LUCY SEXTON Executive Director

Lucy Sexton is the independent producer of the Bessie Awards. A choreographer, director, and producer, she has worked in the field of dance and performance for more than 25 years. Highlights include creating the dance performance duo DANCENOISE, directing the off-Broadway play Spalding Gray; Stories Left to Tell, and producing Charles Atlas’s film The Legend of Leigh Bowery.

HEATHER ROBLES Managing Director

Heather Robles has worked with Lucy at The Bessies since 2009. Also a choreographer, performer, dance teacher, teaching artist, founder of blog Community of Motion, artist-activist with Suzzanne Ponomarenko Dance, Rehearsal Director of Sharron Miller’s Junior Performance Workshop Ensemble, and a birth doula.


Meredith L Boggia is an arts worker and curator in fine and performing arts with institutions, festivals, tours, productions and in the management of
individual artists and collectives. She has had the pleasure of collaborating as a staff member of such institutions as Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Where she still works regularly, Museum of Art and Design, National Dance Museum, Dance Theater Workshop/New York Live Arts; Solid Sound Music Festival, the Wassaic Project- where she still works regularly,  and Fresh Grass Music Initiative among many others.  She is also an event producer and clients have included The Kentler Gallery, The New York Dance and Performance Awards, The Central Park Boathouse and others.  As an Independent Creative Producer she is honored to work with many Bessie-awarded artists, including luciana achugar, David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, Rebecca Lazier, Emily Johnson/Catalyst,  and Mallory Catlett; as well as the inimitable Ivy Baldwin Dance and Katie Workum, among others.  She is honored to be a member of this community. More at

TARA SHEENA Marketing and Development Associate

Tara Sheena is originally from Detroit, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and BA in English. She has collaborated on recent performance work with Kirsten Schnittker, Molly Poerstel, Isabel Lewis, and Nadia Tykulsker. Her current writings can be found on Hyperallergic and Culturebot. Tara lives in Brooklyn, NY

JANET STAPELTON Press Representative