The Staff

MEREDITH BURNS

Executive Director

 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 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 currently performs sketch comedy on the Magnet Theater's long-running house team, The Executives. From 2014-2017, Meredith built and directed a comprehensive arts and literacy based after school program at New Voices Middle School in Brooklyn serving upwards of 200 children daily. She received her BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase and is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

ADIN WALKER

Artistic Associate

Adin Walker graduated from Princeton University with degrees in English, Theater, and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Projects as director/choreographer include The White Dress (Araca Project); One Arm (Chautauqua Theater Company); Pin* and the Blue Fairy (Drama League Artist-in-Residence, Dixon Place); Gruesome Playground Injuries (TheaterLab NYC), Jacqmin Family in the Petrified Forest (Source Festival); Rent and Singin' in the Rain (Princeton/McCarter). Walker choreographed the NYC premiere of Normativity (dir. Mia Walker, NYMF), and is currently collaborating with Louisa Thompson and Flako Jimenez on a piece for young audiences with the New Victory. As movement director, Walker has collaborated with directors Dawn Monique Williams, Alexandru Mihail, Ethan Heard, Tracy Bersley, and Whitney Mosery. Walker has assistant directed on projects with CalShakes, the Guthrie, Woolly Mammoth, Rattlestick, 14th Street Y, Round House, and Chautauqua Theater Company (Directing Fellow.) Walker is thrilled to join the artistic staff of Art House Productions as Artistic Associate! www.adinwalker.com

KRISTIANA COWCER

Theater Manager/Resident AEA Stage Manager

Kristiana Cowcer is thrilled to be part of the Art House team as a Stage Manager and Theater Manager. Most recently she worked off-Broadway as a Stage Manager on Vincent and at Sleep No More for two years. She previously worked at Shakespeare and Company as the Assistant to the General Manager and Managing Director. Prior credits include Production Assistant, Assistant Stage Manager, and Stage Manager for various seasons and productions at Barrington Stage Company. Assistant Company Manager at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. Assistant Stage Manager on several productions at Olney Theater Center in Olney, Maryland. She has also been a stage manager on four tours with ArtsPower National Touring Theater and several seasons at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Kristiana graduated from Christopher Newport University with a BA in Design and Technical Theater with an emphasis in Stage Management. She is also a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.

CHANDY BENNETT

Communications and Development Coordinator/ Director of JC Fridays

Chandy Bennett is a Jersey City resident who graduated from Montclair State University with a double focus in Performance and Costume Design. After completing two European tours as a costume designer (HAIR and Daddy Cool das Musical) she decided to take a step back and focus on producing new work. She's been working with Jersey City based theatre company No Dominion. With them she has put up her own work- a performance art piece Trigger Warning and acted in a few new plays One. Four. (Zero), Departure, and The Byerley High School Holiday Reunion an immersive theatre piece in partner with The Haven Project NYC. Her brand new play RUT will be premiered at the Frigid NYC Festival in 2018. Chandy is excited to join Art House Productions and dive deeper into producing, and focusing on new work. But also to continue to explore and highlight Jersey City's diverse and beautiful artistic community.

 

JUSTIN HSU

Theater Management Assistant
Justin Hsu is an actor, stage manager, director, and writer and is ecstatic to be joining the team at Art House Productions! Justin is originally from Claremont, California, and is a proud alum of International Thespian Troupe 2129. He is a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and has been fortunate to have worked as an actor and stage manager on numerous immersive/experimental theatre, Off Off Broadway, and Off Broadway productions in Los Angeles and NYC in the past 4 years. His proudest work has been as an actor in Rabbit Hole (Full Spectrum Theatre Company), a stage manager and Press/Media team captain for the 2016 and 2017 NY Innovative Theatre Awards, a director for Lemondrop Productions, and an ensemble member of Rising Sun Performance Company. Justin has a fiery passion for creating art in the form of live theatre as well as in film, television, and voiceover. He enjoys the camaraderie of the performing arts community and the zealous energy of live theatre and can't wait to create more art with Art House Productions!

MAGGIE SNELL

Theater Management Assistant

Maggie Snell is a freelance production manager and stage manager based in NYC. Most recently, she was an Assistant Stage Manager for a new production of Silent Night with Piedmont Opera in Winston-Salem, NC. She has spent two summers at Barrington Stage Company as the Production Management Assistant and Stage Management Intern. Other stage management credits include Third Rail Projects' Then She Fell, as well as productions with Olney Theatre Center, Sharon Playhouse, Live Source Theatre Group and Boston Theater Company. Maggie graduated from Boston College with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.

 

ALEC CARR

Intern

Alec Carr is currently a senior working on his Bachelors in Fine Arts: Painting/Drawing at New Jersey City University. He received his Associate's in Fine Arts from Bergen Community College in 2015. He has been a proud Eagle Scout since age 16. Alec plans to show his artwork in galleries and to start up a painting and photography business over the next few years.  

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DAVID GIBSON

President

David is the co-founder and managing principal of the New York City design consultancy known as Two Twelve. Mr. Gibson is internationally recognized as an advocate of "public information design" and for his work on behalf of cities, institutions, and corporations over the past thirty-five since Two Twelve's founding. David studied architecture at Cornell University, attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and received an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He is also an award-winning organic garden designer.

He gives workshops and lectures on way finding design at educational institutions and industry associations across the United States and around the world. He is a past President and Board Member of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and is author of the award-winning volume The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places, published by Princeton Architectural Press. He was named Fellow of SEGD in 2009.

    ELENA ZAZANIS, AEA, SAG-AFTRA

    Vice President

    Elena Zazanis, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, is an actress and vocalist with extensive film, theater and commercial credits, as well as an outstanding lead actress award from Planet Connections Theater Festivity. As a volunteer, she has served on committees for The American Museum of Natural History, NJMOCA and Blueberry Pond Theatre, and as a docent at Mana Contemporary. Upon moving to Jersey City, she initiated the Art House INKubator, a script development forum for professional writers, actors and directors. Now several years running, the program scaffolds numerous scripts that have evolved into award-winning productions in professional theaters, and the network has connected many actors to commercial and legitimate jobs.

    SAMANTHA GREEN

    Treasurer

    Samantha Green has worked in not-for-profit financial administration since first coming to the NYC area in 1992. She has always been engaged in the arts - having studied music extensively since a young age and later earning a jazz performance degree from Berklee College of Music, and more recently engaging in photography studies at various institutions in NYC and Gulf Photo Plus of Dubai. As an enthusiastic fan of Jersey City for its magnificent history and current vibrancy, she is proud to be a homeowner and resident in one of the great historic neighborhoods of Jersey City.

    BOJANA COKLYAT

    As an artist and Jersey City native, Bojana has been participating in the city's arts events and programming since she was 12 years old. Now, as an adult, she has kept the lessons she had learned over the decades and given back to the community. After losing her vision in 2007 she started an art program at St. Joseph's School for the Blind and is currently pursuing her masters in Art Therapy.

    LEAH JACKSON

    Advocate. Mother. Counselor. Poet. Agitator.

    She works with diverse and multicultural populations in the Metro area within the areas of event management, marketing, publishing, mental health, human services, public policy and education. An Academic Advisor since 2006 at New Jersey City University, Leah works with the STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, *Arts*, Mathematics) student population. She is a published author and has been writing plays, stories and poetry since she was nine years old. Leah is a charter member of the Greater North Jersey Chapter of The Society, Incorporated, a non-profit national women's organization dedicated to exposing, supporting and promoting youth in the arts and also on the board of trustees for Bayonne Community Mental Health Center in Bayonne, NJ. Leah holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from NJCU. She is the proud mother of two sons who are highly energetic and incredibly talented.

    MAYUMI LANE

    Born and raised in Tokyo, Mayumi moved to Jersey City in 2000 and loves living in one of the most diverse cites in the US. Mayumi is a writer and translator. She worked as an international liaison in entertainment including Sony Music and Toho. She has been a member of the Art House INKubator since 2013. As someone who was graded 1 out of 5 (with 5 being the highest) in 8th grade English, she strongly believes motivation is key for one's academic achievement. While majoring English at Sophia University in Tokyo, she heard classmates saying, "You can never be a writer unless you're a native speaker." She's been motivated to prove otherwise. Today her goal is to write like David Remnick.

    MICHAEL J. LORD

    Mike is a higher education professional, with over 20 years of experience in the areas of Admissions, Financial Aid, Residence Life, Academic Administration, and Grants Management. Mike has a long standing relationship with the arts, contributing during his undergraduate years at Boston College to leading the nations only improv Murder Mystery troupe, the Committee for Creative Enactments, where he wrote, acted in, and directed many productions. Most recently, Mike has been involved in the Art House INKubator project, volunteering to read roles in scripts written by many of the amazing local writers in the Jersey City area. He also hosts a monthly podcast, Tabletop Genesis, that explores the music of Genesis and the related solo careers of the band members.

    PAUL H. THOMAS

    A transplanted Southerner, Paul Thomas moved to New York in 1988 to study ballet at the Joffrey School and be a triple-threat on Broadway. After experiencing auditions as endless job interviews with risky companies that could close overnight, he found a different passion in corporate communications and public relations.

    Paul now focuses his energies on helping organizations articulate their goals and execute communications that delight customers, boost productivity, transform business processes and drive cultural change. In addition to serving on Art House's board, Paul has been president of Dixon Mills Condominium Association since 2013.

    LINDA QUENTZEL

    Born and raised on Woodlawn Avenue, in the Greenville section of Jersey City, Linda is a Hudson County girl, through and through. Upon graduating from NJCU Linda began a career at the Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) that spans over 34 years. As the current Director of Development for HCST, in 2009 Linda established the HCST Foundation. In her role as the Executive Director the HCST Foundation it has become a vital part of the Hudson County Schools of Technology. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation works with local industry and educational leaders, as well as alumni, parents, and teachers, to provide financial support for innovative, quality learning scenarios that provide students with memorable, real-world experiences. Linda maintains the philosophy that she doesn't go to work; she goes to school. Beyond the halls of HCST, Linda is the President of the Condo Association at Creekside Manor. Linda is the President of her company LQ Strategies, LLC started in 2010.

    Linda is civic-minded and a firm believer in the power of community service and the notion of Paying it Forward.

    KRIS VAN NEST

    Kris has been involved in the arts since 1998 and was introduced to Art House Productions through Christine Goodman's acting workshops shortly after moving to Jersey City. He became a volunteer working in the areas of technology and set building, and joined as a board member in 2008. He continues to contribute his experience in business strategy, technology, and education to Art House Productions with an emphasis on using technology and education in a strategic, sustainable way to help empower artists to be successful and broaden the impact of their work. Kris is owner of thislearning, a Jersey City-based video production company in the education space focused on showcasing kids at their best.

    KARIN WILLIAMS

    Karin is a writer, producer and digital content developer who loves to create impactful interactive experiences for all kinds of audiences. She served as Producing Director of San Diego's Fritz Theater from from 1992-2001, where she founded the Fritz Blitz of New Plays. In 2006 she partnered with Stuart Hynson Culpepper in the motion media company Culpepper/Williams, co-creating The Captive (Sundance Channel), and the independent feature Jordan (Lifetime).

     

     

    CHRISTINE GOODMAN

    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.