In honor of Mary Ruth Goodley, our late President Emeritus
The Gallery Players is run by a Managing Director, overseeing all practical management items; and an Artistic Director, overseeing all artistic responsibilities; both of whom report to a volunteer Board of Directors. Board Members participate in all aspects of the organization’s functions including advising on season programming, setting rules and policies, assisting with building sets and keeping the theater clean, and other duties as assigned. We also keep a Resource Council of friends and former Board Members who hold an ongoing volunteer relationship with the theater.
Current Board members:
(Board of Directors Treasurer) With set and lighting design, directing, and theatre production management experience that began in his teens, Associate Principal Robert Campbell has over 20 years experience in all types of theatre and in a wide variety of formats, from experimental and arena to thrust and proscenium stages. He provides project management, programming, planning and design expertise on projects ranging from major performing arts centers to theatres and recital halls for college and university campuses. He is also expert at 3D modeling of auditorium sightlines and seating layouts. He currently is Project Manager for Schermerhorn Symphony Hall for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Four Seasons Centre, the new home of the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, Ontario. His other projects include the Long Center, Austin, Texas; the new Harman Centre for the Washington Shakespeare Theatre and the Arena Stage theatre, also in Washington, D.C. and the renovation of the beloved Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT. He managed the new construction of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX and the adaptive reuse of Second Stage Theatre in New York City. Bob also managed the renovations and expansion of Chicago Orchestra Hall and the Victory Theatre in Evansville, Indiana; designed seating plans and sightlines for the award winning 2,750-seat New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark; the 2,000-seat Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth; the 2,400-seat Opera House in Miami; and the New Victory Theatre, New York City. His academic projects include a new experimental theatre for Yale School of Drama, a 400-seat recital hall for Drew University, and performing arts centers at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama, where he studied theatre engineering and planning, acoustics, and lighting design. He designed productions at both Yale Repertory Theatre and Yale School of Drama, including The Tempest, Shadow of a Gunman, and Glengarry Glen Ross. Robert also has designed lighting for Off-Off Broadway productions, including Anything Goes, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, House of Blue Leaves, Richard III, Threepenny Opera, and Shimmer and assisted Jules Fisher on the touring production of The Will Rogers Follies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Gallery Players of Brooklyn, where he directed the company’s productions of The Odd Couple and ‘Night, Mother.
(Facilities Manager, Board of Directors Member-At-Large) is a social worker by day and a key figure in the operations of the Gallery Players by night. Jorge assists designers in the construction of sets for each play and regularly acts as house manager and box office manager for Gallery Players performances. Always a friendly face at the theater, Jorge is beloved on both sides of the footlights and is the quiet hero of the Gallery Players.
(Co-Director of Educational & Family Programming; Board of Directors President) is a member of The Pearl Theatre’s resident acting company. At The Pearl he has appeared in numerous productions, including The Phantom Lady, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, A Will of His Own, Andromache, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Blithe Spirit, The Oresteia, The Way of The World, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Twelfth Night. Mr. Cuskern appeared on Broadway in Inherit The Wind, and he was seen across the country as part of the national tour of Victor/Victoria. He created the role of Ganesha, The Hindu God, in Terrence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and appeared Off-Broadway in Prelude & Liebestod (Manhattan Class Company), Tibet Does Not Exist (Tribeca Performing Arts Center), and Ascendancy (Rattlestick). Regionally, he has made appearances in Philadelphia, Hartford, Puerto Rico, and Alaska.
(Host of GalleryTalks, Director of OVERTURES, Board of Directors Member-At-Large) Barrie Gelles is a fellowship student in the PhD Program in Theatre at The Graduate Center at CUNY. She completed her master’s in Theatre, at Hunter College and has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She has presented at conferences for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Society for Theatre Research, Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association, and others. Publications include a book review for Theatre Topics, an article for Popular Entertainment Studies, and a chapter in a forthcoming book about Glee. Barrie currently teaches at Brooklyn College and has taught at Hunter College, Wingspan Arts, the 92nd Street Y Tribeca, and other institutions in New York City.
In addition to Barrie’s scholarly pursuits, she directs theatre throughout New York City. She is partial to new works, and she is blessed to work with talented and inspiring actors and playwrights. She has worked, in various capacities, with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Gallery Players, Communicable Arts, Wingspan Arts, French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, among others. Aside from her penchant for new works, she has directed more than her fair share of musicals and Shakespeare comedies.
Barrie’s scholarly areas of interests include American Musical Theatre, Theories of Acting and Directing in Training and Practice, and the interrelation of Jewish Studies with Theatre Studies. When she isn’t studying theatre, writing about theatre, making theatre, or attending theatre, she is learning Yiddish.
(Artistic Director, Board of Directors Member-At-Large) Mark began his association with Gallery Players in 1996 with his production of Martin Sherman’s Bent. That was soon followed by Chess, Angels in America, Noises Off, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, Clark Gesner’s Animal Fair, Wonderful Town, Macbeth, Othello, Dreamgirls, The Merchant of Venice, Rent and Evita to name a few. His Regional directing credits include: Hello Dolly, High Spirits, Chicago, Forever Plaid, Gypsy, Vanities, Beguiled Again, The Fantasticks, Children of a Lesser God, Nunsense 3 among many others. He is currently the Theater Operations Manager for the 92nd Street Y. Mark also has an extensive background as a Production Stage Manager, and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers and Actors’ Equity.
(Director of Development, Board of Directors Secretary) Hailing from Pennsylvania, Rhiannon has been involved with Gallery Players in a number of capacities since the fall of 2011, from volunteer usher, to assistant stage manager for A Raisin in the Sun, Nurse Flinn in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and currently as house manager. When not helping out behind the scenes or being an active audience member, she can occasionally be found performing on a New York City stage and sharing arts and culture with the community. Her passion is theatre in all forms, and she is pleased to spend her days as executive assistant at the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, where she also recently received a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management.
(Managing Director, Co-Director of Educational & Family Programming, Board of Directors Member-At-Large) A New York native from a family of performers, Justine made her professional debut at the age of twelve singing with her mother in several cabaret clubs in Manhattan. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre, after which she relocated to Los Angeles and shifted her focus from acting to directing and producing. Following many years in the film and television industry, Justine returned to the New York stage in 2005 playing Crystal Allen in The Women. (Other favorite roles include Julia in the original rock musical, Beautiful (as part of the NY International Fringe Festival,) Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Conchita in Anna in the Tropics ,Catherine in Proof and Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men.) Her work with Gallery Players began with the 10th Annual Black Box New Play Festival and since then she has donned the hat of director, producer and performer. Justine is thrilled to serve as a long-time member of the Gallery Players’ Board of Directors, current Managing Director and Co-Director of Educational and Family Programming with a focus on our PEANUT GALLERY Summer Musical and Theater Arts Program. A proud parent, she lives, works and plays here in Park Slope.