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 *

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

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
Sarah Jick, Associate Production Manager *
Stephen Dean, Associate Production Manager
Rick Reiser, Technical Director
Josh Foreman, Lighting Supervisor
Moe Schell, Costume Supervisor
Danny Carr, Video Supervisor
Lex Morton, Audio Supervisor

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

Mary Smith, Director of Publications
Diane Rosasco, Production Manager
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, Digital Marketing Assistant *
Claire Thiemann ’11, Senior House Manager *
Jesika Berry, House Manager *
Samuel Furr '20, Assistant House Manager
Collin Lewis APS '21, Box Office Supervisor
Erik Long, Box Office Supervisor
Paulina Swierczek VAP '19, Box Office Supervisor
David Bánóczi-Ruof '22, Assistant House Manager
Hazaiah Tompkins '19, Community Space Manager

Mark CrittendenFacilities Manager
Ray Stegner, Building Operations Manager
Doug Pitcher, Building Operations Coordinator
Chris Lyons, Building Operations Assistant 
Robyn Charter, Fire Panel Monitor
Bill Cavanaugh, Environmental Specialist
Drita Gjokaj, Environmental Specialist
Oksana Ryabinkina, Environmental Specialist

indicates a member of the Fisher Center's Equity & Inclusion working group. 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 2019
Jeanice Brooks 

Program Committee 2019
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