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.
Erez is the proud recipient of an OBIE Award, IT Award, NYTE Award and Acker Award all for community support.
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 also a father.
Kelley Nicole Girod, Resident Artistic Director
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 Nytheatre.com 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.
Tess F. Henry, General Manager
Tess has had the pleasure of working with FRIGID New York since she weaseled her way in after volunteering with 10th annual FRIGID Festival.
Wearing a couple hats with FRIGID over the years Tess is happy to settle at General Manager because it combines her passions of theater, administrative work, and telling people what to do.
She is also a storytelling comedian, you can catch her every month at UNDER St Marks hosting the sex-storytelling show Smut Slam on the first Wednesday of every month, or weekly at The Open Mic.
Tess has also worked with the Paley Center for Media, The Joyce Theater, the Cinder Block comedy festival, as well as a litany of galas and events.
Tess is not a father.
Genny Yosco, Artist and Production Manager
Genny Yosco has loved theater since she was a child, and it's been a steady decline into madness ever since. As of the writing of this bio, she has produced 33 shows in New York, most of which she has written, self-produced, directed, and acted in. On top of all of this, her company Sour Grapes Productions is a resident company of FRIGID New York, which they're eternally grateful for. They also have a mime/clown monthly show called SILENT BUT DEADLY: A MIME EXPERIENCE, which, yes, is named after flatulence, that she choreographs and directs, as well as a monthly show called Chemical X: The Powerpuff Girls Improv Show which she directs and plays Bubbles. When she’s not over-exerting herself with theater, she’s doing about the same with her short film projects. She loves her job with FRIGID New York and you will pry it from her cold, dead hands.
Emily Godfrey, Director of Operations and Marketing
Emily Godfrey is a graduate of Hunter College, the Artistic Director of High Stakes Theater Company, and producer for Improvised Buffy, Improvised Fresh Prince, and Vidiocracy. 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.
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.