BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Robin Sokoloff | Town Stages

CHAIRWOMAN & CEO

Robin Sokoloff

Founder & Executive Director of Town Stages. Passionate about building platforms for women, minority, and immigrant voices for restorative equity. Builder, choreographer, producer, and entrepreneur. Read More>>

Candice Fortin | Town Stages

EXECUTIVE BOARD & PRESIDENT

Candice Fortin

Film/TV and live event producer, community organizer, field & digital campaign manager producing and helping develop narratives behind the scenes - especially around issues in the black community. Read More>>

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FOUNDING & EXECUTIVE BOARD

Dr. Lenny Rosenblum, DC

Leader at the Soka Gakkai International, and long-time supporter of local artists, Lenny is chiropractor providing therapeutic relief for his patients whose symptoms often go unsolved.
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FOUNDING & EXECUTIVE BOARD

Samantha Slater

Samantha Slater lives in the world of film, while summering with music. Expertise in producing, fundraising, on set management, editing, screenwriting, script development, and music composition. Read More>>

Chinisha Scott

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Chinisha Scott

Chinisha is a producer, writer, director, and multi-media artist with 15 years of experience in TV, film, and live production.  She is fascinated with music, science, and is passionate about environmental justice, social justice, and learning – they find their way into all the media she creates.  . Read More>>

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Nancy Tarantola

Driven by creativity, organization and a desire to continue contributing to social evolution, Nancy is an accomplished & driven professional with a solid track record in creating memorable experiences for the hairdressing industry as the VP of Shows & Events for Matrix, a L’Oréal brand. Read More>>

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FOUNDING & EXECUTIVE BOARD

Scott Sokoloff

Transforms mountains of data on consumer’s behavior to actionable data driven insights. Track record of generating billions of dollars in value for companies by transitioning to an analytics-driven enterprise. Read More>>

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YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Destinee Rae

Destinee Rea is the visionary and co-founder of BOLD, an organization that seeks to build up black women in the performing arts, and empower them to transform culture by telling their stories.
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YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Preet Gill, Esq.

Attorney Preet Gill is the expert when it comes to immigration, civil litigation, and estate planning. She graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a focus on writing and research.
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Edward Rice

YP BOARD & VICE PRESIDENT

Edward Rice

Business Manager for Third Rail Projects, with extensive background in the Arts as a Technical Director, Operations Manager, Programs Manager, and Performing Artist.
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YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Kiera Doyle

Director of Digital Education at L’oreal. Hairdresser, facilitator and Matrix’s digital strategist, who works to inspire beauty professionals to find and grow their personal brand through social media. Read More>>

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YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Michael Kushner

Michael Kushner is leading the multi-hyphenate charge as an artist with multiple proficiencies cross-pollinating to help flourish professional capabilities. Producer, Performer, Photographer, and beyond. Read More>>

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YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Humberto Grueiro

Humberto Grueiro brings 28 years of experience to his work in banking, primarily focusing on the Westchester and New York City regions.
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Brittany Crowell

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Britanny Crowell

Brittany Crowell  is a theater artist and administrator contributing her free time freelancing as a stage manager, production manager, and producing consultant on low-budget, downtown productions. Read More>>

Molly Powers Gallagher

RESIDENT ARTIST, YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Molly Powers Gallagher

Molly Powers Gallagher is a writer & actor, who is committed to creating stories that make women feel seen.
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Jeff Tang | Town Stages

RESIDENT ARTIST, YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BOARD

Jeff Tang

Jeff Tang is a composer, lyricist, and creative producer investigating the history, creation, and perpetuation of cultural narratives through music and theater. Read More>>

Robin Sokoloff | Town Stages

Robin Sokoloff

Chairwoman & CEO

Robin Sokoloff is the Founder & CEO of Town Stages: A new women-led cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in Tribeca providing mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship to pioneering industry leaders. As a lifelong dance and theatre professional committed to transforming leadership and representation on our stages and screens, Robin advances equity for women, poc, queer, and immigrant voices in New York City by building accessible spaces for public assembly, creativity, and conversation. As owner and executive director of Loft227, Robin pioneered a self-sustaining home for New York City’s enterprising local artists; seeing nearly 70,000 in her doors in under 5 years while supporting close to 900 innovative works and small business owners.

In Town Stages’ inaugural year, Sokoloff and her team built the landmark venue 6X its previous footprint supporting 300+ events, creating 1,000+ local jobs, and subsidizing over 2,500 hours of arts programming to the public while fostering a Creative Fellowship Program for 50+ recipients through her non-profit Sokoloff Arts Foundation (501c3). This landmark program has grown to one of the largest of it’s kind on the eastern seaboard - supporting those working at the intersection of arts, media, civics, social justice, and small business. As part of a growing movement to dismantle discriminatory real estate and labor practices, Sokoloff has woven Town Stages into the tapestry of New York's cultural landscape as one of the largest independently operated and women-led facilities to succeed in Manhattan in over 30 years.

Candice Fortin | Town Stages

Candice Fortin

Executive Board & President

A native of Pensacola, Fl, Candice came to NYC in 2000 to study theater at NYU. After 5 years as a theater & film actor, she decided to shift towards producing and helping develop narratives behind the scenes especially around issues in the black community. Her production work has been featured on Vice, MTV, OkayAfrica, the Palm Springs Film Festival, and Cannes. She has also produced live music events, working for high profile events such as the Women's March Social Justice Concert and The Roots' Annual Pre-Grammy Jam. While simultaneously acting as a producer, Candice entered the world of political organizing as a grassroots volunteer for Bernie Sanders in 2015. She traveled 7 states as a volunteer for the campaign by knocking doors, recruiting volunteers, and hosting events. She went on to work on a wide array of issues as an organizer in both the grassroots field and digital realm. Candice was a field organizer for ballot initiatives in California for both lifting the ban on marijuana dispensaries in Stockton, CA and for PropHHH to build 10,000 free homes for the homeless in Los Angeles by 2020. She has also organized for a several orgs from #VOTEPROCHOICE to Solarize Brownsville. She served as the press liasion for the #Dream7 jail strike in which she acted as a spokesperson for DACA recipients who made national headlines when they went on a week-long jail/hunger strike to fight for a Clean Dream Act. Candice has worked with Color of Change PAC as a Senior Organizer for the successful Wesley Bell for DA race, along with Andrew Gillum and Amendment 4 in Florida. She has worked in a director capacity for several local candidates in NYC including Amanda Farias, councilman Rafael Espinal, and Jovia Radix. Based in Bedstuy, Candice hopes to continue to contribute meaningfully to social change both in the arts and politics.

Edward Rice

Edward Rice

Young Professional Board & Vice President

Edward Rice has performed professionally since 2007 (Brian Brooks Moving Company, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Laura Peterson Choreography, Stone Depot Dance Lab, Elephant Jane Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Punchdrunk's Sleep No More, NYC, among others). Starting in 2012 he joined Third Rail Projects and has worked on a number of pieces including Then She Fell (performer), The Grand Paradise (performer, directing team), Learning Curve (directing team), Ghost Light (performer), and Behind The City (producer), and Oasis (performer). He has taught dance & performance both nationally and internationally. He currently offers workshops through Third Rail Projects. He holds a B.S. and an M.F.A in Dance Performance from Illinois State University and the University of Iowa, respectively. In addition to his performing, Edward has worked extensively in Arts Administration. In his five years at Dance New Amsterdam, he held several positions including Technical Director, Operations Manager, and Programs Manager. He was one of the producers of the summer dance series, ROVE. Currently, he is the Business Manager for Third Rail Projects.

Dr. Leonard Rosenblum | Sokoloff Arts Board of Directors

Dr. Leonard Rosenblum

Founding & Executive Board

A long-time New Yorker, leader at the Soka Gakkai International Men's Division,  and supporter of local artists, Lenny is a chiropractor and alternative allergist. Dr. Leonard Rosenblum provides therapeutic relief for his patients whose symptoms often go unsolved using conventional medical approaches. Dr. Lenny provides assessment, therapy and supplemental support to dramatically improve patient wellness.

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Samantha Slater

Founding & Executive Board

Samantha Slater lives in the world of film, while summering with music. Her areas of expertise lie in producing, fundraising, on set management, editing, screenwriting, script development, and music composition. In 2012, she founded Made with Sass, an independent production company focused on getting women behind the camera. Samantha's latest film “Pete's Valve” teamed her up with director, and founder of the Brooklyn Women's Film Festival, Katy-May Hudson, of which Samantha has been a jury member since its inception. Their ultra kooky short premieres April 2019. Samantha's band, White Coat Motel debuts their first full length album “Hand Me Down Bibles” this summer.

A native Canadian, Samantha collects classic cars and currently resides in Queens.

Scott Sokoloff | Sokoloff Arts Board President

Scott Sokoloff

Founding & Executive Board

Scott Sokoloff transforms mountains of data on consumer’s behavior to actionable data-driven insights. Offering a track record of generating billions of dollars in value for diverse companies by encouraging a transition to an analytics-driven enterprise, Scott provides over a decade of leadership experience in the field of data science, analytics, and business intelligence. Scott Sokoloff holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Florida and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Nancy Tarantola

Executive Board

Driven by creativity, organization and a desire to continue contributing to social evolution, Nancy is an accomplished & driven professional with a solid track record in creating memorable experiences for the hairdressing industry as the VP of Shows & Events for Matrix, a L’Oréal brand. Starting out in marketing with the company over a decade ago, she fell in love with the industry, inspired by the passion stylists have for their craft. Since then she has produced numerous programs to both inspire and educate salon professionals, with the goal of helping them achieve their dreams. Nancy continues to be inspired by various art forms and mediums, and cultivates that energy when collaborating with creative, talented artists to express the inclusive Matrix brand culture to tens of thousands of hairdressers across the US both live and on social media.

Nancy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a native New Yorker that embraces all that the city has to offer and believes passionately in giving back to her community. Getting great satisfaction in mentoring those around her as they navigate their careers forward, she has served on the Young Executives Committee for CEW, Cosmetic Executive Women.

Prior to Matrix, Nancy started out in Gap stores, learning retail management and eventually moving into the corporate buying office. She then joined Bourjois Paris in 2001, responsible for the company’s development and execution of all product promotions, new brand merchandising initiatives and building of new business.  Her affection for cosmetics, fashion, and color was a perfect synergy with Bourjois’ core brand values of high quality, colorful products that bring joy to women across the globe.

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Destinee Rae

Young Professional Board

Destinee Rea is the visionary and co-founder of BOLD, an organization that seeks to build up black women in the performing arts. Her work as an actress (Broadway: Book of Mormon and Amelie) has informed her passion to build up the future leaders of the world and empower them to transform culture by telling their stories. When she’s not changing the world you will find her somewhere, with her favorite girls, dancing to Beyoncé.

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Kiera Doyle

Young Professional Board

As the Director of Digital Education at L’oreal, Kiera Doyle is a hairdresser, facilitator and Matrix’s digital strategist, who works to inspire beauty professionals to find and grow their personal brand through social media. With a background in PR and yoga, her mixed bag of skills led her to L’Oreal where she saw an opportunity to empower hairdressers to align with their purpose and tap into their business potential via the digital age. Kiera was recognized by Vidal Sassoon’s Beauty Changes Lives Foundation as likely "to change the world through beauty." The world of social media can be intimidating, but Doyle sees it as an opportunity to tell a story— the more authentic the better. From branding, best practices, photo and video workshops, she wants to help you share yours. Doyle is Tedx speaker who resides in New York City. You can find her on Instagram @hairofthegirl

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Chinisha Scott

Young Professional Board

Chinisha is a producer, writer, director, and multi-media artist with 15 years of experience in TV, film, and live production.  She is fascinated with music, science, and is passionate about environmental justice, social justice, and learning – they find their way into all the media she creates.  She began her musical training at the age of nine and continued through grad school, with a brief stint as an engineering major her freshman year of college. (She had Mae Jemison dreams of becoming an astronaut – here’s hoping they need filmmakers in space).   On a whim, she took a doc-production class during undergrad that changed her entire trajectory.  Since then, she has been creating content for digital, broadcast, and theater spaces (with a slight tangent to start her own band in a basement after grad school). Her work on the PBS special Our Cameras, Our Stories (a DCTV production) has been recognized with a NY Emmy nomination (2015) and a Robert F. Kennedy Award in Journalism (2016). Chinisha is a certified Prince super-fam, nerd/geek-girl, and cheerful nihilist with a penchant for witty, sometimes self-deprecating humor. She attended The New School where she received her MA in Media Studies, and a BA in Cinema Studies with a minor in African-American Studies from the CUNY Macaulay Honors College, cum laude.  She enjoys doing the NY Times puzzle (in pen) but prefers the app on her phone.

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Preet Gill Esq.

Young Professional Board

Attorney Preet Gill is the expert when it comes to immigration, civil litigation, and estate planning. She graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a focus on writing and research. Her dedication to graduate from the top 10% of her class propelled her to achieve outstanding recognition. After graduation, she returned to New York City to practice law. Attorney Preet Gill also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Albany which she graduated with honors. She also earned her M.S. in Taxation with honors from the same university.

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Michael Kushner

Young Professional Board

Michael Kushner is leading the multi-hyphenate charge as an artist with multiple proficiencies cross-pollinating to help flourish professional capabilities. Current projects include Indoor Boys, a web series created by Wes Taylor and Alex Wise, which won Best Comedy (among others after being nominated 13 times) at The Indie Series Awards in LA and XaveMePlease (a separate project also directed by Mr. Taylor and starring Isaac Cole Powell) which is about to hit festivals across the US. Michael is the creator of the photographic series The Dressing Room Project (IG: @thedressingroomproject) and is also a founding member of Musical Theatre Factory.  As an actor, Michael has worked at Barrington Stage Company (On The Town, Much Ado About Nothing), ArsNova (Toxic if Swallowed), GableStage (Sons of the Prophet), Caldwell Theatre Company (The Lomas Family Picnic), and more. Active participant with Covenant House and the Advisory Board of Wingspan Arts. BFA Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. Proud member of AEA. For more on the multi-hyphenate journey, follow @themichaelkushner on IG.

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Humberto Gruiero

Young Professional Board

Humberto Grueiro brings 21 years of experience to his work in banking, primarily focusing on the Westchester and New York City regions. He is currently the Senior Business Banker Relationship Manager at SB One Bank in Astoria, Queens. During his career, he has served in various areas of financial services, business banking and communications outside of Long Island, and helped to expand Astoria Bank’s presence throughout its service area before joining Sussex Bank (now SB One Bank). Prior to joining Astoria, Grueiro worked for TD Bank in Ramsey, N.J., where he received several awards for his work in small business lending, including being named one of the bank's top small business loan producers in 2012. Grueiro used his extensive experience to create several sales and training modules, which guided new relationship managers and business bankers on how to best work with clients.

Brittany Crowell

Brittany Crowell

Young Professional Board

Brittany Crowell is a theater artist and administrator. Since 2014, she has been working as the production manager for Third Rail Projects, managing their long-running show Then She Fell and aiding the company in the creation of many new works, including: Ikaros (LaJolla Playhouse Without Walls festival). Midsummer: A Banquet, Oasis (Brookfield Arts), Confection (Folger Shakespeare Center), Medicine Show (performed at Burning Man 2018), Behind the City (at Town Stages), The Grand Paradise, and Midnight Madness.  She served as Managing Director for Crashbox Theater Company for nine years, dedicating her time to aiding in the development of new works by emerging writers.  In addition to her early work assisting Broadway Producers Jed Bernstein and Jill Furman, she likes to spend her free time freelancing as a stage manager, production manager, and producing consultant on low-budget, downtown productions, and is a contributing writer for Front Row Center and New York Theatre Guide.

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Molly Powers Gallagher

Young Professional Board & Resident Artist

Molly Powers Gallagher is a writer & actor, who is committed to creating stories that make women feel seen. She recently presented an industry reading of her screenplay DRIVING WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED (2nd Round of Consideration - 2019 Sundance Development Track). Molly is a current LabWorks Artist at The New Victory Theater, where she is developing THE LIVING HISTORY PROJECT, an immersive play for that constructs and deconstructs a women’s history museum. Her plays THE MIGHTY PATSY MINK! and THE MYSTERY OF THE 12 CURIOUS COUSINS were commissioned by Urban Stages and toured the five boroughs of NYC.

Jeff Tang | Town Stages

Jeff Tang

Young Professional Board & Resident Artist

Jeff Tang is a composer, lyricist, and creative producer investigating the history, creation, and perpetuation of cultural narratives through music and theater. His work has been seen and heard in New York, Chicago, London, Minneapolis, Berkeley, and La Jolla. Commissions include NYC's Leviathan Lab, Music Institute of Chicago, Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis, NYU’s Grad Acting Write/Act Festival, and St. Ann's School. Alumnus of National Sawdust's Summer Labs Residency, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Prospect Theater Company's Musical Theater Lab, and the PlayLabs Festival. MFA, NYU GMWTP

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