Meet the APAC Marketing Team!
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Meet the APAC Marketing Team!

Introducing Kimberly Wilson Marshall, Christopher Stansfield, and Jessica Taghap — APAC’s new marketing team!  Read along as they introduce themselves and talk a bit about what they do.

KIMBERLY WILSON MARSHALL (PUBLIC RELATIONS)

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Hi, I’m Kim, the new PR Director of APAC!  I was born in Queens, and now I am returning to be a part of one the coolest Off-Off-Broadway theaters in NYC!  I run Wilson Marshall PR + EVENTS, a boutique public relations and special event agency. The agency is operated and co-owned by myself and Damon Marshall. I also formed The Kimberly Group, which I currently operate and own.  Wilson Marshall PR + EVENTS creates short and long-term creative campaigns for arts, culture, family-friendly, fashion, health and wellness and non-profit clients, and is based in Harlem, NY.
Name one favorite play and/or playwright of yours. 
August Wilson & The Lion King – you can’t turn away!
 
Name 3 random facts about yourself! 1.) I am great cook and enjoy cooking new things.  2.)I am a proud vegetarian 19 years and counting!  3.)I LOVE all the new wave and British pop songs from the 1980s and know most of the lyrics!
 
What are some things you like to do in your spare time? Being with my young family (hubby and 6 year old son), traveling (a new hobby of mine), and reading…everything!
 
What’s your favorite thing about Astoria?  What are some things you love to do while you’re here?
I now experience Astoria through eyes of my son Mandela, and I am finding new and interesting places to visit and events to attend.

CHRISTOPHER STANSFIELD (MARKETING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR)

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Hello, all! My name is Christopher Stansfield and I am excited to join the APAC team as its new Marketing and Community Outreach Director. I look forward to introducing APAC to all the wonderful people, organizations and businesses that make Astoria such great place to live in and visit. Before I signed on to help promote the amazing theater and community work APAC does, I did similar work in the New York non-profit world for community and arts organizations; spent time in the editorial world as a writer and editor for newspapers, online publications and companies; and have been involved in the theater as a  writer, staff member, performer, and audience member for most of my life. I am grateful to have an opportunity to unite all of these interests on behalf of APAC and welcome any input from the community on how we can better serve you. Please reach out to me if you’d like to collaborate with APAC or simply have ideas and suggestions for our organization at chris@apacny.org. I look forward to hearing from you!

Name one favorite play and/or playwright of yours. Like many people in the arts community I was personally devastated by the recent loss of Edward Albee. I first fell in love with his work when I was assigned a paper on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf as a high-schooler, but if I had to choose one play of his that is closest to my heart it would have to be Three Tall Women.

List 3 random facts about yourself! 1.) My first professional acting job came when my older sister auditioned to be a Munchkin in a regional production of  The Wizard of Oz. They director saw me dancing off to the side and I got cast — she didn’t! At 6 I was the youngest person in the cast and got my own dressing room! That was the beginning of my love of theater.  2.) I once appeared on a TV game show and was a one-day champion. Unfortunately, I washed out in my second appearance.  3.) My favorite movie of all time is The Empire Strikes Back.

What are some things you like to do in your spare time? Spare time? What’s that? When I’m not working for APAC, editing other people’s work or struggling with my own projects, I like to sleep. If I’m feeling very ambitious I like nothing better than just hanging out with friends and maybe singing a song or two at one of New York’s piano bars.
What’s your favorite thing about Astoria?  What are some things you love to do while you’re here? Having grown up in suburbia and then spending my first 15 years in NYC in a busy, overcrowded part of Manhattan, it’s great how I can go from one type of lifestyle to the other here just by walking for a few minutes. This really is a diverse community and I love how it has all the convenience of the city while also having backyards, tree-lined streets, gardens and people who say “hello” when you pass them. I’ve only lived here a couple of years and the thing I love doing most is picking out someplace I haven’t been and exploring it.
JESSICA TAGHAP (SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOG MANAGER)

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 Hey, guys!  I’m Jessica, and I’m super excited to be joining the wonderful team at APAC!  Before coming onto the team, I have spent the last ten years writing about theatre on my website The Resident Artist, and as well as the last three years contributing columns and critical analyses for websites such as Off Off Online and New Musical Theatre‘s Green Room Blog.  As Social Media and Blog Manager for APAC, I get to help extend APAC’s outreach across various platforms, such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and beyond!  I hope you follow us as we bring you more of what you love about APAC’s theatrical programming, and join us in helping to create a more interactive experience altogether.  After all, us theatre folk would be nothing without you guys, the audience!  Additionally, if you’d like to contact me about anything, you can do so at jessica.taghap@apacny.org.

List one favorite play and/or playwright of yours.  If I had to choose, my favorite play would probably be Proof by David Auburn.  Everything about it — from its protagonist to the concept — is so wonderfully layered, and the dialogue is great.  It’s one that, for some reason, I keep coming back to over and over again.  As for favorite playwright, it’s perhaps a close three-way tie (yes, I know, I’m cheating) between Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh and Neil LaBute.  They each are masters of deconstructing the form, either structurally or conceptually — and because of this, are writers whose work I greatly admire and aspire to.  If you haven’t read any of them, I suggest you power down your laptop this instant and get thee to a bookstore and/or library immediately!

Name 3 random facts about yourself!  1.)  I’ll start with the “random-est” one: when I was about 2 years old, I was cast in a made-for-TV film in the Philippines!  It was called Karera, and it was about a young woman trying to balance her family life whilst climbing the corporate ladder (I played her baby daughter, of course).  2.)  In 2009, I was lucky enough to attend the Tony Awards!  ‘Twas the year NPH first hosted, and Bret Michaels had his unfortunate onstage mishap, and ’twas a night I won’t forget.  (You can read more about my experience here and here, if you’re really that curious.)  3.)  My favorite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast. My love for the film may or may not be amplified by the fact that my grandmother made me a dress that was an exact replica of Belle’s, and I wore it for my birthday. That, and I had BaTB sneakers when I was in kindergarten — they had little purple ribbons instead of shoelaces. (Okay, I lied — that was the random-est one.)

What are some things you like to do in your spare time? I write for a living, so of course I like to…write in my spare time.  Wait, what?  Yes, I guess I never really stop writing (I wouldn’t be surprised if I started walking around with my fingers perpetually stuck in a typing motion, at this point).  For fun, however, I mostly like to churn out some possibly bad poetry and short stories, which you can read here.  I also like to draw and paint, and apparently constantly fill my tummy with coffee and crepes.

What’s your favorite thing about Astoria?  What are some things you love to do while you’re here?  I am slowly starting to become more and more familiar with Astoria these days, despite having been a Queens native for most of my life (I know, I know) and have so far loved hanging out at nearby COFFEED and its rooftop farm, the Brooklyn Grange.  Having spent the last three years also working for a film professor, I of course have personally avowed to check out the Museum of the Moving Image in the near future.  The thing I love about Astoria is that it’s chock-full of contradictions: it’s a community comprised of young families, as well as a thriving arts scene.  To me, it adds a certain kind of energy, and has been one of many exciting things about walking around and exploring this great lil’ Queens nook.

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