RAPHAEL PICCIARELLI (Artistic Director)
A risk-taking provocateur and culture curator, Raphael is obsessed with rethinking how culture engages with narrative through experimentation and collaboration. He’s constantly dreaming up stories to tell, experiencing other storytellers, and collaborating with diverse minds, ultimately motivated by impact and the many people stories can touch and affect. Starting off his career as a performer, Raphael was a working child actor and dancer, appearing in commercials, regional theater productions, guest spots on television shows such as “One Life to Live” and “The View,” and live events at venues such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Madison Square Garden, and Radio City Music Hall. His passion for performing slowly evolved into a passion for creating, beginning with his work as a choreographer where he has served as choreographer, movement director, and creative director on music videos, commercials, films, theater, and live events, all leading to his current work as a Producer. With The Misfits he has developed original plays by some of the most exciting young talent working in theatre today including BRO LYFE by Justin Kuritzkes and HOUSE PLANT by Sarah Einspanier. Additionally, Raphael is developing a TV series and a feature film with a writing partner, along with some other projects where he is serving as a producer. He’s a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
REBECCA CRIGLER (Producing Director)
Rebecca Crigler has been a Producer, General Manager, Company Manager, and Production Consultant for Off- and off-Off-Broadway theatrical productions for the better part of a decade. She currently works as a General Management Associate at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation in addition to being the General Manager for the theatrical touring and production company AD Hamingson Productions and a freelance Producer of new works. Her clientele and associates have included award-winning commercial and nonprofit companies and individuals from across the nation such as Cherry Lane Theatre, Judd Apatow, The Roustabouts Theatre Co., Mike Birbiglia, Get Lifted Entertainment, Black Lab Theatrical, The Barrow Group, and The New Group, among others. A handful of shows Ms. Crigler has produced, co-produced, or produced as an associate have gone on to have lives after their Off-Broadway productions. Of those she co-produced, Mike Birbiglia’s The New One moved to Broadway, Chris Gethard: Career Suicide was filmed for HBO, and Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God for Jokes received a Netflix special. All of the aforementioned also received Lucille Lortel Award nominations for their Off-Broadway runs. Ms. Crigler served on the Associate Board of the New York Musical Festival for two years where she was the co-chair of the events committee and has been the board treasurer for The Misfits Theatre Company for three. She is a Resident Artist for New Light Theater Project and a member of the Off-Broadway League and the Off-Broadway Alliance.
PETER ACOCELLA (Secretary)
Peter founded Acocella and Company in 1985 to provide full relocation services--with an emphasis on furnished housing--for the residential real estate needs of major corporations in the New York metropolitan area. The company, inarguably the largest provider of its kind in Manhattan, was integral in the development of Battery Park City, serving as a conduit between Wall Street and the new condominium and rental properties across West Street. Upon selling the firm to Prudential Douglas Elliman in 2010, Peter spearheaded investment in troubled condominium projects. Among his accomplishments is the sale of 20 West Street to an Italian shipping conglomerate. A graduate of the Young People's Institute, a small group of gifted students associated with New York University, Peter began a college program at the age of 11, completing a course of study equivalent to a B.A. in Political Science by age 13. His further education includes studying at Manhattanville College where he successfully delivered a graduate thesis in English Literature on the short works of D.H. Lawrence. Peter is a classical pianist who has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and throughout Europe. He holds a certificate from the Istituto Nicola Vacaj music conservatory in Tolentino, Italy, and considers among his most important teachers Joseph Villa, David Bradshaw, and Evelyne Crochet, perhaps the greatest Bach pianist of her time. As Managing Director of Commercial Real Estate at Keller Williams New York, Peter focuses on investment properties: residential, commercial and hospitality.
RIAN DURHAM (Treasurer)
In indie circles, Rose Ganguzza is known as “The Godmother of Young Filmmakers.” Indeed, many of her films have been with first time directors. "Afterschool" (Antonio Campos), "Kill Your Darlings" (John Krokidas), "Margin Call" (J.C. Chandor), "The Guitar"(Amy Redford), and now Matthew Huston’s "Hunting and Gathering" and Sean Stone’s "A Child’s Night Dream", both in pre-production. She is also prepping "Mary Shelley’s Monster" to be directed by Andy Goddard. Besides feature films she has done a number of documentaries (including "New York At The Movies", which she wrote and created, "Trashed" and "Blue Gold"). She is also in pre-production on the four part mini series "HEDY" for FX, starring Diane Kruger and has created the series "True Romance" and "Ever There". She is also developing the "Medici" miniseries to be directed by Sophie Barthes. Ms. Ganguzza has extensive experience in the global market and began doing co-productions many years ago and has worked throughout Europe, South America and Asia, structuring film and television deals. She is also adept in the marketing and promotional strategies at the beginning of the creative and development process and has been responsible for the involvement of many global brands with entertainment properties.
CYNTHIA MARGEAUX GEFFON (Chair)
Cynthia Margeaux Geffon is a NY based Producer, Director and Choreographer. Cynthia’s work has been seen by millions of viewers in events such as The Academy Awards, The Super Bowl Halftime Show, Teen Vogue Magazine, The Grammy Awards, The MTV VMA’s and The NHL Winter Classic amongst many others. Cynthia has created mass cast choreography for the likes of Prince, The Rolling Stones, Outkast, Coldplay, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and Madonna. Her passion, enthusiasm and positivity are why the ELCA, The Boys and Girls Club of America and the USCA choose her to be a part of their creative team year after year. Other choreography credits include: Commercials for Johnson and Johnson, GE and American Express starring Andy Roddick, Major League Baseball’s World Series, Emporio Armani European Tour and DRA Lincoln Center. Cynthia is also very proud to have been a Radio City Rockette for ten years.
Rachael has worked in multiple facets of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. She is currently a Partner at The Nice Kids, producers of the Off-Broadway hit, Broadway Bounty Hunter, written by Tony Nominee, Joe Iconis and starring Orange is the New Black cast member, Annie Golden. Prior to founding The Nice Kids, she served as the Vice President of Entertainment for the USO of Metropolitan New York, where she founded, produced and directed the world renowned USO Show Troupe, the official performing Troupe for the USO. Producing over 400 live performance events around the globe annually, highlights include live performances featuring Katy Perry, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, Joan Jett, Phil Vassar, Trace Adkins, Maggie Rose, John Cena, LL Cool J, Tony Danza, Stephen Colbert, Adam Sandler, Lester Holt, Willie Geist and Bradley Cooper as well as events in partnership with Miss USA, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Pops, Philadelphia Pops, CMA Fest, NBC’s The TODAY Show, TNT’s The Last Ship, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen Show, FOX and Friends, Good Morning America, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, NFL, MLB, NHL and NASCAR, to name a few. As a professional performer she has played leading roles in Broadway national and international touring companies, in shows such as A Chorus Line, West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar and as a solo artist in venues around the world including Cunard Cruise Lines, Don’t Tell Mama, Danny’s Skylight Cabaret and The Jazz Standard in NYC.
RAPHAEL PICCIARELLI serves as PRESIDENT and REBECCA CRIGLER serves as VICE PRESIDENT.