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marcheseJesse Marchese, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Prior to joining APAC, Jesse acted as Associate Director of Off-Broadway’s award-winning Mint Theater Company where he focused on both artistic programming and institutional development. In his six seasons with the Mint, Jesse helped to produce nearly fifteen productions, two of which he also directed: The Lucky One by A.A. Milne and The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly (nominated for two 2015 Drama Desk Awards). His work as a director has also been seen at Village Light Opera Group, Gallery Players, Theater for the New City, New World Stages, and Marymount Manhattan College. Jesse is working toward an MA in Theatre from Hunter College, where he currently teaches an Intro to Theatre course for undergraduate students.

Dev-2 (1)Dev Bondarin, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Dev recently celebrated her third anniversary at APAC. During her tenure, the company has been nominated for 23 NYIT awards and has won five, including Outstanding Production of a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along (2015) and Raisin (2017). Recently APAC was also honored with five AUDELCO “Viv” Awards nominations for Raisin, including Outstanding Production of a Musical. APAC credits: Raisin, (nominee, NYIT Award for Best Director, nominee, AUDELCO “Viv” Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeAstoria Stories, Merrily We Roll Along, and In the Bones (2015 nominee, NYIT Award for Outstanding Production of a Play.)  As Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, she curates and directs a musical theater lab which has produced over 70 new short musicals. Other selected credits: national tours of Junie B. Jones and Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School (Theatreworks USA), King Lear (American Bard), A Home Across The Ocean (MTWorks), and Reefer Madness (Gallery Players). Member: LCT Directors Lab. Associate Member: SDC, League of Professional Theatre Women. MFA: Brooklyn College. BA: Brandeis University.

Annie moved to Queens in 2005, joining Showman Fabricators, a Queens based scene shop in production management followed by project management. There she worked on Broadway’s Little MermaidSweeney Todd25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, television’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Dr. Oz, Disney World’s American Idol Experience and many others. She joined APAC in 2009 as production manager and has worked on all productions for the last 7 years.  She also currently serves as production manager for Queens Theatre. Before coming to New York she received her BFA from the Theatre School at DePaul University followed by her MFA from the School of Drama at Yale University. Find out more about Annie.

Christopher spent two decades of his working life as a singer and actor who performed in regional productions, television pilots, and at Walt Disney World and venues and festivals throughout Europe before turning his focus to other aspects of the arts. As a writer, his work has appeared in the New York Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, and many other print and digital publications. In NYC, he has freelanced in marketing and other theater jobs for over a decade; managed the MoCCA Art Fest, and spent two years as a founding board member and PR/Marketing Director for GGNY, an LGBT organization. In addition to his responsibilities at APAC, Christopher continues to work as a writer, copy editor, and wedding officiant in NYC.


Kimberly Wilson Marshall,  PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Wilson Marshall PR + EVENTS is a boutique public relations and special event agency. The agency is owned and operated by Kimberly Wilson Marshall (pictured) and co-owned by Damon Marshall. Kimberly formed, operated, and owned The Kimberly Group. Wilson Marshall PR + EVENTS creates short and long-term creative campaigns for arts, culture, family-friendly, fashion, health and wellness, and non-profit clients. The agency is based in Harlem, NY.

Jesprofile-java-girl-1sica Taghap, SOCIAL MEDIA/BLOG MANAGER
Jessica has been writing about theater on her blog, The Resident Artist, since 2006. In addition to her work for APAC, she has contributed columns and critical analyses for websites such Off Off Online and New Musical Theatre’s Green Room blog, and is a freelance blogger for Atlantic Television. She is fascinated by missed connections, subway maps (and those sandwiches, too), bars that play bad live music, boys who can sing and dance, street fashion, hippies (especially the kind that sing about hair), Audrey Hepburn, Darren Criss’ eyebrows, chaos theory, and referring to herself in the third person.


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