Who We Are

Artistic Director Alexandra Chasin is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Lang College, The New School.  Chasin is the author of Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market and Kissed By, a collection of short fictions.  Her novella, Brief, was first released as an interactive app. Past recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Chasin most recent book is Assassin of Youth:  A Kaledioscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs, a cultural history of drug prohibition (University of Chicago Press, 2016).  Chasin holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and a PhD in Modern Thought & Literature, from Stanford University.

Program Director Zina Goodall is a producer and writer who has worked as a community organizer, circus performer, and teaching artist. She loves developing work with all types of artists and has produced performances, immersive events, zines, and short films. She is a founder of the My Fancy Brain art collective and Weird Weird Giants comedy.

Media and Communications Manager Stephanie Orentas is a manager and curator. At globalFEST, she organizes the monthly hangouts, manages globalFEST’s social media and organizes the administration of the flagship festival. Orentas founded Casa Experimental, an after school arts program and gallery, where she hosts youth art exhibits and shows. She is the Media and Communications Manager and curates for public art non-profit, Writing On It All. Her music curation at former underground and experimental record store, Other Music, spotlights international musicians and local NYC artists. She hosts a monthly radio show on La Liga as DJ Fefi, where she showcases contemporary Latin American musicians from around the globe. She is a guest curator for the New Latin Wave Festival. Currently, she coordinates events at Starr Bar, Mayday Space’s new allied bar funding social justice initiatives in Bushwick. 

Invited curator Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa is a researcher and cultural critic. She is currently working on a multidisciplinary book that explores a Peruvian countercultural youth scene during the Eighties. The chapters delineate an aesthetic sensorium that goes from text to sound to image in order to gauge the intervention of this underground scene within the broader framework of Peruvian culture. She has written about Latin American art, literature and documentary. She recently completed her PhD degree at Columbia University.