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.
Veronica Burt
Social Media Specialist
Veronica Burt
Social Media Specialist
Veronica Sofia Burt is a Brooklyn-based, Los Angeles bred theater artist. She has performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Washington National Opera and in Tokyo Broadcasting Service’s 360 Theater. She also works in the burgeoning field of intimacy direction, her most recent work being New York Musical Festival’s "Best Musical" Leaving Eden. Veronica has worked with non profits and schools such as United in Harmony, Education for the Children Foundation, and Laureate Academy developing arts programming for children in the United States and beyond. BA: Dartmouth College VeronicaBurt.com @veronbee

Board of Advisors

Paul Roossin
Paul Roossin

For the past several years Paul Roossin has been the principal technologist for two medical company start-ups whose suite of products leverage modern Artificial Intelligence techniques to automate diagnostic and therapeutic processes. Prior to this work, Paul was the Science Director of Nanotronics Imaging, Inc., a New York-based microscopy, computer vision, AI, and robotics company that designs and delivers automated inspection and analysis solutions to the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, and materials industries. Paul trained as a neurobiologist at The Rockefeller University where he performed pioneering investigations into the neural substrates of memory consolidation and recall. His interest in artificial intelligence led him to join IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center, where he and his team created the world's most accurate machine translation system, first used for translating French texts into English. The statistical and information theoretical techniques they pioneered have become the basis for the methods used by all modern translation software. At IBM Research he also designed, produced, and marketed MedSpeak Radiology, the world's first commercially available continuous speech, large vocabulary speech recognition system. This system and its progeny are currently used to automatically transcribe nearly all radiology reports in the US. As an entrepreneur, he and two colleagues founded ConsumerSearch.com, a consumer product meta-review website; it grew to be one of the largest shopping sites on the web and was sold to The New York Times Digital in 2007. Other prior experience includes CTO positions at the technology startups Tribeca Software and Revonet, Inc., and he was a founder and general manager of Blueshift Ventures, LLC, an early-stage life sciences and technology venture capital firm based in New York City. He is also the founder and CEO of Mental Machinery, Inc., a science and technology consulting firm.

A member of the New York Academy of Science and the Society of Sigma Xi, Paul's active interests include medical and science policy, the development and use of artificial intelligence technologies, and educational outreach. He was featured as one of the 100 smartest individuals in the New York City area in a New York Magazine cover story. Paul received a B.A. cum laude from New York University in biology and computer science and from 1980 to 1985 was a Ph.D. Fellow at both The Rockefeller University and the Courant Institute of Mathematics.

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
Vero Bollow
Vero Bollow
While researching the Bay Area’s start-up culture for her upcoming comedy film on AI, Vero Bollow came to the conclusion that there should be a place for artists, scientists, and engineers to hang out, be curious and launch new ventures together, so she decided to found Stochastic Labs. Vero’s first feature film, The Wind and the Water, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival before playing to sold-out audiences at festivals worldwide and eventually breaking box office records in Panama, it’s country of production. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she holds master’s degrees from MIT and the Columbia School of Journalism. She is also the director of the Minerva Foundation.
Vincent Conitzer
Vincent Conitzer
Vincent Conitzer is the Kimberly J. Jenkins University Professor of New Technologies and Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He received Ph.D. (2006) and M.S. (2003) degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and an A.B. (2001) degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. Conitzer works on artificial intelligence (AI). Much of his work has focused on AI and game theory, for example designing algorithms for the optimal strategic placement of defensive resources. More recently, he has started to work on AI and ethics: how should we determine the objectives that AI systems pursue, when these objectives have complex effects on various stakeholders? Conitzer has received the Social Choice and Welfare Prize, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, an NSF CAREER award, the inaugural Victor Lesser dissertation award, an honorable mention for the ACM dissertation award, and several awards for papers and service at the AAAI and AAMAS conferences. He has also been named a Guggenheim Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, a Kavli Fellow, a Bass Fellow, an ACM Fellow, a AAAI Fellow, and one of AI's Ten to Watch. He has served as program and/or general chair of the AAAI, AAMAS, AIES, COMSOC, and EC conferences. Conitzer and Preston McAfee were the founding Editors-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation (TEAC).
Jack Mostow
Jack Mostow
Research Professor Emeritus of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. As of 2017 I am leading the RoboTutor team (www.robotutor.org), a $1M Finalist in the Global Learning XPRIZE Competition. RoboTutor expands on my prior work on Project LISTEN’s Reading Tutor, which listens to children read aloud, to teach writing and numeracy as well. RoboTutor offers exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary work in intelligent tutors, educational data mining, graphic design, speech technologies, cognitive and motivational psychology, human-computer interaction, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Lucia Pietroiusti
Lucia Pietroiusti
Lucia Pietroiusti is Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries (London) as well as the Curator of Sun & Sea (Marina) by Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte and Lina Lapelyte, the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019, awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. She is the curator (with Filipa Ramos) of the durational festival on interspecies consciousness, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (2018-19) ​as well as the research, publication and performance project, PLANTSEX, on erotics and botany. Since 2013, she has programmed and produced research projects, artist commissions and performances, as well as film and collaborative partnerships, at the Serpentine Galleries. Pietroiusti was the co-curator of the 2018 (Work), 2016 (Miracle), 2015 (Transformation) and 2014 (Extinction) editions of the Serpentine’s yearly Marathon festival of art, science and technology; and the co-curator (with Kay Watson) and co-presenter (with Victoria Sin) of The Serpentine Podcast. Previously, Pietroiusti has been Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2007-2009) and Associate Editor of the journal of the arts and letters, Boulevard Magenta (2008-2010). Pietroiusti is currently researching more-than-humanism, ecology, interspecies consciousness, species extinction, plant intelligence, botany and myth.
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.

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!