Board of Directors

Susan Bernfield, President

Susan Bernfield is the founder and artistic director of New Georges, an award-winning nonprofit theater company which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown and provides an artistic home to some of the most adventurous theater artists (who are women) working today.  Since 1992, she has produced 38 new plays (including works by Eisa Davis, Sheila Callaghan, Jenny Schwartz, Lisa D’Amour, Diana Son, Heidi Schreck, Tracey Scott Wilson and Neena Beber), eleven festivals of new work, and countless works‑in‑progress in The Room, New Georges’ workspace for women theater artists.  Susan is also a playwright whose plays have been presented or developed at, among others, People’s Light & Theatre, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, EST, Soho Think Tank’s Ice Factory Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Magic Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival and, of course, New Georges, where her play STRETCH (a fantasia) premiered in 2008. She also serves on the boards of A.R.T./New York and The League of Professional Theatre Women.

Randi Berry,  Executive Director and Vice President

Randi Berry has an arts advocacy, theater and real estate background that spans over 15 years. She is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Wreckio Ensemble, www.wreckio.com, a collective theater company that has been producing original work in New York City since 2000. In addition to creating collaborative theater performances, Wreckio Ensemble has taught ensemble-playwriting, movement, and character workshops internationally and across the country. Randi also specializes in contract review and real estate due diligence. She was Director of Operations for CBRE’s Investment Sales team for five years and has since started her own consulting business working on many of the largest commercial real estate transactions in history. Randi’s real estate work has parlayed into Wreckio receiving free rehearsal space for the last 12 years.  Randi is the Executive Director of IndieSpace, which creates permanent real estate solutions for the indie theater community (www.indiespace.org). Randi is a board member of the League of Independent Theater and Chair of the Real Estate Committee.  She has secured a 5,000 sf rehearsal space for The League and has piloted a program pairing theater companies with schools that exchanges free rehearsal space for educational theater workshops. Randi is a member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She was named an Indie Theater Person of the Year in 2013, An Indie Theater Hero and Influencer and was inducted into the Indie Theater Hall of Fame in 2014. Randi was an Indie Theater Leading Light in 2015. Randi lives in Astoria with her husband Sam, son Eli and fur son Captain Nemo.

randi@indietheaterfund.org

Raquel Almazan

Raquel was born in Madrid – Spain, is also of Costa Rican descent and has lived most of her life in the U.S. As an interdisciplinary artist she holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University – Deans Fellowship recipient. B.F.A. in Theatre from University of Florida/New World School of the Arts Conservatory where she developed work as a writer, director, actor and dramaturge. Almazan is the Artistic Director of LA LUCHA ARTS, producing several of her original works, including LATIN IS AMERICA play cycle and lecture-performance, a collection of bi-lingual works in dedication to each Latin American country. Select play credits include: La Paloma Prisoner (workshop: Signature Theatre off Broadway – readings: La Mama ETC, INTAR, Labyrinth Theatre Company and The Lark). CAFÉ (recipient of Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award, Columbia Stages workshop directed by Elena Araoz). La Migra Taco Truck and Dar a Luz (off Broadway NYC Theatre Row, Aspen Stage, New Theatre-FL). El Oido De un Pais (New Theatre-FL). Junkyard Food (Louis O’Gerrits Theatre). Watermelon (Lone Star Co., off Broadway reading). She was awarded a Professional Development residency with the Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference 2015 and is a Core Apprentice Writer with The Playwrights’ Center 2015-16. As an Activist Artist, she participates at social- political conferences, including the United Nations, (two time Aspen Institute Panelist), National Women’s Studies Conference, Alternate Roots, International Women’s Playwrights Conference-Stockholm, Bodies In Transit Articulating the Americas and Beyond with the Hemispheric Institute Conference and in Rome, Italy for World Theatre Day at the Performing Gender and Violence in Contemporary National and Transnational Contexts Conference. Performed an original monologue for Hillary Clinton’s Women’s Forum. Playwright for Here to Be Seen: Women in Justice, collaboration with formerly incarcerated women & DA’s Re-entry task force. Arts Educator/Facilitator to thousands of youth/ young adults: with The International Theatre Collaboration summer program at Columbia University, facilitator with Art Spring organization to incarcerated women in prison, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Repertorio Espanol, Epic Theatre and Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. With LEAP, directed NYC Public school students off Broadway at New World Stages. With Manhattan Theatre Club and Educational Play Productions, she performs throughout NYC Schools. For Theatre East she founded the educational New Rites Arts Program. She is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild, SAG-AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women, NALIP, Chicago Dramatist Network, and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. She is a Founding member of LA Cooperativa of Latina/o Theatre Artists NYC.

Nate Brochin

Nate is a principal at the digital marketing consultancy, Screaming Garlic, LLC,  a leader in research based and user centric marketing strategy. Mr. Brochin has over 15 years of entrepreneurial and creative leadership experience with companies that have been at the nexus of technology and advertising. As an accomplished corporate strategist, creative director and marketer, he has participated and led client engagements with with brands such as MillerCoors, Harper-Collins, Xerox, Nokia, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds, and Procter & Gamble.

Eighteen years ago, Brochin co-founded one of New York’s largest digital ad agencies, Rare Medium, Inc. which started as 5 guys in a room on 21st St. and grew to 1,200 employees world-wide in 5 1/2 years. Nate holds Masters Degrees from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the London School of Ecomonomics.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife, three children and two dogs and they don’t smell very good, the dogs, that is.

nate@indietheaterfund.org

Brad Burgess

Brad Burgess is the executive producer, and associate artistic director at The Living Theatre.  Since 2008 he has taken care of Judith Malina and been her assistant, student, collaborator and friend. That work includes all productions on Clinton Street at The Living from 2007-2012, both with The Living and many other production companies and theatre groups, as an actor, director and producer.  He is active in Community Board 3’s Arts and Cultural Task Force, The League of Independent Theaters, Fourth Arts Block, ART NY, TCG, undergroundzero cooperative, and has been on the launch committee for the Independent Theatre Fund and helping its development from The Community Board Congress at The Players Club in 2009, where the first ideas of how to solve the downtown theatre crisis were presented. He is very proud to be a part of this historic moment for theatre, for culture and for New York City.

Jess Chayes

Jess Chayes is a Brooklyn-based director and founding co-artistic director of The Assembly. With The Assembly, Jess has co-created and directed eight original productions. As a director, she has premiered works with Lesser America, New Georges, Ars Nova and Dutch Kills and has developed new plays with The Playwrights Center, NYTW, The Lark, The Civilians, and Labyrinth among others. Jess is a founding member and longtime co-facilitator of the New Georges Jam artists lab. Recent affiliations include: NYTW Usual Suspect, The Civilians R&D Group, The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Associate Director on Peter and the Starcatcher (Brooks Atkinson Theater and New World Stages) and Misery (Broadhurst Theater).  As a producer, Jess has worked for The Civilians and The Public Theater and produced Julia Jarcho’s Obie-winning play Grimly Handsome. She also co-curated New Georges’ 2014 Jam on Toast Festival at Dixon Place. Jess is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband Ben.

Siobhan O’Neill

Siobhan O’Neill is a founding partner of Ad Astra LIVE, a bi-coastal theatrical production company and producers of the For the Record series (LA, Palm Springs, Austin SXSW and New York, www.fortherecordlive.com). For almost a decade, Siobhan worked as a booking agent and director for two prominent commercial theatrical booking agencies in New York, overseeing national tours of Broadway and variety shows. Recently, Siobhan earned a Professional Certificate in Fundraising at NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and sits on the board of two other not-for-profit organizations: www.plgarts.org , www.befreeglobal.org. Siobhan is a graduate of Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts and Oberlin College and currently lives in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens section of Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

ADVISORY

John Clancy

John Clancy is an OBIE award winning director and Executive Artistic Director of Clancy Productions, Inc. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Present Company, a leading Off-Off Broadway theatre company, and a founding Artistic Director of The New York International Fringe Festival, North America’s largest theater and performance festival. His plays have won The American Shorts Contest and The San Francisco Playwrights Center Dramarama, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First and have been short-listed for the Julie Harris Playwrighting Award and the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award. Directing credits include Americana Absurdum, winner of an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First 2000, Cincinnati, winner of an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First 2002 and Adelaide Best of Fringe 2004, Horse Country, winner of an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First 2002, Scotsman Best of the Firsts 2002 and Adelaide Best of Fringe 2004 and Fatboy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe First 2004. He directed C.J. Hopkins’ screwmachine/ eyecandy: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Big Bob at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005, garning him his 5th Fringe First in 4 years. In 2007, Clancy Productions was awarded the inaugural Edinburgh Festival Award by the Edinburgh International Festival and will present a new work at the arts festival in August of 08. John serves on the Advisory Council of The New York Theatre Experience, Inc., the city’s preeminent advocacy and resource center for downtown theater, and the Advisory Board of the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, England. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and his writing has been published in Off, Edge, Village Voice, The Sunday Herald and The New York Times. He was awarded The New York Magazine Award in 1997 for ‘creativity, enterprise and vision’. In 2002 he was awarded a Glasgow Herald Angel for excellence in direction at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He lives on the Lower East Side with his wife, Nancy Walsh.

john@indietheaterfund.org