Anita Durst
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

Hayley Ferber
Deputy Director

Hayley supports the Artistic Director in the day to day operations of the Chashama office. Hayley graduated from New York University with a BS in Studio Art and went on to the Rhode Island School... 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

Robert M. Berry
Grant Manager

Robert is the Grant Manager at Chashama. Previously, he was the grant writer for a Harlem-based arts non-profit developing innovative arts programming and fundraising. Before that, Robert was a director at leading art galleries across New... More

Marie Anello
Grant Assistant

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

Keith Kraughto
Director of Property Management

Keith oversees Chashama’s rotating portfolio of 25 to 50 locations including offices, lobbies, studios, storage units, and gallery spaces.  With operations, facilities, maintenance and construction accountability, he oversees an operations team responsible for in-the-field design... More

Maurya Brennan
Special Events and Cultivation Director

Maurya oversees Chashama’s special events and donor engagement initiatives. Prior to joining Chashama, she held positions in major gifts and special events at Helen Keller International, Camy Calve Events, and the International Society for the... More

Alison Pirie
Special Events and Cultivation Assistant

Alison joined the Development team at Chashama in July of 2021. Outside of Chashama, Alison is a practicing multimedia artist, curator, and event producer, interested in feminism, gender, language, and the body. Her work can... More

Brian McQueen
Artistic Liaison

Brian McQueen is an operatic bass and voice instructor residing in New York City. They have appeared with the Lyric Opera Theatre of Arizona State University, Miami University Opera, Janiec Opera Company, and Trilogy: An... More

Jack Gordon
General Manager

Jack joined Chashama in the Fall of 2019. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film/Video, and remains a practicing filmmaker and fine artist. His work can be found at: www.jackgordonswebsite.com More

Rachel Cohen
Programs Director

Rachel currently oversees Chashama’s Programs department, which includes artist studios and exhibition spaces. She is an artist, educator, and independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has a Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting and... More

Liza Kruth
Programs Assistant

Liza joined Chashama in Fall 2020 as a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Fashion Marketing and Management. She assists the programs department with organizing exhibitions... More

Juliette Buffard Scalabre
Communications and Programs Manager

Juliette joined Chashama in March 2020. She oversees the Communication and Marketing strategy as well as some Special Event Programming. Apart from her Chashama position, Juliette is representing visual artists from Europe and New York, creating new partnerships... More

Alison Bellucci

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 the Manager and Curator at Chashama Matawan gallery and... 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

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