Rebecca Brown (Co-Chair) is a former stage director whose credits include multiple productions for young audiences at The Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), where she directed the World Premiere of Lynne Alvarez’s Esperanza Rising and at La Jolla Playhouse, where she directed new works by Will Power and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Other new play development credits include collaborations with Sarah Ruhl (McCarter Theatre), Jordan Harrison (NYTW), Ann Marie Healy (HERE Arts Center) and many others. Rebecca was the recipient of a 2003 TCG New Generations Grant and served as Artistic Associate at The Children’s Theatre Company from 2003-2005. She has taught Acting, Movement, Theatre History and Cultural Studies at Simon Fraser University, University of Maryland and SUNY Oneonta. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington and is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor. She currently lives in West Fulton, NY with her family where she is the owner/operator of Schoharie Valley Pilates. Rebecca is a Founding Director of West Fulton Arts and currently serves on its Executive Committee.
Daniel C. Smith (Treasurer) has over thirty-five years of financial accounting and management experience in the theatrical, entertainment and hospitality industries. He currently serves as Director of Finance at St. Ann’s Warehouse, one of New York’s pre-eminent theaters. His extensive experience in off-Broadway theater also includes serving as Controller at Signature Theater Company, Director of Finance at the New York Shakespeare Festival (the Public Theater) and as Controller at Playwrights Horizons.
Kirsty Gaukel (Secretary) is a marketing and communications professional, with more than fifteen years experience specializing in the promotion of the performing arts, Kirsty has been incredibly fortunate to have worked for a myriad theatre companies and festivals including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory Theater, SITI Company in the U.S., and Tron Theatre, Citizens’ Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two Cavalier King Charles rescue dogs and uses her storytelling prowess to promote a year-round program of theatrical productions at the award-winning off-broadway complex 59E59 Theaters..
Boris McGiver is an American actor who was born and raised in West Fulton, NY. Most recently he has been seen as Tom Hammerschmidt, Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Herald, on NETFLIX’S House of Cards. Besides long-recurring roles on Boardwalk Empire, Person of Interest and David Simon’s The Wire, he has also guest starred on The Blacklist, Allegiance, Flesh and Bone, TURN, John Adams, White Collar, and numerous guest spots on Law and Order. Film credits include: Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Pink Panther, Taking Woodstock, Dark Matter, Fur, Taxi, Connie and Carla, Ironweed, and more.
Ruth Sternberg (Co-Chair) is the Production Executive for the Public Theater, where she has been running the production and operations departments for thirteen years. Prior to that, she spent ten seasons leading Trinity Repertory Company’s production department. While in Rhode Island, Ms. Sternberg served as a stage management instructor at Rhode Island College. She has served as production manager for the Newport Music Festival and McCarter Theatre, as well as several international tours for Philip Glass (including La Belle et La Bete) and Diamanda Galas. Ms. Sternberg was also the production stage manager for Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s 1992 world tour of Einstein on the Beach and has stage managed at theaters such as Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Center, American Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, as well as Trinity Repertory Company. Ruth’s teaching continues as a lecturer: NYU, Julliard, Columbia, University of Colorado and Hunter College among others. Ruth is a Founding Director of West Fulton Arts and currently serves on its Executive and Audit Committees.
Joanne Smith (Deputy Treasurer) is currently Chief Operating Officer of Areté Healthcare Group, LLC, and has more than 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Areté, she spent 15 years with Zurich Insurance Group, in both New York and Zurich. She has also worked for J.P. Morgan Investment Management and Lehman Brothers Global Asset Management in client-facing roles. Mrs. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
Jamie Casterlin is a business development officer with National Bank of Coxsackie. Jamie has 15 plus years’ experience in residential and commercial lending throughout Capital Region NY. Jamie is also a member of various community organizations including President of the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, the Middleburgh Area Business Association, Middleburgh Rotary, West Fulton Arts and Albany County Rural Housing Association.
Teresa Norfolk has over 30 years of experience in education. For the last 20 years she has served as the junior and senior high school Art Teacher at Middleburgh Central School and, simultaneously, for10 years, as an adjunct Art History Professor at SUNY Cobleskill. In addition to working in education, she has milked cows, been a waitress, a bartender, a radio DJ and a television commercial production assistant in Hollywood.
Liz Rosier fell in love with West Fulton 15 years ago when she stopped to visit a friend and has been spending as much time here ever since. Formerly an actor's agent, she now manages a variety of artists, including, actors, directors, writers, puppeteers and directors. She has had the great fortune to have spent the last 23 years with Ruth Sternberg. Liz is a founding Director of West Fulton Arts and currently serves on its Executive Committee.
Kat Schaufelberger cut her teeth working in the hospitality industry in NYC for the past 12 years, where she has planned and produced hundreds of special events. Currently, Kat is building a 23-acre, hidden forest resort in West Fulton, NY set to open in the spring of 2018. Kat divides her time between West Fulton and Brooklyn with her husband and their children (dogs), Monkeybear Elizabeth and Cindy Pancake. She has been a proud member of the Board of West Fulton Arts since 2017.