ABOUT: Staff & Board

Staff

Kristin Marting, Artistic Director

Kristin Marting is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of HERE and a director of hybrid work based in NYC. As Artistic Director of HERE, she cultivates artists and programs all events for two performance spaces for an annual audience of 30,000. Under her leadership, HERE has garnered 16 OBIE awards, 2 OBIE grants for artistic achievement, a 2006 Edwin Booth Award (“for Outstanding Contribution to NY Theatre”) from the CUNY Graduate Center, five Drama Desk nominations, two Berrilla Kerr Awards, four NY Innovative Theatre Awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. She co-created and co-curates HARP, HERE's Artist Residency Program. For 19 years, she curated The American Living Room, an annual summer festival featuring over 30 new works by emerging artists; and for 8 years, Queer@HERE, an annual festival of gay and lesbian work. She was recently named a nytheatre.com Person of the Year for outstanding contribution and honored with a BAX10 Award for Arts Managers.

She has constructed 26 works for the stage (11 original works, 8 adaptations of novels and 7 classic plays) and is currently developing a tour for Lush Valley, a live art political work which premiered in September 2011. Other recent projects include Orpheus, a collaborative alt-musical; James Scruggs’s solo eight channel video work Disposable Men and his recent hybrid play (Rus)h. She also directed Sounding and Dead Tech (collaborative works adapted from Ibsen), both of which received prestigious MAP Fund awards. Her work has been supported by the NEA, NYSCA, DCA, Aeroflex Foundation, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jerome Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation Multi Arts Program and Peg Santvoord Foundation; reviews have appeared in all major New York media. Prior works have toured around the US. She has also collaborated on several large-scale political action art events, including The Line in 2004. For the last 20 years, she has been developing a unique hybrid directorial/choreographic form that features a “gestural vocabulary” used both as an emotional signifier and as a choreographic element. This vocabulary, though specific to each project, is in a state of constant development with an ever-growing set of permanent gestures being added to the repertoire.

She teaches Creative Producing at NYU and lectures at Bard, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, and Williams College among others. She regularly serves on grant panels for NEA, NYSCA, DCA and TCG, among others. Previously, Marting co-founded and served as co-artistic director of Tiny Mythic Theatre Company for nine years. She served as Robert Wilson’s assistant for Hamletmachine and Salome. She graduated from NYU with honors in 1988. .

 

 

Kim Whitener, Producing Director

Kim Whitener joined HERE as Producing Director in February 2007, working in partnership with Artistic Director Kristin Marting to curate and produce all of HERE's activities.

From 2001 until 2007, Ms. Whitener was an independent producer with her own company, KiWi Productions, working with a diverse range of US artists, both companies and individuals, in the contemporary theater, dance-theater, and multi-media worlds to develop and produce new projects, working with co-producers worldwide. Her projects and clients have included The Builders Association's Alladeen, Super Vision, and Continuous City, Martha Clarke's The Garden of Earthly Delights remount, several works with Big Dance Theater and 33 Fainting Spells, The Actor's Gang, among others. Ms. Whitener was consulting producer on Logic of the Birds, artist Shirin Neshat's live performance featuring singer Sussan Deyhim (Lincoln Center Festival, Walker Art Center, Artangel London) in 2001. She also was co-producer of Zero Church, a multi-artist concert/performance event by Suzzy and Maggie Roche, at St. Ann's Warehouse in April 2002.

Ms. Whitener was Managing Director of the ensemble theater company The Wooster Group for over four years (1997-2001), responsible for tour outreach/producing and management of the organization. Prior to that she served as Marketing Director for Playwrights Horizons for three years (1994-96), with a concentration on developing new audiences for new work in development.

She has served on the NYSCA Individual Artists Panel, the Duke Continuing Innovation panel, the TCG Future Generations/New Audiences panel, the LMCC Swing Space Panel, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center Residency panel, and three rounds of the Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Panel administered by Arts Presenters, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Prior to coming to New York in 1994, Ms. Whitener held several arts administration and producing positions, including Associate Director of Development at the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia, and General Manager/Co-Producer of the C. Walsh Theatre/Boston Music Theatre Project at Suffolk University in Boston. She also has extensive experience in teaching seminars nationally and internationally on production, management and development of projects for global touring, including in Buenos Aires, sponsored by Indigo Productions, and at the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University in The Netherlands, to participants from Western and Central Europe, emphasizing international partnerships in production, touring and funding issues.

Board

Current

  • Tony Barkan
  • Michael Champness
  • Abigail Gampel
  • Fred Harris
  • Bethany Haynes
  • Meg MacCary
  • Tim Maner
  • Kristin Marting
  • Kevin Matthews
  • Jamil Shamasdin

Ex-officio

  • Barbara Busackino
  • Kim Whitener
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