Our Executive Board Members:
Juan Carlos, Marketing – President
Emmanuel Acosta, Professional Voice Coach – Treasurer
Krystal Gunning, Investors Bank Branch Manager – Secretary
Kyle Bethea – Student Member
Matt Litt, Attorney
Nancy Musco, Dress for Success Coordinator
Donna Gould, Investors Bank Branch Manager
Joe Giancarli, Professional Advisor
Joe Giancarli has over 25 years of realtor experience in the central New Jersey counties of Mercer, Burlington, Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, and Hunterdon area. Specializing in residential and commercial sales and investment for buyers and sellers, investors and new construction development.
Yearly, Joe represents more than 60 families fulfilling their dreams of home ownership. He is advisor to their housing and financial objectives. Raised in the construction trades, he is a specialist in new home sales. He considers it an obligation to ensure his clients have all the information and assistance they need for their real estate decisions, whether buying, selling, or purchasing a new home.
Joe has essentially taken a forgotten building located on Rt. 130, and brought it back to life—filling it with art, creativity, and fresh ideas for engaging our community. With the help of his leadership team, he has reimagined the space and created a home to showcase the artistic talents of this city, to inspire new artists, to educate, to see our neighbors, and to make new friends.
Open Arts PAC is now a catalyst for the promotion of artistic and cultural opportunities and contributes to improving the quality of life in Bordentown NJ.
Taniel Bennett-Howell, Program Director
Actress, writer, & play director Taniel Bennett has over 20 years of experience in theater. As a business owner of a graphic design company, she presents cutting edge graphics and has a tremendous amount of experience in marketing, branding and promotions. She possess excellent communication and networking skills. Her business connections are continually growing and are found to be very profitable to Open Arts PAC.
Taniel spearheaded OAP’s first acting workshop for school aged students in January 2017. Many more workshops have been launched since then. She is responsible for helping Open Arts PAC become non-profit and made a tremendous contribution in helping to form members of the board of directors. She is also responsible for partnering Open Arts PAC with over a dozen theater companies. One in particular, Breaking Through the Box Theater Company, which are now a resident company at Open Arts PAC.
She is known for her original play ‘Walls” and her one woman show “Woman of Many Faces.” She is the Director and Founder of “Zyon Ministries,” a faith based performing arts group that specializes in stage plays, short skits, and pantomime. She is a certified Sunday School Teacher and a graduate of The Leadership Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. She is currently a student at CSTI, a 4 year satellite based leadership institute.
EMMANUEL ACOSTA is a lyric tenor, voice teacher and coach based in Princeton, NJ. Mr. Acosta received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. During his undergraduate career, Mr. Acosta was featured as Alessandro in Mozart’s Il re pastore and Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi in the Westminster Opera Theater. Additional productions include Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Haydn’s Il mondo della luna. With the Princeton Festival, Mr. Acosta had the opportunity of performing Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Firgaro, Britten’s Peter Grimes, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Mr. Acosta has had the pleasure of performing with Boheme Opera New Jersey, making his MainStage debut as Normanno in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Also with Boheme Opera New Jersey, he has performed Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci as a double bill. Earlier this year, Mr. Acosta appeared once again on the stage of Kendall Hall on the campus of The College of New Jersey to perform the Messenger role in Verdi’s Aïda, where he received acclaim for his “appealing lyric tenor voice.”
Mr. Acosta has performed with world-renown orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic. Mr. Acosta has sung under the baton of acclaimed conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Jacques Lacombe, Daniele Gatti, and Richard Tang Yuk. Among the venues in which Mr. Acosta has performed are Carnegie Halll, the Kimmel Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and MacCarter Theater.
At Westminster, Mr. Acosta studied with distinguished dramatic soprano Dr. Sharon Sweet, and had the pleasure to coach with Miss Laura Brooks Rice, Dr. Akiko Hosaki, Rachelle Jonck, Dr. Eric Rieger and Debora Scurto-Davis.
In May, Mr. Acosta will return to the Princeton Festival to perform in John Adams’ Nixon in China, a work inspired by president Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972.
Breaking Through the Box Theatre Company
Breaking Through the Box Theatre Company was founded in the summer of 2016 with the mission of showcasing new work, and new takes on old work. After operating as a gypsy company for the past two seasons, BTTB has settled it’s roots at the artistic hub of Open Arts. Here, we plan to bring the community of Bordentown new and exciting theatrical experiences, provide workshops and master classes to give back, and provide opportunities to local artists both in the performance and tech. If interested in working with us, please email [email protected]