Anita Durst
Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Anita Durst has been a star, a muse, and a patron of the avant-garde performing arts and emerging arts scene in New York City, since she was 18. She founded chashama in 1995 following the... More

Marc Dale
Co-Founder / Administrative Director

Marc has worked with and for Chashama since its inception in 1995 as a performance art company, segueing from performance to field assistant, manager and administrator. He took a sabbatical in 2010, returning in 2014,... More

Darryl Montgomery
Co-Founder / Space to Connect Programming Associate

Darryl Montgomery [artist pseudonym Darryl Hell] is an arts educator who teaches media literacy and theater production. Having been raised in a family that was focused on community service and fighting for the rights of Black... More

Remy Knopf
Creative Manager

Remy joined the Chashama Design and Marketing team in July of 2021. As the Creative Manager, she applies a range of experience across the design and art industries. Outside of the office, she can be... More

Bryan Carpio
IT Director

An avid computer scientist and engineer. Apart from solving IT issues, Bryan likes to build cars/engines, and give technology an artistic touch while ensuring that it makes lives easier. In his free time he enjoys... More

Xiomara Malpica
Space to Connect Manager

Xiomara joined Chashama in spring of 2016 as an undergraduate at Lehman College. They currently oversee Chashama’s Space to Connect Program which includes year-long teaching artists residencies in the Bronx and Washington Heights, as well... More

Dania Miguel
Production Technician

Dania Miguel is a mixed media performing artist and composer with a BFA in Multimedia Performing Arts. In their compositions, they focus on creating soundscapes/scores for film, television, and abstract works. They have performed in... More

Liza Kruth
Manager of Small Business Initiatives

Liza joined Chashama in the Fall of 2020 as a recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Marketing and Management. As Chashama’s Programs Coordinator, Liza programs both... More

Kasey Lettrich
Director of Individual Giving

Kasey is the Director of Individual Giving at Chashama. She began working for Art to Ware, one of the small businesses in Chashama’s Storefront Startup program, in November of 2020 and joined the Grants team... More

Jiwoo Kim
Curator and Arts Program Manager

Jiwoo joined Chashama in the Summer of 2021. She currently curates and coordinates lobby exhibitions and performances for Anita’s Way. Before joining Chashama, Jiwoo worked on commercial and non-profit public arts projects at art consulting... More

Wendy Cohen
Space To Create Studio Manager

Wendy is an artist, educator, and arts coordinator based in Brooklyn. She joined Chashama in the summer of 2022 and manages Chashama’s studio spaces throughout the city. Prior to Chashama, she coordinated programs and exhibitions at CUE... More

Rob Arazy
Facilities Manager

Rob has ten plus years of property and facility management experience, as well as carpentry and handyman skills. He’s not afraid, and in fact enjoys rolling up his sleeves to get things done. More

Marie Anello
Grants Manager

Marie joined Chashama in the Fall of 2021. When she isn’t assisting the grants team, Marie is a singer, actress, writer, and editor. Examples of her work can be found at: More

Deborah Suchman-Zeolla

Debbie joined Chashama’s Finance & Accounting department as Bookkeeper back in 2014.  She has a BS in Accounting from NYU and also an Associate’s degree in Photography from Parsons.  She has accumulated a wide range... More

Alison Bellucci
Accounting Manager

Alison has worked in the field of accounting for over 20 years, including retail apparel and nonprofit accounting. As Chashama’s Accountant, Alison is responsible for providing accurate analysis and results presented through clear... More

Donna Kessinger
Chashama Matawan Program Director

Donna Rae Kessinger is currently Gallery Director and Curator at ChaShaMa’s  Space to Create and Present programs in Matawan, New Jersey. While she was Executive Director of the Monmouth Museum her Contemporary Arts-based Autism-focused programming won the... More

Brigitta Varadi
ChaNorth Residency Director

Brigitta Varadi is a multimedia artist and educator who delves into tradition, craft, and the everyday rituals of working life. She investigates themes of sustainability and cultural heritage through a combination of research, community workshops,... More

Mariana Londono
Art Events and Cultivation Producer

Mariana joined Chashama in the fall of 2023 and currently works in the development team as the art event and cultivation producer. Before joining Chashama, she worked as an Associate Festival Coordinator for New York... More

Lynn Liebert
General Manager
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