Staff & Board



Jenny Schlenzka was appointed Performance Space New York’s Executive Artistic Director​ in 2017​ and is the organization’s first female ​director. Prior to joining Performance Space, Schlenzka was the Associate Curator at MoMA PS1 in New York​,​ where she established​ Sunday Sessions,​ an interdisciplinary​,​ weekly live program. Sunday Sessions has featured hundreds of artists including Honey Di​j​on, Mette Ingvartsen, Ann Liv Young, Sondra Perry, Terre Thaemlitz, Justin Vivian Bond and Wu-Tang Clan, as well as new commissions by Hannah Black, Trajal Harrell, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Matthew Lutz Kinoy and Tobias Madison. ​​In addition to her​ ​event program​, Schlenzka developed an interest in performance within the exhibition format, organizing the New York presentation of Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy (2014) and Anne Imhof: DEAL (2015)​. Between 2008 and 2012, Schlenzka was the Assistant Curator for Performance in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art​.​ In 2012, she received the Yoko Ono Courage Award. ​She holds an MA in ​C​ultural ​Studies from Humboldt University, Berlin​.

Tricia Pierson is originally from Portland, Oregon. She moved to New York City in 1981. Previous to joining Performance Space New York, she served as General Manager for Trisha Brown Dance Company; Managing Director for Stephen Petronio Company and Bebe Miller Company; and in various capacities with The Joyce Theater, Baryshnikov Productions, and The National Corporate Fund for Dance. And, a while back, she also provided project management for artists including Wally Cardona, Felix Ruckert, Urban Tap, Elizabeth Streb, Tere O’Connor and Ain Gordon. She spends her free time at Dias Y Flores and 6BC community gardens in the East Village, her home since 1991.

Karl Franklin Allen was recently Production Manager/Technical Director for the international tour of Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE. Previously, the Technical Manager at The Duke/New 42nd Street, Technical Director of Bryn Mawr College, Technical Director of PS122, and Production Coordinator at Lincoln Center. He works as a freelance production manager in NYC. He also does illustration and exhibition design for fun and occasionally for profit.

Benjamin Akio Kimitch is a Minnesota native. Prior to joining the Performance Space New York team in 2015, he was Production Coordinator at the Park Avenue Armory and worked for five-years in programming at New York Live Arts and Dance Theater Workshop. Benjamin is also a choreographer whose work has been supported by The Noguchi Museum, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, and Danspace Project where his work received a NY Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ Award nomination.

Originally from Vermont, Alex Reeves is digital designer and technologist who has been working with Performance Space for over a decade. In his freelance experiential design work, he has collaborated with artists including Blonde Redhead, Timbaland and Wale and has created work at Lincoln Center, the 02 Center and Pioneer Works. &

Paula Bennett was most recently the Manager of Foundations and Government for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. She joined the Performance Space New York staff in July 2016. Paula is also a theatre director and librettist. When she’s not raising money for the arts or working on a project, she can be found leading fitness classes and other fun community activities at the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA.

Jørgen Noodt Skjærvold is a sound designer and technician originally from Trondheim, Norway. He began working in theater in 2005 and became a Technical Director at Theater Avant Garden in Trondheim in 2011. In 2015 he relocated to New York and has worked as a sound designer and freelance technician with various artists including Monica Bill Barnes & Company and Daniel Zippi.


Enrico Ciotti, President
Suzanne Geiss, Vice-President
Kenneth Dale, Treasurer
Frank Spelman, Secretary
Kerstin Brätsch
Anne Dennin
Jesse Hernreich
Ishmael Houston-Jones
Charles Kerr
Humberto Leon
Ivan Martinez
Debbie Millman
Adam Whitney Nichols
Lionel Ohayon
Poppy Pulitzer
Kaneza Schaal
Kambiz Shekdar
Michael Stipe
Jason C. Tsou