The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. We serve over 1,000 artists every year in over 400 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, public affairs, and storytelling. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in the 62-seat blackbox that we operate in Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, and a cut of the box office. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all. Since its founding in 2003, artists who have come through The Tank include Alex Timbers, Amy Herzog, Lucy Alibar, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Kyle Abraham, Andrew Bujalski, We Are Scientists, and tens of thousands of others.
(Co-Artistic Director) has worked in various administrative capacities with Obie Award-winning theater company The Civilians, The Playwrights Realm, Ars Nova, Pearldamour, Wolf 359, Sinking Ship Productions, Glass Bandits, and more. She has been a script-reader for SPACE on Ryder Farm, Playwrights Realm, and The Relentless Theater Award. She has been on grant panels for the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, Brooklyn Arts Council, and A.R.T./NY's Nancy Quinn Fund. She has been a guest speaker for classes at the Columbia Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Baruch College, and others. She has written several scripts that have been read or produced at The Tank. She is a graduate of Columbia University and grew up in Los Angeles. Photo: "Rosalind Grush as Douglas Gordon as Kurt Cobain as Andy Warhol as Myra Hindley as Marilyn Monroe," by Josh Luxenberg
(Co-Artistic Director) has been a freelance theatre director since graduating from Birkbeck College and training as an assistant director at the Royal Exchange in Manchester in 2007. Recent directing credits includes: Bob and My Twin at the Royal Court, buckets at the Orange Tree, and a variety of other projects at the Finborough, the Union, Southwark Playhouse, Oval House, and the New Wimbledon Studio. She has worked as assistant director for Paulette Randall MBE and Braham Murray OBE, and for the Manchester International Festival. Rania founded and ran a performance space in Peckham – The Last Refuge from 2011-13, Most recently, Rania was the Resident Director at the Orange Tree Theatre, under Paul Miller.
Kelsey LaSeur (Operations Manager)
Ella Andrew, Mackenzie Quinn, and Emily Rose (Our Incredible Fall Intern Team!)
(Comedy Curator) is a NYC based writer, actor, and producer originally from Utica, NY. She is a graduate of Long Island University: CW Post. She's the creator of NYC Improv, Standup, Sketch Resource as well as the only producer of the We're Trying Here Comedy Festival that takes place at The Tank. Leah performs regularly with her indie improv team The Internet Disagrees, her duo The Boozeroom, Busted! (Improvised Ghostbusters), New Team Raw (10K), Heart/Mind, Cool Teacher, the all lady team Yes Please!, and a few others. She has no spare time but if she did.. She'd like to play on another show so don't hesitate to reach out.
(Music Curator) is a composer and author of new works, plays, musicals, choral dramas, and anything in between. Sam has been working at The Tank since the fall of 2015, and is a recent Princeton graduate, so she doesn't have many credits yet! She is very interested in programming music that tells a story, including new music that pushes the boundaries of classical theory, as well as musicals and operas that push the boundaries of their forms. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Storytelling Curator) is a small town Georgia girl living in Brooklyn, and working on some deep rooted issues from her deep south upbringing. She’s a writer and storyteller who recently premiered her solo show, “Into the Belly of the Beast.” She frequently performs her stories at shows like The Moth StorySLAM, Ask Me: & Barbershop Stories. Listen to her on RISK!, The Moth Story Hour, and Snap Judgment, and check out her blog, www.SouthernDiscomforts.com. On Twitter, she’s @TheSusanKent.
(Theater Curator) is a Brooklyn-based writer and director. He wrote Powerhouse, which premiered in Fall 2014 at the New Ohio Theater. He is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Sinking Ship Productions, a Brooklyn-based theater company. His script for Powerhouse was a Finalist for the 2012 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and with Sinking Ship, he is the recipient of an EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commission for Flatland. Other Sinking Ship projects include: There Will Come Soft Rains and Puppet Playlist, a music/puppet cabaret series that is one of the primary venues for original short puppetry in the United States. Josh is currently the General Manager of the Connelly Theater, and has worked as assistant director at Paper Mill Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, P73, NYMF, and others. He has also worked in the writers office of HBO’s The Wire. Josh is an alum of the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied acting, and of Oberlin College. Josh has been at The Tank since 2010. He co-curates Flint & Tinder, The Tank's flagship theater series, and Puppet Playlist.
(Film Curator) was born and raised somewhere in New Jersey, but has since chosen to live elsewhere--for the last 6 years New York City--given life's free will. He has an appreciation for the history of cinema and yet is constantly curious to discover moxie-filled new and nascent filmmakers who possess a raw talent for understanding the language of film. A graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, with accidental minors in Cinema Studies and Visual Arts, Nick desires to see film as a reflection of life, truth, perspective, and experience, and other wonderful pleasures of existence that are sometimes free. He has covered The New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, SXSW, Rendezvous with French Cinema, and the Tribeca Film Festival. He writes, or has written, about film, theater, and television for such publications as Slant Magazine, Time Out New York, The House Next Door, The Film Experience, the Boston Phoenix, and The L Magazine.
(Music Curator) I am a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter hailing from the East Coast of Canada. I make music and friends whenever possible - teaching, playing and curating music with people ages 2 to 64. As a folk musician, I believe in the power of uninhibited intuition and that it ultimately leads to the most genuine truths. In bringing people together for a common cause - be it making music, art or effecting great change - we find something in each other that may have been hidden in ourselves. Through my music series at the Tank, I aim to facilitate a safe environment for fellow musicians to hear and be heard, to come together in a common love, and to discover something of themselves through one another.
Marc Andrew Nuñez
(Dance Curator) is a Swiss-born Filipino; California-raised current resident of New York City. Marc is a founding member and director of Gotham Dance Theater (NYC). He has performed in and choreographed for a variety of works including concert dance, theater, music videos, commercials, and television. Among Marc's favorite credits are touring internationally as a Lost Boy in Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, dancing in Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance Company (OC/LA), Entity Contemporary Dance (OC/LA), Broadway Bares (NYC), Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble (Irvine, CA), Common Ground Hip Hop (Irvine, CA), Funkanometry New York, and as background dancer for Rihanna (2008 MTV VMA's). Aside from performance, Marc enjoys teaching dance and fitBallet. Marc holds a Dance Performance BFA with Excellence in Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Marc also received acting training at the Actor's Conservatory at East West Players (Los Angeles) and from his beloved Mrs. Cindy Little (Thespian Troupe 4712, UHS). Proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Represented by CESD Talent Agency.
(Dance Curator) likes to make dance happen in New York. She created and produces the Tank’s unique xyz nyc series, which brings new, emerging, and established artists together in the same evening in a grand competition that's all in good fun; and curates the (kin)aesthetics series, which features sophisticated, fully realized evening-length dance pieces by new and emerging artists. Outside of the Tank, Jill is a member of the production team for the New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival. She’s choreographed and performed her own work at La MaMa E.T.C. and The Tank, and choreographed a video for The Whitest Kids U'Know on the Independent Film Channel. Jill has a BA in Theater and Dance from Trinity College and attended the Trinity/La MaMa program.
(Theater Curator) Writer, actor, director, ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, and co-founder of Cliff House Arts. LAMDA (BA 2012), UCLA (2007-2009), SF Bay-Area native. Has toured with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and has interned with The Wooster Group. Original credits at The Tank: A Simple Art (Noir-Fest/DarkFest 2014), Furniture Porn (Fall, 2013), But Back To The Uncle (DarkFest 2013). A very big fan of hot sauce. Know a particularly hot brand or unique kind? Email Alex at: email@example.com.
(Film Curator) is a filmmaker striving to make art that combines every sense, admires every emotion and highlights the small details of the human condition within the broad view of the universe at large. Born in Chicago to activist artist parents, she studied at Hampshire College, where she was given free reign to explore and analyze the depths of her mind and at The Prague Film School where she discovered her deep interest in surrealist imagery. She is interested in art forms that naturally push the expected boundaries of normality and question representations of reality. She currently survives on pizza, yoga and video art in Brooklyn, NY.
Eric Krebs, whose theatrical producing career spans more than 40 years, founded and directed the Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater for over 20 years. He currently operates the Playroom Theater (www.theplayroomtheater.com). As a producer, he was most recently represented on Broadway by Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home (Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event). Other Broadway productions include Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (nominated for 4 1999 Tony Awards including Best Musical) and Electra (nominated for 3 Tony Awards). Recent Off-Broadway productions include Laughing Liberally: Electile Dysfunction, For lovers Only, Will Durst: The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing (New World Stages), Toxic Audio (2004 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience), Rounding Third, Langston Hughes’s Little Ham, Golf: The Musical, Tallulah Hallelujah starring Tovah Feldshuh, A Pure Gospel America, The Big Bang, the world premiere of Bash written by Neil LaBute, Serenade The World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown, Jr., and This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan. Other New York producing credits include: Laughing Liberally, Capitol Steps, Fyvush Finkel From Second Avenue To Broadway, The Passion Of Dracula, Fool For Love, King Of Schnorrers, The Rise Of David Levinsky, By And For Havel and Paul Robeson (starring Avery Brooks). Mr. Krebs produced Geoffrey Ewing’s Ali, the biography of Muhammed Ali, a theatrical production featured at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, as well as at the Mermaid Theater in London. In the not-for-profit theater, he founded and for fourteen years was the Producing Director of the George Street Playhouse, a professional (LORT) theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since 1998, he has been the chairman of Amas Musical Theatre, a not-for-profit theater founded by Rosetta LeNoire and dedicated to the training of “city kids” in the performing arts and the creation of new musicals for multi-ethnic casts. Mr. Krebs is a professor of theater arts at Baruch College, City University of New York, continuing a career as an educator that began in 1969 at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he is professor emeritus. He was awarded the Robert Whitehead Award for excellence in producing in February, 1999. In April, 2007 he performed his own 90 minute adaptation of King Lear, a one person presentation entitled “Considering Lear.” Eric Krebs is the founder of the informational website studentrush.org. as well as the owner of the School Theatre Ticket Program (www.schooltix.com).
Gloria Pitagorsky is a 15-year media industry veteran who started her career in journalism and then moved to film and television, serving as Executive Producer for numerous television, film and new media projects. Gloria is committed to supporting women film makers and is actively involved with Chicken & Egg Pictures, a film fund that provides grants to women film makers committed to social justice. Gloria provides strategic outreach and audience engagement support for documentaries through the Story Leads to Action Initiative. Gloria is also co-founder of Green Team, whose mission is to educate and inspire youth on environmental causes by engaging them in hands on learning experiences. She serves on several philanthropic and non-profit boards, including The Tank, a non-profit performing arts venue for emerging artists and AICE an international association which represents the interests of independent creative editorial, design, visual effects and post production companies. She recently joined the Board of Directors of Food Bank for New York City, the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. Her philanthropy is focused on at risk populations, public policy advocacy and environmental groups. Member of New York Women in Film & Television, Association of Independent Producers and The National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In January she launched Heard City, a post-production company servicing the advertising, motion picture and television sectors. Heard City is a located in the Flatiron District. She lives in Manhattan with her husband David and their twelve year old son Jayson.
Jenn de la Vega
Jenn de la Vega is a community manager at Flipboard. No stranger to planting herself in creative environments, Jenn also runs Randwiches an award winning experimental food project ranging from catering to styling-- praised by TIME, Mashable and the Awesome Foundation. Jenn pioneered communications and social media strategy for The Tank from 2008 to 2013. When she's not making GIFs, she is sneaking bacon, curating events, backing Kickstarters and plotting to roast an animal somewhere in the wilderness.
JJ Lind (Treasurer) is a Brooklyn-based artist and arts manager, who is currently the Executive Director of Abraham.In.Motion. JJ has also served as the Executive Director of The Civilians theater company and as the Director of Strategic Integration for New York Live Arts. In this latter role, he worked closely with Live Arts leadership to manage the merger and integration of the founding partners. Previously, JJ served as the Director of Development for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he was a critical member of the team brokering, funding, planning and executing the merger. Creatively, he is the Artistic Director of Immediate Medium, a performance and producing collective he co-founded in 2002. JJ is a graduate of Yale University originally from Vinita, Oklahoma.
Justin Krebs (President and Co-founder) is a political and cultural writer, entrepreneur and organizer. He is the author of "538 Ways to Live, Work and Play Like a Liberal," a book that launched a 65-city tour, and he is a regular contributor to "It's A Free Country," the politics website of WNYC, New York's Public Radio. Justin is a founder and National Director of Living Liberally, an organization that creates social communities around progressive politics across the country, including Laughing Liberally comedy shows, Screening Liberally film series, Drinking Liberally happy hours and many more programs. Justin has developed creative campaigns with progressive allies including environmental advocates, labor unions, immigration activists, civil rights groups and good-government campaigns. He is a former Senior Fellow at the New Organizing Institute in Washington, DC, and a former Activist Fellow with CREDO Action in San Francisco. Past experiences also include writing a history of New York City's playgrounds, running a citywide parks advocacy campaign, producing a civic engagement tour that turned into an award-winning PBS documentary and working for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Justin is a graduate of Harvard University, native of Highland Park, New Jersey, and long-time President of the 45th Street Block Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of Immediate Medium, an experimental theater company, and Get In The Game, a non-partisan voter registration organization. He is adviser to Netroots Nation, a progressive blogger and organizer conference, and the Governors Island Alliance.
Josh Luxenberg (Theater Curator)
Mike Rosenthal (Secretary and Co-founder) is the digital strategist for the band OK Go and runs their independent record label, Paracadute. He is also co-founder of the Manhattan non-profit performance space The Tank, and the organizer behind two international music festivals, Bent Festival and Blip Festival. Mike holds a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU.
Jill Rousseau (Dance Curator)
Patrick Rousseau (Media and Film Advisor) is the executive producer at Iris MediaWorks, a video content strategy and production company he founded in 2004. He works with brands, agencies, startups, and storytellers to strategize, plan, and produce exceptional content that transforms opinions, drives sales, and articulates brand values with compelling and beautiful stories. He has produced four feature films and a number of web series and short films. Patrick has produced commercials, educational videos, narrative, and documentary content for companies including Fisher-Price, L'Oréal, Hewlett Packard, Eli Lilly, and Condé Nast, among others. His work has won dozens of awards, including a Webby, a Webby Honoree, the top AD-Vantage headline of 2014, and several Best Picture and Best Web Series awards.
When not producing video, Patrick can be found hiking mountains, cooking with wine, tending his garden, working with non-profit arts organizations, and mentoring emerging artists.
Stephane Samuel is a landscape designer and real estate entrepreneur. Prior to moving to the United States in 2000, Ms. Samuel was counsel to Sanofi-Aventis, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical laboratories, where she was responsible for joint ventures in the US,China and India. Prior to SA, she was general counsel of the vaccine subsidiary of Institut Pasteur. A law graduate of Paris Sorbonne and New York University Law School, she completed her Master's Degree in Landscape Design at Columbia University in 2009 Current projects include public spaces and gardens in Ireland, France, and Long Island.
Wes Chow (Board Emeritus) is CTO at Chartbeat, a real-time analytics company that focuses on publishers and news organizations. He was founder of S7 Labs, Lead Engineer at Songza, and a former founder and managing director of Athena Capital Research. He has also served the Tank, a non-profit arts space, in the capacity of volunteer, manager, artist, board member, and now advisor. Wes holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Boerum Hill with his wife and daughters. He was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida.
Emma McMullin (Music Curator and Former Artistic Director)
Gregory Rae (Board Emeritus)
Claire Silberman (Board Emeritus)
Juliana Steele is the Development Specialist at Fractured Atlas, specifically focused on institutional and governmental support. Previously, she was a Program Specialist for Fiscal Sponsorship at Fractured Atlas, providing support for the fiscally sponsored artists and organizations who raised over $50 million during her tenure. She has sat on numerous fundraising panels in the New York City area, and has presented at the Foundation Center, South by Southwest, and other events and festivals around the country. Prior to Fractured Atlas, she was the Programming Coordinator at The Tank while it was located on Church Street in Tribeca. Before moving to New York, she spent four years managing the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, a 1400-seat independent movie theater. She received her Master's in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and also holds a BA in Art History from Boston University.
Alex Timbers (Tank Co-Founder)
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the following institutional supporters:
A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation
City Council Member Ben Kallos
The Dramatists Guild Fund
The Howard Gilman Foundation
The Indie Theater Fund
The Jim Henson Foundation
The LIT Space Rehearsal Program
The Mental Insight Foundation
The Puppet Slam Network
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Theater at The Tank is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
And we'd also like to thank the many individual contributors who make our work possible - we couldn't do it without you and we are so grateful for your support!
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