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 radical educator, curator, and photographer. Orentas’ pedagogical practice takes influence from bell hooks and Pablo Helguera’s “education as performance,” and focuses on how to socially engage youth with contemporary and experimental art practices. As a curator, Orentas is passionate about creating platforms and access for emerging artists and musicians of color.
Orentas founded Casa Experimental, an after school arts program and gallery inside art collective space The Silent Barn in NYC. Her music curation at underground and experimental record store, Other Music, and radio show on Bel-air, spotlights Latin American musicians and local NYC artists.
Her concert photography has appeared in Paste Magazine, Baeble Music, NPR, and Impose Magazine, where a selection of her portfolio was selected as Best of 2015.
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.