The founding staff of DecadesOut has a diverse background in the arts, business and production. Our founding principal is based on the desire to explore subjects that exist at the crossroads of science and culture from an artist’s point of view.
We have a full-time, volunteer executive director/lead producer in Frank Kuzler, a dedicated volunteer staff of two co-producers (Jennifer Larkin Kuzler and Patrick Sullivan), two marketing staff members, several needs-based interns for production periods and research, as well as wide network of film/video and theatre professionals.
Currently, everyone works as a volunteer, generously donating their time and energy to establish the company and our programming.
Board Member/Executive Director
Francis has dedicated over 15 years to art, science, and non-profit management. A strong believer in the expression of new ideas, Frank has built the foundation of his work developing projects that have a fresh perspective while advocating for social justice and change.
His background includes non-profit management in theatre where he helped develop over 40 new plays and fully produced over 25. In film, he is an all around filmmaker with writer/director/producer credits in independent film.
This year, in addition to his work at DecadesOut, he is in post-production on two documentaries: The Weather Project which confronts climate change from the viewpoint of individual empowerment and personal activism, and The Fringe which looks at how fringe personalities define mainstream society.
He holds a BA from Manhattan College and is a member of the New York State Bar.
Jen is an actress and producer living in Brooklyn working in theatre and film. In New York, she has produced theatre in the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival and is also an active co-producer at DedPro Inc.
Jennifer is also Director of Awards Programs for the ADC Global Awards & Club. Founded in New York in 1920, ADC is a self-funding, not-for-profit membership organization boasting one of the most concentrated groups of creative talent in the world. Its mission is to connect creative professionals around the globe, while simultaneously provoking and elevating world-changing ideas through its programming. The ADC Annual Awards of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design identifies and honors the best work of the year in print and broadcast advertising, digital media, graphic design, publication design, packaging, photography and illustration, all with a focus on artistry and craftsmanship.
As an actress, Jen’s theatre credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real and A Christmas Carol, all with Hartford Stage Company, directed by Michael Wilson; the title role in Anna Christie with Boomerang Theatre Company; To Fool the Eye, Giant-n-Variation, The Substance of John and Beyond the Horizon, also with Boomerang; Steel Magnolias with Shadowland Theatre; The Lucky Chance with The Queen’s Company; Back House Productions’ Feiffer’s People at the Drama Book Shop’s Arthur Seelen Theatre, directed by Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail; and Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth with the National Shakespeare Company. Her film credits include City Island (2009 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award), A Rogue in Londinium and My Brother's War.
She holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in English from the University of Connecticut, has studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).
Managing Director, ACE Hotel, NYC
Jan Rozenveld serves as Managing Director at the popular Ace Hotel NY, a friendly hotel that opened in May of 2009, where he was involved with the construction, development and all operational and financial aspects of the hotel, as well as setting up all of its PR, sales and marketing strategies. In recognition of his work, Rozenveld was recently named New York GM of the Year for 2010 by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
He has achieved distinguished veteran status in the luxury, boutique and friendly hotel industry, having opened, repositioned, renovated and managed properties including The Greenwich Hotel, Royalton, Paramount and St. Regis Hotels (all in New York), The Tides South Beach in Miami Beach, the Windjammer Landing Beach Resort in St. Lucia, the Westin Casaurina Resort in Grand Cayman, the Amanpulo Resort in the Philippines, The Chateau De Bagnols in France, the Stafford Hotel in London and others. Rozenveld also serves on the board of directors of The Brooke Jackman Foundation for children in need, and in 2006 won the Brookster Award for his dedication to the cause.
Patrick Sullivan brings 35 years of experience in advertising and communications. His management skills include running studios in some of the most prominent advertising agencies in New York City and implementing cutting edge equipment and programs to most effectively promote various goods and services. His career has spanned working and managing small boutique agencies as well as large corporate advertising agencies, running a staff with as few as five people to a team of twenty-five in a graphics production studio of an international agency. Working closely with art directors, print production, and post production, Patrick has worked with companies including Verizon, Chase, Northrop Grumman, Disney, Chevron, Subway, American Express, United Airlines, Marriott, New Balance, Burt’s Bees, Hallmark, Intel, Kraft, Volvo, Schwab, Evian, and Crayola,. His experience includes several years in the pharmaceutical advertising industry working in conjunction with Pfizer, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Bristol Myers Squibb, Bayer, Roche, Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Merck and Co. Patrick has set up the post-production facilities for in-house editing, audio mix, and color correction. He was responsible for hiring editors, sound mixers, and color correctors. Patrick also helped develop an in-house retouching facility. He has created and helped design experiential and environmental pitch presentations on site and with outside venues in major cities. He has also helped develop processes for in-house video and photography facilities for headshots, interviews, and video content for rips. A co-founder of Bjornquist films with Whitney Hamilton he utilized his own production package and skills to executive produce many short films and three feature length movies including “My Brother’s War” distributed by Vanguard and on Netflix (DVD), “A Rogue in Londinium” which premiered at the Lucerne International Film Festival in Switzerland and is streaming on several worldwide digital platforms and “UNION” distributed theatrically through Indican Pictures and digitally via Lionsgate . He co-produced “Mr. Smith” with Forrest Murray and Ian McCrudden. "Virgil Bliss" and "Milk & Honey" with PKino films. Short films include: “Circle”, “…go I”, “Sweet Mary Jane”, “The Bellwatcher” and “The Delivery”, UNION (the Short), "Jeremy" and "TuLips". As a DP his films include: "A Rogue in Londinium", "My Brother's War", UNION (short), "Circle", "...go I", "One Lies, the other Swears" and "Jeremy" currently running on RevryTV. He was also second unit DP on “UNION”.
Head Chef, Tierra, Westport, CT
Born from a Puerto Rican father and an Italian mother on Long Island, Chef/Owner Sue Torres proclaims, “my heart is Mexican.” Driven by this passion, Torres has been showcasing the rich depth of Mexico’s culinary heritage through a menu of progressive Mexican cuisine since opening her restaurant Sueños in 2003, and long before that at Arizona 206, Rocking Horse Café and Hell’s Kitchen.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Torres’ career combines working at New York’s finest restaurants – The 21 Club, La Grenouille, Isabella’s, Lola’s, Arizona 206, Rocking Horse Café and Hell’s Kitchen – with considerable time spent studying alongside Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy, touring the markets of Oaxaca with Susana Trilling, and an apprenticeship under Richardo Muñoz Zurita in Mexico City. In addition to learning from luminaries in the field of Mexican food, Torres has traveled to the homes and families of her kitchen staff to learn the craft as it has been handed down through generations from mothers and grandmothers.
Torres has made frequent appearances on national cooking shows, including guest judge appearances on the Food Network’s Chopped as well as being a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. She has also been alongside Alexa Ray Joel and Blythe Danner in celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown’s book, Pretty Powerful (Chronicle Books, 2012). She receives regular accolades from food media and industry peers alike – including having her Shredded Beef Mini Tacos named by Time Out New York as some of New York’s best tacos. Her recipes can be found in Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, New York Magazine’s In Season Cookbook, and The Hot Latin Diet by Dr. Manny Alvarez.
When designing a menu, Torres uses local ingredients whenever possible. “Supporting local farmers and fisherman in your community gives you the upper hand in creating fresh seasonal dishes.” Torres loves using traditional techniques that go back to the roots of Mexico, grinding ingredients on stone or a molcajete stays true to the earth. “The ingredients come from the earth and preparing them on natural stone means you're putting more love and harder work into it.”
Whitney Hamilton is an award winning writer/director whose debut feature film, MY BROTHER’S WAR premiered in competition at the Methodfest Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Micro Budget Independent film and Best Actress for Whitney. It was released theatrically in L.A. and on video via VanGuard and was picked by Netflix in 2007 (DVD). It went on to play at the Bluegrass Independent Film Festival, Temeculah Film Festival, Southern Appalachian Independent Film Fest and New Hope Film Festival.
Whitney’s second feature film, A ROGUE IN LONDINIUM premiered at Lucerne Independent Film Festival in 2011 and New Hope Film Festival 2012 where it won Honorable Mention for Indie Spirit Award and Best Art House Film. It is streaming on Vimeo-on-demand, Cinetie and Filmhub.
Whitney’s third feature, UNION, is a passion project and the sequel to My Brother’s War. Loosely based on the characters in her book, FIREFLY, the film began production in 2013 in Alabama. It premiered at the Sidewalk Film Festival and went on to Santa Fe Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, Craic Fest NYC, Azalea Film Festival, Richmond Independent Film Festival and New Hope Film Festival where she won Best Director and Best Artistic Spirit. It was picked up for Theatrical distribution by Indican Pictures and Lionsgate for all other platforms in 2019.
Whitney’s short films have played at Seattle Underground Film Festival, Dragon Con, Shockerfest, Sidewalk Film Festival, STARZ Denver, Jellyfest, ABQ Indie Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Poppyjasper, Orlando Independent Film Festival, Gasparilla International Film Festival, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Film Fleadh Summer Shorts.
Whitney has worked as a freelance director, producer and editor on various short films such as JEREMY, TuLIPS, BIG AL as well as in-house spots and rips for Advertising Agencies in New York City. Whitney is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with BFA in Fine Art and an MFA Candidate at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She also studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute NYC. She got her start as a Script Supervisor on various indie films including MR. SMITH GETS A HUSTLER produced by Forrest Murray.
Television Producer and Executive
Darren Campo is a television producer and executive. Author. New media pioneer. And university professor. Darren Campo’s savvy creative instinct has led him to run one of the most popular programming divisions in cable network television. His philosophical ingenuity and storytelling ability has fostered one of the most intriguing literary series written in the best-selling Alex Detail’s Revolution and Alex Detail’s Rebellion.
As a television producer and executive, Darren is versed in developing all genres of content. Currently, Darren oversees one of the industry’s largest original production operations at truTV. Just prior to the launch of truTV, Multichannel News named Darren Campo one of “40 Under 40” to watch.
But Darren’s fare for content can ride the wave of reality trends to drawing on inspirations for his own creative writing from Schopenhauer, Schrödinger and Joseph Campbell to create the epic adventure and story of intrigue that Alex Detail takes. Early critique of Darren’s first bestseller, Alex Detail’s Revolution has been cited as a work of ‘activation’, not unlike thematic nerve struck by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.
Darren also spent four years working at CBS where he was involved in the production of the station group’s syndicated programming and news. Campo graduated from the Stern School of Business at N.Y.U. with degrees in marketing and industrial relations. Darren is as an Adjunct Professor in the Entertainment, Media and Technology program at NYU Stern School of Business, where he teaches “The Business of Producing.”
Joana moved from Portugal to America to study art and biology at Carnegie Mellon University, which allowed her to work in the lab and in the studio. Today, her process begins with a survey of research articles and news. She then contacts researchers directly to discuss their motivation and gather artifacts of their work. In the studio, she builds on these ideas to form questions about concepts of self and our place in the world, usually in the form of oil paintings. A painting based on her work with Dr. Alison Barth was published as the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience (2005), supporting what has become her core motivation: that art can both support and contribute to science, and vice-versa. This has driven her work in science art and science education work and has led to collaborations with galleries, schools and museums in Portugal and the USA. These include the Andy Warhol Museum (2007), the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and the National Aviary (2010).
Growing up in Texas, Shaunna spent most of her time dancing, training with the Houston Ballet and graduating from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. She moved to Oklahoma where she continued her dance training at Oklahoma City University (OCU), and before long moved to New York City, where she has been for the past nine years. Continuing her education at FIT with a dual degree in Fashion Merchandising and Advertising, Marketing and Communication, she began to focus more on the business side of the arts.
Her experience includes working with public relations, event and promotional companies as well as working with a number of advertising firms. After testing the waters as a creative manager, brand strategist and trend analyst, she realized her true calling was working in the not-for-profit art sector. She is currently freelancing, doing PR and marketing for dance, film, theater and art collective companies and is thrilled to a part of the DecadesOut team.
Erwin Maas is a New York based theatermaker, curator, educator and international arts advocate from the Netherlands with extensive international experience across a variety of creative and community contexts. In New York, he directed numerous productions Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway as well as Site Specific. More so than touring fully made productions, he is especially passionate about developing new or existing works with local artists and/or communities and has done so all around the world. His directing work ranges from plays by contemporary playwrights to devised, interdisciplinary immersive projects, opera, music theater & dance with performances for all ages. Maas is the Co-Executive Director of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), Director of the Fellowship Program for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), and the Programming Director for the Off Broadway Origin Theatre Company. As former Artistic/Creative Director of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) and Director of Performing Arts for the Cultural Department of the Royal Netherlands Embassy & Consulates in the USA, Maas offers an extensive knowledge and network in the international cultural field with a focus on international cultural relations and policy. He currently teaches as Adjunct Professor at CUNY Brooklyn College's MFA Performance & Interactive Media Arts Program (PIMA). Erwin is a core-member of Theater Without Borders, a member of Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics and of the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Committee. He also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn, the First Nation Spiderwoman Theater, and DecadesOut, an organization at the intersection of Arts, Science & Policy. Maas was a Fulbright Scholar for his MFA in Theatre Directing at Columbia University School of the Arts in NYC. He also holds a M.A. in Drama Teaching from the Academy of Dramatic Arts Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and a M.A. in Media Arts and Production/Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia - www.erwinmaas.com