The Team

photo 2 (2)Ozzie Rodriguez (Director of the Archives + Resident Director) has been the Director of the La Mama Archive since 1987. A bilingual playwright and actor, he is Founder and Artistic Director of two experimental theatre companies and the author of several plays (including Madre Del Sol / Mother Of The Sun, for which he received the Distinguished Contributions to Hispanic Culture Award). He has been Resident Director of Ellen Stewart’s La Mama Experimental Theater since the early 1970’s and has toured throughout the world as a member of the Great Jones Repertory
and La Mama’s Umbria Company.

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Shigeko Sara Suga (Archives Assistant + Resident
Artist) is a performer and director with a long history of involvement at La MaMa. In addition to being one of La MaMa’s Resident Artists, she is a Senior Artist with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre and a member of Yara Arts Group and the Great Jones Repertory Company.

Tiffany Nixon (Project Consultant) has been the archivist for  Roundabout Theatre Company since 2008. She holds an MLIS (Archives Concentration) and an MA (English Literature) and is 87894479_640an active Board Member  of the Theatre Library Association and the Performing Arts Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists.

Rachel Mattson (Project Manager) is a historian, educator, artist, and archivist. She holds a PhD in US history from New York University and an MSLIS from the 2013-02-05 13.19.37University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She belongs to a range of grassroots-oriented archival advocacy projects–including XFR Collective and the Independent Media Committee of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. She has performed as a giant puppet manipulator with the Aftselokhes Spectacle Committee and Great Small Works, and serves on the board of Circus Amok.

MichaelGrant_LordOfVHS.jpgMichael Grant (Cataloger) is a graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Masters program at New York University.  In addition to his work at La MaMa, he is a member of XFR Collective, and is working on a project in NYU Libraries to reformat and preserve critically out of print VHS and audiocassette titles, making them accessible for use and study in the coming years when originals are worn out, or can’t be played for lack of machines.  His BA is in Film Studies, and he keeps his feet wet in that area when possible as well.  When he’s not doing any of those things, he also works in a supporting capacity with his wife, musical theater writer Kit Goldstein Grant, on her many projects and productions.

photo (13).jpgDeborah Shapiro (Intern) is (almost) a professional archivist, a non-professional linguist and a decidedly amateur violinist from Brooklyn. She is in her final year of the master’s program in Archives/Public History at New York University. Since 2014 she has served as Graduate Assistant at the New York University Archives. As an intern at the La MaMa Archives, she is currently working on a digital exhibit about xerographic reproductions in La MaMa’s holdings, the questions that photocopies raise, and a few tentative answers they might provide to researchers. Deborah thrives on tentative answers, and has an ongoing interest in archival discovery tools and mismatches between theory and practice. Deborah holds an undergraduate degree in linguistics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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Pooja Desai (Intern) is a graduate student in NYU’s Archives and Public History program.  They hold a bachelor’s degree in History from Rutgers University. As an intern at La MaMa, Pooja has been working on creating a digital exhibit that explores queer theatre in La MaMa’s early years.

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Caroline Roll (Intern) is a first year student in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU. She received her bachelor’s in Radio/Television/Film from the University of Texas at Austin. While interning at the La MaMa Archives, Caroline is working with the 16mm film collection. 

Former Staff:

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Jameson Creager (Cataloger, November 2015-March 2016) is a recent graduate of Princeton University where he studied East Asian Studies and worked at the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Suzanne, The ChairsSuzanne Lipkin (Cataloger, May 2014-October 2015) is a recent graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute. She left La MaMa in October 2015 for a full-time job the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theatre Division. 

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Julie Sandy (Cataloger, May 2014-August 2015) is  librarian, prop master, Broadway stagehand, seamstress and home renovator. She left La MaMa to take a position in the Roundabout Theatre Archives.