Board of Directors

Jennifer Monson, President, Artistic Director

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Barbara Bryan, Vice President

Barbara  is currently the part-time Executive Director of Movement Research. She is also an independent arts manager, producer and curator currently working with John Jasperse Company, Wally Cardona Quartet, Sarah Michelson, and Jennifer Monson. She is Dance Program Director for Lexington Center for The Arts (Lexington, NY) and is Curator for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out Series (Becket, MA).

Ms. Bryan was the Associate Director of Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church from 1997 – 1999. She has served as a faculty member, guest speaker and panelist at various events including Dance USA’s Winter Council, PICA’s TBA Festival in Portland, Oregon, On the Boards in Seattle, Hunter College, the National Performance Network’s Annual Conference, the Pacific Northwest Dance Lab conceived by the National Dance Project, and Dance Theater Workshop’s Laboratory for Dance Management. Ms. Bryan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Movement Research and was President of the Board from 2000-2005. She has served on the boards of The East Village/Lower Eastside Chamber of Commerce, SoHo Partnership, and the SoHo Tourism Council. She received her MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a BFA in Dance and a BA in Classics from the University of Utah.

E.J. McAdams, Secretary

E. J.  has served as Secretary for the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Art Nature and Dance (iLAND) since its founding. He is an executive director with CCS Fundraising, a world-class, fund-raising consulting firm headquartered in New York City, and has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Prior to joining CCS, E. J. served four years as Executive Director for New York City Audubon, a dynamic conservation and education organization with over 10,000 members. Formerly, E.J. worked as the wildlife manager for NYC Parks, reintroducing eastern screech owls to Central Park, and also as a teacher for three years at Central Park East 1, a public school in East Harlem, NY. E.J. holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross. He has had his poems and essays published in The Paris Review, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and NY Newsday among others.

John Monson, Treasurer

John is currently a founder of the online travel startup Nile Project and coach for non-profit executives. Prior to Nile Project he was COO of PayCycle. John also spent nine years at Intuit where he led the marketing for Quicken and was the General Manager of QuickBooks and other small business products. He is also a fledgling painter and spends as much time as possible in the outdoors. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Headland’s Center for the Arts.

Elliott Maltby

Elliott believes that art and design can improve the sustainability and vitality of urban public space; she is particularly interested in how communities co-opt and transform derelict and peripheral spaces throughout New York City.  Working both in academic settings and within a collaborative design firm, she is actively engaged in the dialogue of theory and practice. thread’s current work includes an examination of the role and future of urban agriculture in NYC, with a particular emphasis on it as a site of social and ecological change, and a new socially just, sustainable town and African arts complex in South Africa. Their work has appeared in, among others, Wired, LandForum, and ArchRecord. For 5 years Elliott worked with Mary Miss, one of the most influential public artists working today.

Carolyn Hall

Carolyn is a freelance modern dancer and an independent marine science researcher. She received her M.S. in Marine Science from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, New York where her interests in environmental conservation, sustainability, history and policy along with a specific concern for coastal ecosystems led her to the field of marine historical ecology. As an independent researcher she is continuing to gather information on historical and current marine species distribution and watershed use in the northeastern U.S. for conservation organizations. As a freelance dancer, she is a recipient of a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for “Outstanding Creative Achievement During the 2001-2002 Season” and has performed with a variety of choreographers both nationally and internationally. She is currently working on projects with Lionel Popkin and Heather Kravas and enjoys exploring ways to combine her art and science halves.

Javier Cardona

Javier is a performing artist and educator originally from Puerto Rico. His artistic work is primarily concerned with issues of race, gender and identity, and has been presented throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States.  Javier is currently the Arts & Education Director for Rehabilitation Through the Arts, a non-governmental arts- in-education initiative inside New York State prisons. He is also a teaching artist with the award winning education program at The New Victory Theater, and he is an adjunct faculty in New York University (NYU), Educational Theatre Program. He holds a Master’s in Educational Theatre from NYU, School of Culture, Education and Human Development. International Honor Society in Education, Kappa Delta Pi.

Julia Handschuh

Julia is an artist and organizer who works at the intersection of dance, installation art and writing.  She grew up studying improvisational movement and went on to enter the world of conceptual art.  She draws dismantling buildings, lives in a cabin off the grid, plays in porcelain and paper and travels by bike and hitch. She’s learning to articulate how each of these things are improvisational and site-specific in their own right.  She received a BFA in performance and installation from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University and is currently a masters candidate in Performance Studies at New York University where she is focusing on improvisational dance, ecology and the politics of space.  She is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Community College and Continuing Graduate Scholar awards and has exhibited her work in New York, Boston, Key West, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Quebec, Canada.

Kate Cahill

Kate arrived in the world of architecture through a will to combine her love of chemistry and of art. She is fascinated by the intersections of social, political and infrastructural systems in cities, and believes that urban public space is enriched by architecture that brings clarity to these complex interactions. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship, through which she embarked on an ongoing investigation into the inscription of memory on the contested landscapes of Berlin, Belfast and Sarajevo.  Recent projects include a recipe for a low-cost, off-grid artist residence based on locally available scavenged materials; portable multi-use structures for an experimental urban school; and an investigation into the nature of collaboration engaged through the multi-dimensional topic of mushrooms supported by the 2009 iLAB Residency Program.  Kate holds a B. Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently enjoys collaborating on interdisciplinary design teams and practicing architecture in New York City.

Antonino D’Ambrosio

Antonino is an author, filmmaker and visual artist. His current film Let Fury Have the Hour had it’s world premiere at 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight section, where the high-profile films screen. Selected by Time Out New York among others as one of the top films at the festival, The New York Times described the film as “thoughtful and entertaining” and “groundbreaking…a cinematic movement.”  D’Ambrosio is also the author of the critically acclaimed A Heartbeat and A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears with original art from Shepard Fairey and rarely seen photography from celebrated photographer Jim Marshall. Legendary musician Pete Seeger describes the book as “a rare work that is beautiful and inspiring”; acclaimed historian Howard Zinn calls the book an “important contribution to the cultural history of our time”; and visionary filmmaker Jim Jarmusch lauds the book as “a truly fascinating journey.” D’Ambrosio’s Mayday, is a unique collaboration with Shepard Fairey. D’Ambrosio current book is Let Fury Have the Hour: Joe Strummer, Punk and the Movement that Shook the World.  D’Ambrosio’s essays from the book inspired the feature length film Let Fury Have the Hour, which he wrote, directed, and produced.  Musically, D’Ambrosio is working with Chuck D of Public Enemy, Wayne Kramer of the MC5, and Martin Perna of Antibalas on a new project.

D’Ambrosio’s writing has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, The Believer,, and many other publications. A frequent guest on TV and radio, D’Ambrosio has hosted radio shows on WBAI and East Village Radio. Chuck D of Public Enemy has described him as “the voice of a new generation—passionate, intelligent and fierce—whose work educates and inspires.” D’Ambrosio has produced documentaries and films, including the award-winning short film No Free Lunch, starring comedian Lewis Black, featured the September 2008 Vanity Fair. During 2009-2010, D’Ambrosio produced and performed in a series of multimedia special events in support of his book A Heartbeat and a Guitar. Performers included Antibalas, Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Chuck D, Jon Langford of the Mekons, Chris Mills, Sean Hayes, Shepard Fairey, Ocote Soul Sounds, Rocky Votolato, Dick Weisman of the Journeyman, and Jermeiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery. D’Ambrosio was a featured performer at the 2009 SXSW Music Festival, Philadelphia Book Festival, and the 92nd Street Y (Tribeca).

D’Ambrosio is the founder of La Lutta New Media Collective (, a nonprofit social media and documentary production group that The Nation selected as one of the top independent media groups in the country. From 2007-08, D’Ambrosio served as executive producer and supervising director of the innovative multimedia oral history documentary on the cultural impact of Central Park titled Project 834, a collaborative film project with Central Park and New York City youth in D’Ambrosio created and developed.  In 2005, D’Ambrosio was Artist-In-Residence of Media Arts at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and he has lectured extensively at universities and colleges throughout the country.  In 2009, he was named Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Contemporary of Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he launched the multimedia visual land arts series La Terra Promessa. In 2006, he became New York University’s Gallatin Lecturer, an honor bestowed upon a contemporary artist creating innovative and social engaging work.

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