Josh Friedman
Managing Director    
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Josh joined the Hangar family at the end of 2012 and has led the process of creating the theatre’s current strategic plan and working to stabilize the theatre’s financial position. He has worked in the performing arts for more than two decades, first in educational outreach and youth arts programs and then in arts leadership positions as a producer, production coordinator, teacher, and stage manager. Before moving to Ithaca, Josh was in charge of the administration, management, and development of the production department at the Alley Theatre in Houston. During his Alley tenure, Josh produced world premieres including Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries (off-Broadway in 2011), Ken Ludwig’s The Gershwins' An American In Paris, and Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure (Broadway, 2011). Other professional credits include positions at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Studio Arena Theatre, and O'Neill Theatre Center's National Playwrights Conference. 

Josh has been a guest lecturer and taught classes at Ithaca College, Butler University, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois. He is an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Association and served on the Board of Trustees for the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. He has participated on national grant selection panels for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and for the New York State Council on the Arts. He has presented nationally at the TCG Annual Conference, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference, and meetings of the League of Resident Theatres. He is a graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and studied Fund Raising Management at The School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Josh is currently an Arts and Culture representative on the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board and a member of the Ithaca Rotary Club.



Michael Barakiva
Artistic Director

Michael Barakiva has served as the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre since September 2017, after one year as the Interim Artistic Director.  He is an Armenian/Israeli-American theater director who has worked in New York and across the country developing new plays and staging classics.  His first novel, One Man Guy, published by Macmillan (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was ranked the #1 Gay Young Adult novel on Goodreads in 2014, named to the Rainbow List and Family Equality Council’s Book Nook and released in Brazil by LeYa.  The stand-alone sequel, Hold My Hand, is due out in Winter 2019.  Hangar credits include: Dégagé by Mimi Quillin (word premiere), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Third & I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

Off-Broadway credits include Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne (Primary Stages), White People by Neil Cuthbert and They Float Up by Jacquelyn Reingold (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC).  Regional credits include UP by Bridget Carpenter (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Burn This by Lanford Wilson (Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher and Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward (all at Syracuse Stage).  

Michael is a recipient of the David Merrick Prize in Drama, a Drama League Summer Fellowship, a Granada Fellowship at UC Davis and the Phil Killian Fellowship in Directing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Juilliard School, where he studied as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Directing. 

Read Michael's blog HERE



Nathan Norcross
Education Director and Artistic Associate

Originally from Kansas City, with stints in NYC, CT, DC, and FL, Nathan recently relocated to Ithaca to serve as the Hangar Theatre’s Education Director & Artistic Associate. As a director, Nathan’s career has spanned a variety of genres and forms—from large scale musicals to intimate chamber pieces, from developing new plays in collaboration with living playwrights to developing his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s MACBETH for two actors. He has also produced and directed regional premieres of Andrew Lippa’s JOHN & JEN and Lucas Hnath’s RED SPEEDO. In addition to directing, Nathan has been selected for Artistic Fellowship and Apprentice roles at the Westport Country Playhouse and DC's Studio Theatre where he worked alongside a number of directors he is now fortunate to consider mentors, including: Bob Moss, Mark Lamos, David Muse, Kent Gash, Nicky Martin, Eric Rosen, and Phylicia Rashad. An actor for a number of years, Nathan earned a BFA in acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, later earning his MFA in Directing at Florida State University. He is a proud member of both AEA and SDC.

Nathan also spent five years at the nationally recognized Coterie Theatre as a resident lead teaching artist and is eager to bring that experience here to the Hangar. Whether teaching acting classes in regional theatres, leading masterclass workshops at State Thespian Conferences, or directing productions with youth actors, Nathan has a passion for fostering young people to bring their own imagination and life experiences to an exploration of their world through the medium of theatre, creating work that is unmistakably unique and personal. 




Walter Weiner
General Manager
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Denise McEnerney
Operations Manager and Corporate Relations Officer    
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Mitchell Smith 
Interim Director of Marketing & Communications 
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Emily Kadish 
Interim Audience Services Manager    
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Stephanie Waite
Interim Annual Fund Manager   
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Rachel Philipson
Photography and Graphic Design

Adam Zonder    
Production Manager and Executive Technical Director   



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