ArtYard is thrilled to announce the first substantive expansion of our staff team since our founding 3 years ago. The current team has deep expertise and experience in non-profit management and the visual arts, presenting world-class art exhibitions along with a series of music, poetry, film and theatre events.
As the organization matures, we are excited to announce the expansion of our team with an intentional investment in communications, performance arts, theatre production, and volunteer coordination. We are thrilled to welcome Frenchtown’s own Eric Fiorito as our Production & Volunteer Manager and Sarah Finn, also from NJ, into a new role as Communications & Program Coordinator.
Production & Volunteer Manager
Eric Fiorito is an artist, performer, and proud toolpusher. Born and bred in New Jersey, Eric graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1995 with a degree concentrating in Sculpture and Performance Art. A fascination with prosthetic special effects makeup and the sculptural nature of lighting, rigging and facilitating camera movement, led him into a 24-year career in the motion picture film and commercial industry. Eric has worked as a Key Grip, Gaffer, Rigging/Dolly Grip, Assistant Camera, and Scenic Designer/Builder on numerous feature films, commercials, documentaries, museum installations, and music videos. Eric has been living and making art in Frenchtown with his wife and two children for over a decade, in this time he’s come to know, love and participate in a community like no other he has ever encountered.
Communications & Program Coordinator
Sarah Finn is an independent theatre maker, performer, and writer. Her work has been seen internationally, most recently at the 2019 Prague Fringe Festival, with her play, In the woods where the men work; as well as Ponderosa Tanzland Festival in Stolzenhagen, Germany and various venues in New York including The Tank, The Hudson Guild Theater, Cloud City and Dixon Place. In 2019, she was a resident artist at the Barn Arts Collective as well as The Cannery, both in Southeastern Maine. She has worked and interned at a variety of community art spaces and non-profits both abroad and in the states, including ZOO Venues at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ponderosa Art Centre and Movement Research. She graduated with her BA in Theatre and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College and completed the two-year conservatory training at Ecole Internationale de Jacques Lecoq. Her created work investigates routine, denial, and hierarchy amidst environmental catastrophe and she is passionate about both making and facilitating artistic work that stems from and breeds community. Sarah is absolutely stoked to join the team at ArtYard and contribute to its mission.