A Letter from the Founder
From the age of four, theater kept me busy around the clock and I loved every minute of it. Theater was how I found my confidence, had fun, and made friends. Theater was home. Then I grew up and, because I hadn’t chosen to pursue it professionally, performing disappeared from my life altogether.
In 2012, at thirty-one, I was living in NYC and working as a real estate agent. It seemed I had all the trappings of a successful life and yet, I felt a real void. You guessed it: it was theater. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want to suddenly become a professional actor. I simply wanted to perform for all the reasons that had fulfilled me as a child. Looking around New York City, however, I couldn’t find an opportunity to be in a show just for the fun of it. Thus was born the concept for AfterWork Theater.
For the past four years, AWT has been enriching the everyday lives of adults by creating the opportunity to participate in theatrical experiences that promote fun, community, and creative self-expression. No audition required. The people you’ll see on stage tonight come to us from every walk of life – lawyers, teachers, mothers, retirees – you name it, and we put them in shows.
As a born optimist, I never doubted we would find immense talent hidden within the sea of workaday New Yorkers and, boy did we ever! What I never could have foreseen though, when we began this little project four years ago, was that we were building a new home for so many people. With that in mind, I invite you, whomever you are, to join our ever-expanding family. Whether you’re returning to what you love or stepping on stage for the first time, there’s simply nothing like being in a show.
With love and gratitude,
Founder & Executive Director
Evan Greenberg, Founder & Executive Director
At the tender age of four, Evan Greenberg attended an after-school theater program and instantly fell in love with performing. As he got older, school theater and performing arts camp kept him on stage around the clock and loving every minute. Evan attended NYU film school and went on to live many lives. At the age of 31 though, living as a full-time real estate agent in New York, Evan suddenly realized just how much he missed being in shows. It wasn’t the idea of fame or fortune he craved but rather, the fun, the friends, and the opportunity to express himself through song and dance. In 2012, Evan founded AfterWork Theater in an effort to reclaim everything he loved about performing and boy, did it work! Evan currently serves as Executive Director to the AfterWork Community. Through this organization, he has produced fourteen shows, made hundreds of new friends, and reconnected with his greatest passion in life.
AWT Board of Directors
Max Winer, President; Chair, Development
Max serves as President of AfterWork Theater’s Board of Directors, and in that capacity provides leadership, guidance, and strategy to all facets of AfterWork Theater’s business operations and growth. During the day, Max serves as Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he manages key philanthropic relationships and facilitates the creation innovative and multidisciplinary programs that improve the health of vulnerable New Yorkers. Max first joined AWT in 2013 as a participant in RENT after a nine-year hiatus from the stage. Beyond having reconnected with his love for performance, Max was awestruck by the community-building power of AWT. It is AfterWork’s commitment to creating accessible spaces for fun, community, and creative self-expression that keeps Max so engaged, both on stage and behind the scenes.
Nicole Pollack, Vice President; Chair, Marketing
Nicole Pollack serves as the Vice President and Secretary of AfterWork Theater’s Board of Directors. She also serves as the chair of marketing. During the day, Nicole works as a project manager for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Nicole joined AfterWork Theater in 2014 as a participant in the production of Hairspray. After making tons of new friends and feeling like she had met “her people” in the city, Nicole looked for ways to get more involved with the organization and found herself on the Board of Directors. Since then, she has been in Anything Goes, Urinetown, and Into the Woods. Nicole’s favorite AfterWork Theater memory is when she and a castmate discovered a shared love for Ellen DeGeneres’s Here and Now comedy special and quoted lines from it all throughout rehearsals.
Alexandra Krupp, Treasurer
Alex discovered AfterWork Theater while searching for a creative outlet in her post-college life. She performed in the company’s inaugural production of Hair in 2012 and has been hooked ever since. A founding member of the Board of Directors and a frequent performer, Alex deeply believes in AWT’s mission and is proud to be part of an organization that is enriching the lives of so many. Alex graduated with degrees in Religion and French from Princeton University and holds a Master’s degree in Education in conjunction with Teach For America. With experience in education, strategy, and recruitment, Alex now leads operations for the Data + Analytics Community at Spotify.
Cardozie Jones, Chair, Program Development
Cardozie Jones has spent his life deeply rooted in the performing arts. A Philadelphia native, he moved to New York City in 2001 where he studied musical theater and eventually found a passion for theater education and writing. For the past decade, he has split his time between educator and artist. Having spent many years as a classroom teacher and school administrator, Cardozie currently works as a Leadership, Culture and Diversity consultant supporting schools and other organizations in how best to engage and empower diverse populations. In addition to his work in the educational sphere, Cardozie works as a director and choreographer at both the community and commercial level. He discovered AfterWork Theater in 2012 just in time for the start of its inaugural season. After teaching theater for almost a decade, he longed for the opportunity to perform in a supportive and recreational environment and found a haven in AfterWork. Since joining, he has had the honor of being both a participant and director for several productions. Continually given the opportunity to find new ways of expressing himself, Cardozie is committed to ensuring others receive the same opportunity by serving as Vice-President and Programming Chair of AfterWork Theater’s Board of Directors.
Amanda Chin, Chair, Participant Experience
As the Chair of Participant Experience, Amanda ensures that AfterWork Theater is delivering on its mission to all participants and helps empower them to maximize their experience in AWT’s programs. Amanda is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has her MBA from Columbia University. She’s had a lengthy career in advertising and marketing and is currently a consultant working with a variety of tech companies and start-ups on marketing strategy, operations and brand development. Amanda joined AWT in the fall of 2014 as a participant in Hairspray, taking the stage for the first time in 14 years. Ever concerned (and nosy) about other’s enjoyment of the experience, she served as Cast Rep for later seasons before ultimately joining the board.
David Hatkoff has been working in the world of theater for more than 15 years. He is currently Director of Marketing and Audience Services at NYC’s Signature Theatre, where he oversees all marketing and communication efforts for the Tony Award-winning company. He was a member of the core team overseeing Signature’s move to its Frank Gehry-designed home on West 42nd Street. David previously worked at Lincoln Center Theater and Broadway.com. David has served on the nomination committees for the Lucille Lortel Awards, Drama League Awards and GLAAD Media Awards. In addition to proudly sitting on the Board of AfterWork Theater, he also sits on the Board for Project Broadway.
Maddie first became involved in AfterWork Theater in 2013 as a participant in RENT and has been a member of the Board since its creation. She is currently attending business school at MIT Sloan, focusing on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and will be joining Deloitte as a Strategy Consultant in 2017. Maddie loves the spirit of AWT and is grateful to have found a way to express herself and enrich her life. Her experience performing not only brought her new friends and a place to sing other than the shower, but also allowed her to grow as an individual and discover a newfound confidence.