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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

Goro Ikeda-Iyeki
General Manager

Goro is the General Manager at Chashama. He has extensive experience with the storing, management and organization of diverse data and information. Before joining Chashama, Goro held many positions reflecting his “information obsession,”... More

John Jahnke
Executive Director

As an executive director and producer Mr. Jahnke has developed and/or presented work at BAM Next Wave, The Park Avenue Armory, The Watermill Center, Performance Space 122, The MacDowell Colony, Abrons Art Center, The Orchard... More

Joanne Narrido
Development Assistant

Joanne joined the Chashama team in the spring of 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois and is finishing a master’s in Arts Administration at Baruch College. Joanne is... More

Marc Dale
Space to Create Director

Marc has decades of experience in the performing arts, working both front of house and backstage, including at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and is a co-founder of Chashama. He works as an... More

Dylan Musler
Space to Present Director

Dylan joined Chashama in the fall of 2016 and now co-directs the Programs Department. A native New Yorker who is fluent in avoiding crowds, she can be found painting in her studio when she is not... More

Hazel Santino
Space to Present Director

Hazel joined the Chashama team in 2017 and now co-directs the Programs Department. Outside of Chashama,  she is a painter, sculptor, production designer for independent films, and an occasional independent curator. More

Cayla Casciani
Space to Connect Director

Cayla has worked at Chashama for three years, coordinating community programming and outreach. She has worked extensively in alternative education and community engagement, teaching in alternative schools, after-school programs, and small-business incubators. Cayla... More

Donna R. Kessinger
Matawan Site Curator/Manager

As the Matawan Studio and Gallery Manager, Donna is an arts educator and curator who is currently focused on connecting with the artist community that thrives along the New York/New Jersey corridor. She received her... More

Brigitta Varadi
ChaNorth Residency Director

Brigitta volunteers as the Director of the chaNorth Residency in Pine Plains, NY, where she is able to combine working with people, the environment, and art all in one place. As a multidisciplinary artist, she has... More

Maurya Brennan
Special Events and Cultivation Director

Maurya oversees Chashama’s special events and donor engagement initiatives. Having studied international relations, she sees art as the ultimate tool for intercultural communication and understanding. Previously Maurya held positions in development and special events at... More

Bianca Marrinucci
Special Events & Cultivation Coordinator

Before arriving at Chashama, Bianca worked in museum education at institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Born and raised straddling the line between two cultures, she is a... More

Bryn Pennetti
Graphic Designer

Bryn joined Chashama in the Fall of 2018 after graduating from The New School with a degree in Illustration and Communication Design. She is responsible for creating all graphic and branded elements as well as... More

Colby Cannon Welsh
Operations/Facilities Director

Colby is Chashama’s logistics nerd and property acquisition fisherman. Colby transitions between coveralls and a blazer, managing all stages of the facility process from license agreement to build-out, maintenance and move-out. In the art world... More

Emily Kohl-Mattingley
Facilities Manager

Emily joined the Facilities team in 2018 – where she balances administrative logistics with hands-on field work for Chashama’s triborough/New Jersey /upstate locations. She transplanted from South Jersey to New York City Fall 2013 after... More

Andy Gonzalez
Facilities Manager

Originally from Miami, Florida, of Cuban heritage, Andy Gonzalez is one of the Facilities Manager at Chashama overseeing the Manhattan locations. Operations in the arts is his niche field, having previously worked at both Phillip’s... More

Christina Bartson
Executive Assistant

Christina is the Executive Assistant at Chashama. She joined Chashama in 2018, finding a home working at the intersection of economic justice and the arts. Previously, Christina worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of... More

Alison Bellucci
Accountant

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

Deborah Suchman-Zeolla
Bookkeeper

Deborah is Chashama’s Bookkeeper and in-house photographer. While handling accounts receivable and donation processing, Debbie also keeps Chashama’s photo collection fresh and new. Previously an auditor, photo researcher and editor, and freelance photographer, she holds... More

Zack Rees
IT Manager

Zack is an adult human male. He has been Chashama’s IT Manager since December 2015. He holds a Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Chair Studies and History with a focus on chairs from Florida State University, where he subsequently worked... More

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