about The Tank.

MISSION

Founded in 2003, The Tank is a Manhattan based non-profit arts presenter. Curating across all disciplines, The Tank provides an artistic home to both new and established artists who are engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Combining free performance space, subsidized rehearsal space, discounted ticket prices and promotional support; the Tank brings quality programming to a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists. 

The Tank is a volunteer-run organization and a curated space. 

CURATORS

PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Ahmed Tigani
Elizabeth Kanter

COMEDY
Chris Booth
Paul Valenti

DANCE
Alexandra Albrecht earned a BFA in dance (Tisch School of the Arts) and a BA in Journalism (College of Art and Science) from New York University. While at Tisch, she used her semester abroad to study at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. In the summer of 2007, she danced at The Yard in Marthaʼs Vineyard as part of the Bessie Schoenberg Choreographic Residency. She has performed in New York and abroad with Hilary Easton + Company, Janessa Clark/KILTERBOX and Jenni Hong Dance.

Jill Hockett is the newest member of The Tank's curatorial team. Jill served as Interim General Manager at the Center for Performance Research and has been a member of the production team for the New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival at Joyce SoHo. She’s choreographed and performed her own works at La MaMa E.T.C. and choreographed a video for The Whitest Kids U'Know on the Independent Film Channel.

FILM
Frank Todaro

MUSIC & MULTIMEDIA
Guy Barash (Experimental and Multimedia), is a composer and performer of orchestral, chamber, vocal and electro-acoustic music and a creator of interactive installations for live performances. He received a BA in Music from The University of Haifa and a Master of Music Composition from New York University. Mr. Barash’s compositions have been performed in venues throughout the US and Israel, including The Stone NYC; Galapagos Art Space, The Tank and the Ear to the Earth festival.

Jenn de la Vega (Pulsewave)
Emma McMullin (Folk)

THEATER
Kevin Laibson is a director, producer, improviser and teacher. He’s the founding Artistic Director of Full Circle Theatre Company, and Magic Futurebox, an immersive art production team. Kevin performs with the National Comedy Theatre’s New York team, and is on the faculty of the New York Film Academy. He is a graduate of the New Actors Workshop.

Jon Levin is Co-founder and Artistic Director of Sinking Ship Productions. Directing credits include Powerhouse (2009 New York International Fringe Festival - Excellence Award, Outstanding Ensemble) and There Will Come Soft Rains (FringeNYC 2008 - Excellence Award, Outstanding Direction and FringeNYC Encore Series), The Selkie (Urban Stages) and Tales from the Wind and the Sun (Metropolitan Playhouse Children’s Theater).
 
Josh Luxenberg is a writer, director and founding Artistic Director of Sinking Ship Productions. Josh wrote and produced Powerhouse, which earned the FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Ensemble in 2009, and produced There Will Come Soft Rains at FringeNYC in 2008. Josh was the assistant director to David Schweizer on Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Importance of Being Earnest, with Lynn Redgrave, Tony Kushner’s Caroline, Or Change and These Shining Lives at Baltimore Centerstage.

Rafäel Gallegos
Nick Leavens

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Year joined)

Wes Chow (2008) is the founder of S7 Labs, a software consultancy focused on partnering with startups in the New York area. S7 currently develops Songza (an expert curated streaming radio service), Storybox (a tool for snapshotting moments and ideas with collages), and Offerwell (a simple group offer service). S7 is active in the software community, and develops educational materials for those who wish to learn web development.
Wes is a former founder and managing director of Athena Capital Research, a proprietary trading firm, and has also served the Tank, a non-profit arts space, in the capacity of volunteer, manager, artist, and now board member. Wes holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Boerum Hill with his wife and daughter. He was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida.

Anita Durst (2008) has been a star, a muse, and a patron of the avante garde performing arts and emerging arts scene in New York City, since she was 18. She founded chashama in 1995 following the death of her mentor and artistic professor Reza Abdoh. While performing and working in his company, Dar A Luz, she learned the value of unbridled expression and how to value art objectively. In the wake of Reza’s absence she was driven to create a place for artists free of financial and subjective constraints. Anita has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to secure over one million square feet of space in New York City for artists. She believes programs like chashama are the vital building blocks to ensuring cultural capital in New York City. Anita was born in New York City and was the flower child to hippy parents living in New Foundland Canada, Ibeza Spain, and the suburbs of New York City. As a precious teenager she resisted conventional schooling. Shortly after graduating high school she moved back to New York City to help care for her grandfather. Today, Anita sits on the boards of New York Foundation of Arts, Tai Chi Chuan Center, The Tank, Adarsh Alphon Projects, Exploring the Metropolis, and Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Anita is a proud mother and loving wife. She ensures her entire family eats healthy, practices mindful movement, and lives in the moment. True to her ability to be in the moment and greatest strength of objective thinking she believes all art to be valuable.

Justin Krebs (2003) (President and Co-founder) is a political and cultural writer, entrepreneur and organizer. He is the author of "538 Ways to Live, Work and Play Like a Liberal," a book that launched a 65-city tour, and he is a regular contributor to "It's A Free Country," the politics website of WNYC, New York's Public Radio. Justin is a founder and National Director of Living Liberally, an organization that creates social communities around progressive politics across the country, including Laughing Liberally comedy shows, Screening Liberally film series, Drinking Liberally happy hours and many more programs. Justin has developed creative campaigns with progressive allies including environmental advocates, labor unions, immigration activists, civil rights groups and good-government campaigns. He is a former Senior Fellow at the New Organizing Institute in Washington, DC, and a former Activist Fellow with CREDO Action in San Francisco. Past experiences also include writing a history of New York City's playgrounds, running a citywide parks advocacy campaign, producing a civic engagement tour that turned into an award-winning PBS documentary and working for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Justin is a graduate of Harvard University, native of Highland Park, New Jersey, and long-time President of the 45th Street Block Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of Immediate Medium, an experimental theater company, and Get In The Game, a non-partisan voter registration organization. He is adviser to Netroots Nation, a progressive blogger and organizer conference, and the Governors Island Alliance.

Gloria Pitagorsky (2011) is a 15-year media industry veteran who started her career in journalism and then moved to film and television, serving as Executive Producer for numerous television, film and new media projects. Gloria is committed to supporting women film makers and is actively involved with Chicken & Egg Pictures, a film fund that provides grants to women film makers committed to social justice. Gloria provides strategic outreach and audience engagement support for documentaries through the Story Leads to Action Initiative.
Gloria is also co-founder of Green Team, whose mission is to educate and inspire youth on environmental causes by engaging them in hands on learning experiences.  She serves on several philanthropic and non-profit boards, including The Tank, a non-profit performing arts venue for emerging artists and AICE an international association which represents the interests of independent creative editorial, design, visual effects and post production companies. She recently joined the Board of Directors of Food Bank for New York City, the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. Her philanthropy is focused on at risk populations, public policy advocacy and environmental groups.  Member of New York Women in Film & Television, Association of Independent Producers and The National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In January she launched Heard City, a post-production company servicing the advertising, motion picture and television sectors. Heard City is a located in the Flatiron District. She lives in Manhattan with her husband David and their twelve year old son Jayson.

Gregory Rae (2007) is a New York based producer. He has won Tony awards for his work on The Normal Heart (2011) and Clybourne Park (2012). Current projects involve the musicals Bare, Yeast Nation, and Allegiance, as well as executive producing the films The Goldfish, Clutter, The Muslims Are Coming, and Family Remains. Gregory graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2000 with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He worked at Google as a software engineer in charge of log analysis until January 2006. He has been a board member of The Tank since 2007, and currently serves as chair of the Board Governance committee.  He is also a trustee of Harvey Mudd College, a member of the National Leadership Council of Lambda Legal, and is a member of the national leadership of Living Liberally.  In 2008, he was the technical lead for the No On Proposition 8 campaign in California, and since then has advised several campaigns for marriage equality around the country. In 2010, he was treasurer of Fight Back New York, a New York political action committee that successfully targeted three state senators who had voted against marriage equality.
 
Mike Rosenthal (2003) (Co-founder) is the digital strategist for the band OK Go and runs their independent record label, Paracadute. He is also co-founder of the Manhattan non-profit performance space The Tank, and the organizer behind two international music festivals, Bent Festival and Blip Festival. Mike holds a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU.
        
Stephane Samuel is a landscape designer and real estate entrepeneur. Prior to moving to the United States in 2000, Ms. Samuel was counsel to Sanofi-Aventis, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical laboratories, where she was responsible for joint ventures in the US,China and India. Prior to SA, she was general counsel of the vaccine subsidiary of Institut Pasteur. A law graduate of Paris Sorbonne and New York University Law School, she completed her Master's Degree in Landscape Design at Columbia University in 2009 Current projects include public spaces and gardens in Ireland, France, and Long Island.

Claire Silberman (2007) is a philanthropist and former lawyer who supports many progressive organizations. Claire practiced corporate litigation and banking law until 1997. She occasionally consulted in the financial compliance area of Promontory Financial Group, a consulting firm for global financial services companies, from 2002-2006. Claire serves on several non-profit Boards: the Voter Participation Center/Womens Voices Women Vote (working on increasing voting among under-represented populations); the Eagle Academy for Young Men Foundation (which supports a network of public boys’ schools in New York City); the Citizens Union of New York City Foundation; StreetWise Partners (which builds mentoring relationships between low-income individuals and business professionals); the New Leaders Council (a nationwide leadership program for young progressives); the Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies (NYC); and The Tank (a performing arts venue for emerging artists). She is also on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and the Tufts University Parents Leadership Council. Claire previously served on the Board of The HOPE Program, a welfare-to-work organization in Brooklyn, New York. Her philanthropy is focused on at-risk populations, progressive organizations and environmental groups.  Claire also volunteers with the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Involved in local politics, Claire serves on the State Affairs Committee of the Citizens Union of the City of New York. She holds a BA and JD from Stanford University, and has lived in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and kids since 1988. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

STAFF
Chris Booth (Night Manager and Comedy Curator) is a New York City based actor, illustrator, comedian, and writer. Chris is one of the creators of the MAC and INNY Award nominated sketch comedy group City Hall. Chris is also on a house improv team at the award winning National Comedy Theater. He was a writer and performer in the sketch comedy pilot Punching the Midget for Spike TV. Chris has been seen in the Off-Broadway hits Awesome 80’s Prom (Beef) and The Female Odd Couple (Manolo Costazuela). Chris’ commercial work includes spots for Dewar’s, Nestles’ Crunch, Audi, Showtime and Comedy Central.

Robert Carraro (Senior Development Advisor) founded Lake Hills Philanthropic Services, LLC to help foster and strengthen effective relationships between donors and the worthy organizations working to improve our world. Bob brings to The Tank a life-long love of the performing arts and – much to his wife’s amusement, as she and their son are far more musically talented – still harbors dreams of becoming the E Street Band’s next bass player. He has spent most of his career working to bring financial resources and increased potential to disadvantaged communities across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He was educated at Georgetown University (MSFS) and Bentley College (BS).

Jenn de la Vega (Director of Communications and Pulsewave Curator) is a Brooklyn based media professional who holds a BA in English language education from the University of California, Davis. She boasts a colorful background in college radio, electronic music publicity and stokes an interest in social media. Since 2008, Jenn has been a publicist for The Tank where she also curates the Pulsewave chip music series and provides production support for Blip Festival New York. In her spare time, she runs a small catering outfit called Randwiches which garnered awards from the Awesome Foundation, Shatterbox "Make Your Mark" competition and the Brooklyn Bacon Takedown series. 

Trey Tatum (General Manager and Theater Curator) received a BA in Theatre Arts from Birmingham-Southern College and his MFA in playwriting at The Actors Studio Drama School. Trey’s play Black Meat was performed at the 35th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. His full-length play The River Valeo was presented in 2010 as part of the 14th Annual New York International Fringe Festival and he recently participated at the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive in Washington DC.