About Staff & Board

Executive Director Melissa Smey

​Melissa Smey is Executive Director of the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, where she leads the campus’s pioneering venture to make the arts a vital part of every Columbian’s experience and the most acclaimed venue for new music in New York City. She has commissioned new works from composers Georges Aperghis, Julio Estrada, Hilda Paredes, and John Zorn; produced the United States premiere productions of Kaija Saariaho’s ballet Maa and James Dillon’s epic new music cycle Nine Rivers; and produced the urban outdoor premiere of John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit, featuring 99 musicians and 1,000 percussion instruments for an audience of over 2,500 in Harlem’s Morningside Park. Smey has held positions at the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Opera, serves on the board of Early Music America, and has served as panelist and speaker for various New York City and national arts organizations including New York University, Philadelphia New Music Project, Works and Process at the Guggenheim, and Chamber Music America.

Miller Theatre Staff

  • Melissa Smey EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Brenna St. George Jones DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
  • Eric M. Gewirtz DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & OUTREACH
  • James Hirschfeld ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS
  • Caitlin Sherman DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
  • Megan Harrold AUDIENCE SERVICES MANAGER
  • Taylor Riccio PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
  • Katherine Bergstrom ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATOR
  • Jen Gushue MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
  • Rhiannon McClintock EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
  • Aleba & Co. PUBLIC RELATIONS
  • The Heads of State GRAPHIC DESIGN

Advisory Board

  • Mercedes I. Armillas
  • Rima Ayas
  • Barbara Batcheler
  • Elaine Bernstein
  • Sean T. Buffington
  • Mary Sharp Cronson
  • Stephanie French
  • Marcella Tarozzi Goldsmith
  • Mark Jackson, chair
  • Eric Johnson
  • Fred Lerdahl
  • George Lewis
  • Jeanine Plottel
  • Peter Pohly
  • Marian M. Warden
  • Cecille Wasserman
  • Janet C. Waterhouse
  • Elke Weber