Meredith Burns began her career as an actor working off-broadway and regionally at theaters such as Pregones Theater/PRTT, The New Ohio, The Shakespeare Theater of DC, and Sierra Repertory. She also worked in the independent films The Brooklyn Banker and Display. She is a founding member of Glass Bandits Theater Company, a not-for-profit organization based in Brooklyn, and from 2010 – 2014 served as the company’s Managing Director. She is also a comedian and performs on the Magnet Theater’s long-running house sketch team, The Executives. Prior to her current position as Executive Director, Meredith built and directed a comprehensive arts and literacy based after-school program at New Voices Middle School in Brooklyn that serves upwards of 200 children daily. She received her BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase.
Founder & Executive Director Emeritus
Christine was named by Jersey City Magazine as the #1 Most Influential Figure in the city’s arts and culture scene. She received the Key to the City in 2007 on behalf of Art House Productions, in recognition of Art House’s outstanding leadership in the arts. In 2009, The Star-Ledger highlighted Christine in their “I Am NJ” feature spread as “a woman who is turning the spotlight on [Jersey City’s] arts community.” In 2010, Christine was honored by Bank of America as a Local Hero through its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative ®, in recognition of her outstanding community leadership and service.
Goodman is a prominent voice in the city’s movement to build a professional, permanent arts community and speaks regularly on the subject. She has been profiled and interviewed in media outlets such as WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, Channel 12, and AM New York. She has served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Jersey City, and on the Hudson County advisory board for the development of a county-wide Arts Master Plan.
Prior to her career in arts management, Goodman has toured the country as an actress, performed her poetry across NY/NJ, and taught acting classes for children and adults. Goodman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and is an honors graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Crystal is an editor, painter, and writer. A recent journalism graduate from NJCU, she fell in love with writing and painting. She is intrigued at being able to make people feel a certain way when it comes to reading. She believes that nothing but raw emotion makes for something meaningful and memorable.
She was born and raised in Jersey City — she is the assistant to the executive director of Art House Productions and the editor in chief of ChicpeaJC. Art House Productions and ChicpeaJC have given her the opportunity to get the best of both the art and the writing world. She has had work featured online and in print for NJCU’s The Gothic Times and PATHs. She also writes poetry on her personal blog.
Artistic Associate / Program Director of Stages!
Kristy Dodson is a theatre maker, educator and activist based in New York City. She focuses on new work and recontextualizing classics, especially those bringing light to marginalized voices and narratives often not heard. Her directorial work has been seen at many noted artistic institutions: Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, The McCarter Theater, Labyrinth Theatre Co, Rattlestick, Theatre Row, The Lark Play Development Center, among others. She was the founding Artistic Director of Overturn Theatre, where she commissioned and produced an array of new works that focused on questioning universals through artistic exploration. She has worked administratively in Artistic, Production, Literary, and Development at The Vineyard Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, Theatre 167, Planet Connections, EyeKnee Coordination, and Making Books Sing to name a few. Kristy is a very active advocate for performers with disabilities or as she likes to say “differently abled” and is an honorary member and curator of the Little People Of America Dwarf Artist Coalition. She holds a B.F.A in Acting from SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory and an M.F.A in Directing from Brooklyn College. www.kristy-dodson.com
Technical Director / Lighting Designer
Lance has worked in theatre and live event production for over 20 years. His professional positions have encompassed almost all aspects of production; from Stage and Production Management to Lighting Design and Technical Direction. Michel graduated from San Francisco State University’s Theatre Arts Department, with a Sound Design Degree, and an emphasis in Theatre Management. He has since worked extensively in theatre, dance, live music, as well as corporate event production.
Mr. Michel joined the Art House family in 2010 and has since been the resident Lighting Designer and Technical Director, having designed lights for over 20 full-scale main stage and STAGES (our Musical Theatre Youth Program) productions, and over 90 dance pieces for our internationally-acclaimed annual dance festival, ‘Your Move.’
Although Mr. Michel has worked with rock groups such as The Who, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Arlo Guthrie, and Pharrell; Presidential press conferences; world renowned dance troupes; and the world’s largest Bat-Mitzvah, it is at Art House, and within the larger Jersey City Artists’ Community, that he feels most at home, and where he has the greatest and most soul-satisfying impact.
He looks forward to being a part of Art House’s promising future.
Genell was raised in Bayonne and Jersey City, NJ. She graduated from Snyder High School in the class of 1973. After high school, Genell attended Berkeley-Claremont Business School in New York, NY where she majored in Business Secretarial Science. Genell left New Jersey for several years and lived in Texas and Virginia. She is now back home and excited to be a part of Art House and the Jersey City performing and visual arts community.