Our mission is to provide collaborative opportunities to a community of artists who are committed to creating and presenting interdisciplinary work in unconventional spaces and for diverse audiences.
THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization conceived in 2012 with projects and events ranging from a 24 hour collaboration in a hotel room to a 10 week high school film-making residency. Our longest running programs include an ongoing series of events showcasing multidisciplinary and collaborative performance, and Collective Storytelling, a collection of events and projects that offer both young and professional artists and audiences the opportunity to develop and present work that focuses on identity and memory. We also host the Alliance of Brooklyn Creatives, a platform that connects members of the Brooklyn arts community and endorses artistic, collaborative exchange.
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THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE STAFF
Nasrene Haj, Co-Director/CO-Founder
Nasrene is a project-based arts manager who holds a liberal arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Cultural Studies encompassing dance, writing and Italian studies. Her interdisciplinary education led her to found THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE in 2012 with the goal of providing artists with resources for collaborations and mentoring across age and discipline. In addition to co-directing the collective, Nasrene works as the Individual Giving Manager at Prospect Park Alliance, following positions with the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Arts Council, and other local arts and cultural organizations. Nasrene is also currently in her fourth year as Chair of Teen Artists Learners and Leaders, the teen arts council at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She welcomes the opportunity to connect and collaborate on new projects that empower both young and professional artists through the artistic process.
Gina Solebello, Co-Director
Gina is a freelance stage manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from Marywood University, and moved to NYC in 2014 to pursue a career in the arts. Gina is the current Production Stage Manager for The Flea Theater's world premiere play, Inanimate. She has previously stage managed for the InVersion Theatre Company, and is a member of their Artistic Associate Advisory Committee. Gina worked directly with the stage management team of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a production assistant for three consecutive seasons. This fall, Gina will be stage managing the fall tour of Miss Nelson is Missing with Two Beans Productions.
Haley Robinson, Project Manager
Haley graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2015, where she concentrated in dance and social sciences. In the 2013-2014 academic year, she studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for dance in London, England. There she was able to hone in on her interests in community-based dance education and arts administration. Currently, she is working at Columbia University as the Administrative Coordinator in the Psychology Department as well as studying Nonprofit Management in the School for Professional Studies.
ROUROU YE, Project and Production Coordinator
Rourou Ye is a NYC based female choreographer, dancer and artist from Shanghai, China. She practiced Chinese Dance for 15 years before she began concentrating on contemporary art and choreography and was the exclusive choreographer for musical theater productions at Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 2012 to 2015. In 2017, she completed her MFA degree in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. Her mentor, Kathy Westwater, commented that "the scale of her project, and her unwavering rigor throughout toward honing the voice of the individual artist, the individual woman, is almost without parallel in the recent history of the dance program.” Rou is strongly inspired by visual images, and her film sensibility is highlighted in her choreographic approach. Her earlier works deeply examine her own somatic, psychological and emotional experiences in response to the content of her dance. Currently, her choreography is focusing on the subject of feminism, which includes exploring female sexuality, individual identity, and disordered psychology in a capitalized, commodified, patriarchal society. Moreover, she utilizes multimedia to expand the possibilities of expression in her works. Her dance films have been selected for various film festivals and her works have been performed in New York, Japan, China, Hongkong, Singapore, etc. rourouye.com
MILA PINIGIN, CO-FOUNDER
Mila Pinigin first moved to Vermont from Moscow, Russia in 1995. She received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 where she studied art history, contemporary dance, and visual arts. During a year abroad in Florence, Italy she studied printmaking, Italian, politics, art history, and art restoration. She held several prestigious internships with Gladstone Gallery, Artnews Magazine, and Blouin Artinfo and co-founded THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE during her time in New York. When Hurricane Sandy brought her back to the Upper Valley in Vermont she soon began working at Dartmouth College, Edgewater Farm, Revolution, and at AVA Gallery. Presently, Mila is the Director of the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum.
THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Emily Barbe graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with a BA in Spanish and Communication & Culture, and she has lived in NYC since. Emily works in wealth management at Merrill Lynch, and in her free time, she loves supporting the arts, participating in races through New York Road Runners, and traveling.
Chelsea Gillespie is the Stage Manager for Ailey II, the second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She graduated from The College of Wooster with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theater & Dance and Sociology. Her involvement with The Creators Collective is fueled by an investment in spreading a diverse range of artistic partnerships in underexposed areas. In addition to Ailey II, Chelsea does freelance production work, most recently working with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Ailey School, Satellite Collective, and InVersion Theater.
Ashley Henry is the Administrative Support Coordinator for the the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated from Long Island University, C.W.Post with a BFA in Dance and Iona College with a MA in Public Relations. After living in Brooklyn for a few years and seeing the great work THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE is doing, Ashley joined the board in 2017 and hopes to help with its growth and expansion.
Sophie Pauline is currently working as a sales coordinator for DISH Media Sales. She previously worked for the arts nonprofit, Young Audiences Arts for Learning, in both the marketing and development departments. This past May she graduated from Marywood University earning a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. During her time at university she was heavily involved in all parts of the theatre department, while additionally writing for the arts and entertainment section of the campus newspaper. She has recently joined the board of THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE, eager to continue administering to the arts in whatever community she find herself in.
Elizabeth Porfido is currently the Finance Manager at BRIC Arts Media, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn. She brings to THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE experience in budgeting for visual and performing arts departments and financial reporting for government grants. She earned her BA in Business-Economics from Skidmore College where she also studied arts administration.\