NOEL ALLAIN - Artistic Director, Founder
Noel is a New York based actor and theater producer. He is a graduate of Skidmore College and the Juilliard School's Drama Division. Before co-founding The Bushwick Starr in 2007, he was a founding member of the theater company, Fovea Floods, for which he served as an actor and a producer. As a professional actor, he has performed in various theater, television, and film productions in and out of New York City.
As Artistic Director of the Starr, he has presented over 50 companies and served hundreds of artists through the Starr's Seasons of programming and development. His curatorial track record is noteworthy, resulting in critically acclaimed productions by emerging and established artists such as Dave Malloy, Half Straddle, The Debate Society, Daniel Fish, Julia May Jonas, and William Burke. Noel also established the Starr's after-school program, Big Green Theater (with Executive Director, Sue Kessler) to teach playwriting and environmental awareness to Bushwick and Ridgewood elementary school students.
SUE KESSLER - Executive Director, Founder
Sue is a New York based theater artist and producer. After graduating Skidmore College, she became a member of the experimental theater company, Fovea Floods, and served as Company Manager for five years. In addition to her producing credits with the company, Sue also performed, directed, and composed music throughout Fovea Floods’ ten year career.
Sue transitioned her life in the theater in 2007, when she helped to transform The Bushwick Starr from a humble rehearsal space (acquired in 2001) into a full-scale black box theater. As co-founder and Executive Director for the Starr, Sue strives to bring some of the most exciting contemporary performance artists to the stage in the vibrant community of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Sue is currently developing a Theater Management program at Skidmore College, and serving as Associate Chair of the Theater Department. Sue has been a guest speaker at Carnegie Mellon's MFA directing program, The Orchard Project, and Henry Street Settlement, and served on various arts panels for organizations such as The Brooklyn Arts Council and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival.
JOHN DEL GAUDIO - Interim General Manager
John Del Gaudio (Interim General Manager) is a Brooklyn-based producer and theatermaker. Favorite projects at the Starr include Target Margin Theater Labs exploring the Russian avant-garde, Tennessee Williams and Gertrude Stein; the food was terrible by William Burke; and I'll Never Love Again by Clare Barron. He regularly collaborates with William Burke (whose Comfort Dogs and PIONEERS#goforth he produced at JACK), A Host of People in Detroit and Sarah Cameron Sunde on 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea. As a maker he created I Made a Mistake with Burke for the Target Margin Lab at the Connelly. He has served on the board of A.R.T./New York and is a company member of A Host of People and Target Margin, where he was Artistic Producer for 7 seasons.
EMILY KAPLAN - Development Director
Emily Kaplan is a theatremaker and arts administrator. Her collaborations have been seen in Ars Nova's ANT Fest, at The Invisible Dog Arts Center, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, The Juilliard School, 59E59, The Incubator Arts Project, and a large unnamed field in Riverside Park, among others. Emily is also a proud staff member of New Georges, and has previously held positions at Signature Theatre and HERE Arts Center.
AYUMU POE SAEGUSA - Technical Director
Poe started his theater career as an actor in high school in 1992 in Japan. He was attracted by the art and power of theatrical lighting design in International Christian University in 1996 in Tokyo. In 2005, he moved into NYC after 5 years as a professional lighting designer in Japan. He experienced all aspects of production as an intern at HERE Arts Center and became the resident lighting designer. His credits as a freelance designer span from downtown theater to Lincoln Center. He has been living in Bushwick/Ridgewood for 10 years, and is very happy for the opportunity to work in the neighborhood, and being a part of the local arts culture.
JAY MAURY - Technical Director
Jay is a sound, lighting, video, and scenery designer working out of Brooklyn. As the designer of the BWS infrastructure and equipment, he has been working to raise the standards for control, efficiency, and artistic possibilities. Notably, BWS is now running ultra-efficient LED worklight system with unparalleled control and light coverage. Recent design credits include Saratoga Opera (Sound Design, Lighting Design) BAWeaselOAPOYOB (Lighting Design) and Big Green Theater (Lights) and our annual puppet festival (Lights & Media).
EMILY MOLER - Producing Fellow
Emily Moler is a director and arts administrator living in Bushwick. She has developed work with UglyRhino, The Tank, and 3LD. She is a founding member of Odonata and is the Co-Artistic Director of Dark Day Players. Emily is a graduate of Skidmore College, where she served as the General Manager of The Skidmore College Theater Department and was the recipient of the Margaret Ellen Clifford Memorial Prize. She has worked with Ars Nova, Heartbeat Opera, The TEAM, Mass Live Arts, and The Orbiting Human Circus.
AARON ARDISSON - Social Media and Marketing Fellow
Aaron is an NYC-based director/designer/theater artist originally from Nashville, TN. He is a recent graduate of Skidmore College, where he was the General Manager of the Skidmore Theater Department, and where he most recently directed Peter Handke's Kaspar for Skidmore Theater's Director's Lab. Upon returning from a semester studying at the Moscow Art Theatre in 2014, he created two original theatrical works at Skidmore: Dacha (based on a selection of short plays by Anton Chekhov) and Trompe L'Oeil (inspired by the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe). Back in Nashville, Aaron has worked with OZ Arts, Actor's Bridge, and Sideshow Fringe Festival. His interests include rock climbing, making music, and working on his 1980s BMW.
JOHN BUDGE - Box Office Manager
John is a Brooklyn based writer, actor and filmmaker who recently graduated from Brooklyn College in the MFA Playwriting program. He earned his BFA in Acting from the University of Montana and while there, co-founded The Buttenik Ensemble, a theatre dedicated to creating and performing original works. In recent years, he started Budge Films to give a venue to ideas and stories that translate better to film than to theatre (www.BudgeFilms.com). John's interests also include Seattle Mariners baseball and ultrarunning, having completed distances ranging from a marathon to 100 miles. It is said that his years of enduring pain as a Mariners fan have translated directly to making him a natural suffer-loving ultrarunner. www.JohnBudge.com
KAITLYN MEADE - House Manager
Kaitlyn is a writer and photographer from Houston, Texas. Graduating from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in theater and journalism, Kaitlyn has worked in diverse fields, most recently in arts administration at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts at the David Rubenstein Atrium, and on the Lincoln Center Local series which brings free shows to Queens libraries over the summer. Her work can be found in Downtown Express newspaper, The Villager, and Chelsea Now.
WILLIAM BURKE - Artistic Development Assoc. and Reading Series Curator
William is a playwright and director living Bushwick. His plays have been seen at IRT, Little Theatre at Dixon Place, The Seattle Fringe and the Bushwick Starr. Recently: EXPODITY!! as part of the Target Margin Last Futurist Labs and The Devil Wants his Hat Back as part of the Bushwhack Series at the Bushwick Starr and as part of the Black Swan Labs at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other plays include: Furry, The Yurt, She has to be Outside and the food was terrible, Keeners, and Fire Liberty. He was also the Football Choreographer and dramaturginator for Half Straddle's Football/In the Pony Palace, he is the founder of ANGRY BLVD with Mallery Avidon. He is the front house and Box Office Manager for Soho Rep. He is a curator for the Bushwick Starr Reading Series. He is a Target Margin Associated Artist. He is pursuing his Masters in Playwriting at Brooklyn College.
DAAIMAH MUBASHSHIR - Assoc. Reading Series Curator
Daaimah Mubashshir is a NYC playwright. Her plays have been produced and developed with Going to The River Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Fire This Time Festival, JACK, and Rising Circle Theatre Collective. Full Length plays are Night of Power, Rum for Sale and Hotel Harare. Awards include a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and Finalist Prize in the Columbia University/Roundabout Theatre Underground Reading Series. MFA: Columbia University; BFA: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
MARIA PORTMAN KELLY - Starr Associate
Maria is an actor, teaching artist and nonprofit administrator. She has performed with Flux Theatre Ensemble, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Culture Project, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others. Maria is First Mate of Superhero Clubhouse, a sustainable theater collective and the collaborative partner of The Bushwick Starr's annual Big Green Theater Festival. Additionally, Maria serves as Programs Manager for Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and acts as Program Assistant for Dance for PD®, their joint effort with Mark Morris Dance Group.