Ivan Sygoda, Founding Director
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Ivan Sygoda, after 37 years as a Director with Mara Greenberg, transitioned to the position of Founding Director on July 1, 2013. Among his accomplishments: He conceived Pentacle’s “Marketing from the Inside Out” workshops for emerging artists, which grew into our Help Desk infrastructure mentoring project and its various offshoots. He co-founded (with David White) the NYS DanceForce, of which he is currently a member. He has been a speaker and panelist on arts issues and has led workshops on arts administration here and abroad. He was for many years was a member of the Bessie Committee selection panel. He has served on numerous arts boards–Dance/USA, NAPAMA, Arts Presenters and the Western Arts Alliance, and is a member of the New York City Arts Coalition Steering Committee. He received Dance/USA’s “Ernie” award in 1996, the Arts Presenters Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award in 2000, and the South Arts Mary Beth Treen award in 2013. He currently serves as a consultant to the South Arts Dance Touring Initiative.
Mara Greenberg, Director
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Mara Greenberg received her MBA in Finance from New York University. She joined Pentacle as Director of Fiscal Operations in 1977, and became Director (with Ivan Sygoda) two years later. She has served as a financial consultant to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, was a contributing editor to the Poor Dancer’s Almanac, second edition, was a guest speaker and panelist on performing arts fiscal organization for ART/NY FEDAPT, Dance Theater Workshop, the New School for Social Research, the Cultural Council Foundation and Marymount Manhattan College among others, and a guest on cable television “Eye on Dance” (“Second Careers for Professional Dancers”). She also performed professionally with Rachel Lampert & Dancers and the Nancy Meehan Dance Company. She has given her time to the Synagogue for the Arts as a financial consultant as well as organized summer programs for children on the East End..
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Clarissa has been working with Pentacle since 2011. After earning a B.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Entrepreneurship with a concentration in Legal Studies, both from Hofstra University, she knew that she wanted to help artists in the non-profit field. She felt that Pentacle was a place where she could pursue that goal. Over the years she has worked in the fiscal, educational programming, and booking departments. As the director of the internship program, she has had the opportunity to mentor students pursuing careers in arts administration. As Director of Fiscal Services at Pentacle, she has overseen significant growth for both financial administration for incorporated dance companies and fiscal sponsorship for project-based artists. Ms. Soto is currently developing ways to more efficiently and effectively serve more artists with fiscal services. In addition to her position at Pentacle, Ms. Soto is also a freelance bookkeeper for Robin Becker Dance, where she has worked for six years. She has led workshops at APAP, Dance/NYC’s Symposium, and Gibney Dance’s Learning & Leadership Studio Workshop, and is on the Young Professional Committee for a dance education nonprofit in Harlem, Groove With Me. Ms. Soto is also excited to be pursuing her MBA degree through Quinnipiac University, in an effort to bring new perspectives and ideas to Pentacle.
Melissa Sandor, Development Consultant
Melissa Sandor, Principal of Melissa Sandor, Inc. has 25 years of experience in not-for-profit fund raising in New York City and nationally, with a particular expertise in the arts & culture field. She has provided services in strategic planning, capital campaigns, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, prospect research, and special events. Current and past clients include: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City Ballet, American Craft Council, Ballet Hispanico, and New York Stage & Film, among others. Prior to consulting, Sandor was the Director of Development for Studio in a School, a New York City based visual arts-education organization. She has held senior development positions at The City University of New York, Queens College, where she directed the corporate and foundation relations effort, and Pratt Institute. Sandor is the Chair of The Millay Colony for the Arts Board of Directors where she is a past resident. She is a MacDowell Arts Colony Fellow and a former member of the Board of Directors of Women in Development, New York. She is a writer whose work has appeared in Ploughshares and BOMBMagazine.
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Prior to joining Pentacle in summer 2016, Sandy held a number of positions at Rena Shagan Associates Inc. from 2006 -2016 including Booking Representative, International Tour Coordinator and Director of Administration. She was a member of the PERFORMA 05 administrative team, the first ever visual performance art biennial in NYC, producing two original site-specific performance works by internationally renown artists including Francis Alys. Sandy had also worked at the New York City Park and Recreation Department’s “Summer on the Hudson” annual art and culture series, Pomegranate Arts, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA. Originally from Southern California, Sandy holds a BA in Theater from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU.
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Doug Post joined Pentacle in 2007 and in 2009 became Artist Representative for Pentacle’s Gallery. He also is Pentacle’s Office Manager, and produces Fall Further and Pentacle Presents: New York – showcase opportunities for Gallery artists. Prior to joining Pentacle, while engaged in a business career in the computer industry, he served as President of Beyondance, Inc.’s Board of Directors, was a founding member of Freespace Dance’s Board, and served on the Advisory Board of ACF Dance. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Reverb Dance, the Brooklyn Dance Festival and the Young Choreographer’s Festival. He has worked for Eva Dean Dance and Wendy Osserman Dance Company. He curates Dixon Place’s Under Exposed and Moving Mes performance series. He also publishes a weekly newsletter of performances, auditions and other items of interest to the dance community.
Joseph Giardina, Education Coordinator
Joseph Giardina was the Director of Education at the New Victory Theater, New York City’s only theater dedicated to kids and their families. Before that he was the Education Director at Theatre for a New Audience, an award-winning classical theater company. He teaches at Lehman College in the Middle and High School Education graduate department. For the past 11 years he has been a lead facilitator for NYCDOE’s professional development workshops for certified drama teachers and contributed to the DOE’s Curriculum Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theater.
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Originally from New Hampshire, Alex joined Pentacle as a Fiscal Associate in Fall of 2014. Alex gained his BBA from Hofstra University majoring in International Business and is currently pursuing his MBA at Baruch University. Throughout the years, Alex could be seen performing in various dance and theater performances in the area. He is very excited to bring his experience within business and the arts to Pentacle.
Ashley Yergens, Fiscal Associate
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Ashley R.T. Yergens is a movement-based artist, performer, and administrator. Their choreography has been presented at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Wild Project Theater, Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research, Annoyance Theatre, and the WOW Café Theatre. Recently, they received a 2016 boo-koo Space Grant from Gibney Dance. Prior to joining Pentacle, Ashley served as a Project Coordinator for DanceMotion USA, a program of the US State Department, produced by BAM. Ashley holds a BA in Dance and Media Studies from St. Olaf College.
Quincie Hydock, Program Coordinator
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Quincie was raised in Virginia Beach and moved to Richmond to dance with the Richmond Ballet as a trainee and earn her BFA in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2013, she graduated with honors from their specialized BFA/Trainee Performance Track, and soon after moved to NYC to pursue her career as a freelance dance artist where her debut performance was in a self-choreographed piece. Since then, Quincie has performed and created with various choreographers on projects including concert dance performance, dance films, flash mobs, and music videos. Quincie is passionate about Thai food and bringing dance to non-dance audiences.
Jaime Wright, Program Administrator
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Jaime Wright is a writer, performer, and administrator. Her performance works have been presented at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, The Ice Factory Festival, Dixon Place, The Public Theater, and This N That. In 2013, she founded the “pop-up” performance collective, Carroll Simmons, with Toronto-based artist, David Bernstein. She is currently working on a few curatorial projects that aim to bridge the gap between the downtown performance and literary scenes. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU.
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A native North Carolinian, Alex graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She is currently performing with MATYCHAK and in Third Rail Project’s Bessie Award winning production, Then She Fell. Alex joined Pentacle in December 2015 and is thrilled to be a part of their team!
Sarah Suzuki, Program Administrator
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Sarah is an actor based in New York. She moved from Colorado to New York to attend Barnard College, where she recently graduated with a BA in Theater with a concentration in acting. Recent credits include Macbeth(Banquo), Bingo (Judith), Woyzeck (Marie), and Hamletmachine. She interned at Pentacle as a freshman and is so excited to be back!
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A native New Yorker, Nathalie is a graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (BFA in Dance). Since 2011, she has acted as artistic director for project-based contemporary modern dance company, MATYCHAK. In 2013, Nathalie co-founded Breaking Glass: The Emerging Female Choreographers Project to provide a comprehensive multi-part platform for female choreographers. Prior to joining Pentacle in January 2017, Nathalie worked as a program coordinator for Fourth Arts Block NYC and for Ellen Jacobs Associates as the assistant publicist for Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour.
Imogen graduated from King’s College London with a B.A Hons in English Language and Literature. After graduation, Imogen worked for Phoenix Dance Theatre, for two years as the company Programmes Coordinator. In September 2015, she moved to New York City, and since then worked on number of projects with Gallim, Rioult Dance, Bryn Cohn+Artists and the Curet Performance Project. Imogen began working at New York City Center in September 2016, and at the start of 2017 she also joined the Pentacle team.
Emily Hartford is a fundraising professional with over a decade of experience in human services and the arts, specializing in proposal development and stewardship, government Requests for Proposals, and prospect research. She is also a theatre artist, and a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble.