The Artist Co-op is a coworking space for performing artists, uniting New York City’s actors directors, dancers, playwrights, and more, with programs and services to support the performing arts community.
The Artist Co-op will Offer Amenities for the Modern Performer:
Shared coworking space
Business amenities (mailbox, lockers, printer & fax)
Member services (industry networking, education programming & community events)
Incubator performances (new plays & musicals)
- Library (scripts & props)
Mission Statement: We create a thriving environment to nurture the innate multidisciplinary nature of the artist community.
The Artist Co-op was created by the need for an artistic community in New York City. The founder, Rachel Berger, was inspired by the coworking trends for tech and start up industries and realized how they directly benefit the performing artist community. As an artist, she defines herself as a slasher. (ie. actress/ producer/blogger as well as a barre employee/babysitter/producing assistant/dog walker/etc) She found that there was no space that supported all of these titles. No longer wanting to waste money at coffee shops and dingy rehearsal rooms, she delved into deep thinking, on why she believes a coworking space for performing aritsts must exist:
- Investing in yourself as an artist
- Building an intentional community
- Creating dynamic synergy in a tangible
It's so exciting that we finally have a space in Hell's Kitchen, in the heart of New York City. Please feel free to come on by. Our doors are always open!
Rachel Berger is the Founder and Executive Director of the Artist Co-op. She is an actor, blogger, producer in NYC. She started developing The Artist Co-op in September 2015. Her experience ranges from performing in NYC and Internationally to General Management at off-b’way theatre New York Theatre Workshop to Broadway with Leve Productions. She is so grateful to have a space and cannot wait to develop more spaces like The Artist Co-op in other major cultural capitals!
Feel free to reach out directly, Rachel@theartistco-op.com.
Jason Stefaniak is the Manager of the Artist Co-op. An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Jason received an M.F.A. in Film/Television Production from NYU. Jason’s work has been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has been featured on 20/20, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, Boing Boing, MoveOn.org, Upworthy, and The Progressive, has screened at the United Nations and at festivals across the United States, and has been viewed online nearly 1,000,000 times. He is the Producer of the Brooklyn Film Festival Audience Choice Award-winning feature film, But Not For Me (Official Selection, Virginia Film Festival), which co-stars Roger Guenveur Smith (Chi-Raq, Do The Right Thing) and is available on Amazon Prime. In 2015, he co-founded the collaborative production company, Impolite Company. He is currently the Feature Narrative Programmer for the Brooklyn Film Festival.
Feel free to reach out directly, Manager@theartistco-op.com.
Mike Luca is Assistant Interim Manager of The Artist Co-op. He is a Suzuki-trained actor. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from LIU Post. Currently, he is a resident member of Hamlet Isn't Dead's Shakespeare acting company, in which he enjoys performing adapted versions of Shakespeare's beloved plays.
Feel free to reach out directly, Manager@theartistco-op.com.
Board of Directors
Ron W. Black grew up in Watertown, CT. and now resides in Woodbury, CT. He graduated UConn 1977 with BS in Music Education, magna cum laude. He plays major instruments which include trombone and electric bass, keyboards, voice. He is the President and Owner of Water System Solutions & Design, Inc. - a public water utility design-build operations firm based in Watertown, CT. and is State of CT DPH-Certified Operator of Public Water Systems: Chief Operator of 70 systems in CT. He is also a member of Advisory Board for Purple Songs Can Fly, Houston, TX – provides emotional support to young cancer patients through music and recording of their songs. As well as a Member of Board of Directors NMTC (Newbury Musical Theater Company), Southbury, CT –providing the community theater experience to the area.
Ellen Hockley Harrison, founder of Greater Good Events, has over ten years of experience working in hospitality and events. She has been directly involved with a wide array of events from food service and catering to direct event management. Prior to founding Greater Good Events, Ellen worked with catering companies staffing and managing events worldwide, gaining an international perspective of operations, management and event execution. After returning to the US, Ellen decided that she wanted to create an event planning company that went the extra mile, to build it around what she felt was missing from the majority of events she was involved with, namely “Sustainability.“
Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky is the founder of Good Counsel, a nonprofit that educates, empowers, and ensures the legal and financial security of nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. In addition to being the Executive Director of Good Counsel, Elizabeth works full-time as the Executive Director of Keren Or, the Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities.
Marissa Feinberg is a Chief Storyteller of Triple Bottom Why Consulting. Most recently, Marissa served as Vice President, PR & Marketing, of MissionHUB, a network of Impact Hub coworking campuses in San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City, and Washington D.C., as well as the SOCAP Conference for impact investors. Previously, Marissa co-founded Green Spaces NY, acquired by MissionHUB, becoming Impact Hub NYC.
Dave Gise co-founded CSI in 2013 and served as its Executive Director until 2017. For the first 18 years of his career, Dave connected people to healthy lifestyles as a personal trainer and managing partner in a health club. He then turned his attention to the tech world launching four successful technology start-ups. From there, he connected his biggest dots yet – the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto with his hometown of New York City. He serves on the board of Drive Change.
Thomas Viertel has produced a wide range of plays and musicals on and off Broadway, in London and on tour for over 30 years. He
is a member of the Board of Governors, Government Relations, and Tony Management Committees of The Broadway League and a Trustee of the Equity-League Pension Funds. With his partners, Richard Frankel, Steve Baruch, and Marc Routh, he owns Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club. He is the Executive Director of the Commercial Theater Institute and Chairman of the Board of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.