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Prototype Founders and Artistic Directors

Kristin Marting

Founding Director
Artistic Director, HERE

Kristin Marting is HERE’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director and a director of hybrid work based in NYC. As Artistic Director of HERE, she cultivates artists and programs all events for two performance spaces for an annual audience of 30,000. She co-created and co-curates HARP, HERE's Artist Residency Program. She has constructed 29 works for the stage (9 original hybrid works, 6 opera-theatre and music-theatre works, 9 adaptations of novels & short stories and 5 classic plays) and is currently developing Assembled Identity at HERE and Looking at You with Kamala Sankaram and Rob Handel. Other recent projects include Silent Voices at BAM, IDIOT with Robert Lyons; Bombay Rickey, an opera cabaret also in Prototype; Trade Practices, an immersive theatrical experience where the audience determines value. She also directed Sounding and Dead Tech (collaborative works adapted from Ibsen), both of which received prestigious MAP Fund awards. She was recently named a nytheatre.com Person of the Decade for outstanding contribution, a Leader to Watch by Art Table and honored with a BAX10 Award.  

Beth Morrison

Founding Director
Creative Producer, Beth Morrison Projects

Beth Morrison Projects is led by Creative Producer Beth Morrison, an opera and theatre producer, singer, and voice teacher with bachelor and master of music degrees and a master of fine arts in theatre management/producing from the Yale School of Drama, as well as many years of experience in the development of new opera and theatre works. She first cultivated her extensive experience in arts administration at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute where she served as administrative director for four years. Beth served a founding tenure as the Producer for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre from 2009-2011, as well as Producer for New York City Opera's VOX: Contemporary American Opera Lab from 2010-2011. Beth is an in-demand speaker at national and international industry conferences, a frequent judge for international opera and music-theatre festivals and competitions, and a guest lecturer at conservatories and universities around the country.  Beth Morrison Projects is the realization of Beth's vision, which stems from a deep commitment to nurturing composers and other artists and fostering the development of new opera and other new music-theatre works.

Kim Whitener

Founding Director
Executive Director, HERE

Kim Whitener is HERE’s Executive Director, co-curating and co-producing all of HERE's activities. Since early 2007 under her leadership, HERE's programming has grown exponentially, and several major initiatives have launched, including the PROTOTYPE festival and MADE HERE, an online video documentary series about New York performing artists. Ms. Whitener is also an independent creative producer with her own company, KiWi Productions, and over the years has worked with a diverse range of US artists, both companies and individuals, in the contemporary theatre, opera- and music-theatre, dance-theatre, and multi-media worlds to develop and produce new projects, working with co-producers worldwide. Her clients have included The Builders Association, Martha Clarke, Big Dance Theater, and 33 Fainting Spells, among others. Ms. Whitener was consulting producer on Logic of the Birds, artist Shirin Neshat's live performance featuring singer Sussan Deyhim (Lincoln Center Festival, Walker Art Center, Artangel London) in 2001. She also was co-producer of Zero Church, a multi-artist concert/performance event by Suzzy and Maggie Roche, at St. Ann's Warehouse in April 2002. Previously she was Managing Director of the ensemble theater company The Wooster Group, and worked with both the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia and the Boston Music Theatre Project at Suffolk University in Boston.

Jecca Barry

Co-Director
Executive Director, Beth Morrison Projects

Jecca Barry joined Beth Morrison Projects as General Manager in February 2013 and has served as Executive Director since 2017. In addition, she was recently named a Co-Director of the PROTOTYPE Festival. Jecca began her career as a performer of avant-garde flute music, before transitioning into finance and arts administration. Prior to joining BMP, she was a Business Manager at Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker where she handled the daily financial needs of high net worth clients, and Financial Administrator for the women’s rights non-profits Huairou Commission/ GROOTS International. Jecca worked with several arts organizations while living in Paris, France (2002-03, 2006-08), including touring multidisciplinary performance works to London, Amsterdam, and New York. Jecca has served as producer for the physical-theatre work The Object Lesson since 2014, touring it domestically and internationally to venues in Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles, and Australia among others, and developed the work HOME, by artist Geoff Sobelle, which premiered in 2017. Jecca received a B.A.(Mus) in Flute Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and an M.M. in Flute Performance from New York University.

Melanie Milton

Producer

A Chicago native, Melanie Milton is pleased to join the PROTOTYPE team as the Festival Producer. Formerly an Associate Producer with Beth Morrison Projects, Melanie has produced work with BAM, Fringe Arts in Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, National Sawdust, HERE, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. A trained soprano, Melanie has sung with Downtown Voices and The Collegiate Chorale in venues spanning Carnegie Hall, Trinity Wall Street, Park Avenue Armory, Alice Tully Hall, The Caramoor Festival, and NYTW. Melanie has a passion for bringing evocative opera to a new, eager set of ears and recreating the concept of the performance venue through her work with LoftOpera and an active freelance event schedule. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from North Park University. 

Tyler Mercer

Director of Development

Tyler Mercer is thrilled to be joining the PROTOTYPE Festival as Director of Development. Most recently, Tyler served as Individual Giving Officer at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He has also held various development and administrative roles with Ma-Yi Theater Company, Pioneers Go East Collective, director Kate Whoriskey, and The Wooster Group. His film administrative credits include Hugo (dir. Martin Scorsese), Revenge for Jolly! (dir. Chadd Harbold), and Hunter (dir. Ian Samplin). Tyler is also a theatre director whose works with design-based company Live Source Theatre Group can be seen in New York. Up next will be the world premiere of Suddenly by Gianfranco Settecasi at HERE in October 2018. Originally from Los Angeles, Tyler currently lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. BFA: NYU, Directing/Producing.

The Prototype Festival is a Joint Effort Between

Prototype Staff

  • Kristin Marting
    Founding Director
  • Beth Morrison
    Founding Director
  • Kim Whitener
    Founding Director
  • Jecca Barry
    Co-Director
  • Melanie Milton
    Festival Producer
  • Tyler Mercer
    Director of Development
  • Drew Weinstein
    Associate Producer
  • Brian Freeland
    Production Manager
  • Open
    Branding and Marketing Agency
  • Sarah Baird Knight
    Press Agent
  • Meredith Lynsey Schade
    General Manager - HERE
  • Brenna C. Thomas
    Director of Institutional Advancement and Major Gifts - HERE
  • Liene Camarena Fogele
    Individual Giving Manager - HERE
  • Wei-Ming Liu Egelman
    Institutional Giving Manager - HERE
  • Amanda Szeglowski
    Marketing Director - HERE
  • Wyatt Welles
    Marketing and Graphics Associate - HERE
  • Richard Stauffacher
    Box Office and House Manager- HERE
  • Julia Levine
    Marketing Assistant - HERE
  • Aislinn Curry
    Production Manager - HERE
  • Kate August Schweitzer
    Technical Director - HERE
  • Alex West
    Finance Associate - HERE
  • Emma Hills
    Company Manager - HERE
  • James Fry
    Production Manager - BMP
  • Noah Stern Weber
    Director of Development - BMP
  • Mariel O'Connell
    Associate Producer - BMP
  • Chris Mode
    Associate Producer - BMP
  • Julie Hurley
    Company Manager - BMP
  • David McCullouch
    Bookkeeper - BMP

Leadership Circle

  • (in formation)
  • Karen Ames
  • Christine Garner
  • Helen Mills
  • -
  • HERE, Board of Directors
  • Bethany Haynes
  • Tony Barkan
  • Michael Champness
  • Abigail Gampel
  • Fred Harris
  • Meg MacCary
  • Tim Maner
  • Kristin Marting
  • Kevin Matthews
  • Helen Mills
  • Amy Segal
  • Barbara Busackino
  • Kim Whitener
  • -
  • Beth Morrison Projects, Board of Directors
  • Frederick Peters
  • Miles Benickes
  • Sue Bienkowski
  • Sarah M. Brown
  • Judy Brick Freedman
  • Connie Chen
  • Ralph Dandrea
  • Pamela Drexel
  • Nicholas Firth
  • David Gindler
  • Jane Gullong
  • Lynn Loacker
  • Nancy Sanders
  • Mike Siegal
  • Raymond Steckel