We create a thriving environment to nurture the innate multidisciplinary nature of the artist community.
The Artist Co-op provides, shared coworking space, rehearsal rooms, business amenities, member services, incubator performances and a library of scripts.
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, which have many similarities to the arts 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 artists must exist:
Investing in yourself as an artist
Building an intentional community
Creating dynamic synergy in a tangible
The Artist Co-op officially opened on May 15th, 2017. We now have over 125 members with a multitude of backgrounds. They are: Musicians, Dancers, Set, Costume & Lighting Designers, Directors, Playwrights, Actors, Publishers, Managers, Producers, Filmmakers, and so much more!
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.
Jessica Harika, TAC Manager, is a classically trained professional singer, as well as a stage director. Jessica spent her past year in residency directing for City Lyric Opera here in NYC. Ms. Harika earned her BM from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MM from The New England Conservatory. She is a stress baker, a coffee addict, and always bats last on her recreational softball team.
Feel free to reach out directly: Manager@theartistco-op.com.
Nick O’Leary, TAC Manager, is a New York based director of theater, live events, and interactive experiences. Born and raised in New England, he has developed new work in New York City and regionally with companies like Guerilla Opera (MA), Dacha Theatre (WA), and Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY). Nick is also a board game player, a craft beer drinker, and an obsessive podcast listener. More at: www.nickoleary.com
Feel free to reach out directly: Manager@theartistco-op.com.
Daryl Bunyan is the Events Coordinator at the Artist Co-Op. She is an actress, book lover, and Shakespeare enthusiast born and bred in Southern California. She got a double B.A. in English & Textual Studies and International Relations from Syracuse University, with a concentration in classic literature and intercultural communications.
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.“
Brian Backscheider is passionate about the connection between buildings, places and people and continually seeks opportunities to activate those connections. He currently serves as a Development Manager with The Collective, the world's largest co-living developer, focusing on its New York City development activities. Previously, Brian was Director of Housing Development for Clinton Housing Development Company and oversaw the construction of 115 units of affordable housing and created a community development plan for the creation of an additional 280 units of affordable housing, 80,000 sf of community and cultural facilities, and 10,000 sf of public open space. Brian holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Capital University.
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.
Elizbaeth David-Dembrowsky serves as the Executive Director for Keren Or, Inc., The Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multipled Disabilities, a position she has held since February of 2012.
Elizabeth holds a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School where she attended night school while working fulltime; a Masters in Writing from the University of Warwick, UK where she received the Student Busary Award; and a Bachelors in Psychology from Boston University where she graduated summa cum laude and studied on a full-tuition, four-year scholarship.
Elizabeth is a member of the Administrative Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, a Board member of Advancing Jewish Professionals of Greater New York, and a volunteer attorney with the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society. Her immigration works focuses on asylum and family petitions.
Elizabeth is a published poet and novelist.
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.