About SheNYC Arts

SheNYC Arts is a femme-led nonprofit organization fighting for gender equity in the arts & entertainment industry across the United States. 

Our mission is to prove that there is no reason for male artists to have the overwhelming majority of professionally produced work on Broadway, off-Broadway, and around the country. We work granularly to break down the “pipeline issue” of gender inequity in our industry, and showcase the talents of writers, composers, producers, directors, and other theater artists who are part of a marginalized gender group, including cis women, trans, and non-binary people.

Each summer, we produce our Summer Theater Festivals in New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Dallas-Fort Worth. Year-round, we provide resources to femme & trans artists to support their careers in the theater industry, including CreateHER, our program for high school students interested in pursuing careers as playwrights and producers, as well as networking events and educational workshops.

Please note that anyone who identifies as a cis woman, trans person, or non-binary person is welcome to apply for all of our programs. 

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Our Mission

We Support Creation and Production

We support the creation of meaningful, powerful, and commercially viable works of cis women, trans, & non-binary composers, directors, actors, and other theater artists and technicians.

We Promote Inclusion

We work to promote the inclusion of theatrical works by women & marginalized gender groups into the mainstream audience, and prove to industry professionals that these works are not only imperative to our collective artistic livelihood and legacy — they’re also commercially viable.

We Prepare for the Future

Our programs are based in education: We prepare artists for long, sustainable careers in the arts industry. We teach important skills and give artists opportunities to learn by doing, so that we all have as few barriers to success as possible.

How do we do it? Learn more about each of our programs by clicking the icons below.

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Board of Directors

Brenna Kilpatrick (President)

Dee Dee Katchen (Treasurer)

Elisabeth Oliveri (Historian)

Nakisa Aschtiani

Danielle DeMatteo

Lauren Harris

Kayla Ibarra

Lexi McKay

Amanda Strader

Jenna Tatman

SheNYC Staff

Nationwide Team

Founder & Artistic Director: Danielle DeMatteo

Danielle DeMatteo

Director of Development: Eh-den Perlove

Art Director: Elinor T Vanderburg

Elinor T Vanderburg

Diversity & Inclusion Officer: Lexi McKay

Publisher:  Kristy Thomas, Always Writing 4 U

General Mannager: Alyssa Jane Villena

Accounting Support: Skody Scot CPAs

Legal Support: The Fried Firm

Program Design: Katie Kavett

Marketing Intern: Hannah Pederson

Licensing Intern: Nikash Kathuria

Executive Producer: Ari Conte

Associate Producer: Destynee McMichael

Destynee McMichael

Associate Producer: Alexa Spiegel

Destynee McMichael

Production Manager: Avery Wood

Lighting Designer: Lindsay Alayne Stevens

Sound Designer: JP Pollinger

Production Assistants: Sarah Storace Nelson*, Annabelle O’Neill*

*Graduates of the CreateHER Program


CreateHER Co-Directors:

Bess Frankel (Head of Playwriting)

Sierra Miliziano (Head of Producing)

Sierra Miliziano

Hannah Rosenthal (Co-Director)

Shira Wolf (Co-Director)

Executive Producer: Erika Miranda

Executive Producer: Kayla Ibarra

Kayla Ibarra

Executive Producer: Abrianna Belvedere

Abrianna Belvedere

Lighting Designer: Lindsey Sharpless

Sound Designer: Amy Levin

Executive Producer: Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell

Associate Producer: Stormi Demerson

Stormi Demerson

Associate Producer/Music Director: Rebecca Lowrey

Destynee McMichael

Production Manager: JP Pollinger


Executive Producer: Emily Rellis

Associate Producer: Chisom Okoye

Chisom Okoye

Production Manager: JP Pollinger

JP Pollinger

Associate Production Manager: Alyssa Jane Villena

Lighting Designer: Athziri Morales

Community Outreach Manager: Lauren Harris


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