Board of Directors

Shelley Burch (President)
Shelley started her involvement with FringeNYC in 1996, with a list of questions and a clipboard on the Lower East Side walking store to store accessing community support for the first festival.  Enthusiastic volunteer turned to Administrative Director at The Present Company encompassing many diverse duties.  In 2005 Shelley became President of the Board of Directors.  Shelley’s involvement in theatre has taken her from Colorado to Oxford, England as well as several companies in NYC as arts administrator, director, producer and performer.  Currently she balances her love and commitment between NYC for theatre and the Hudson Valley as an advocate for quality public education.

Benjamin Cohen
Ben began as a FringeTERN in 2008, where he discovered firsthand that emerging artists have a home in New York City. Now at Serino Coyne, he remains committed to amplifying the digital footprint of theatrical experiences.  He lives in the West Village with his wonder dog, Tiger Lily, and communicates mostly in 140 characters or less.

Eva Dean
Eva Dean founded Eva Dean Dance in 1985 and her company’s studio Union Street Dance in 2000, which provides subsidized dance rehearsal space to over 100+ choreographers annually. Her first production in the Present Company’s FringeNYC was in 2001, and her love of the festival continues to grow.   For more information on Dean’s extensive production and choreographic credits visit www.evadeandance.org

Martin Denton
Martin Denton is Executive Director of The New York Theatre Experience, Inc. (NYTE), a nonprofit corporation, and founder/editor of Indie Theater Now, a digital service that is home to more than 1,200 plays. Martin edited 14 print play anthologies published by NYTE. He created the pioneering theater review site nytheatre.com, where he reviewed 3,000 productions over a decade-and-a-half. Martin has been involved in various capacities at every FringeNYC, as adjudicator, FringeU co-producer, and (more times than anyone else) host of the festival’s Opening Ceremonies.

Meggan Dodd
Meggan has been the FringeHIGH Director of FringeNYC since 2007. Having recently retired after 30 years working as a prosecutor with the Manhattan DA’s Office, she has now turned her full attention to her first love, theatre. She is actively using her CUNY MA in Applied Theatre to create theatre for social change, primarily with the devised theatre folks at Honest Accomplice Theatre and with DreamStreet Theatre Company, whose participants are adults with developmental disabilities.

Elena K. Holy
Elena is the Producing Artistic Director of The Present Theatre Company, and her full bio is here.

Bonnie Pipkin
Bonnie Pipkin has been with FringeNYC in many capacities since 2007 – from intern to fundraising associate to panelist, and now, board member. Her debut young adult novel,Aftercare Instructions, hits the shelves in spring of 2017 with Flatiron Books/Macmillan. She also teaches literature courses at Kean University.