The Team

RACHEL CHANOFF

Director

Rachel Chanoff has been working in performing arts and film for 35 years and 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, New York’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festival. Rachel is proud to serve on the board of the 52nd Street Project and Working Films. She is also a long time participant in the Theater Development Fund’s Open Doors program, which introduces underserved high school students to the theater.

Professional highlight: Standing shoulder to shoulder with Prince in the wings at Celebrate Brooklyn! before his surprise performance.


LAURIE CEARLEY

Managing Director, Strategy

Joining Rachel in 1998, Laurie has been integral to the growth of THE OFFICE from the beginning. She is an original thinker with broad experience as a hands-on producer, a senior strategist, and a programmer across a range of genres including family programming, where she has helped to conceive numerous innovative series—among them Just Kidding!, Film Factory, and Bring You Own Kid. Since moving to London in 2009, she has taken the lead on international productions like Philip Miller's REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape, & Testimony (Southbank Centre, London; Baxter Theater, Cape Town), spearheaded ongoing consultancies such as the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, and developed international strategies for the company. She has also been a programming consultant for Sound & Music, a UK organization that promotes challenging contemporary music and sound art. Laurie holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking with a minor in Graphic Design; in a previous life she was a food stylist and private chef. She currently splits her time between London and Southern France.  

Professional highlight: Watching Olli break his toe on a tent pole in the Hamptons while cooking jerk chicken for Kool & the Gang in a monsoon.    


OLLI CHANOFF

Managing Director, Programming

Olli has worked for THE OFFICE since 2001, during which time he has booked countless shows, helped to shape scores of performing arts seasons at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, MASS MoCA, and elsewhere, and been lead producer on events at major venues and festivals around the world including the Sydney Opera House, the Brighton Festival, Lincoln Center, and the Dublin International Theatre Festival. Along with his programming and production work, Olli maintains the voice of THE OFFICE, putting our curatorial work into context by creating marketing and promotional copy for our partner institutions and individual productions and overseeing all other written material. Prior to finding his calling at THE OFFICE, Olli was the editorial director of one too many startup Internet companies, a screenplay reader, a reluctant book publicist, a freelance production assistant, and a below average busker. Olli has a BA from Dartmouth College in English and American Literature. 

Professional highlight 2am meal at a diner in LA with Lou Reed and his Tai Chi instructor Master Ren after a show at Royce Hall, where they advised me together on the proper way to eat a hamburger (no bun, no cheese, no condiments, with your hands).


NADINE GOELLNER

Managing Director, Producing

Nadine came to THE OFFICE in 2007. She has more than a decade of experience working in the arts and brings an invaluable expertise to the many complex large-scale multidisciplinary presentations she has produced for THE OFFICE, among them Carrie Mae Weems Live at the Guggenheim Museum, the Rolex Arts Weekend festival at the New York Public Library, OKTOPHONIE at the Park Avenue Armory, and two recent projects of William Kentridge  – his chamber opera Refuse the Hour and Triumphs and Laments, a site-specific installation and performance along the Tiber River in Rome. Before joining THE OFFICE team, Nadine worked as a strong advocate for artists at Bang on a Can, The American Music Center, BRIC, and Bernstein Artists. She holds a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership from UMass Dartmouth. She has also spent time as a professional musician and still sneaks on stage every now and again.

Professional highlight: Jumping on stage to sing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of Hal Willner’s Neil Young Project at the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. 


DIANE EBER

Senior Programmer & Producer

With more than 12 years of experience producing and programming live performances, Diane has become a master of remaining calm and organized in the midst of chaos. She has spanned the music industry working at a booking agency, a major record label and 8 years programming and producing at BRIC and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. As Associate Producer of Celebrate Brooklyn, she contracted and advanced all performances, hired and managed a seasonal staff of over 100 people, created production schedules and event summaries, led weekly production meetings, and acquired all necessary Parks Department and City permits. She is able to deftly navigate a diverse population of stakeholders, from production staff to performers, and sponsors to attendees.

Professional highlights: Working with David Byrne at opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn in front of 27,000 people in Prospect Park and launching the Brooklyn Bridge Park Celebrate Brooklyn! dance party series.


OLIVER HLL

Programming Associate

Oliver is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer who has worked with David Longstreth, Lucius, Sam Cohen, and many others, and a founding member of the indie folk band Pavo Pavo, which maintains an active recording and touring schedule. Among his many contributions to THE OFFICE since joining the team in 2012, Oliver is the lead producer of the FreshGrass bluegrass festival. Oliver graduated from Yale University, where he founded and directed the first University-funded on-campus independent music series, pairing regional and national acts with student bands, poets, visual artists, and chefs. In his free time, Oliver constructs crossword puzzles for The New York Times.

Professional highlight: Watching from the wings as Antony and Helga Davis belt an a cappella rendition of "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" at the 2012 Meltdown Festival in London.


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LYNN KOEK

Producing Associate

While growing up wanting to rescue monkeys from poachers in Central Africa, Lynn was inevitably headed for a career in the arts. After studying Musicology at the University of Amsterdam, Lynn started working as a freelance producer in the Netherlands. She has worked in theater, music, film and visual arts as a producer, programmer, set dresser and director’s assistant. She has worked in the Netherlands, Australia, the United States and other places around the world. After moving to New York, Lynn joined THE OFFICE in March 2016. Since then, Lynn has worked intensively on many projects, including William Kentridge's Triumphs and Laments and Refuse The Hour, Bangsokol, and as print trafficker at the Margaret Mead Film Festival. Besides her work at THE OFFICE, she occasionally creates soundtracks, plays Zimbabwean mbira, and travels back to Amsterdam regularly. 

Professional highlight: Being in the rehearsal room when Philip Miller & Thuthuka Sibisi’s breathtaking music for Triumphs and Laments was played live for the first time.


NOAH BASHEVKIN

Programming Associate

Before joining THE OFFICE team in September 2016, Noah studied English Literature and Religion at Williams College, with an emphasis on critical theory and film. Since graduating, Noah has worked in film production, international film distribution strategy, and as an associate with Catapult Film Fund, for whom he still serves as a program advisor. He has served on programming committees for Rooftop Films, Hamptons International Film Festival, and DOC NYC, and served as an application evaluator for Fork Films. At THE OFFICE, Noah spearheaded the programming for Aspen Filmfest and administration for the Onassis Festival NY. He mostly watches movies, but enjoys reading a good memoir in his down time.

Professional highlight: Helping Hamiet Bluiett set up his baritone sax before taking the stage with Carrie Mae Weems at the Onassis Festival.