Staff

Erez Ziv, Managing Artistic Director

Erez has joyfully dedicated over 20 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.

Kevin R. Free, Resident Artistic Director

Kevin R. Free has been an actor in over 100 professional productions, director of over 30 professional, semi-professional, and educational theater productions, narrator of over 400 Audiobooks, the voice of Kevin on “Welcome to Night Vale,” voice of Terry Elder on “Give Me Away,” Resident Artistic Director, Frigid New York, co-creator and star of award-winning web series “Gemma & The Bear!” former Producing Artistic Director of Obie Award-winning Fire This Time Festival, former Curator of Queerly Festival.  SemiFinalist, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, 2013, Doric Wilson Independent Playwright, 2014, FluxForward 2015, FringeNYC Overall Excellence in Playwriting, 2016, NYSX Diversity Cohort 2018. www.kevinrfree.com; @kevinrfree

Emily Godfrey, Director of Operations

Emily Godfrey is a graduate of Hunter College, the Artistic Director of High Stakes Theater Company, and producer for Improvised Buffy and Improvised Fresh Prince. She has worked in retail, restaurants, events, stage management, lighting design, and operations. Her position with FRIGID is far and away the best job she’s ever had. It’s very important to her that you follow @FRIGIDNewYork on all social media. 

yoshi kuroi, General Manager

yoshi is a genderqueer British-Canadian who immigrated to the United States for the majority of their education. They grew up and worked primarily in California with various companies including San Francisco Shakespeare in the Park, City Lights Theater Company, and Disneyland.
They first saw a show in the Kraine in 2007, at a friend’s recommendation, and have been coming back regularly ever since. In 2012, they graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in theatre and literature. They’ve been working professionally in the NYC theatre community since 2010, most notably as the Managing Director of the New York Neo-Futurists.
They began working for FRIGID New York in 2021 and are thrilled to continue to serve New York artists in a positive and collaborative culture.

Hadley Todoran, Technical Director

Hadley is a Bronx-based stage manager, board operator, and lighting designer originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana. They are a technical collaborator with the New York Neo-Futurists and have consistently worked in the Kraine since 2014. They are also an NYU graduate, a pet care provider with a perfect 5 star rating on Rover, and the proud parent of a hyperactive rescue pitbull mix (see yoshi kuroi’s photo).

Photo by Jalana Sloatman

Jimmy Lovett, Front of House Coordinator

Jimmy Lovett is New York City transplant from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts where they attended Hampshire College. Born into a family of theater nerds, they learned to crawl up stairs in a theater and have generally refused to leave since. Jimmy has been working at Frigid since 2018 (if memory serves) and has put up several coproduction shows here. They are proud to co-produce Frigid’s annual Queerly Festival with Kevin R. Free. They are a writer, theater artist, and maker currently living in Washington Heights with one fiancé, one roommate, and two cats. You can check out their Etsy shop or follow them on Instagram @jimmyclovett for crafting and cat pics.

Photo by Pablo Calderón Santiago

Sam Hood Adrain, Festival Coordinator 

Sam is a director, actor, and producer originally from Providence, Rhode Island. He is an adjunct faculty member and artist-in-residence at CUNY Queens College, visiting faculty at Wuhan Insitute of Design and Science, and a Founder and Co-Artistic Director of What Will the Neighbors Say? a not-for-profit theater company based in Brooklyn with a mission to provoke questions through untold stories. Sam has presented work in New York at BRIC, HERE, IRT Theater, MITU 580, A.R.T/New York, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Hudson Guild, The Plaxall Gallery, Theater for the New City, and The American Theater of Actors and internationally in Toronto, London, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Check out more of Sam’s work at www.samhoodadrain.com and www.wwtns.org

Alexis Buncich, Video Production

Alexis is a graduate of Columbia University, where she wrote her thesis on F. Scott Fitzgerald and the frontier myth, as well as co-wrote and acted in shows with NOMADS and the XMAS! teams. She is a writer, actor, theatremaker, dramaturg, and lifelong student. You can keep up with her latest projects at alexisbuncich.com.

Shula Kaplan, CFO

Shula joined FRIGID New York (then Horse Trade) in 2008 after many years in corporate accounting. Thanks to FRIGID, she has now found a way to merge her professional career with her passion for the arts.

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