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 the UK in 2009, she has taken the lead on international productions like William Kentridge’s The Head & The Load (Tate Modern, London; Ruhrtriennale, Duisburg) and 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 Brighton 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 began working for THE OFFICE in 2001. Since then 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. He 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).


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ERICA ZELINSKI  

Lead Producer, opening festival at the REACH, the Kennedy Center

In addition to serving as one of the lead strategists for the overall project of the opening of the REACH at the Kennedy Center, Erica is the Senior Producing Manager of the project in Phase 1. She will be on the ground in Washington, DC and be central in reviewing overall budget assumptions, assessing financial goals, and shaping a comprehensive expense budget.  She will revise and refine overall venue and timing schedule and internal communication tools for project management. She will also take charge of reviewing the overall staff structure. Erica was also Lead Producer of The Mile-Long Opera for THE OFFICE. Prior to joining THE OFFICE, Erica was the General Manager and Producer of the Lincoln Center Festival. She is the Founder/Principal of Global culture+art, a bespoke producing and project management consultancy.

Professional highlight: Being personally and graciously thanked from the stage by Elvis Costello.


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DIANE EBER

Senior Programmer and 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.


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LYNN KOEK

Senior Producer

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 as a producer on Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia and William Kentridge's The Head & the Load, Triumphs and Laments and Refuse the Hour, 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

Associate Programmer and Producer

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.


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CATHERINE DeGENNARO

Associate Programmer and Producer

While studying English and American Musical Culture at Georgetown, Catherine followed her love of music and multimedia storytelling through Washington D.C., working everywhere from college radio studios and record stores to NPR Music and The Kennedy Center. After graduation, Catherine spent four years with the Performing Arts team at MASS MoCA where she offered administrative and front of house support to events from major music festivals to site-specific works in the museum’s galleries and spearheaded local artist outreach. Since landing in New York and joining THE OFFICE in 2017, Catherine has been lucky to cross the city and globe working on William Kentridge's The Head & The Load, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, Antigone in Ferguson at Harlem Stage, and The American Museum of Natural History's annual Margaret Mead Film Festival and inaugural EarthFest. In her off hours, she enjoys thinking about Mt. Greylock and starting too many books and craft projects at once.  

Professional highlight: Slowly but successfully driving Laurie Anderson through a Berkshire blizzard to visit her future studio space in MASS MoCA’s Building 6.


GABRIELLE DAVENPORT

Associate Programmer and Producer

Gabrielle hails from Oakland, California, where a love for music was instilled in her starting with Afro-Cuban percussion classes in the first grade. After landing in New York for college, she wrote for a few music blogs before diving into producing; she has since stage-managed at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, worked closely with festival producers at globalFEST and BRIC, and programmed with Make Music New York. She has also booked for a handful of bands, and contributed to independent projects locally and abroad, both as a performer and producer, including The Hum. Gabrielle joined THE OFFICE in November 2017 to engage singers from across New York for The Mile-Long Opera, feeding her love of public programming. She graduated from Barnard College, and often daydreams about returning to grad school for Ethnomusicology. She spends her free time in Brooklyn cooking, biking, and working on her radio show.

Professional highlight: Booking friends & funk musicians Shareef Keyes & The Groove to open for the legendary Roy Ayers at the inaugural BRIC House Sessions show.


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CHLOE GOLDING

Contracts Administrator

Chloe joined THE OFFICE in June of 2018, and we have little memory of life before her arrival. As Contracts Administrator, she coordinates all agreements with our various partner institutions, as well as with the vendors, individuals, venues, and other contracting parties associated with our many productions, and administers all incoming and outgoing financial transactions. She does this with both extraordinary attention to detail and a surprising level of good humor. Chloe graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a double major in Piano Performance and Music Business, and attended the Performing Arts Administration Masters program at NYU. Prior to becoming part of THE OFFICE team she was a development fellow at HERE Arts center, a freelance musician, and a music teacher (she continues the latter two). In her free time she likes to go to shows, eat brunch, and play a lot of music.

Professional highlight: Hanging out in the Tourists hotel lounge latenight after the High Mud Comedy Festival at MASS MoCA with her new favorite comedians Cat Cohen, Sarah Squirm, and Michelle Buteau.