is a music industry professional with extensive experience in nearly every facet of the music industry. Neal was most recently a Music Agent and Artist Coordinator at Addeo Music International (AMI) booking agency in New York City. He is responsible for managing and organizing (inter)national tours for a number of internationally acclaimed artists, and with working with a number of performing arts organizations and festivals around the world. Neal also works as the Harlem representative for Make Music NY, which brings free music each year in every borough of Manhattan. Neal holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in Sociology and American Studies, speaks conversational Russian and French, and plays and records the piano, guitar, bass, flute, and saxophone. He also enjoys the traveling, the outdoors, dancing, teaching and playing tennis.
is an Arab-American creator of multi-disciplinary theater based in Harlem. She has been creating theater for over twenty years, and has extensive background in arts festivals planning and execution. J.J. is the Founding Co-Artistic Director of Hybrid Theatre Works, and organization dedicated to creating diplomacy through collaborative arts events. She worked in various capacities including development, marketing, production, and administration at Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts at Brandeis University, the Jerash Festival of Arts and Culture in Amman, Jordan, and the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in NYC. She has planned conferences and events for LaMaMa ETC, and Theatre Without Borders featuring 40-70 international participants, performances, and educational events. She freelances as a producer, director, and playwright of devised and experimental theater. She is also a contributing critic for www.theaterscene.net She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in Theater Arts and International Global Studies. She is trained in music and various types of theater, specializing in physical and movement based techniques, community development, storytelling, and improvisation.
is a dedicated dance administrator with extended experience in management, presentation, and special event planning. She is currently the Education Manager at New York City Center where she manages various outreach programs that connect elementary, middle, and high-school students with world-renowned dance and musical theater productions and companies. She has held the positions of Education Associate and Education Assistant at New York City Center, and was previously the Company Manager of Gallim Dance. Chelsea has also worked at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as the Presenting Intern, and at Queens Theater in the Park as the Arts and Business Council of New York Multicultural Intern. Chelsea holds a BS in Arts Administration and a BA in Spanish from Butler University, as well as a minor in Visual Arts.
Erik is a music industry professional with an extensive and broad history thus far. Before joining the Harlem Arts Festival team, he was the Marketing Coordinator at Wepecket Island Records, a boutique traditional music record label. He also held positions at Nettwerk Music Group, Omnirox Entertainment, and Johnny D’s. His areas of expertise includes marketing strategy development and execution, artist management, booking and tour management, client and company development, publicity, promotion, and minor web/graphic design. A graduate from Northeastern University’s music industry program, Erik is also an active musician and enjoys production, performance, and recording.
Tania Balan-Gaubert is Haitian-American and a native of Chicago. She has a background in interdisciplinary research, having conducted research for several community-based health projects funded by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), as well as archival research for the publication of a political science book. Since moving to New York, Tania has expanded her interests to the arts and community-based social entrepreneurship. She holds an MA in African American Studies from Columbia University, and she received her BA in Psychology with a minor in English from Earlham College.
Leah is so excited to be the Operations Associate for the Harlem Arts Festival. Leah grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, WA where she first discovered her love for the arts. With a background in dance and musical theater she headed to Oklahoma City University where she would receive her BS in Entertainment Business. Deciding to continue her education, she moved to NYC to complete a MA in Performing Arts Administration at New York University. Leah has worked various positions in the theater world including many technical theater positions, development and marketing positions, and is currently working at a special events consulting company, Lauren Fishman Events. Having spent time abroad in London at Bush Theater, she hopes to be able to continue to travel and work in the theater and entertainment world.
Maurice Zarzuela is a jack of all trades who wears many hats. A Harlem native that grew up with the best city in the world as his backyard to all things he’s passionate about. A music industry and marketing professional, Maurice founded Above Beyond Management Group, a boutique lifestyle firm specializing in talent management, branding, consulting and event curation. He strives to constantly contribute to the growth of the culture with his ability to think outside the box. A true perfectionist and creative thinker with a passion on the side for photography, art exposés, museum hopping and world music just to name a few. He began his young career organizing unique events which caught the attention of clients such as Complex Magazine, A3C Hip Hop festival and many others. Maurice is excited about bringing his skills and forward creative ideas in joining the Harlem Arts Festival as the Special Events Associate.