Photo by Gabriela Herman

Photo by Gabriela Herman

Producing Director: Kay Matschullat

Kay Matschullat is an accomplished director, producer, educator, and founder whose work is dedicated to deconstructing barriers and exploring inventive collaborations. 

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. She currently co-produces a multimedia series with music on historic moments that will debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2018.

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 currently enjoys teaching master classes at San Francisco’s A.C.T.    

In 2013, Matschullat set her sights on driving innovation 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 MediaArtXploration (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.    

Assistant Producer: Kamia Williams

Kamia Williams recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration and Cinematic Arts. She has a wide knowledge of new technologies used in traditional and interactive arts. She initiated and supported collaborative projects between multimedia arts makers and producers, her favorite entitled, HETEROTOPIAS, which she produced. She has expertise in digital content production and administration. For MAX she scouts programming opportunities and develops artistic collaborations with a technology hook.

Board Of Advisors

Dr. Eric Boyd, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University

Dr. Eric Boyd is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University. Additionally, he is the Deputy Director of Rock Powered Life at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute. His research carefully integrates laboratory- and field-based studies through applications of contemporary microbial physiology and next generation sequencing, geochemical, bioinformatics and isotopic techniques.Dr. Eric Boyd is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University. Additionally, he is the Deputy Director of Rock Powered Life at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute. His research integrates laboratory- and field-based studies through applications of contemporary microbial physiology and next generation sequencing, geochemical, bioinformatics and isotopic techniques. Through such studies he has provided rich field-based learning experiences for high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scholars.

Dr. Penelope Boston, Microbiologist, Explorer, 

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 to detect the presence of such life. Dr. Penelope Boston plunged into the wonders of exobiology at a very young age. She grew up travelling the world with parents who were travelling 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. 

Rachel Chanoff,Curator of Performing Arts and Film, Mass MOCA

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, Chief Executive Officer at Blue Marble Space. Research Scientist at BMSIS & Space Science and Astrobiology Division, NASA Ames Research Center

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.

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Josh Guild, Acting Executive Director, Space Frontier Foundation

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.

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Dr. David Grinspoon, Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute

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. 

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Thank you to our board and supporters

We thank our Board of Directors, Nancy Eswein, 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 Sloan Foundation for their grant in support of MAX’s Spacefarers and their belief in the combustible power of the joining of art with science.

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