Staff

Theresa Buchheister (Artistic Director) (They/Them) is a Kansan New Yorker and founder and co-director of Title:Point, founder and Artistic Director of The Exponential Festival,  and co-founder of Vital Joint. Theresa directs, produces, performs, curates, facilitates and writes for theatre and theatre-adjacent performance realms. Their work has been seen at The Ontological Theater, The New Ohio, Dixon Place, HERE, Housing Works, NACL, The Brick, Silent Barn, Vital Joint, The Parlour, Target Margin’s The Doxsee, on rafts, in warehouses, in trucks, in bars. They are also a voice over director, performer, teacher and engineer (current: BoyGirlDogCatMouseCheese, multiple audiobooks and podcasts; past: Pokemon, The Winx Club, World of Winx, How Music Works, Perks of Being a Wallflower, A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM, Arrow of Time, Recursive Cast, etc).  theresa@bricktheater.com

Jaclyn Biskup (Associate Artistic Director) (She/Her) is a director and producer working in theatre, television, and film. She received an Emmy nomination and was a Peabody Finalist for her work on the digital series, THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS, and currently works as the creative producer at New Ohio Theatre. As the founding artistic director of The Mill, she has directed and produced over 20 productions. Her work has been seen at New Ohio Theatre, MCC Playlabs, New Dramatists, Rattlestick, Dixon Place, Town Stages, and the NYC International Fringe. Assistant director to Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro on the Broadway productions of THE MINUTES  and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN and has also assisted on productions at Steppenwolf, The Public, and The American Musical Theatre Workshop. Her digital projects include The InBetween with Erika Henningsen for Broad Stream and PBS NOVA, Delta Air Lines, Caltech, Harvard, and others. She is a New Georges affiliated artist and a first-generation college graduate who holds a BA in Theatre from Northern Illinois University and an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University. jaclyn@bricktheater.com

Lydia Mokdessi (Director of Marketing and Communications) (She/Her) is an artist, writer, editor, and arts administrator based in NYC since 2012. She has performed in works by Buck Wanner, Katie Workum, Emie Hughes, Stevie May, Londs Reuter, Jordan Morley, Marion Storm, Alexandra Pinel, Maida Withers, Anthony Gongora, and others. Her work has been presented at Center for Performance Research, Roulette Intermedium, Movement Research at Judson Church, Gibney Dance, AUNTS, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Fourth Arts Block, The Wild Project, and The Brick Theater. She is the editor of Culturebot and has served on the NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards selection committee, as Curator for the CURRENT SESSIONS, and as co-organizer of Community of Practice, an initiative for early-career artists and writers supported by University Settlement. She most recently held the position of Director of Marketing and Communications at Baryshnikov Arts. lydia@bricktheater.com

Cameron Stuart (Box Office and Front of House Manager)(He/Him) is a writer, composer, and performer, and self-produces as No-Brow Theater Company (formerly Saints of an Unnamed Country). With several friends, Stuart opened and managed The Glove, a DIY performance space in Bushwick. The Glove was a participating venue in the Exponential Festival, which Stuart co-produced from 2017–2022. Born in Florida, he now lives in Queens, NY. cameron@bricktheater.com

Breezy Diabo (Gallery Director) (She/They) is a New York based actor, singer, director, painter, performance artist and the Marketing and Social Media Manager for Mint Theater Company. They received a BFA in Theater & Fashion Design at Savannah College of Art & Design, an MBA in Entertainment and Media Management from Ithaca College and MA in Film/TV Studies from NYU. Breezy has shown original work at The Muse, The Tank, Dixon Place, Bizarre, Rockwood Music Hall, etc. This renaissance man is overjoyed to help emerging artists bring their dreams to fruition! breezy@bricktheater.com

Sarah Suzuki (Bookkeeper) (She/Her) is an actor and finance professional, specializing in arts organizations. Over the years, she has worked in finance for a number of organizations, including Target Margin Theater, The Brick, Rooftop Films, Lezlie Hall Associates, and THE OFFICE. As an artist, Sarah has acted at venues in New York and all over the country, including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Target Margin Theater. While not acting or bookkeeping, Sarah enjoys crocheting, reading, and eating ramen. 

Curation Team

Matthew Antoci (Curator) (They/Them) is a creator and performer going full diva mode in New York City. They work in various mediums, including multi-media theater, digital performance, and drag. Matthew has shown original work onstage at The Brick, The Exponential Festival, IRT Theater, Purgatory, and The Kraine. In addition to their own work, Matthew collaborates with many artists at different stages of development, often wearing the hats of director, dramaturg, producer, or facilitator interchangeably. Some of the companies they’ve worked with include Rude Grooms (CultureLab LIC), theater and media company Fake Friends (CultureHub NYC), and experimental performance collective CHILD (Baryshnikov Arts Center, MITU580), of which they’re a member. www.matthewantoci.com

Yuki Kawahisa (Curator) (She/Her) is a native of Japan, an immigrant with an artist green card, is an actor, theatre creator, performing artist. She moved to New York in 2005, and actively performing her own works and others ever since. She has worked with world acclaimed directors like Robert Wilson and Richard Forman, appeared in many experimental, tour-de-force, downtown theatre pieces in New York, and have performed internationally in Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Indonesia and Japan. Info at yukikawahisa.com

Alyse Lamb (Curator) (She/Her) is a musician, actor, writer, and costume designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the singer/guitarist of the fiery duo Parlor Walls, co-founder of the art collective Famous Swords, and a member of the experimental theater company Title:Point. Alyse holds her degree in musical composition and has used it to make numerous fashionable leotards.

Anabella Lenzu (Curator) (She/Her) originally from Argentina, is a dancer, choreographer, scholar & educator with over 30 years of experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy, and the USA. Lenzu directs her own company, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD), which since 2006 has presented 400 performances, created 15 choreographic works and performed at 100 venues, presenting thought provoking and historically conscious dance-theater in NYC.

Nadia Pinder (Curator) (She/Her) is a Brooklyn Based performance artist with a background in storytelling, comedy, theater, music, dance and film. Her creative works have been featured in Time Out NY, The New York Times, Vulture, PureWow, Refinery29 and even on JetBlue inflight televisions. She performs regularly around the city at venues like Caveat, Asylum, Union Hall, The Bell House and in the great outdoors for her seasonal picnic show, Comedians In A Blanket in Prospect Park (which for the record, she began doing in 2016).She has been teaching storytelling and comedy for several years and she has a full online storytelling course (with gorgeous video lessons and one-on-one feedback)on Channel Zeitgeist.

Brick Aux Artistic Team

Eulàlia Xavier Comas (Production Fellow) (She/They) is a multi-disciplinary theater artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY with roots in Barcelona and PA’s Susquehanna Valley. She is a director, designer, writer, and steward of storytelling processes who tells stories about people who invent words and worlds for survival. Laia’s work (or her performing body) has been presented or developed at Riverstage Theater Company, STC, The Performing Garage, The Brick Theater, 92 Theater, Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Pear Tree Alley Theater, Mariah’s Garden @ Pear Tree Alley Theater, asynchronously on Zoom, Olin Memorial Library, La Mama Galleria, The Tank, The Vino Theater, Theater Row, and The Workshop Theater. She was a Winter Resident Artist 2023 with Uncool Artists and she also serves as School Partnerships Co-Program Manager at Girl Be Heard. laia.brickaux@gmail.com.

Harrison Simmons (Aux Reading League Curator) (He/Him) is an emerging director and theater maker based out of lower Manhattan. He graduated Brown University in 2020 and has worked mostly in Dallas through the early stages of the pandemic, but moved to NYC to continue down the arduous career path of a theater maker. Harrison is drawn to contemporary plays and pieces that focus on politics, the environment and religion. Harrison also created and curates the Aux Reading League out of the Brick Aux. Harrison.brickaux@waltermail.com.

BrickFlix Artistic Team

Toney Brown (He/Him) is a filmmaker, cinephile, video editor, and sometimes theater artist who grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His documentary short, Mules, played at the NH Film Festival. He is also the co-host of the cinema podcast Mudville at the Movies with Nolan Rabine. Most days, you can find him in the audience at art house cinemas throughout NYC and on IG @toneymovies.

Phil Hartman (Curator) (He/Him) Owner of Two Boots Pizza and filmmaker and deep fan, Phil heads up BrickFlicks.  Conspiracy Theories, Head Trips, New York in the ’80’s, the Cinema of Cruelty, Hellacious Women. Join us for these and other treks down cinematic rabbit holes.  Plus special guests, libations, pizza and Scopitones, too, before every show!

Former Curators and Staff

T Braun (Gender-F*ckery and Drag Curator) (They/Them) is an interdisciplinary artist who creates drag performances, videos, and interactive installations inspired by their Mennonite upbringing, queer theory, pop culture, and historical archetypes. They challenge white fragility and binary notions of gender through multiple performance identities including Egregious Philbin (gender-fuck, shape-shifting alien), Peter Funk (far-right future POTUS) and Paul TERROR (wrestling extraordinaire). They are an adjunct professor in the Art & Design program at Montclair State University, a member of AWFUL Wrestling, and are thrilled to join the BRICK2020 team.

Garlan Jude Brosnahan (Curator) (They/Them) Garlan is a performance artist, theater director, writer, cabaret artist, emcee and performance curator. They’re attuned in Level I & II Usui Reiki by masters Aki Hirata Baker and Manu DelPrete from MINKA Brooklyn. completed their AmSAT certified training of 1600 hours at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) directed by Nanette Walsh with associate directors Ariel Carson and Lori Schiff.They are currently hired to teach group Alexander Technique classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA).

Ryan William Downey (Producer/Curator)(He/Him) is an actor, playwright, and co-director of Title:Point, an experimental theater company that has been producing and presenting work in New York City for over 15 years. His play Sleeping Car Porter was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and Biter (Every Time I Turn Around), which he co-wrote, was one of Helen Shaw’s 10 Best Plays of 2015. Other plays include Periscope (featuring Richard Foreman and Mary Harron), Heavy Sleeper, Persistent Dream Body, The Assassination of Julius Caesar and co-written Post:Death, Never Odd or Even, Everything of Any Value, and SPACEtruck. He has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, La Mama, Incubator Arts Project, Dixon Place, The Brick, Invisible Dog, AS220, Silent Barn, the Gowanus River (in Jeff Stark’s The Dreary Coast) and many more venues in NYC and beyond. As a voice actor he has been heard on podcasts, audiobooks, in many plays and, most notably, on Pokémon film and television series playing a variety of characters. Ryan served as Associate Artistic Director of The Brick from 2020-2024. ryan@bricktheater.com

Michael Gardner (Co-Founder) (He/Him) founded The Brick Theater in 2002. He is a playwright, director and served as Artistic Director from 2002-2020.

Devon Wade Granmo (Box Office Manager) (He/Him) is a multi-hyphenate theater artist, producer & administrator. In 2007, he co-founded Action/Adventure Theatre, a theater company and performance venue in Portland, Oregon, and co-managed it for nine years before moving to Brooklyn. He writes & directs his own work and collaborates & performs with Title:Point.

Robert Honeywell (Co-Founder and Secretary) (He/Him) Robert is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and INSOL International. He is also active in efforts to expand broadband to underserved communities in upstate New York, and serves as a board member of The Brick Theater, an experimental performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Robert co-founded The Brick with Michael Gardner in 2002.

Leigh Honigman (Producer) (She/Her) is an arts administrator and producer working in theater, live events, and film. She is interested in exploring how social frameworks, factors, conditioning, and status affect the individual, and how that can be expressed on stage. Select theatre projects include YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING. (IRT Theater 3B Development Series, 2022), Of the woman came the beginning of sin and through her we all die (Normal Ave, 2019), and The Ugly Kids (Fresh Fruit Festival at The Wild Project, 2018). Events include Mask4Mask (Purgatory, 2021), SLUT Spring Fling (The Paper Box, 2019), and the sold-out Missed Connections and Support Your Local Sex Worker (Museum of Sex, 2018). Recent film producing work includes Zoetrope (Dir. Michelle Rosen, 2021), SLUT (Dir. Madi Van Dam, 2019), Love/Hate Monologues (Dir. Tina Makharadze, 2018), and Furuncles (Dir. Tina Makharadze, 2018). 

Travis Just (Associate Artistic Director and Managing Director) (He/Him) is a composer and co-director of performance group Object Collection. He was a curator at Incubator Arts Project/Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Mark’s Church from 2008-2014.

Justin Linville (Comedy Curator) (He/Him) is an actor and comedian from San Antonio, Texas living in Brooklyn. Justin has received training from Herbert Berghof Studio, The Annoyance Theater and ColdTowne Theatre. You can see his work on What We Do in the Shadows, Crashing, The Chris Gethard Show, Earwolf, and live all over Brooklyn.

Nicolás Noreña (Curator) (He/Him) is is a Colombian theater maker based in Brooklyn. He is the artistic director of The Million Underscores, an experimental theater company with which he has directed and developed original pieces that have been performed at Target Margin Theater, The Brick, Vital Joint, Triskelion, CAVE and MoMA among others. As a performer Nicolas has worked with Mary Overlie, Richard Foreman, Object Collection, Jess Barbagallo. He teaches six viewpoints at New York University, likes swimming, and runs a biodynamic farm in Colombia. 

Cristina Pitter (Curator) (They/She) is a queer afro-latine fat babe artist who wants to burn it all down and plant new seeds in the fertile soil. Founder of The Ashe Collective – an ancestral storytelling and community outreach group, Community Director of Pipeline Theatre Company, and company member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Harrison David Rivers (SoundLab Creator and Facilitator) (He/Him) is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award for the bandaged place. His other plays include When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award, Sweet (AUDELCO nom), Where Storms Are Born (Berkshire Theatre Award nom, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), Five Points (MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work), This Bitter Earth (Jeff nom for Best Production, MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work) and To Let Go and Fall (Theatre Latte Da). Harrison has received McKnight and Many Voices Jerome Fellowships, a Van Lier Fellowship, an Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship and New York Stage & Film’s Founders’ Award.

Shawna Tang (Gallery Coordinator) (She/They) is an interdisciplinary visual artist with a mission to facilitate non-traditional paths to successful art careers. She also owns and operates Cookie Smut, a cheeky home goods and jewelry brand.

Jack Daniel Woods (Technical Director) (Jack) has traversed the globe conceptualizing and designing production for multi-disciplinary arts companies and performers. In Jack’s recent role as head of production for the Sydney Symphony Jack was internationally recognized for vision, creativity, and for saving an entire concert performance after a steinway grand piano free fell into a hole in the middle of the stage (story for another day).

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