Tannis Kowalchuk

Artistic Director

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Theatre artist, flower farmer, and co-owner of Willow Wisp Organic Farm. Tannis has directed and performed in over 30 original theatre productions in the US and Canada. Current projects include Stone Soup Cooking Class (writer/performer), Shakespeare on the Farm (director/performer), and the upcoming Dream on the Farm (director). Prior to starting Farm Arts Collective, she was a founding co-artistic director of NACL Theatre with whom she created The Weather Project and Courage. Awards: Women and the Arts and Media Collaboration Award 2019.

Sue Currier


Sue Currier

The executive director of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy from 2003 to 2016, a non-profit land trust working with farmers and forest landowners in New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to her work in conservation, Sue led marketing teams for a global telecommunications manufacturer.

Sue serves on several local non-profit boards including the Downtown Hawley Partnership, SEEDS, and PEEC. An avid maker, Sue has worked with NACL producing costumes and props since 2015.

Christine Ahern

Board Member

Christine Ahern

The Executive Director of the Lackawaxen Food Hub a regional food hub and multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) located in Honesdale, PA, connects farmers and food producers with consumers, restaurants, and food businesses throughout Wayne, Pike & Lackawanna Counties and Sullivan County, NY.

Heather Jacksy


Heather Jacksy

An urban planner with an arts background, Heather understands the value of arts and especially arts that engage and involve the community.

Heather currently works for Sullivan County Planning, Environmental Management and Real Property. She holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MUP from Hunter College.

Adrianne Picciano

Board Member

Adrianne Picciano

A garden designer and owner of The Dirt Diva, a professional gardening company serving the Upper Delaware River Valley and Sullivan County since 2006.

Adrianne’s entry into theater was through the NACL Stilt Corps, which inspired her to join the cast of NACL’s Courage in 2017 and to perform with NACL Streets in 2017 & 2018 as a stilt walker. Adrianne is passionate about street theater and is looking forward to creating and performing with Farm Arts Collective in 2019 and beyond!

Melissa Sandor

Vice President

Melissa Sandor

A strategic non-profit consultant and writer based in Brooklyn, NY and Sullivan County. She is the former Interim Executive Director of the Millay Colony for the Arts. In her role as a strategic consultant, Sandor has worked with more than 40 NYC and national organizations.

Sandor is a MacDowell Colony for the Arts Fellow (’13), a past Millay Colony resident where she received a 2009 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship, and a 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Arts Writing Fellow at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University.


Jim Lahey

Jim Lahey is chef-owner of Sullivan St Bakery. He is the author of My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method and My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home, and Sullivan Street Cookbook. 

Elaine Matthews

Retired from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC in August 2018 and is now a research scientist with the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.

Greg Swartz

An organic farmer and owner of Willow Wisp Organic Farm in Damascus, Pennsylvania. He is former executive director of Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY and has held positions on numerous farmers market, environmental, and agricultural boards in the region.

Farm Arts Team

Jess Beveridge

Production Manager


A Sullivan County based theatre artist who has appeared in productions in the Tri-State area and NYC. She is an alumna of the Studio Program at AMDA, NY and has trained and performed with 29th Street Playwrights Collective, The Pearl Conservatory, Co-Op Theatre East, GoJo Clan Productions, Cornerstone Theatre Arts and Forestburgh Playhouse. She has also performed in Courage, People Like Us and Streets with NACL Theatre.

Her current projects include performances with the Farm Arts Collective ensemble and Stone Soup Cooking Class.

Manon Manavit

Associate Producer


A multi-disciplinary artist, producer, and educator engaged in the practice of community-building poetics. Her original performance works have been presented in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Montreal. She facilitates collaborative art projects that foster innovation and promote sustainability. Her work as an educator includes Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Delaware Youth Center, Sonia Sotomayor School of History and Dramatic Arts, and Settlement Music School. She holds an MFA in Directing from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Université Concordia.



Chris Ainley

Melissa Bell

Jess Beveridge

Raina Bowers

Michael Chojnicki

Sue Currier

Mark Dunau

Gregg Erickson


Rima Fand

Karen Flood

Annie Hat

Tannis Kowalchuk

Daniel Lendzian

Manon Manavit

Mimi McGurl

Keith McHenry



Adrianne Picciano

Doug Rogers

John Roth

Yurika Sase

Jess Scribiano

Leo Schmidt

Jon Jon Thomas

Hudson Williams-Eynon

Community Partners

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