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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).

Prior to joining Performance Space 122, Winnie Fung held positions in artist-run centers in Canada and in the US. Most recently she was the Operations & Finance Manager at Eyebeam. Winnie was a founding member of Not An Alternative, a Brooklyn Based non-profit organization whose mission is to integrate art, activism and theory. She has also been a member of the curatorial team for Conflux Festival 2008 and UpGrade!NYC.

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’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.

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.

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.

Giulia Carotenuto is a Performer and Arts Administrator hailing originally from Rome, Italy. She made the big move to NYC in 2008, after receiving her BFA in Dance from Chapman University in California. Since then she has had the honor and pleasure of working with some incredible artists, including Mark Dendy, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, and Pavel Zustiak of Palissimo. She is currently a company member of the Faye Driscoll Group, and can also be seen in Third Rail Projects’ critically acclaimed productionThen She Fell. In the arts administration world, Giulia has most recently worked as Company Manager for JinJu Song-Begin/Da-On Dance, and as International Booking Manager for Stepping Grounds (The Hague, ND), among many freelancing gigs, and is super pumped to now be a part of the PS122 family.

 

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.

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