Red Emma and the Mad Monk


Meet The Tank’s Staff and Board

RED EMMA & THE MAD MONK by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (August 2018)




Rosalind Grush has worked in various administrative capacities with Obie Award-winning theater company The Civilians, The Playwrights Realm, Ars Nova, Pearldamour, Wolf 359, Sinking Ship Productions, Glass Bandits, and more. She has been a script-reader for SPACE on Ryder Farm, Playwrights Realm, and The Relentless Theater Award. She has been on grant panels for the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, Brooklyn Arts Council, and A.R.T./NY's Nancy Quinn Fund. She has been a guest speaker for classes at the Columbia Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Baruch College, and others. She has written several scripts that have been read or produced at The Tank. She is a graduate of Columbia University and grew up in Los Angeles. Photo: "Rosalind Grush as Douglas Gordon as Kurt Cobain as Andy Warhol as Myra Hindley as Marilyn Monroe," by Josh Luxenberg 


Meghan Finn is a director based in Brooklyn, NY. She recently directed DOOMOCRACY by artist Pedro Reyes for Creative Time at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Other recent credits include: CHARLESES by Carl Holder (The Tank at The Brick for Save & Print), SAM’S TEA SHACK by Ben Gassman and Sam Soghor (The Tank at STK), THE OFFENDING GESTURE by Mac Wellman (The Tank/3LD at the Connelly Theater, a New York Times and Time Out New York CRITICS' PICK); AMERICAN POWER performed by photographer Mitch Epstein and Composer/Cellist Erik Friedlander at the V&A London and The Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio; Gary Winter's DAREDEVIL at The Brick; THE DOWNTOWN LOOP by Ben Gassman (3LD/3D+ Productions/Teeth of Tooth Atelier); TAKE ME HOME by Alexandra Collier set in a taxi cab (Incubator Arts Project/LPR). Other recent credits include: THE SERVICE ROAD by Erin Courtney (Adhesive Theater Project/New York Times Critics' Pick), MOTEL CHERRY by Peggy Stafford (Summerworks Clubbed Thumb/New Georges HERE Arts Center Huffington Post Top 10 of 2012) and 3 2's; or AFAR by Mac Wellman (Dixon Place), RELATIVE VALUE by Jesse Longman (3LD), SATURN NIGHTS by Jess Barbagallo (Incubator Arts Project), WALTZ by Corina Copp (CSC -Weasel), BLUE DRESS REDUCTION featuring Eliza Bent (PS122), HIM by E.E. Cummings (Walkerspace), THE FAKE HISTORY OF GEORGE THE LAST by Misha Shulman (the longest lunch/TNC), A WEEK AT THE NJ SHORE by Valerie Work (the longest lunch/The Bushwick Starr), and others. Finn holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College and a BA in Theater from the University of Southern California. She was a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Director's Lab, 2009/10 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New Georges' The Jam, a 2014 & 2016 New Georges Audrey Resident and co-founder of the longest lunch (2002-present). 



Collin Knopp-Schwyn is a “multidisciplinary theatermaker” (producer, writer, actor, director, etc.) and friend to all cats. Past projects have included CRACKED MIRROR with A Horse That Is Bigger Than All the Other Horses as well as HIGH BY THE BEACH and THE SOMNAMBULISTS with MulchHorse, all at The Tank, US-52 SOUTH at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, VERA & VALYA & THE MAGICAL ONE CAT CIRCUS at Standard ToyKraft with The Tank, and HOW THE LIGHTHOUSE BECAME AN ISLAND with the Vassar Experimental Theater. Originally from Minneapolis, Collin came to New York by way of Vassar College, where he graduated with a degree in Drama and Earth Science. He has also worked in patron and volunteer services with the United Solo Theatre Festival and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. 


Anthony Dean is a theater designer, a sound artist, and a proud capricorn. Anthony composes and designs electro-acoustic sound for theater, film, and art installations. His love for sound brought him to a love of telephones and he is now writing a book on the topic. Anthony holds a B.A. in Theater with High Honors and a B.A. in Music with Honors from Wesleyan University, where he now works as a visiting sound designer. With fellow Wesleyan alumni, Anthony is a founding member of the theater group Glass Attic Collective - an ensemble of performers, designers, directors, writers, and artists driven to collaboratively tell and give visibility to stories that have been stored away or forgotten. When Anthony is not at The Tank, he can often be seen with The New York Neo-Futurists as their technical director. For more on Anthony, visit


Ariel Estrada is an actor, arts advocate, producer, and Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American film and theatre artists. As an actor, singer, and puppeteer, Ariel has performed on television, film, commercials, industrials, new media, and on, Off, and Off-Off Broadway. As company leader of Leviathan Lab, he has produced acting and writing salons, cabarets, fundraising events, staged readings, showcase productions, and short films, and through his grant writing, has secured multi-year NYC grant awards and residencies in support of Leviathan’s work. As a freelance grant writer, Ariel has raised $100K in support of small, acclaimed, nonprofit, NYC-based performance groups including Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, National Asian Artists Project, BalletCollective, Choral Chameleon, and Empire City Men’s Chorus. As an arts advocate and administrator, Ariel has served the Asian American Arts Alliance as both the Interim Manager of Public Programs and the Manager of Communications & Community Engagement. He is also a longtime member of Actors’ Equity Associations Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, as well as a member of 15% and Rising Coalition, which advocates for equity and inclusion for Asian Pacific Americans in the NYC budget. Ariel is a graduate of The Broadway League’s Commercial Theater Institute Emerging Producer Program, as well as a graduate of the MFA in Acting Program from the University of Washington. He is 2018 fellow in Theatre Communications Group’s Rising Leaders of Color cohort. Ariel is also an accomplished Fortune 500 and Inc. 5000-level communications designer. | | 



Christian Roberson studied theater at The Cemetery College of Louisiana with a focus in acting and lighting design. Currently, he works primarily in lighting, sound, and music production.


Emily Owens is a media relations expert specializing in New York and World Premiere productions Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. Her clients include downtown theater venues, indie theatre companies, and self-producing artists. Emily's clients have been nominated for Drama Desk Awards (THE NAVIGATOR in 2012; THE MAN WHO LAUGHS in 2013), won Obie Awards (Kate Benson and Lee Sunday Evans in 2015 for A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN NOVEMBER ON THE BANKS OF THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT LAKES; Horse Trade Theater Group in 2015 for The Fire This Time Festival), and New York Innovative Theatre Awards, and received rave reviews and Critics Picks in The New York Times, Time Out NY, New York Magazine, Village Voice, Wall Street Journal, NY Post, NY Daily News, and The New Yorker.


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Miranda Haymon (Director/Writer/Producer) is a Princess Grace Award/Honoraria-winning director, writer and curator of performance originally from Boston. She is an Artist in Residence at Roundabout Theatre Company; previously as the 2017/18 Directing Fellow, currently the Artistic Development Associate. Miranda is a New Georges Affiliate Artist, member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, the Wingspace Mentorship Program, a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, and a former Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage. Miranda is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she double majored in German Studies and Theater and was awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize in Directing. Her work is radically inclusive, fundamentally multi-voiced, oriented towards sparking dialogue and in direct conversation with the current American state of affairs.



Leah Evans is an NYC based writer, actor, and producer originally from Utica, NY. She is a graduate of Long Island University: CW Post. She's the creator of NYC Improv, Standup, Sketch Resource as well as the only producer of the We're Trying Here Comedy Festival that takes place at The Tank. Leah performs regularly with her indie improv team The Internet Disagrees, her duo The Boozeroom, Busted! (Improvised Ghostbusters), New Team Raw (10K), Heart/Mind, Cool Teacher, the all lady team Yes Please!, and a few others. She has no spare time but if she did... She'd like to play on another show so don't hesitate to reach out. 




Eric Krebs, whose theatrical producing career spans more than 40 years, founded and directed the Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater for over 20 years. He currently operates the Playroom Theater, As a producer, he was most recently represented on Broadway by Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home (Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event). Other Broadway productions include Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (nominated for 4 1999 Tony Awards including Best Musical) and Electra (nominated for 3 Tony Awards). Recent Off-Broadway productions include Laughing Liberally: Electile Dysfunction, For lovers Only, Will Durst: The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing (New World Stages), Toxic Audio (2004 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience), Rounding Third, Langston Hughes’s Little Ham, Golf: The Musical, Tallulah Hallelujah starring Tovah Feldshuh, A Pure Gospel America, The Big Bang, the world premiere of Bash written by Neil LaBute, Serenade The World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown, Jr., and This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan. Other New York producing credits include: Laughing Liberally, Capitol Steps, Fyvush Finkel From Second Avenue To Broadway, The Passion Of Dracula, Fool For Love, King Of Schnorrers, The Rise Of David Levinsky, By And For Havel and Paul Robeson (starring Avery Brooks). Mr. Krebs produced Geoffrey Ewing’s Ali, the biography of Muhammed Ali, a theatrical production featured at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, as well as at the Mermaid Theater in London. In the not-for-profit theater, he founded and for fourteen years was the Producing Director of the George Street Playhouse, a professional (LORT) theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since 1998, he has been the chairman of Amas Musical Theatre, a not-for-profit theater founded by Rosetta LeNoire and dedicated to the training of “city kids” in the performing arts and the creation of new musicals for multi-ethnic casts. Mr. Krebs is a professor of theater arts at Baruch College, City University of New York, continuing a career as an educator that began in 1969 at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he is professor emeritus. He was awarded the Robert Whitehead Award for excellence in producing in February, 1999. In April, 2007 he performed his own 90 minute adaptation of King Lear, a one person presentation entitled Considering Lear. Eric Krebs is the founder of the informational website as well as the owner of the School Theatre Ticket Program,



Josh Luxenberg is a Brooklyn-based writer and director. He wrote POWERHOUSE, which premiered in Fall 2014 at the New Ohio Theater. He is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Sinking Ship Productions, a Brooklyn-based theater company. His script for POWERHOUSE was a Finalist for the 2012 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and with Sinking Ship, he is the recipient of an EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commission for Flatland. Other Sinking Ship projects include: THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS and PUPPET PLAYLIST, a music/puppet cabaret series that is one of the primary venues for original short puppetry in the United States. Josh is currently the General Manager of the Connelly Theater, and has worked as assistant director at Paper Mill Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, P73, NYMF, and others. He has also worked in the writers office of HBO’s The Wire. Josh is an alum of the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied acting, and of Oberlin College. Josh has been at The Tank since 2010. He is the co-founder of The Tank ongoing puppet series Puppet Playlist



Jenn de la Vega is a community manager at Flipboard. No stranger to planting herself in creative environments, Jenn also runs Randwiches an award winning experimental food project ranging from catering to styling – praised by TIME, Mashable and the Awesome Foundation. Jenn pioneered communications and social media strategy for The Tank from 2008 to 2013. When she's not making GIFs, she is sneaking bacon, curating events, backing Kickstarters and plotting to roast an animal somewhere in the wilderness. 



JJ Lind is a Brooklyn-based artist and arts manager, who is currently the Executive Director of Abraham.In.Motion. JJ has also served as the Executive Director of The Civilians theater company and as the Director of Strategic Integration for New York Live Arts. In this latter role, he worked closely with Live Arts leadership to manage the merger and integration of the founding partners. Previously, JJ served as the Director of Development for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he was a critical member of the team brokering, funding, planning and executing the merger. Creatively, he is the Artistic Director of Immediate Medium, a performance and producing collective he co-founded in 2002. JJ is a graduate of Yale University originally from Vinita, Oklahoma. 



Justin Krebs 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. 



Mike Rosenthal (Secretary and 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. 


Jill Rousseau likes to make dance happen in New York. She created and produced the Tank’s unique xyz nyc series, which brings new, emerging, and established artists together in the same evening in a grand competition that's all in good fun; and curates the (kin)aesthetics series, which features sophisticated, fully realized evening-length dance pieces by new and emerging artists. Outside of the Tank, Jill is a member of the production team for the New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival. She’s choreographed and performed her own work at La MaMa E.T.C. and The Tank, and choreographed a video for The Whitest Kids U'Know on the Independent Film Channel. Jill has a BA in Theater and Dance from Trinity College and attended the Trinity/La MaMa program. 

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Patrick Rousseau is the executive producer at Iris MediaWorks, a video content strategy and production company he founded in 2004. He works with brands, agencies, startups, and storytellers to strategize, plan, and produce exceptional content that transforms opinions, drives sales, and articulates brand values with compelling and beautiful stories. He has produced four feature films and a number of web series and short films. Patrick has produced commercials, educational videos, narrative, and documentary content for companies including Fisher-Price, L'Oréal, Hewlett Packard, Eli Lilly, and Condé Nast, among others. His work has won dozens of awards, including a Webby, a Webby Honoree, the top AD-Vantage headline of 2014, and several Best Picture and Best Web Series awards.

When not producing video, Patrick can be found hiking mountains, cooking with wine, tending his garden, working with non-profit arts organizations, and mentoring emerging artists.



Stephane Samuel is a landscape designer and real estate entrepreneur. 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. 




Wes Chow is CTO at Chartbeat, a real-time analytics company that focuses on publishers and news organizations. He was founder of S7 Labs, Lead Engineer at Songza, and a former founder and managing director of Athena Capital Research. He has also served the Tank, a non-profit arts space, in the capacity of volunteer, manager, artist, board member, and now advisor. Wes holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Boerum Hill with his wife and daughters. He was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. 



Emma McMullin is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter hailing from the East Coast of Canada. She makes music and friends whenever possible - teaching, playing and curating music with people ages 2 to 64. As a folk musician, she believes in the power of uninhibited intuition and that it ultimately leads to the most genuine truths. In bringing people together for a common cause - be it making music, art or effecting great change - we find something in each other that may have been hidden in ourselves. Through her music series at the Tank, she aims to facilitate a safe environment for fellow musicians to hear and be heard, to come together in a common love, and to discover something of themselves through one another. 



Gregory Rae is a Tony Award-winning producer based in New York. His theatrical credits include THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, ALLEGIANCE, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2014 Tony Award), A TIME TO KILL, KINKY BOOTS (2013 Tony Award, 2016 Olivier Award), CLYBOURNE PARK (2012 Tony Award), BARE (off-Broadway), and THE NORMAL HEART (2011 Tony Award). He is an executive producer of the films VIRGIN TERRITORY, HELLO AGAIN, THE GOLDFISH, CLUTTER, THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING, and FAMILY REMAINS, and co-executive producer of THE GREEN. He joined Carl White as a partner in Martian Entertainment LLC in 2013. Gregory graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2000 with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Manhattanville College in 2014. He worked at Google as a software engineer in charge of log analysis until 2006. After leaving Google, he got involved in politics as one of the national leaders of Living Liberally, and has advised several campaigns for marriage equality around the country. In 2008, he was the technical lead for the No On Proposition 8 campaign in California, and in 2010 he served as treasurer of Fight Back New York, a political action committee that successfully targeted three New York state senators who had voted against marriage equality. Gregory serves on the board of trustees of Harvey Mudd College and on the advisory board of the Yale Drama Series. Previously, he served on the board of The Production Farm and the National Leadership Council of Lambda Legal, and is an emeritus board member of The Tank. He is an associate member of The Broadway League.



Tiffany Rea-Fisher is the Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance. Tiffany joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2004 where she was principal dancer until 2010, performing lead roles in such classic works as Treading, Pigs and Fishes, Shattered and Volkmann Suite. She was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” person for their 2007 August issue based on her performance during the company’s 2006 season at the Joyce Theater and since then has been featured in nation and international publications for both her dancing and choreography. As a choreographer Tiffany has had the pleasure of creating numerous pieces for the company most notably meeting and having her work performed for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.

Tiffany’s work extends well beyond the stage creating work for the film, fashion and the music industry. In 2012 Tiffany was chosen to create a new work for the Louis Vuitton / Reconstruction 3.0 Life is a Journey project. In 2015 Tiffany choreographed Transcendence a dance film for fashion designer Paola Hernández 2015 fashion week runway show. Paola and Tiffany are currently collaborating on a live fashion, dance film event for Paola’s line for the winter of 2016. 

Teaching is a big part of Tiffany’s position and she has since taught master classes and workshops at The Ailey School, City Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Dickinson State University, George Mason University, Juilliard, NYU Tisch, Peridance, SUNY Purchase, and Wells College . Currently she is on faculty at the Joffrey School of Ballet and a substitute teacher at Steps on Broadway.

In 2009 Tiffany and her husband started the non-profit Inception to Exhibition (ITE) which supports NYC-based artists in the fields of Dance, Theater, Music and Film through monetary grants and performance/exhibition opportunities. Tiffany's current affiliations include Women of Color in the Arts Member, Dance/USA Member, Steps on Broadway (substitute teacher) and Purchase College (substitute teacher).

Tiffany Rea-Fisher received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY. While at Purchase she co-founded ForArts, the school’s first interdisciplinary presenting organization, which provided opportunities for students from different conservatories to create collaborative works. In 2004 Tiffany created, directed, and curated Dance at the Tank. She left the Tank in 2007 and currently serves on their advisory board.



Rachel Schweitzer is the Major Gifts Officer at Queens College. She is a strategic donor relations and fundraising professional with over 7 years of experience connecting individuals to the issues they care about.



Claire Silberman 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.



Juliana Steele is the Development Specialist at Fractured Atlas, specifically focused on institutional and governmental support. Previously, she was a Program Specialist for Fiscal Sponsorship at Fractured Atlas, providing support for the fiscally sponsored artists and organizations who raised over $50 million during her tenure. She has sat on numerous fundraising panels in the New York City area, and has presented at the Foundation Center, South by Southwest, and other events and festivals around the country. Prior to Fractured Atlas, she was the Programming Coordinator at The Tank while it was located on Church Street in Tribeca. Before moving to New York, she spent four years managing the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, a 1400-seat independent movie theater. She received her Master's in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and also holds a BA in Art History from Boston University.



Alex Timbers is a Tony-nominated writer-director and the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE Awards. Credits include: The Pee-wee Herman Show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer; Drama Desk, Lortel, and OCC Awards, Tony nomination), A Very Merry Unauthorized Pageant (OBIE Award, Garland Award-Best Director), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nom. - Best Director of a Musical), Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, OBIE Award- Best Director), Hell House (Drama Desk nom. - Unique Theatrical Experience). Alex was President of the Yale Dramat and is the Artistic Director of downtown company Les Freres Corbusier.


We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the following institutional supporters:

City Council Member Ben Kallos  |  The Howard Gilman Foundation  |   The Jim Henson Foundation  |  The Marble Fund  |  Off-Broadway Greening Grant  |  The Puppet Slam Network  |  The Shubert Foundation

We'd also like to thank the many individual contributors who make our work possible - we couldn't do it without you and we are so grateful for your support!

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Tank’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Tank is supported by a generous grant from the NYS Regional Economic Development Council.

The A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation