Executive Director, Woodstock Film Festival
Managing Director, TLA Entertainment Group
Sophia Raab Downs
Professor & Director, Queens College/CUNY Theatre Program
President, International Film Circuit
Owner, Rosendale Café
Chef / Proprietor, Depuy Canal House
Executive Director, Bardavon Opera House
Founder / Artistic Director, The Vanaver Caravan
Livia Drapkin Vanaver
Founder / Artistic Director, The Vanaver Caravan
Senior Project Manager, Jonathan Rose Companies
Carrie Wykoff is the Executive Director, and was a founding board member of the Rosendale Theatre Collective. She served as Secretary, then Vice President, for over ten years. Carrie has served as Co-chair of the Operations Committee, the Fundraising Committee and has directed many productions and fundraisers at the theater. She is a professional event planner and has produced all types of events worldwide. Formerly Carrie was the Director of Operations, Advancement and Events at High Meadow School. As a civic activist she serves on the Rosendale Town Council, teaches at the Center for Creative Education in Kingston, and co-chairs the Rosendale Street Festival. Carrie founded Youth Arts! @ The Rosendale Theatre and co-founded The Cinemaniacs (the teen advisory board of the RTC.)
Justin Peone is the Technical Director of the Rosendale Theatre. He has worked professionally with computers for over 25 years, and has handled most of the technology needs of the Theatre since its purchase by the community. He is a computer specialist who has adapted to the changing digital media needs at the Theatre. He made it possible for Tony Caccio to continue to project after the transition to digital movies. He handles lighting, sound and streaming for live shows, sometimes all at once. If you have been to a live show produced by the Theatre, you have seen some of his work. He will be opening Rosendale Tech on Main Street in Rosendale shortly. He wants to help spread enthusiasm for technological change and adaptation, while furthering social connection and interaction. Technology can help bring people together, rather than isolate them.
Bio coming soon.
James Baptiste grew up in Queens and moved to the Hudson Valley to pursue a degree at SUNY New Paltz. Within the first few months of being in the Hudson Valley he felt that he had finally found his true home. They have been here ever since working in a variety of different fields and are now pursuing a Masters of Professional Studies at SUNY New Paltz, majoring in Social Justice Education. James has both a passion for community and theater. James has held many positions working with folx of all different backgrounds and identities and is looking forward to using these skills at the Rosendale Theatre.
Fre Atlast is a founding member of the Rosendale Theatre Collective, has been an executive officer of the collective since it’s inception, and is currently the President of the Board of Directors. A musician, artist, and community activist, Fre incorporates these talents to support the arts in Rosendale and beyond. Fre has navigated the Rosendale Theatre through it’s most recent challenge of being shut down for two years due to the pandemic. During that time, Fre oversaw the
renovation of the interior of the Theatre. Fre is a long time member of the Rosendale Street Festival Committee, former Rosendale Recreation Commissioner, and the executive director of The Elders Drum Project.
Joel Elder is Secretary of the Board of Directors. He grew up in rural Northwest Missouri before venturing to the Hudson Valley to study food security and sustainability. He has worked in the field of value-added agriculture for the past 17 years with a focus on beverage alcohol production of New York State agricultural commodities. Joel is the father of three children and is married to “the most wonderful woman he has ever known.”
Jenna Flanagan knew early on that she was destined for a career in journalism, not just from watching the Muppet News Flash, but because her parents were adamant consumers of all things public media. After learning the basics of the craft at Seton Hall University, she honed her story telling skills in public radio and public television. She currently can be seen weeknights on PBS member station Thirteen, hosting the nightly news magazine, MetroFocus and can be heard as a guest host on New York Public Radio, WNYC.
Marcia Kline brings her experience in media publishing to the Board. As Associate Publisher at Conde Nast Traveler and Hearst’s Esquire, she led international advertising sales and marketing teams, selling branded content programs and display advertising. While residing in Bali, Marcia launched A Wider Net, LLC which allows her to independently represent all of the Conde Nast brands in Southeast Asia and Australia. A Wider Net also consults on new business development with various Manhattan-based brands, though she has now become a full-time resident of Rosendale. Marcia is a passionate traveler, foodie and film lover. She chairs the Theatre’s Development Committee and is co-founder of The Cinemaniacs (the teen advisory board of the RTC.)
Pam Kray is a film/video artist and writer. She has exhibited in the United States and internationally and has collaborated with filmmakers, composers, artists, dancers and theatrical producers to create short and feature narrative, experimental and documentary works. Pam is also an avid mycologist. Since moving to the Hudson Valley in 2010, Pam has taught media literacy at SUNY Ulster, and in 2012 worked to create a video on Food Insecurity for UlsterCorps. From 2011 through 2016, she was video artist, videographer and projection designer for the ArtTree Theater Group at Eastern Correctional Facility, a men’s maximum-security prison in Napanoch, NY. Pam has also used her videographer skills to support the Rondout Valley Growers’ Association. She Co-chairs the Theatre’s Programming Committee.
Caren Martineau is a social entrepreneur with deep creative and branding chops. As an innovator and mapper of cultural zeitgeists, it was the emotional cost of living longer and dying slower that led her to launch Bevival.com, a content platform dedicated to death literacy. Considered to be a defining concept, Bevival is establishing itself as a dynamic source of edutainment programming for an aging society. Prior to becoming a Rosendale resident in 2020, she served on the Board of Directors for a variety of non-profits and taught Entrepreneurial Thinking. Caren serves on the Marketing, Development and Programming Committees.
Bio coming soon.