About: People

The Prototype Festival is a Joint Effort Between

Prototype Staff

  • Kristin Marting
    Artistic Director
  • Beth Morrison
    Artistic Director
  • Kim Whitener
    Artistic Director
  • Raul Zbengheci
    Associate Producer
  • Michael Givey
    Production Manager
  • Katya Luchanskaya
    Development Manager
  • Liene Camarena Fogele
    VIP Manager
  • Drew Weinstein
    Festival Associate
  • Pete McCabe
    Panels Producer
  • Brenna C. Thomas
    Development Director - HERE
  • Open
    Design and Advertising
  • Sarah Baird Knight
    Press Agent
  • Meredith Lynsey Schade
    General Manager - HERE
  • Amanda Szeglowski
    Marketing Director - HERE
  • Miguel Calderon
    Marketing Associate - PROTOTYPE
  • Jecca Barry
    General Manager - BMP
  • James Fry
    Production Manager - BMP
  • Jesse Hefler
    Associate Producer - BMP
  • Melanie Milton
    Associate Producer - BMP
  • Mariel O'Connell
    Associate Producer - BMP

Strategy Committee

  • Andy Hamingson President,
    Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
  • Scott Lehrer
    Sound Designer and Music Producer
  • Peggy Monastra Director of Promotion
    G. Schirmer Music Publishers
  • Zizi Mueller President Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
  • Doug Nevin Entertainment Lawyer and Theatre Producer
  • Kevin Newbury Opera Director
  • Jonah Nigh
    Director of Major Gifts
    The Jewish Museum
  • Steven Osgood Conductor
  • Elena Park Supervising Producer
    The Metropolitan Opera:
    Live in HD
  • Paola Prestini Composer, Creative & Executive Director National Sawdust
  • Jim Rosenfield Consultant, Author, Speaker
  • Jill Steinberg Photographer and
    Board Member of VIA

Prototype Founders and Artistic Directors

Kristin Marting

  • 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 28 works for the stage (9 original hybrid works, 5 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 Silent Voices with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (featured in Prototype 2017). Other recent projects include IDIOT with Robert Lyons; Bombay Rickey, an opera cabaret on Yma Sumac in Prototype 2016; Trade Practices, an immersive theatrical experience where the audience determines the value of various different plays; Lush Valley, an immersive work on citizenship and civic responsibility, and James Scruggs’s solo eight channel video work Disposable Men. 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

  • 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 also a founding producer of 21c Liederabend, a much-lauded multi-media festival of contemporary art song.  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

  • Producing Director
  • HERE

Kim Whitener is HERE’s Producing 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. From 2001 until 2007, Ms. Whitener was an independent producer with her own company, KiWi Productions, working with a diverse range of US artists, both companies and individuals, in the contemporary theater, music-theater, dance-theater, 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.