Our Staff

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Gus Rogerson, Artistic Director, started at the Project as a volunteer in 1991. He has been a member of the New York theater community for more than 20 years. His acting credits include the original productions of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, FACE VALUE, and THE GREY ZONE, and the film IN AND OUT, opposite Matt Dillon. His directing credits include the American premiere of David Harrower’s first play, KNIVES IN HENS. He served as associate producer for the feature film SUNDAY, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Carol Ochs, Executive Director, has worked in the non-profit theater community for over 25 years. Carol came to the Project from Lincoln Center Theater where she worked for five years as assistant general manager. Previously, she was director of marketing and development for the Ark Theater Company of Soho. She holds an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama and has taught there. She is a board member of the Human Arts Association, of ART/NY and has sat on the Nancy Quinn Fund and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs grants panels.
John Sheehy, Director of Development & Marketing, joined The 52nd Street Project from Lincoln Center Theater where he was Development Associate and Research Associate for four years. Prior to that he worked at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT. John is also a lyricist and published playwright with an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brandeis University. His plays have been seen in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Louisville, KY.
George Babiak, Production Manager, worked for years as a bicycle mechanic at Bicycle Habitat in New York City while futilely pursuing a career in the theater. Prior to working at the Project, he helped found Recycle-A-Bicycle. George also traveled the world as a member of TheaterSports New York, an improv comedy troupe. He has a degree in English Literature from Hunter College and is proud to be a PADI Divemaster and member of the New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team. He loves the Project and wants to work here for a couple of centuries.
Liz Bell, LMSW, Director of Education, received a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy from Villanova University in 1998. She began volunteering at the Project as Homework Helper in 2000, becoming an intern that same year. In 2001, aside from joining the Project staff, she completed her MA in American and British Literature from NYU. In 2009, she finished her MSW at Fordham University, with a concentration in clinical social work and a specialization in children and families. She became a licensed social worker in 2010. She is currently working toward her LCSW while attending the Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy program at IPTAR (Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research).
Alyssa Anderson, , Manager of Individual Giving, most recently worked as Associate Producer at Playwrights Realm, an off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to emerging playwrights. Prior to that she had the pleasure of serving as Managing Director of the Yale Cabaret for the 2009-2010 season, as well as Assistant Managing Director for Yale Repertory Theatre’s 2008-2009 season. Originally from Florida, Alyssa has also worked with Orlando Shakespeare Theatre as both Marketing Coordinator and Box Office Manager, and with Planet Hollywood Orlando as Unit Accountant. She received a BFA in Performance from the University of Central Florida in 2002, and an MFA in Theatre Management from Yale School of Drama in 2010.
Ray Harold, Technical Director, received a BFA from SUNY Purchase – Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Films – Entertainment Design/Technology in 2003. He has worked as a Technical Director / Production Carpenter around New York and across the country since his graduation, which includes industrial events, legitimate theatre, and Broadway. Ray is a former Project Kid that started back in 1991 and is looking forward to seeing life as a Project Adult.
Lisa Kerner, Development & Management Associate, started as an intern at the Project before becoming a full-time staff member in 2010. She graduated with a BA in English and a Minor in Film Studies from Stanford University in 2009, where her favorite experience was producing Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical “AIDA” for Stanford’s student-run theatrical society. Before finding the Project, Lisa worked for the United Nations Association Film Festival and the television show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Natalie Hirsch, Associate Artistic Director, was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended Brown University and then received a Masters in Applied Theater from the City University of New York. Before coming to the Project, she directed the Junior Youth Theater of the Creative Arts Team. For many summers, she was the Performance Coordinator of Camp Winnarainbow, a performance arts and circus camp in Northern California. Natalie can speak fluent French, juggle, and walk on stilts. She is also trained in a number of different dance techniques. She is totally exhilarated to be joining the Project Team.
Johanna Vidal, Community Coordinator, is also a former Project kid, and a recent graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in Spanish. While at U of M, she was co-Entertainment Chair of EnspiRED, an arts organization focused on self-expression. She also interned for En Nuestra Lengua, a Spanish immersion program where she helped kindergarten students enhance their vocabularies in their native language of Spanish. She is thrilled to join the Project as a full-time staff member!
Davey Rogulich, Technical Director as of September, 2014. Watch this space for his bio!
Jennifer Jimenez, Receptionist, is yet another Project Kid turned staffer. As a teenager, she enjoyed thrift shopping and began developing her talents as a designer, making denim purses out of distressed clothing scraps and bedazzling T-shirts. Being an active member and volunteer of the 52nd Street Project led to internships with costume and jewelry designers. Her skills were sharpened and she was later hired for special projects, which included garment construction and assisting with high profile television shoots. Jennifer attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing. Years later she began to experiment with jewelry design and realized this to be her true passion. Wire wrapped rings and exclusive trinkets are what makes Jennifer’s style unique. Her own brand, Golden Knuckles Jewelry NYC, was born in 2011.
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