Ariel Shanberg was appointed as the DVAA’s Executive Director in June 2017. Just the second director in the organization’s history, he brings 20 years of leadership experience rooted in Upstate New York’s cultural community. As a curator, Ariel has organized exhibitions at such venues as the Dorsky Museum and the Center for Photography at Woodstock where he was director prior to joining DVAA. His writing on artists has been featured in several publications including Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art and he serves on the board of directors of the Society for Photographic Education. Additionally he currently serves on the board of directors of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association.
When not at work, Ariel can be found exploring the region’s art and cultural happenings with his family.
Laura E. J. Moran has lived in the Upper Delaware River valley for 20 years and, as both artist and programmer, worked with many cultural organizations in the region. She is a visual artist, writer, performer, and educator. Laura holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing and was invited to attend the Lincoln Center Teaching Artist Leadership Lab in 2019. She also collects oral histories and is passionate about where we live and how that makes us who we are. She is excited to be working with DVAA, meeting newcomers to the area and engaging established communities as Grants Coordinator.
Tina Spangler joined DVAA as Communications Director in 2006, after living and working in New York City in film and television for 10 years. She is also Festival Director of the Big Eddy Film Festival, which she helped launch in 2012. In 2009, Spangler produced and directed Lucky Lake, a short documentary about Sullivan County’s little-known African American vacation spot. She lives in Narrowsburg, NY’s Luxton Lake community where she has built and restored several homes, and where she is currently in the process of restoring a 1930s hunting cabin. When not working, Tina is usually managing her Airbnb rental cabin, swimming in the Ten Mile River with her young children, or sitting around a campfire.
Familiar to many as the owner and proprietor of The Callicoon Theater since 2018, Krissy Smith joined DVAA as its Gallery Director in fall 2020.
Under her charge the theater has broadened it’s cinematic programming in an effort to connect with a wider audience. Prior to purchasing The Callicoon Theater and moving permanently to the area, Krissy worked for the internationally acclaimed St. Ann’s Warehouse, a non profit presenting arts organization located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. There she excelled at helping organizations succeed through creative programming, intuitive collaborations and mission-driven projects. She curated and Co-Directed St. Ann’s only annual developmental theater program Puppet Lab/Labapalooza!) for seven years and was responsible for The Studio at St. Ann’s, a community flex-space designed for outreach and public engagement with underserved audiences in Brooklyn.
A graduate from the University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama where he received a BFA in Acting, Carpenter joined DVAA in fall 2018 as its Performing Arts Director.
Following years of summer stock, regional theater, and national tours, he relocated to NYC where he landed stints on such shows as ABC’s “All My Children,” NBC’s “Grease You’re the One That I Want,” and Off-Broadway productions. Matt shifted his theater career to experiential brand marketing and event management for Fortune 500 companies and the Fashion Industry.