THE OFFICE performing arts + film is an independent curator and production company based in New York and London. We work in ongoing partnerships with festivals, venues, and institutions to create cultural programming that is unique and mission specific. We also produce events around the world, and consult on programming with organizations ranging from museums to universities to libraries to performing arts centers. THE OFFICE staff includes Laurie Cearley, Olli Chanoff, Diane Eber, Lynn Koek, Noah Bashevkin, Oliver Hill Catherine Degennaro, Gabrielle Davenport, and founder Rachel Chanoff, who has 30 years of experience working in the arts in New York.
THE OFFICE programs the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, New York’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festival, which takes place from June through August at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell and features free music, dance, film, spoken word, and other innovative performance. Rachel Chanoff has served as Artistic Director of Celebrate Brooklyn! since 1993.
THE OFFICE is the Curator of Performing Arts and Film at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), where we have programmed a year-round series of dance, music, theater, and documentary film in multiple venues on the museum campus since its opening in 1999. This includes programming the annual Freshgrass Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival, which we do in collaboration with the Freshgrass Foundation.
Rachel is a consultant to the Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute, selecting projects for the Writers and Directors Labs, and THE OFFICE produces the Sundance Works in Progress Screenplay Reading Series in New York. Rachel is also Chair of the Selection Committee for the New York Jewish Film Festival, and THE OFFICE is a programming consultant for the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History.
THE OFFICE created and programs the CenterSeries at the Williams College ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, where professional companies come for performances and residencies that include integrated programming events aimed at using the arts as a catalyst for scholarly inquiry on campus.
THE OFFICE produces events and performances in New York and around the world, notably with the photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems, with the Johannesburg-based visual and theater artist and filmmaker William Kentridge, with the Cambodian documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh, with the music producer Hal Willner, and with Theater of War Productions, which presents community-specific, theater-based projects that address pressing public health and social issues. THE OFFICE is the producer of Kentridge’s The Head & the Load (Tate Modern London, Ruhrtriennale, Park Avenue Armory 2018). We produced Carrie Mae Weems’ and Geri Allen’s Slow Fade to Black at Celebrate Brooklyn! (2012), were the program producer for Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense / Future Perfect at the Guggenheim in New York (2014), and were the project manager for Weems’ Sculpture Garden Series at MoMA (2014). We have produced American and international performances of Miller’s REwind: A Cantata for Voice Tape & Testimony, as well as Kentridge’s Triumphs and Laments (Rome 2016), 9 Drawings for Projection, Black Box: The Music of Philip Miller for the Films of Williams Kentridge, and Paper Music: A Ciné Concert by Philip Miller and William Kentridge, and Kentridge and Miller’s Refuse the Hour (BAM Next Wave 2015), a chamber opera companion to Kentridge’s installation The Refusal of Time. With Hal Willner, we have co-produced more than 20 multi-artist shows at venues and festivals ranging from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York, to the Sydney Opera House, the Barbican Centre in London, the Dublin International Theatre Festival, the Brighton Festival, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and the 2010 Cultural Olympiad during the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC. THE OFFICE was also executive producer of the album Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, the soundtrack to a documentary film about Willner’s Came So Far for Beauty concerts (which we produced), and project manager for Willner on the albums Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen and Bill Frisell’s Grammy-winning Unspeakable.
Other past and present clients of THE OFFICE include the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, the Park Avenue Armory, the American Museum of Natural History, Symphony Space, the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative, Philip Glass, the Clark Art Institute, Wave Hill, Riverspace Arts in Nyack, NY, and the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center.