Erika Dilday /
Executive Director

Erika worked in marketing, communications and strategic planning for a number of organizations including National Geographic, The New York Times and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). She holds an MBA in marketing and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. She has an art history degree from Harvard University. Erika is a member of the Institute of Current World Affairs. She sits on the board of Rocking the Boat and the Associate's Council of Prep for Prep.

[email protected]
(212) 537-6843 ext. 6

Jessica Green /
Cinema Director

Jessica Green is currently associate producing an adaptation of Henry James' The Beast In the Jungle and producing a documentary on Graffiti titled Anything You Can Get Away With. Green also serves as a consultant on various media and Internet projects, including a television pilot. She got her new media sea legs as the executive editor of BET.com from 2000-2006. She is also a former founder, owner and editor-In-chief of the New York based, independent Hip-Hop magazine Stress (1994-2001). Green has an undergraduate degree from Lang College at the New School for Social Research and was born and raised in New York City.

[email protected]
(212) 537-6843 ext. 3

Christine Peng /
Education Programs Director

Christine Peng is a filmmaker, artist and educator who foregrounds urgent and untold stories of people, places, and history. Her recent film From Four Directions explores the intersections of personal and national narratives in the Taiwanese diaspora, and was supported by the Ford Foundation through the Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant (FAAR) program. Christine was profiled in The 28th Asian American International Film Festival's Cinevue Journal and has presented her work at national and international venues including Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, B-Fest Conference (Athens, Greece), The World Social Forum (Caracas, Venezuela), The YES Summit (Veracruz, Mexico) and The Allied Media Conference (Detroit, MI). She is currently co-producing a feature-length documentary that looks at the history of racial violence in relation to the dynamics of immigration and urban planning in New York City. Christine received her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

[email protected]
(212) 537-6843 ext. 2


Sasha Alexander. Goldberg
Teaching Artist and Documentary Center Operations Manager

Sasha Alexander. Goldberg is an Educator, Multimedia Artist, and Community Organizer with over 12 years experience facilitating and coordinating video/arts education, youth, and social justice programming. Sasha is the former Program Coordinator of Video Vanguards, an arts and social justice program created for youth of color and allies to create transformative video media. Sasha Co-Facilitated several of Global Action Projects' programs including Urban Voices, the Youth Facilitation Initiative, and the Supa Friend's program all of which build and develop community power, education, and media making skills. As a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Sasha recently developed a training for Case Managers on how to use video in community based programming. Sasha received a B.A. in Video/Installation, Ethnography, and Community Education from Hampshire College after installing "Our Bodies Are Stories," a multi-media gallery with live performance. Sasha is currently developing a feature length documentary about New York City's underground Ball Room culture, and believes in the transformative power of digital storytelling produced by and about marginalized communities.
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(212) 537-6843 ext. 2

Casey Johanna Edwards
Education Program Assistant

Casey Johanna Edwards is a human being, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. A child of the African and Asian diasporas, via familial lineage in Guyana, she believes in the well-being of mind, body and spirit. Her experiences as a working-class, queer, female-bodied person of color introduced her to the world of critical theory and reflection. Her love of documentary film as a tool for cultivating consciousness brought her the fortunate circumstance of working with well-known arts organizations such as UnionDocs and Brecht Forum. She recently completed Third World Newsreel's Production Workshop, developing a film on the effects of stop-and-frisk procedures on communities in New York City. She is a student of the Individualized Studies BA program at Goddard College, centering her work on Buddhism, Psychology, and Holistic Health.

Lyric Cabral
Teaching Artist

Lyric R. Cabral is a photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, and educator committed to reporting stories seldom seen in the media. Her current photojournalism project, USA VS. we the people,explores the lives of Muslim-American families impacted by terrorism convictions.  Photographs from this project have been recently published in The Nation, The Village Voice, The Huffington Post, and Colorlines.  Cabral was awarded a Jocelyne Benzakin photojournalism fellowship to study documentary photography at the International Center of Photography.  In recognition of her work as a media educator, Cabral received a Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism. Currently she is co-producing a feature length documentary film exploring issues of domestic surveillance.

Ben Raikes /
Teaching Artist

Ben Raikes, a licensed NYS school teacher, has taught primary school for 15 years. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and received his teaching degree from Greenwich University in London. He began his career as an education specialist with Apples and Snakes, an in-school poetry and performance program in London.

M. Trevino /
Teaching Artist

M. Trevino is a bilingual Spanish filmmaker and media instructor based in New York City whose work centers on gender, ethnography, ritual, and memory. His latest work is an experimental documentary short, The Promised Land, that focuses on how a man's unattainable desire to have a womb has dictated his movement as a dancer. He also recently edited two documentary features: Doctors of the Dark Side, that explores the critical role of physicians and psychologists in detainee torture in U.S detention sites; and Into The Wind, which chronicles the exciting and multi-faceted lives of three hot air balloon pilots. As a media instructor, Mr. Trevino has worked with grade school children and teens at various public schools programs through out New York City and New Jersey. He is committed to empowering youth through filmmaking and other forms of media production. Trevino is happy and honored to be part of education team this summer at the Maysles Institute. Mr. Trevino received his M.A. in Media Studies from the New School's Media Studies Program in 2002 where he was Department Fellow in Production. His work has been screened in major cities in the United States including New York, San Francisco, Houston and Detroit.

Nick Daniele /
Cinema House Manager

Nicholas has worked for many of New York City's top arts organizations including The Public Theatre's 24hr Plays Project, Roust Theatre Company, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. After moving to Harlem in 2008 he became active with the neighborhood's community gardens, and his local block association. He is also the managing director of the Harlem based art collaborative, The Fuzzystar Organization, which brings together artists across all disciplines to create new works.

Nicholas is a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England and holds a degree in Classics from Fordham University.

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(212) 537-6843 ext. 1

Sara Maysles /
New Media Director

Sara Maysles established the Maysles Films, Inc. photo and paper archives in 2004. Collaborating with Steidl Press in Germany and the Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC in 2008, she co-edited A Maysles Scrapbook: Photographs / Cinemagraphs / Documents, a visual history of Maysles Films and the photographic and cinematographic work of Albert Maysles. In 2009, she co-edited and co-designed Grey Gardens with her sister Rebekah - a book of edited conversations and stories culled from approximately 140 hours of audio outtakes of the groundbreaking Maysles Brother's documentary film as well as a variety of other materials from the paper archives. Sara has worked in Nepal's Tibetan community and studied Modern Tibetan language and culture at Tibet University in Lhasa, PRC. She is currently finishing her BA in Tibetan and Cinema studies at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.

[email protected]
(212) 537-6843 ext. 7


Andrea Plaid
Social Media Fellowship

Andrea Plaid is the Associate Editor/Project Manager of the award-winning race-and-pop-culture blog Racialicious.  Her work on race, gender, sex, and sexuality has appeared at On The Issues, Bitch, AlterNet, and RH Reality Check. She presented at Ford Foundation's SPIN Academy on the realities of and tips about blogging for non-profit organizations. She is a recurring commentator at Huffington Post Live as well as appeared on GRITtv and in Chicago Tribune and Washington Post. Andrea's writing also appears in the anthology Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism, edited by Jessica (Yee) Danforth.

Rebekah Maysles /
Facilities Director

Rebekah Maysles was born in New York City and moved to Philadelphia to study painting and art history at The Tyler School of Art. She is a painter and photographer and now lives full time in New York. She has been working with Maysles Films for the past five years on archive preservation and redevelopment. In addition she has worked on a variety of print media projects including the Sourcebook of American Chatter and Megawords Magazine. Rebekah co-edited and co-designed Grey Gardens and created the multitude of silkscreened, watercolored, and hand-drawn images woven through the book.

[email protected]
(212) 537-6843 ext. 4

Philip Maysles /
Technical and Creative Consultant

Philip Maysles earned his MFA in Art from the California Institute of Art (CalArts) in 2005 and his BA with honors from Brown University in 2002. He has taught documentary film and graffiti arts to youth and was an adjunct lecturer in Art at Rice University and the University of Houston (2005-2007). His work in painting and drawing has been exhibited at PS1 (NY), Artist Space (NY) and Monte Vista Projects (Los Angeles). Philip is a recipient of an Inner City Arts Council Purchase Prize, (Milwaukee, WI) and the Marie Helen Hicks Prize from Bell Gallery, Brown University (Providence, RI). He has contributed essays to Small Axe: A Journal of Caribbean Thought, Indiana University Press and the CORE Journal, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Press. Philip Maysles previously served as the Maysles Cinema director from May 2008 - August 2008 and co-director with Jessica Green from September 2008 - June 2011.


Alejandro Rosario is an eighteen year old Senior at KIPP High School from Manhattan.  Alejandro the Maysles Institute's Teen Producers Academy for two years. His first film, Sagomatic, has appeared on New York TV and Our City My Story at the Tribeca Film Festival. Alejandro worked as a producer and editor on Triggering Wounds.


Vivian Morales is a sixteen year old sophomore at Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language. She has been making documentaries at the Maysles Institute since 2011. In addition to appearing as a peer educator, she is also working as a producer and editor in the film, Triggering Wounds. Her hobbies include editing and shooting. She hopes to make more documentaries and narratives in the future. 


Brittney Lopez is a seventeen year old senior at Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts. Brittney comes from Harlem. Not only does Brittney enjoy being behind the camera, she also enjoys dancing and acting. Brittney will be attending Columbia College in Chicago in the Fall where she will major in Film. Brittney has made several films before working on Triggering Wounds.  Her films include Booker T and I Wish I Didnt Care But I Do