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.
Dustin Cuoghi, Theater Manager
Dustin started his involvement in theater at a very young age. He performed in multiple shows at his local church, school, and other theater groups. He also co-directed and staged managed shows in high school. He studied performing arts through the Mercer County Vocational School program. He is relatively new to Open Arts PAC. He began his career as House Manager and has quickly moved up to Theater Manager. He recently took on the role as Co-Director for Open Arts PAC Student Workshop Production, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and plan to co-direct many more in-house productions. His area of expertise is accounting and office management.
Alisha Cardenas, Central NJ Ballet Theatre
Alisha Cardenas (Artistic Director) originally hails from Atlanta, GA. Her training includes the Georgia Ballet, The Bravo Dance Centre and The Kennesaw School of Dance. Cardenas was accepted and attended the Cobb County School of Performing Arts majoring in Dance and minoring in Drama/Theatre. After high school, she was accepted to the University of Georgia’s performance company The UGA Ballet Ensemble. While attending The University of GA, she danced the role of Myrtha and Demi-Soloist from the romantic ballet Giselle, was a member of the Corps de Ballet and danced many of the companies repertory pieces. Past mentors include, Marina Levasheva from the Georgia Ballet and Bravo Dance Centre, Janet Robertson and Joan Buttram from the University of Georgia and Mary and Karen Rau from The Kennesaw School of Dance. Cardenas also attended the Second City and The Improv Olympic in Chicago, where she preformed, produced and choreographed numerous shows in the Chicago area. Students that she has trained have gone on to programs such as The American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Joffery Ballet NYC, The Rock School for Dance Education, The Rockettes Summer Intensive and American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). She is excited that her dream of becoming a director and owner of a school that stresses the fundamentals of ballet is coming true, and looks forward to meeting and training all her wonderful students.
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]