Kristin Marting is HERE’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director 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. She co-created and co-curates HARP, HERE's Artist Residency Program. She has constructed 29 works for the stage (9 original hybrid works, 6 opera-theatre and music-theatre works, 9 adaptations of novels & short stories and 5 classic plays) and is currently developing Assembled Identity at HERE and Looking at You with Kamala Sankaram and Rob Handel. Other recent projects include Silent Voices at BAM, IDIOT with Robert Lyons; Bombay Rickey, an opera cabaret also in Prototype; Trade Practices, an immersive theatrical experience where the audience determines value. She also directed Sounding and Dead Tech (collaborative works adapted from Ibsen), both of which received prestigious MAP Fund awards. She was recently named a nytheatre.com Person of the Decade for outstanding contribution, a Leader to Watch by Art Table and honored with a BAX10 Award.
Beth Morrison Projects is led by Creative Producer Beth Morrison, an opera and theatre producer, singer, and voice teacher with bachelor and master of music degrees and a master of fine arts in theatre management/producing from the Yale School of Drama, as well as many years of experience in the development of new opera and theatre works. She first cultivated her extensive experience in arts administration at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute where she served as administrative director for four years. Beth served a founding tenure as the Producer for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre from 2009-2011, as well as Producer for New York City Opera's VOX:Contemporary American Opera Lab from 2010-2011. Beth is also a founding producer of 21c Liederabend, a much-lauded multi-media festival of contemporary art song. Beth Morrison Projects is the realization of Beth‘s vision, which stems from a deep commitment to nurturing composers and other artists and fostering the development of new opera and other new music- theatre works.
Kim Whitener is HERE’s Producing Director, 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.
Jecca Barry joined BMP in February 2013. With a background in both finance and contemporary music performance, BMP feeds both sides of her personality. Jecca received her Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance from New York University, where she studied with Robert Dick and Keith Underwood. She received her BA(Mus) in Flute Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. During her studies, Jecca focused almost exclusively on the performance of contemporary and avant-garde works. In 2010, Jecca was a founding member of the Empire State Sinfonia, a professional orchestra based in New York City. Jecca took on many roles within the ensemble, including board member, treasurer, orchestra manager, and performer. The Empire State Sinfonia was privileged to perform at Alice Tully Hall in May 2011 with the New York City Master Chorale. Prior to joining BMP, Jecca worked as a Business Manager at Spielman, Koenigsberg & Parker, where she handled the day-to-day financial needs of her clients.
A Chicago native, Melanie Milton is pleased to join the PROTOTYPE team as the Festival Producer. Formerly an Associate Producer with Beth Morrison Projects, Melanie has produced work with BAM, Fringe Arts in Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, National Sawdust, HERE, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. A trained soprano, Melanie has sung with Downtown Voices and The Collegiate Chorale in venues spanning Carnegie Hall, Trinity Wall Street, Park Avenue Armory, Alice Tully Hall, The Caramoor Festival, and NYTW. Melanie has a passion for bringing evocative opera to a new, eager set of ears and recreating the concept of the performance venue through her work with LoftOpera and an active freelance event schedule. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from North Park University.
Tyler Mercer is thrilled to be joining the PROTOTYPE Festival as Director of Development. Most recently, Tyler served as Individual Giving Officer at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He has also held various development and administrative roles with Ma-Yi Theater Company, Pioneers Go East Collective, director Kate Whoriskey, and The Wooster Group. His film administrative credits include Hugo (dir. Martin Scorsese), Revenge for Jolly! (dir. Chadd Harbold), and Hunter (dir. Ian Samplin). Tyler is also a theatre director whose works with design-based company Live Source Theatre Group can be seen in New York. Up next will be the world premiere of Suddenly by Gianfranco Settecasi at HERE in October 2018. Originally from Los Angeles, Tyler currently lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. BFA: NYU, Directing/Producing.