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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

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

Jack Gordon
General Manager

Jack joined Chashama in 2019. He is a practicing fine artist and filmmaker. His work can be found at: www.jackgordonswebsite.com @jackgordonsinsta More

Brian McQueen
Artistic Liaison

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 Opera Company,... 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

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

Nathalie Levey
PR Specialist

Nathalie Levey manages public relations for Chashama. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music. Prior to joining Chashama, she oversaw communications for the world’s first IRL NFT gallery, launched comprehensive... More

John Lancia
Executive Assistant

John is an artist and a healer. With roots in musical theatre, he is primarily a vocalist and actor. But he is just as much a creator as he is a performer. He is on-track... 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

Jasper Johns
Facilites Director

Jasper joined Chashama in the fall of 2020. He manages the facilities side of the many spaces under Chashama’s care. He is also a visual artist and ceramicist with a special passion for glaze chemistry. More

Jiwoo Kim
Lobby Curator and Programs Coordinator

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

Liza Kruth
Program Coordinator

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

Rob Arazy
Senior Facilities Technician

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

Malik Tricoche
Facilities Technician

Malik Muhammad Tricoche is a Puerto Rican-American artist raised in New York. Currently living and working in NYC with Chashama as a Facilities Technician while maintaining mainting his private studio practice. In... More

John Jahnke
Head of Institutional Relations

John is an experienced theater director and producer, as well as a published playwright. He is also a well-versed arts executive, having acted as Executive Director and Head of Institutional Relations at Chashama. As a... 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

Deborah Suchman-Zeolla
Bookkeeper

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
Accountant

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

Bryan Carpio
IT Manager

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

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

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