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 has worked on over 800 individual productions in all stages of development at institutions such as MASS MoCA, DTW/New York Live Arts and independently at venues throughout NYC and the U.S. She has been professionally affiliated with Aunts, National Performance Network (NPN), APAP’s Emerging Leaders institute, the Museum of Art and Design, and The Wassaic Project. She is honored to work with 2015 Bessie-nominated David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, Bessie-recipient luciana achugar, Bessie-recipient Kimberly Bartosik, Bessie-recipient Mallory Catlett, Bessie-recipient Emily Johnson, and the incredibly talented Ivy Baldwin, Rebecca Lazier, and Katie Workum.

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