Meet The Team

Our Team

Kay Matschullat
Producing Director
Kay Matschullat
Producing Director
Kay Matschullat is an accomplished performing and media arts director, producer, educator, and founder whose work is dedicated to deconstructing barriers and exploring inventive collaborations. In 2013, Matschullat set her sights on driving innovation in performing arts through the intersection of technology and the arts by founding Scriptopia, the first software application for collaborative, online script development. After successfully launching Scriptopia, Matschullat secured angel funding for Media Art Xploration (MAX), a non-profit dedicated to the cultivation and presentation of performing and media arts with the goal of increasing artistic exploration and humanistic inquiry into the light-speed advances in science and technology. She most enjoys creating space for artists and scientists to change the world and to that end, she is curating MAX 2019: A Space Festival. Also currently producing America In The Balance, "AIB", a series of nonfiction theater episodes that explore critical moments in the American experiment through media, music, and storytelling. July 20, 2019 MAX's Young Americans, an episode of AIB presented at the festival, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at Carnegie Hall. Directing credits include the classics Threepenny Opera, All’s Well That Ends Well, Skin of Our Teeth, and Love’s Labour’s Lost; stage premiers of Dimetos and Echoes of a Thousand Hills in Rwanda; and Carson McCullers Talks About Love with Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik and songwriter Suzanne Vega (nominated for a Drama Desk Award). She has directed premier productions by renowned writers including former Czech Republic president and playwright Vaclav Havel (The Conspirators), Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean playwright Derek Walcott (To Die For Granada, Pantomime), and Pulitzer Prize winner Ariel Dorfman (Widows). Matschullat founded the new play program at The Williamstown Theater Festival and InTheRaw at Red Bull Theater. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and recipient of a Master of Arts degree from NYU, Matschullat’s awards include an NEA Directing Fellowship, a TCG Fellowship, a Rubin Foundation Production Grant, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and Harvard’s Rudolf Arnheim Award for Interdisciplinary Work. As an artist and educator, Matschullat served on NYU’s Tisch full-time faculty for over two decades and taught in Princeton University’s Theater and Dance program. Matschullat has held artistic residencies at Dartmouth College, Harvard College, CALARTS, SCAD, Duke University, and she will be a lecturer at Harvard College in 2019
Emma Orme
Development Associate
Emma Orme
Development Associate
Emma Orme is a Brooklyn-based theatre producer, actor, and non-profit administrator. She has worked as the Special Events Coordinator and Grant Writer for Williamstown Theatre Festival, as a video producer for The New York Times, as the producer of Guerilla Science's GS2018, and as an actor and producer The Flea Theater.  Producing credits include: Time Out Critics' Pick Brief Chronicle (i am a slow tide); NYT Critics’ Pick Red Emma & The Mad Monk (The Tank); Flea Fridays & SERIALS (The Flea); Polylogues (Dixon Place); and NYT Critics’ Pick AGNES (Lesser America)Performance credits include: The Daughters and Black Dick [readings] (New York Theatre Workshop); Tongue Depressor (Weasel Festival @ The Public Theater); LOCKED UP BITCHES and Not My Monster! (The Flea); Napoli, Brooklyn [reading] and Song For A Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and The Bacchae (LaMama Experimental Theatre).  BA: Dartmouth College. www.emmaorme.com
Deniz Tortum
Associate Producer/Production Manager
Deniz Tortum
Associate Producer/Production Manager
Deniz Tortum works in film and new media. His work has screened internationally, including Venice Film Festival, SxSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest and True/False. He has organized new media exhibitions and conferences at MIT Open Documentary Lab, Istanbul Independent Film Festival and Camden International Film Festival. He has an MS from MIT in comparative media studies and a BA from Bard College in film & electronic arts.
Tara Elliott
Associate Producer/Development
Tara Elliott
Associate Producer/Development
Tara Elliott is the director of critically-acclaimed shows Burq Off! and Not the One, and producer of the Gotham Award-winning web series Shugs & Fats, now in development with Amazon Studios. She has developed new plays and produced events with Pipeline Theater Company, The Civilians, LaMicro Theater, Teatro LATEA, BAX, Goethe Institut, Exquisite Corpse Company, KOFest, and The Barn Arts Collective. Her work has been seen internationally in London, Seoul, Luxembourg, Edinburgh, and Toronto, and in NYC at The Public, The Cherry Lane, HERE Arts, Walkerspace and Dixon Place, among others. 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow. MFA Directing from Brooklyn College.

Board of Advisors

Dr. Carl Schoonover
Dr. Carl Schoonover
I am a postdoctoral research scientist in the Axel Laboratory at Columbia University where I study the neural mechanisms that underlie olfactory learning. My doctoral work in the Bruno Laboratory at Columbia University focused on microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex. I am the author of Portraits of the Mind (2010), have written for The New York Times, Le Figaro, and Scientific American, and in 2008 co-founded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between. I host a radio program on WKCR 89.9FM, which focuses on opera, postwar classical music, and occasionally their relationship to the brain
Ari Melenciano
Ari Melenciano
Ari Melenciano is a Brooklyn-based electromedia artist, futurist and researcher who is passionate about exploring how various forms of design impact the human experience. Much of her work lies at the intersections of technoculture, race, experimental pedagogy, speculative design and emerging human-computer interactive practices. She is the founder of Afrotectopia, a social institution designed to build community at the intersection of socially minded innovation, art, design, technology, Black culture and activism. Afrotectopia is most traditionally experienced in the form of its New Media Arts, Culture, and Technology festival. Ari teaches creative technology and design at New York University and Pratt University. And, she is currently incubating experimental audio-visual work at New Museum's Incubator, New Inc, in the Experiments in Art and Technology track in partnership with Rhizome and Nokia Bell Labs.
Sally Katz
Sally Katz
Sally Martin Katz is Curatorial Assistant of Photography at SFMOMA and Ph.D. candidate in Art History, focusing on History of Photography, at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Before moving to the Bay Area, she lived in Paris, where she completed a Master of Arts degree in Art History as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography, both from the Sorbonne. While living in Paris, she served as assistant to the director and the head of exhibitions & communications at the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson and worked on the photographic archive of the Greek, Roman & Etruscan Antiquities Department at the Musée du Louvre.
Sam Cuddenback
Sam Cuddenback
Recently retired after 25 years as Head of Drew School in San Francisco and 20 prior years as an English teacher and administrator at Tabor Academy (MA) and Lick-Wilmerding (CA).  A former member of the Executive Committee the California Association of Independent Schools. AB, MALS Dartmouth College. Sam is currently a Dartmouth class officer for ‘71. He has served as a trustee on three independent schools’ boards and for the Teach With Africa organization. He reads avidly, rides a Bianchi and journals daily.
Penelope Boston
Penelope Boston
Dr. Boston works in the fields of micro- and astro-biology, having pioneered collaboration between the two fields. She explores the deepest caves to find the microscopic clues to which planets could harbor recognizable life and detect the presence of such life. Dr. Penelope Boston plunged into the wonders of exobiology at a very young age. She grew up traveling the world with parents who were traveling performers, frequently delves into deep caves to do research, has worked with Dr. Carl Sagan on a project and serves on several scientific advisory panels with Dr. Frank Drake, A current professor at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, author of over 150 publications, and co-founder of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and organizer of multiple conferences, Dr. Boston has devoted her career to teaching and understanding overlapping scientific disciplines.
Wendy Ettinger
Wendy Ettinger
An award-winning producer and director, Wendy Ettinger co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures and Gamechanger Films, an equity fund dedicated to financing feature films directed by women. Through Gamechanger, she was the Executive Producer of Land Ho; through Chicken & Egg Pictures, she was the Executive Producer of Pariah, directed by Dee Rees. Wendy was also the Executive Producer for The War Room, the Academy Award®-nominated documentary directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. She produced Eye of God (Sundance Film Festival, 1997) and Hotel Gramercy Park (Tribeca Film Festival, 2008), and produced and directed Baby I’m Yours (Tribeca Film Festival, 2003). As a casting director, she worked with Ken Loach, Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, and James Lapine. Wendy believes deeply in the power of change through media, education, and the arts. She serves on the board of Working Films, The Educational Foundation of America, Imagine Science, the 52nd Street Project and MAX.
Dr. David Grinspoon
Dr. David Grinspoon
Dr. David Grinspoon studies surface-atmospheric interactions on terrestrial planets, atmospheric evolution and habitability, and planetary-scale human influences on the Earth system. In recent years, he served as the Inaugural Baruch S. His acclaimed book Earth in Human Hands was recently released.
Rachel Chanoff
Rachel Chanoff
Rachel Chanoff is the founder and director of THE OFFICE performing arts + film, her New York City-based programming, consulting, and production company. She is the Curator of Performing Arts and Film for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Director of Programming of the CenterSeries at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams College, Consultant to the Feature Film and Theater Programs for the Sundance Institute and to the RAWI screenwriters lab in Jordan, Curator of The New York Jewish Film Festival and The Margaret Mead Film Festival, and the Artistic Director of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Rachel is proud to serve on the board of the 52nd Street Project and Working Films.
Dr. Sanjoy Som
Dr. Sanjoy Som
Dr. Sanjoy Som founded Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, a non-profit virtual research institute with an interdisciplinary approach to studying the relationship between Earth system science, space exploration, and the future of humanity. Dr. Som also serves as a research scientist at NASA Ames.
Josh Guild
Josh Guild
As the Acting Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to unleashing the power of free enterprise to lead a united humanity into the solar system, Josh leverages his expertise in business and finance to facilitate the continued growth of this non-profit enterprise. Each year he leads a dynamic team in presenting the NewSpace Conference.

We are Proud to Announce our Venue Partners

Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences
Z Space
Carnegie Hall
Blue Marble
Youth Speaks
Notes for Notes
Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco

Thank you to our Board and Supporters

We thank our Board of Directors, Nancy Eswein, Wendy Ettinger, Dale Matschullat, Louisa Spencer, our supporters Frank Sica, Bob Matschullat, Anne Hoffman, Diane and Adam Max, Mary Vanderhoof, Allan Arffa, and our other individual donors for their continued support without whom MAX would not be MAXimized. We thank the Mary T. Crocker Trust for their support of our educational initiative From the Infinite to the Infinitesimal. We thank the Sloan Foundation for their grant in support of MAX’s CHASING TOTALITY and their belief in the combustible power of the joining of art with science. Please join us as a supporter!