Arts Management Training Fellowship: For Fellows

Mykel Marai Nairne, Development Fellow

Development Fellow Mykel Nairne is an African-American woman with her hair in long, dark brown braids. She is wearing a turquoise top and is smiling at the camera.

Mykel Marai Nairne (she/her) was born and raised in New York City, where she attended The Dalton School and was a fellowship student at The Ailey School. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies with a concentration in documentary video production from Dartmouth College in 2016. While completing her undergraduate degree, Mykel worked as a Marketing and Arts Administration Intern for the Alvin Ailey Foundation Inc. and, upon graduating, went on to work as an Education Intern at Mark Morris Dance Center. As a freelance dance artist, she has had the privilege of performing with Monica Bill Barnes & Company and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, as well as with the Off-Broadway production of OKLAHOMA! at St. Ann’s Warehouse, directed by Daniel Fish. She currently dances with Dance Heginbotham. Mykel hopes her experiences as a student, professional dance artist, and life-long champion of the Arts will inform and enhance her ability to support other artists, administratively and otherwise.

Gerard Minaya, Marketing Fellow

Marketing Fellow, Gerard Minaya, is a genderqueer, Afro Latino person in a 5'8" attuned body with kinky-curly hair to their shoulders.Gerard Minaya (he/they) graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy and obtained their BFA in dance from The University of the Arts. Prior to joining Pentacle as Marketing Fellow, they’ve explored both the performing arts and arts management in different capacities. They’re currently Programming Associate at BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, where they’ve had immense growth, both artistically & administratively. They also serve on the board of Ladies Who Bronché, a podcast. They’ve danced for Ballet Hispanico’s BHdos, Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence, A Dance Company’s “Truth Don Die”, jumatatu m. poe & Donte Beacham’s “Let ‘Im Move You: This Is A Formation”, Pioneers Go East Collective’s “Virgo Star”, Curet Performance Project, and has collaborated for several projects with Baker + Tarpaga Dance Project. Gerard has also presented their solo dance-performance works among various performance spaces in NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, night clubs, and possibly the most precious among them all, in their Bronx living room.

For more information, please contact:

Clarissa Soto Josephs

Clarissa Soto Josephs

Executive Director

212.278.8111 ext. 3427