Our Mission

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Our Mission

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

  • Rehearsal space

  • Business amenities (mailbox, lockers, printer & fax)

  • Member services (industry networking, education programming & community events)

  • Incubator performances (new plays & musicals)

  • Library (scripts & props)

Our Story

 The Artist Co-op was created by the need for an artistic community in New York City.  I 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, I define myself as a slasher. For example, I am an actress/ producer/blogger as well as a barre employee/babysitter/producing assistant/dog walker/etc. I found that there was no space that supported all of these titles. I no longer wanted to waste my money at coffee shops and dingy rehearsal rooms. After some deep thinking, these are my top 3 reasons why I believe it is so important for artists to have a coworking space:

  • 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!

The Team

Rachel Berger is the Founder of the Artist Co-op. She is an actor, blogger, producer in NYC. Her experience ranges from performing in NYC and Internationally to General Management at off-b’way theatre New York Theatre Workshop to Braodway with Leve Productions.

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.

Daniela Grafman is a Certified Special Events Professional. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University. She currently serves as a board member for the NY Metro Chapter of the International Live Events Assosciation & Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA). She is also the co-founder of W.IN.E: Women In Events and an active participant/fundraiser for the AVON 39: Walk to End Breast Cancer. 

 

Advisary Board

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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.

 
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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. 

 
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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.

 
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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.