Mona Smith, Director of Engagement
Mona established a consulting practice in the Hudson Valley in 2009 to provide nonprofit organizations with a range of services including board and fund development as well as strategic communications. She has worked with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Mark Morris Dance Group, Imani Winds, ETHEL’s Foundation for the Arts, and Issue Project Room. Before becoming a consultant, Mona was an arts administrator at NYC nonprofits for 18 years. As Executive Director of Performing Arts at CUNY/Kingsborough in Brooklyn, she developed and produced year-round performance series in three campus venues. She curated and produced over 600 public programs and performances annually at the Brooklyn Museum including First Saturdays, a free monthly outreach program that became a model for museums and nonprofits nationwide. As Director of Cultural Tourism & Events at BRIC, she produced street festivals with live entertainment on multiple stages and managed the Brooklyn Tourism Council. She also served as Marketing & Development Director at the Pearl Theatre Company and worked in literary management at Second Stage Theater. Mona is also a former newspaper reporter, a published author, a playwright and screenwriter. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
KATRINA FOY, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE
Katrina Foy (Director of Administration) is currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of Connecticut, completing her M.F.A. in Arts Administration (Spring 2019). She has a B.F.A. Acting degree from Ithaca College and has performed regionally with Gulfshore Playhouse (Tartuffe, Unnecessary Farce; Naples, FL), Connecticut Free Shakespeare (Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Mornings of April & May, Taming of the Shrew), and the Kitchen Theatre (Iron; Ithaca, NY). She is a current company member and former co-founding Producing & Managing Director of GF&CO in Brooklyn, an ensemble theater company based on the performance technique, OTOA™, led by theater director, Gia Forakis. Katrina performed in the company's first MainStage adaptation of O.Rex as well as several of the signature Salon Series. Katrina was the Production Manager for National Theater for Arts & Education, where she also directed touring productions of El Sí de las Niñas and The Story of Anne Frank. She has created curriculum and directed for several theater education programs including the Professional Performing Arts Scholarship Program with Connecticut Free Shakespeare, and NYCinMA, a pre-college program for Massachusetts drama students. Katrina currently administrates Counterproof Press, a cross-disciplinary, printmaking initiative at the University of Connecticut. She is the 2018 recipient of the Marks Family Endowment Award in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. Katrina is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and a 500-hour yoga instructor.
Marissa Franklin, Administrative Associate
Marissa has an MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BM in Music Business from Syracuse University. A classically trained oboist, she has also worked in development, marketing, and administrative roles with The MacDowell Colony, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Future Tenant, and ASCAP.