Staff & Board
Vallejo GantnerArtistic Director
Vallejo Gantner has been here since 2005. Previously, he was Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival from 2002 – 2004, and Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival 2000/01.
Originally from Melbourne, Vallejo has worked in a range of capacities throughout the arts in the US, Asia and Australia – as a director, writer, performer, agent, producer and programmer. He co-produced Spiegelworld from 2006-2008, a commercial producer / presenter of contemporary circus, cabaret, music across the US.
More recently he’s performed in “The Curator’s Piece” by Tea Tupajic and Petra Zanki across Europe and in NY, Executive Produced the hit indie feature films “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely” by Lynn Shelton, and the upcoming “Men go To Battle” by Zachary Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil and directed a new concert performance at the Irish Arts Center by composer / singer Julie Feeney. He is a partner in a micro-brewery – Mountain Goat Beer in Australia, and in 2006, he was a Deakin Lecturer in Melbourne.
Vallejo also sits on the board of directors of the National Performance Network (USA), Jianguo Pty Ltd (Aus), and Four Winds Foundation (Aus).
Tricia PiersonFinance and Operations Manager
Tricia Pierson is originally from Portland, Oregon. She moved to New York City in 1981. Previous to joining PS122, she served as General Manager for Trisha Brown Dance Company; Managing Director for Stephen Petronio Company and Bebe Miller Company; and in various capacities with The Joyce Theater, Baryshnikov Productions, and The National Corporate Fund for Dance. And, a while back, she also provided project management for artists including Wally Cardona, Felix Ruckert, Urban Tap, Elizabeth Streb, Tere O’Connor and Ain Gordon. She spends her free time at Dias Y Flores and 6BC community gardens in the East Village, her home since 1991.
Karl AllenProduction Manager
Karl Franklin Allen was recently Production Manager/Technical Director for the international tour of Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE. Previously, the Technical Manager at The Duke//New 42nd Street, Technical Director of Bryn Mawr College, Technical Director of PS122, and Production Coordinator at Lincoln Center. He works as a freelance production manager in NYC. He also does illustration and exhibition design for fun and occasionally for profit.
Jeso O’NeillCommunications & Branding Manager
Jeso O’Neill proudly hails from the sunny state of Florida where she graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Dance Studies and minor in Business Administration. In her 7 years of living in New York, Jeso has worked with various dance and theater companies in various production, marketing and management positions such as Dancewave, Half Straddle and the Paper Industry to name a few. She made her Performance Space 122 debut by performing in the National Theater of the United States of America’s Chautauqua! which lead to her becoming NTUSA’s Company/Tour Manager from 2009-2012. Jeso enjoys cooking, social media-ing, and cats.
Alex ReevesCreative Technologist
Paula BennettInstitutional Giving Manager
Paula Bennett was most recently the Manager of Foundations and Government for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. She joined the PS122 staff in July 2016. Paula is also a theatre director and librettist. When she’s not raising money for the arts or working on a project, she can be found leading fitness classes and other fun community activities at the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA.
Benjamin Kimitch Senior Producer
Benjamin Kimitch is a Minnesota native. Prior to joining the PS122 team in 2015, he worked at the Park Avenue Armory as Production Coordinator, New York Live Arts for nearly four-years in positions including Producing Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Director, and Dance Theater Workshop as Community Liaison/Programming Assistant. He’s had the pleasure of guest curating programs for Danspace Project’s Food for Thought and 92nd Street Y’s Fridays at Noon. Benjamin is also a choreographer whose work has been commissioned by Danspace Project and Dance and Process at The Kitchen.
Elisabeth Conner Skjærvold Creative Producer
Originally from Collinsville, Illinois, Elisabeth Conner Skjærvold received a BFA in Dance from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Upon moving to New York in 2007, she joined the Nature Theater of Oklahoma where she was both the company manager and a performer until late 2014. She performed in Poetics: a ballet brut, Romeo and Juliet, and Life and Times: Episodes 1-4 and 6-9.
Jørgen SkjærvoldTechnical Director
Jørgen Noodt Skjærvold is a sound designer and technician originally from Trondheim, Norway. He began working in theater in 2005 and became a Technical Director at Theater Avant Garden in Trondheim in 2011. In 2015 he relocated to New York and has worked as a sound designer and freelance technician with various artists including Monica Bill Barnes & Company and Daniel Zippi.
Sean Leo Audience Services Manager
Sean Byrum Leo is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Bard College with a BA in Theater & Performance. Passionate about the arts, Sean directs performances, designs projections, videos, and graphics. He also serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Strange Sun Theater. Sean served as the COIL Ambassador for the festival in 2015, and is proud to be a part of PS122 team in his hometown.
Tara O’Con Coil Ambassador
Tara is an experiential performer, choreographer, user experience designer, and sometimes arts administrator. She has been a collaborative member of Third Rail Projects since 2006, and her own work has been presented and commissioned around NYC intermittently over the past 10 years. Her design approach seeks to craft experiences for people that are intuitive and elicit empathetic exchange in a variety of contexts across mediums, environments, and populations. taraoconexperiencedesign.com
Charles Kerr, Vice-President
Jason C. Tsou, Treasurer
Adam Whitney Nichols