greens’ L.A.), serving on City Council President Eric Garcetti’s Safety Commission, serving as Lemon Grove Park’s Board President and receiving two cherished citations from President Garcetti for rolling up her sleeves and getting involved.   Tune in from time to time for information about an upcoming picnic for all the foster kids in CD-13 and for future HBT fund-raisers!