This year, ADI broke ground on Lumberyard, a former lumberyard in Catskill, NY, that the organization is converting into a four-building campus for the development and presentation of contemporary performance. The Lumberyard campus will provide housing and studio space for artists.
The new hires Lumberyard announced include:
- Jilian Cahan Gersten (Director of Development), most recently Vice President of Development at BRIC, a multi-arts presenter in Brooklyn.
- Alison Schwartz (Chief Operating Officer), who was previously the Co-Founder & Editorial Director of Lulu, the first mobile app dedicated to millennial women.
- Karen Lombardo (Management Consultant), the President of KHL Consulting LLC, a specialized consulting firm that works with companies on the executive level to ensure that they have the structures in place to reach their goals.
- Martha Cooper (Marketing Consultant), an arts marketing consultant with more than twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including the position of Director of Marketing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., The Joyce Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College and Friends of Hudson River Park.
When Lumberyard’s new headquarters open in the former Dunn Builders Supply complex in Catskill in Spring 2018, they will allow the organization to drastically expand its activities, especially its Incubator program, which gives artists time and space to ready new works for national or New York premieres. The complex consists of a 30,000 sf. main building and three large adjacent barns along Catskill Creek, and will include a large, column-free flexible theater, a large dance studio, a lobby, administrative offices, housing for up to 20 resident artists, a chef’s kitchen, an artist lounge and a public courtyard.