Photo of Bombay Rickey by Cory Weaver
Kristin Marting, Founding Director
is HERE’s Founding Artistic Director and a director of hybrid work based in NYC. She cultivates artists and programs all events for two performance spaces for an annual audience of 30,000. She co-created and curates HERE’s Artist Residency Program. Under her leadership, HERE has garnered sixteen OBIE Awards, two OBIE Grants and a CUNY Booth Award for artistic achievement, two Berilla Kerr Awards, four NY Innovative Theatre Awards, two Bessie Awards, one Pulitzer nomination, six Drama Desk nominations, two MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowships and most recently, seven Tony nominations. She has created and directed 29 works for the stage (nine original hybrid works, six opera-theatre and music-theatre works, nine adaptations of novels & short stories and five classic plays) and is currently developing Looking at You with Kamala Sankaram and Rob Handel. Other recent projects include Silent Voices at BAM, Assembled Identity with Purva Bedi and Mariana Newhard, IDIOT with Robert Lyons; and Bombay Rickey, an opera cabaret also in PROTOTYPE. She has lectured and been a guest artist at Bard College, Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, NYU and Williams College. She regularly serves on grant panels for TCG, DCA, NEA and NYSCA, among others. 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.
Kim Whitener, Founding Director
is the former Executive Director of HERE from 2007-2018, working in partnership with Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting to co-curate and co-produce HERE’s producing and presenting programs, as well as other special projects. She is currently an independent creative producer, working in the contemporary opera-theatre, music-theatre, and other multigenre landscapes through her company, KiWi Productions. Prior to joining HERE, Kim spent six years as an independent creative producer with KiWi, working with a range of US artists in the contemporary theatre, dance-theatre, and multi-media worlds, including The Builders Association, Big Dance Theater, Martha Clarke, Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater, 33 Fainting Spells, among others. She was Managing Director of The Wooster Group for four years, and held other theatre management and producing positions in NY (Playwrights Horizons), Boston (Suffolk University/Boston Music Theatre Project), and Philadelphia (American Music Theatre Festival) with a specialty in new music-theatre. She has served on many grant panels and taught seminars nationally and internationally on production, management, and development of projects for touring. kiwi-productions.com
Beth Morrison, Founding Director
the opera-theatre producer lauded as a “contemporary opera mastermind” (LA Times) and “a powerhouse leading the industry to new heights” (WQXR), is President and Creative Producer of Beth Morrison Projects. Beth created Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) in 2006 to identify and support the work of emerging and established living composers. BMP is celebrated as an industry disruptor and tastemaker at the forefront of musical and theatrical innovation by commissioning, developing, producing and touring the groundbreaking new works of these living composers and their collaborators, which take the form of opera-theatre, music-theatre, and vocal-theatre. BMP encourages risk-taking and the result is provocative works that represent a dynamic and lasting legacy for a new American canon. Opera News has noted: “More than any other figure in the opera industry, Beth Morrison has helped propel the art form into the twenty-first century.” In 2013 Beth co-founded the PROTOTYPE Festival with HERE, which has become “essential to the evolution of American opera” (New Yorker). Beth served a founding tenure as Producer for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, as well as Producer for New York City Opera’s VOX: Contemporary American Opera Lab. She is currently an advisory board member of National Sawdust and Brooklyn Youth Chorus, as well as a board member of the international competition, Music Theatre Now and Voices 21C, a social justice choir. Morrison is frequently asked to give lectures at conservatories across the country, including Mannes School of Music, NYU, Manhattan School of Music, Arizona State University, University of Illinois Champaign Urbana and more. Beginning in the 2019/2020 season, she will be a lecturer at Yale School of Drama. Morrison is also in demand as a speaker both nationally and internationally and has delivered key note speeches for Classical: Next and Opera Europa among others. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University, a Master of Music from Arizona State University, and a MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Jecca Barry, Co-Director
is an opera, theatre, music & collaborative performance producer. She currently serves as Executive Director of Beth Morrison Projects and Co-Director of PROTOTYPE Festival. Following undergraduate and graduate degrees in avant-garde flute performance (Royal Northern College of Music; New York University), Jecca discovered her passion for producing through working with arts groups in Paris. During that time she co-created & performed experimental performance works that combined media & classical music, touring them to Amsterdam, London, and New York. In New York, Jecca co-founded the Empire State Sinfonia, and produced large-scale orchestra performances at venues around New York City, including Alice Tully Hall. She has developed, produced and toured theatre works by acclaimed theatre artist Geoff Sobelle (The Object Lesson; HOME) to festivals & theatres around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, and Taiwan, among many other locations. Jecca also has expertise in finance, including work as a business manager to high net worth clients & businesses at Spielman, Koenigsberg & Parker, LLP, and non-profit women’s rights advocacy at Huairou Commission and GROOTS International.
Melanie Milton, Festival Producer
A Chicago native, and 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.
Caroline Gart, Development Manager
Most recently, Caroline finished a year long Development Fellowship at Baryshnikov Arts Center. As a producer, Caroline has produced at Clubbed Thumb, New York Stage and Film, Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater, Abrons Arts Center, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Bushwick Starr, JACK, and The Public Theater; she is also the Managing Director of New Saloon. Caroline holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University and a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
THE PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN:
Mary K. Botosan
Calliope PR, Sarah Baird Knight
Meredith Lynsey Schade
Brenna C. Thomas
Wei-Ming Liu Egelman
Noah Stern Weber
Brian Freeland – BMP
Robert Phillip Smith
Erin Wegner Brooks
Lynn J. Loacker
Judy Brick Freedman
Sarah M. Brown
Marian A. Godfrey
Dr. Michael Siegal