Distinguished Alumni Panel
On November 6, 2013 the Program welcomed a distinguished group of alumni from various arts organizations around the New York Metropolitan Region. The Alums formed a panel to share with new arts administration students the varied ways they have applied their skills and talents to move their careers forward, while giving continuing service to the performing arts in the region.
These alums included Rebecca Habel, Caroline Croen, Joshua Lenihan, Kyle Pickles, and Ross Marshall. Each in their own way has accomplished a great deal in a relatively short period of time.
Their bios follow to give the reader a sense of the variety of applications of what only a handful of over 750 program graduates have brought to the enrichment of the arts in the United States and over 27 countries world wide.
Rebecca Habel, General Manager
Rebecca Habel just completed working as a member of the General Management team at 101 Productions, Ltd., on the new Broadway musical Big Fish. She was the Managing Director of the Vineyard Theatre until September 2012. Previously, Rebecca served as General Manager of one of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway theatres, the American Airlines Theatre. She managed productions including The 39 Steps, A Man for All Seasons, Hedda Gabler, The Philanthropist, After Miss Julie, Present Laughter, Everyday Rapture, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She was the General Manager of Roundabout’s off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, for three seasons and managed shows including Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Pig Farm, Suddenly Last Summer, Howard Katz, Beyond Glory, The Overwhelming, Crimes of the Heart, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Speech and Debate. Before joining Roundabout, Rebecca served as General Manager of the Vineyard Theatre, managing shows including Avenue Q, Eight Days Backwards, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Beautiful Child, The Argument, Miracle Brothers, People Are Wrong! After Ashley, and Where Do We Live? Rebecca is an adjunct faculty member at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts Production and Design Program. She has a master’s degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
Caroline C. Croen, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Caroline C. Croen joined WNET as Chief Financial Officer in January 2012. Caroline received her MA in Performing Arts Administration from The Steinhardt School, New York University and BA with honors from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She has lectured and taught at New York University.
Kyle Pickles, Company Manager, American Ballet Theatre
Kyle Pickles is the Company Manager for American Ballet Theatre. He began working at ABT in 2007 as the Assistant Company Manager and was promoted to Company Manager in July of 2012. As the Company Manager, Kyle is responsible for the touring logistics of a company of 130 dancers, crew, and support staff. While at ABT, he has toured throughout the United States and around the world, including Cuba, Hong Kong, Japan, and Oman, and is currently working on tours in 2014 to Abu Dhabi and Brisbane, which will commemorate ABT's first visit to Australia. Before working at ABT, Kyle was a General Management assistant at 101 Productions, a commercial theater general manager, and worked on a variety of projects including Spamalot and The History Boys. Kyle received his BS in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University and graduated from NYU's Performing Arts Administration program in May, 2006.
Joshua Lenihan, Annual Fund Manager, The Joyce Theater Foundation
Joshua Lenihan has served as The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Annual Fund Manager since December of 2012. In this role, Joshua manages The Joyce’s annual fundraising campaign, including acquisition appeals, donor renewal campaigns, gift processing and tracking, and donor cultivation events. Joshua also leads the Young Leaders Circle, The Joyce’s newly launched young patrons program.
Joshua was formerly the Membership Associate at American Ballet Theatre, where he helped lead ABT’s Dancer’s Circle, Golden Circle, and Junior Council membership groups. In addition, Joshua managed the organization’s bi-yearly telemarketing fundraising campaigns. Joshua previously served at the Assistant to the Co-Directors of Development at ABT and the Program Assistant at Joyce SoHo.
Before moving to New York for graduate school, Joshua was a company dancer for three seasons with Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada. He went on to manage and coordinate a high school education program at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
Joshua earned his B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and his M.A. degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University.
J. Ross Marshall, Manager of Artistic Planning, BAM
Ross Marshall currently works as the Manager of Artistic Planning at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Working under Executive Producer Joe Melillo, Ross helps to coordinate and plan BAM's annual mainstage programming including the Next Wave Festival, which comprises the fall season, and the Winter/Spring Season.
Mr. Marshall worked in Marketing at BAM from January 2011 to September 2012. Prior to that, he has worked at the Smithsonian Institution (in Washington, DC), Chez Bushwick, and The Kitchen in varying capacities from curatorial/programming to marketing and fundraising. He earned his masters in Performing Arts Administration at NYU in May 2011 with a focus on arts marketing. Ross is an active musician (drummer/percussionist) with a background in both rock/popular music and contemporary classical music.