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).
Winnie FungDirector of Business and Organizational Resources
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.
Vinny VigilanteProduction Manager
Vinny is a SUNY New Paltz graduate with a BA in Theater Performance and Technology. He has been working in the New York Dance & Theater scene for the past 10 years. Recently he Worked as the Director of Production for New York Live Arts and prior to that he was the Lighting Supervisor for Live Arts and Dance Theater Workshop. He still freelance lighting designs from time to time with his company Vigilante Design Group. Vinny is very happy to be with the PS122 team and looks forward to the future!
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.
Lori Vroegindewey Individual Giving and Special Events Manager
Lori Vroegindewey has been with Performance Space 122 since 2004. Lori lives in Greenpoint where she helps run the community garden 61 Franklin St. Garden and is a core member at her local CSA, helping to organize their events.
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.
Chris Walters Fiscal and Office Manager
Chris Walters started working at PS122 in 2003, and never really went away. A passionate writer and city-enthusiast Chris’ musings can be found on his Corner By Corner blog. He is currently completing the Masters Program in Urban Planning at Hunter College.
Giulia Carotenuto Assistant to
& Producing Assistant
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 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.
Charles Kerr, Vice-President
Jason C. Tsou, Treasurer
Adam Whitney Nichols