About: People

The Prototype Festival is a Joint Effort Between

Prototype Staff

  • Kristin Marting
    Artistic Director
  • Beth Morrison
    Artistic Director
  • Kim Whitener
    Artistic Director
  • Michael Givey
    Production Manager
  • Adam J. Thompson
    Associate Producer/Development Consultant
  • Sarah Baird Knight
    Press Agent
  • Brenna C. Thomas
    Development Director - HERE
  • Amanda Cooper
    General Manager - HERE
  • Amanda Szeglowski
    Marketing Director - HERE
  • Adrian Ferbeyre
    Marketing & Graphics Associate - HERE
  • Jecca Barry
    General Manager - BMP

Strategy Committee

  • Andy Hamingson
  • Scott Lehrer
  • Peggy Monastra
  • John L. Moore
  • Zizi Mueller
  • Doug Nevin
  • Kevin Newbury
  • Jonah Nigh
  • Steve Osgood
  • Elena Park
  • Paola Prestini
  • Jim Rosenfield
  • Jill Steinberg
  • Frances Strauss

Prototype Founders and Artistic Directors

Kristin Marting

  • Artistic Director
  • HERE

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.

She also has constructed 26 works for the stage, including 12 original hybrid works, 8 adaptations of novels and short stories and 6 classic plays. She works in a collaborative, process-driven way to fuse different disciplines into a cohesive whole. She is now developing TRADE PRACTICES, a collaborative live art event that examines the notion of “values. Recent projects include ORPHEUS, a collaborative alt-musical also co-created with David Morris; LUSH VALLEY, a live art participatory performance on citizenship, and James Scruggs’s interactive solo work DISPOSABLE MEN. She also directed SOUNDING & DEAD TECH (collaborative hybrid works inspired by Ibsen texts), both of which received MAP Fund awards. She was named Person on the Year by nytheatre.com in 2011 and recently honored with a BAX10 Award. 

Beth Morrison

  • Creative Producer
  • Beth Morrison Projects

Beth Morrison Projects is the realization of Creative Producer Beth Morrison's deep commitment to supporting and empowering composers and artists in the creation of new work. With an extensive history in the development of new opera and music-theatre, The Wall Street Journal recently said, “Ms. Morrison may be immortalized one day as a 21st-century Diaghilev, known for her ability to assemble memorable collaborations among artists…[she is] a vital link in the music-industry food chain.” She previously served as Administrative Director for Boston University Tanglewood Institute, a program that connects young musicians to the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s world renowned Tanglewood Festival. In addition to Beth Morrison Projects, Ms. Morrison served as Producer for New York City Opera’s VOX: Contemporary American Opera Lab for the 2010 and 2011 seasons and held a three-year founding tenure with the Yale Institute for Music Theatre.  Ms. Morrison holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University School of Music, a Master of Music from Arizona State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theater Management/Producing from Yale School of Drama. 

Kim Whitener

  • Producing Director
  • HERE

Kim Whitener is the Producing Director at HERE, co-curating and co-producing all of HERE's activities.
 Since early 2007 under her leadership, HERE's programming has grown exponentially, and several major initiatives have launched, including the PROTOTYPE festival and MADE HERE, an online video documentary series about New York performing artists. 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, music-theater, dance-theater, and multi-media worlds to develop and produce new projects, working with co-producers worldwide. Her clients have included The Builders Association, Martha Clarke, Big Dance Theater, and 33 Fainting Spells, 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. Previously she was Managing Director of the ensemble theater company The Wooster Group, and worked with both the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia and the Boston Music Theatre Project at Suffolk University in Boston.