Photo by Gabriela Herman

Photo by Gabriela Herman

Producing Director: Kay Matschullat

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.  



Director, Strategic Development and Operations: Rod Starr

Rod Starr is a retired executive with extensive business experience in the energy industry, where he held senior leadership positions around the globe. Most recently, Rod was the CEO of a Dubai-based geophysical technology company with a fleet of advanced seismic acquisition vessels operating throughout the world. 

An active philanthropist, Rod uses his executive leadership expertise to develop and grow non-profit organizations and foundations. In addition to being Director of Strategic Development and Operations at Media Art Xploration, Rod is also the founder and current Board Chair of the Grant-A-Starr Foundation. The non-profit organization advocates and generates funding for the advancement of diagnostic testing in the medical field to save children’s lives and funds world-class research projects at Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.


Assistant Producer: Alia Brandt

Alia Brandt is passionate about the arts and their ability to produce positive change. As an Assistant Producer at MAX she facilitates the interplay of art and science to foster innovation and break boundaries. Alia has a BA in English from UC Berkeley and experience working in film and television production. 


Board Of Advisors


Wendy Ettinger, Producer, Director

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 ReesWendy 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. 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.



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). 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 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.

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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, 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 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.

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Rachel Trignano - Communications/PR

Rachel Trignano is a Denver-based communications consultant who provides content strategy, copywriting, and PR services to non-profits, startups, and SMBs. Working primarily in the arts and technology fields for the past decade, Rachel uses her marketing background as a framework for developing compelling content and building brand reputation. A problem-solver nature, she believes that the best solutions come from bringing together creativity and practicality through collaborative work. Deemed “an unusual storyteller” by WABE’s John Lemley, Rachel is also a published poet and humorist who has performed her works across the U.S. She has been producing and promoting literary events since 2010, and is currently in Seattle’s 2018 Jack Straw Writers Program.

 Photo Credit: Jim Darling Photography

Photo Credit: Jim Darling Photography

William Harvey - Web Designer

William Harvey is a Product/UI/UX/Web Design consultant who specializes in music-tech software and has worked in the tech space for 11 years. His clients range from Guitar Center to seed-stage disrupting startups, and he was on the team that won Apple's 2013 iPad App of the Year award. As a designer with a drive to help fellow creatives succeed, William's overarching goal is to create practical resources for artists to help them self-sustain. To that end, he designs tools that allow artists of all trades to create their work freely and efficiently, and provides platforms which enable artists to share and promote their work. William received his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts at UC San Diego. He currently resides in southern California, dreaming of a way to mix sailing and making music.


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