Kelley Nicole Girod, President

Kelley Nicole Girod is the founder and Executive Producing Director of OBIE Award winning, The Fire This Time Festival (NYC) which has been in residence at FRIGID NYC for 11 years.  She is a 2008 graduate of Columbia’s MFA playwriting program where she was a Stein and Liberace Fellow, as well as a John Golden Fellow.  She was named Person of the Year for her work on The Fire This Time Festival, and is a part of the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame. As a producer her credits include Israela Margalit’s Get Me A Guy, and Night Blooming Jasmine (both at Horse Trade Theater); Louisiana Mon Amour (Women Center Stage at Culture Project); Thais Francis’s Outcry (Horse Trade Theater, Jack). A native of Louisiana, Kelley’s writing reflects the rich Cajun/Creole world that she grew up in, and include This Stretch of Montpelier (nominated for 7 2018 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards including outstanding new play), Ambrosia (HorseTrade Theater), Poetics of the Creative Process (The Fire This Time Festival, Season 1), Parabolas, Rote (produced in Harlem 9’s 48hrs in Harlem), Straight on til Morning( reading in Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Future Classics), Lessons of the Trash Gang(Baton Rouge Little Theatre), and A Good Neighbor (commissioned by Spark+Echo). She was recently offered a Launch New Play Commission by Atlantic Theater Company. She has recently completed two years as Programming Associate at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in NYC. She is most proud of being a wife, and mother to two beautiful daughters, Penelope Evelyn and Noelle Anamaria. 

Randi Berry, Secretary

Randi is an indie theater maker with an arts advocacy and commercial real estate background. She is the co-founder of Wreckio Ensemble Theater Company, The Indie Theater Fund and IndieSpace. Randi has worked on over $11B in commercial real estate transactions and has created programs resulting in thousands of artists receiving funding, free real estate consulting services, rehearsal space and opportunities for professional growth. Select awards include: NYIT Indie Theater Champion, The Ellen Stewart Award, Indie Theater Person of the Year, member of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame and a Citation for Service by the New York City Council.

Deborah Alves, Board Member

Deborah Alves’s career in Costume Design spans over two decades, with experience in theater and also Carnival Costume Making. Her career began in 1996 after an actor’s costume mishap landed her headfirst into the world of theater. Starting in season 5 of John Montgomery Theatre Company’s (JMTC) productions, Deborah began as a wardrobe mistress for “On the Verge” (1996). She further explored her talents and soon became a costume & prop designer. She designed costumes for “CIRCLE” (2001), by playwright and director Suzanne Bachner, which became an Off-Broadway cult hit. The cult hit ran for five months in a multi-extended run at the Kraine Theater. Deborah remained with JMTC up until Season 10 (2007). She has been recognized for two years consecutively by The Oobr Awards, for her costume designs in “CIRCLE” (2002) and “Same Train” (2003). The former would bring rave reviews by the New York Times, which included credit to Deborah Alves. She also designed for the production of “Run to the Roar: A Night of Sonia Sanchez” (2003), which was attended by the author. 

Hailing from the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Deborah was taught how to sew at a young age by her mother, which would inform her experience designing costumes for the NYC West Indian Day Parade (1999 – Present). In addition to costume design, she has participated as a judge for the J’ouvert costume competition of 2014 & 2015. She has also designed elaborate headpieces for the Honorable Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and her mother, CUNY Board of Trustee member, Honorable Una S.T. Clarke. 

Currently, Deborah has just completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Sustainability with a Concentration in Environmental Sociology, and a Minor in Caribbean studies, and has begun a Community Semester Graduate Program at the School of Labor and Urban Studies. Her lifelong thirst for knowledge led Deborah to a study abroad experience in Greece, where she studied philosophy and political science in 2017. In 2018, she was awarded the Rosen Fellowship at Brooklyn College, which allowed her to return to Kasos, Greece, and study a beekeeping cooperative. Returning to school has awakened her thirst for knowledge and exploration, which motivated her to return to the world of costume design. She has also concentrated her talents in the NYC West Indian Day Parade, which is a reflection of Deborah’s cultural heritage and creative imagination. Deborah thanks her 3 children Charnele, Anisee, and Abigail, as well as her two granddaughters Alimat and Aminat.

Paul Leobowitz, Treasurer

Paul is a proud native New Yorker and believes that arts advocacy and support is essential to continue civic diversity and be part of a vibrant City.

Karim Mausher, Board Member

Karim is an Arab American deviser, director, and teacher working at the intersection of performance and education.  He is the Co-Artistic director of long time FRIGID collaborators Animal Engine.

Erez Ziv, Board Member & Managing Director

Erez has joyfully dedicated over 25 years of his life to creating a theatrical home for up and coming theatermakers in NYC. His educational history includes University of Minnesota, Jewish Theological Seminary and Oxford. He is a licensed fireguard, sprinkler systems inspector, flame proofing Supervisor, Central Park Carriage Driver, and wedding ceremony officiant. He is very happy to have firmly established FRIGID’s reputation in the downtown theater scene and internationally and to create a well-respected organization that continues to uplift some the New York City’s most innovative, talented and hard working theater artists. Thankfully the World keeps providing him with both fresh and refined talent to let loose on NYC and the world. Erez is the proud recipient of an OBIE Award, IT Award, NYTE Award and Acker Award all for community support. Erez is also a father.

Martha Lorena Preve, Co-Artistic Director & Board Member

Martha is a multidisciplinary theater artist from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, she runs an indie theater company with Frigid called Something from Abroad made by Mexican immigrants and loves making art that brings a modern twist to her cultural practices. 

Jimmy Lovett, Co-Artistic Director & Board Member

Jimmy is a queer and trans writer and theater artist from North Carolina. They studied collaborative theater-making and queer narratives at Hampshire College. Jimmy has held a number of roles at FRIGID including box office staff, ticketing coordinator, and director of operations and is now proud to be a co-artistic director and the curator of the annual Queerly Festival.

2024 All rights reserved. Powered by