Discover the Arts

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Fisher Center Staff

Liza Parker, Executive Director*
Debra Pemstein, Vice President for Development and Alumni/ae Affairs
Brynn Gilchrist '17, Executive Assistant 
Kayla Leacock, Hiring Manager

Artistic Direction
Leon Botstein, President, Bard College
Gideon LesterArtistic Director
Caleb HammonsDirector of Artistic Planning and Producing*
Catherine Teixeira, General Manager*
Nunally Kersh, SummerScape Opera Producer
Hannah Gosling-Goldsmith, Artist Services and Programs Manager
Thai Harris Singer '20, Producing Assistant

Alessandra Larson, Director of Development*
Kieley Michasiow-Levy, Individual Giving Manager
Michael Hofmann VAP '15, Development Operations Manager 
Elise Alexander '19, Development Assistant*

Theater & Performance and Dance Programs
Jennifer Lown, Program Administrator

Jason WellsDirector of Production*
Stephen Dean, Associate Production Manager
Andrea Sofia Sala, Production Administrator*
Rick Reiser, Technical Director
Josh Foreman, Lighting Supervisor
Moe Schell, Costume Supervisor
Danny Carr, Video Supervisor
Eric Sherman, Audio Supervisor

Mark Primoff, Associate Vice President of Communications
Darren O’Sullivan, Senior Public Relations Associate
Amy Murray, Videographer

Mary Smith, Director of Publications
Cynthia Werthamer, Editorial Director
Ann Forbes Cooper, Editor
James Rodewald '82, Editor
Karen Spencer, Designer

Marketing and Audience Services
David SteffenDirector of Marketing and Audience Services*
Nicholas Reilingh, Database and Systems Manager
Maia Kaufman, Audience and Member Services Manager 
Brittany Brouker, Marketing Manager
Garrett Sager CHRA ’23, Digital Marketing Assistant 
Jesika Berry, Senior House Manager
Rachael Gunning ’19, House Manager
David Bánóczi-Ruof ’22, Assistant House Manager
Billie-Jo Buttner, Assistant House Manager
Rebecca Rivera, Assistant House Manager
Emma Smith ’23, Assistant House Manager
Robert Kittler ’11, Parking Manager
Collin Lewis APS ’21, Audience and Member Services Coordinator
Erik Long, Box Office Supervisor
Paulina Swierczek VAP ’19, Box Office Supervisor
Hazaiah Tompkins ’19, Community Space Manager

Mark Crittenden, Facilities Manager
Ray Stegner, Building Operations Manager
Liam Gomez, Building Operations Assistant
Chris Lyons, Building Operations Assistant 
Robyn Charter, Fire Panel Monitor
Bill Cavanaugh, Environmental Specialist
Drita Gjokaj, Environmental Specialist
Oksana Ryabinkina, Environmental Specialist

*Indicates an Equity & Inclusion working group team leader. To contact the group as a whole, please email

Bard Music Festival

Artistic Directors
Leon Botstein
Christopher H. Gibbs

Executive Director
Irene Zedlacher

Associate Director
Raissa St. Pierre

Scholars in Residence 2021
Jeanice Brooks 

Program Committee 2021
Byron Adams
Leon Botstein
Jeanice Brooks 
Christopher H. Gibbs
Richard Wilson
Irene Zedlacher

Director of Choruses
James Bagwell

Vocal Casting
Joshua Winograde

Producer, Staged Concerts
Nunally Kersh