President, Building for the Arts NY, Inc.
President, Building for the Arts NY, Inc.
Wendy Rowden is the President of non-profit Building for the Arts NY, Inc. (formerly 42nd Street Development Corporation). BFA presents vibrant arts initiatives to communities and neighborhoods in New York and other U.S. cities, elevating people and places to serve their greatest purpose. Its two signature projects, Theatre Row and Music and the Brain, nurture emerging artists, audiences, and youth with a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Wendy comes to BFA with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.
Prior to joining BFA, she led Jonathan Rose Companies’ Investments where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s investment management business. Prior to Jonathan Rose Companies, Wendy served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Rockefeller Group, the U.S. Subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co.
Wendy is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (Governing Trustee, Chair of 2017 Global Awards Jury, and immediate past Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, where she chairs the Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation.
Wendy is a past president of WX (Women Executives in Real Estate) and was the 2016 WX Woman of the Year. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Cushman & Wakefield and has taught real estate development at Columbia Business School.
Wendy is the recipient of numerous awards, including Keen Company’s 2019 Vision Award. She holds degrees from Brown University, University of Michigan, and New York University.
Tel: 212 695 3036
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Levine is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Building for the Arts. During his 20-plus-year tenure, Bruce has guided the organization through many real estate development projects involving community renewal, perhaps the most notable projects being the 42nd Street police stables and the rebirth of Theatre Row.
Bruce serves as a member of The Board of Directors of The Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadow Park, currently serving his fifth term as Treasurer. Prior to joining BFA, Bruce served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.
After obtaining his BA at Connecticut College and an MBA at Boston University, Bruce began his career at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now, KPMG). He then joined Young and Rubicam where he worked in offices worldwide and became Vice President of Business Affairs. Bruce subsequently served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for The Delaware North Company’s Professional Sports Publications.
Bruce is a strong supporter of green spaces and his favorite pastime is bicycling through the wonderful parks within the five boroughs of New York City.
Tel: 212 695 4158
Chief of Staff
Josh Landay serves as Chief of Staff at Building for the Arts. Prior to joining BFA, Josh built a career in arts/media strategy, nonprofit program direction, arts education, and onstage performance. He served as Director of the Eye to Eye Diplomats speakers bureau, building a program model that brought 270 public presentations to more than 45,000 students, educators, and parents nationwide – including events at the U.S. Department of Education, the Kennedy Center, the Teach for America 25th Anniversary Summit, and numerous conferences, universities, and schools across the country.
As a Teaching Artist and researcher for the New Victory Theater, Josh developed curricula and led performing arts workshops for public school students throughout New York City. He also worked to implement the SPARK (Schools with Performing Arts Reach Kids) research study in collaboration with WolfBrown.
As an actor, Josh performed in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway as well as in the West End, Las Vegas, and on the show’s first national tour. His New York City and regional acting credits included productions with Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, Theatre Aspen, and Creede Repertory Theatre.
Josh holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (Dean’s Honors), an MFA (Acting) from the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and a BA from Brown University (Public & Private Sector Organizations). He is a 2019-2020 Coro Leadership New York Participant.
Josh is a runner – both full and half marathons – and he is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.
Tel: 646 448 9058
Director, Music and the Brain
Lisala Beatty became the Director of Music and the Brain in 2017 after serving as the Program Manager for 14 years. She has supported the more than 300 schools and music educators who have implemented Music and the Brain with thousands of classroom visits, lesson demonstrations and teacher training in addition to curriculum development.
A professional vocalist and songwriter for more than 25 years, Lisala’s voice, arrangements and original compositions are featured on numerous Music and the Brain curriculum recordings. She has performed across the U.S., Europe, Russia, Canada and Japan, on commercial jingles and more than thirty-five recordings.
As a product of public elementary education devoid of music instruction, Music and the Brain’s mission to provide high quality curriculum and piano instruction to all students is crucial to Lisala. Prior to working with Music and the Brain, Lisala worked in advertising sales as a Senior Account Manager for Vivendi Universal Net USA, the Walt Disney Internet Group and Ziff-Davis. Lisala holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she majored in Marketing.
Tel: 212 631 7825
Director of Theatre Operations,
Stephanie Rolland joins Theatre Row as Director of Theatre Operations. Prior to Theatre Row, Stephanie served as Artistic Line Producer at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ. As a New York City based producer, Stephanie co-founded Interfest, a Harlem-based *arts and ideas* festival focused on intersectionality and mutual liberation. She is also a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Producer’s Lab. Other credits include Theater Communication Group (TCG)’s inaugural Rising Leaders of Color cohort, TCG’s National Awards Committee and the League of Resident Theater’s Diversity Committee. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama, where she was the recipient of the Richard Ward Scholarship. Her work as an artist is fueled by connection, experimentation and laughter. She finds her joy in bringing multi-faceted, swirling, human universes together in space to make magic.
Emma Montoya Hills
Emma Montoya Hills is the Associate General Manager at Theatre Row. Before joining Theatre Row she was the Associate General Manager at HERE arts center. She has also worked in operations at Jujamcyn Theatres and as the lead Production Manager for Steeldeck NY Inc where she managed multiple shows at New York Fashion Week (including Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, PUMA, and Thom Brown). In addition she has been a collaborator and producer on numerous freelance projects including Period Sisters (Production: HERE), Emerson Loses Her…Miand (Production:Winterfest), Shaken Not Stirred: A James Bond Cabaret (Production: The Django), In Trump We Trust (Production: The Pit), A Thousand Variations on a Lie Told Once (Production: Midtown Theatre Festival), and I Can’t Believe She Said That: A Kathy Griffith Story (Production: New York Musical Festival). She is an Alumna of Yale University.
Director of Artistic Programming,
Sarah Hughes joins Theatre Row as Director of Artistic Programming with more than a decade of experience directing and producing in New York City.
For many years Sarah worked with acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Elevator Repair Service, during which time she was instrumental in the NYC premieres and international tours of Gatz, The Sound and The Fury, The Select, Arguendo, and Shuffle, as well as a collaboration at the Museum of Modern Art with data-visualization studio The Office for Creative Research. She was Co-Artistic Producer of Obie Award-winning Target Margin Theater for several seasons, serving in a leadership capacity during the company’s establishment of The Doxsee Theater in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Sarah is a 2018-2020 WP Theater Directors Lab member, a 2019 National Directors Fellowship recipient, a 2019 Drama League Resident, an Affiliated Artist with New Georges and Target Margin Theater, and an alum of The Civilians’ R&D Lab and the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship. Her directing work has been presented at Abrons Arts Center, BAM Next Wave, The Bushwick Starr, and New Ohio, among others, and with Geoff Sobelle and Graham Sack she’s co-created AR / VR pieces and immersive installations for Tribeca Film Festival, New York Theatre Workshop and The New York Times. She teaches at Dartmouth College and NYU and lives in Brooklyn with her partner, writer Alexander Tilney. www.sarahcameronhughes.com
Board of Directors
Jeffrey A. Horwitz, Chair (Proskauer Rose)
Kevin R. Alger (J.P. Morgan, Retired)
Daniel Biederman, Treasurer (Biederman Redevelopment Ventures)
Carmen Bowser, Vice Chair (Eastpointe Consultants, LLC)
Andy Hamingson (AD Hamingson Productions, Inc.)
Miriam Harris (Trinity Place Holdings)
Lydia Kontos (Connecting Dots)
William J. Maloney (Real Estate Consultant)
Gilda Perez-Alvarado (JLL Hotels & Hospitality, Americas)
Melissa Pianko (Blackstone)
Wendy Rowden (Building for the Arts)
Zachary Smith, Secretary (Samco Properties)
Joyce Storm (Retail Real Estate Advisor)