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

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

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

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

Alexandria Hodgkins
Space to Present Manager

Alexandria Hodgkins joined Chashama in the spring of 2019 and co-directs the Programs Department. Outside of ChaShaMa she owns a small gallery in the East Village where she curates art shows and organizes community... More

Rachel Cohen
Space to Present Assistant

Rachel joined Chashama as Programs Assistant in 2019. She is an artist, educator and independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from Drew University and a... More

Bianca Marrinucci
Special Events & Cultivation Manager

A firm believer in supporting living artists, Bianca oversees Chashama’s special events and cultivation initiatives. Born and raised straddling the line between two cultures, she is a firm believer in the potential of art (and... More

Joanne K. Narrido
Special Events & Cultivation Coordinator

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

Bryn Pennetti
Communications Manager, Social Media Coordinator, & 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

Emily Kohl-Mattingley
Facilities Director

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

Mae Stark
Facilities Associate & Photo Archivist
Christina D. Bartson
Wordsmith & Grant Writer

Christina is the Wordsmith & Grant Writer at Chashama. She joined Chashama in 2018, and manages the organization’s institutional giving portfolio and external communications. Previously, Christina worked at the American Civil Liberties Union... 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

Deborah Zeolla


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

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