Josh Borenstein founded Odyssey Associates in 2019. Since that time, he has worked on cultural projects with a wide variety of organizations such as producing theatres, presenting organizations, orchestras, municipalities, neighborhood associations, historical societies, community schools for the arts, and foundations. As a teacher, Josh has been a Lecturer in Theater Management at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale since 2017. Prior to Odyssey Associates, Josh served at Long Wharf Theatre for 13 years, including 8 as its Managing Director, and he guided the organization through three different leadership transitions.
Prior to Long Wharf, Josh was a project manager at AMS Planning & Research, a consulting practice devoted exclusively to arts and culture clients. At AMS, he led or supported over 50 consulting projects for a wide variety of cultural organizations. In addition to his teaching at Yale, Josh has also guest lectured at Quinnipiac University, Wesleyan University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Boston University. He has served as a grant panelist for the NEA/ArtsMidwest, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. He was recognized in Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Class of 2014.” Josh is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale University's David Geffen School of Drama.
Sarah Wise joins Odyssey Associates with a decade of experience securing national and international bookings for independent musical artists and as a talent buyer for major independent music venues including the legendary The Bitter End. A self-described "translator" for performers and performance spaces (plus an artist herself!), Sarah's distinct sensitivity to the needs of performing artists, along with her expansive background in curating programming, has made her a prized collaborator in New York City and beyond. Sarah is thrilled to work to help forge meaningful, lasting connections between OA artists and performance venues. Based in Brooklyn, Sarah is a proud graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
Amy Harris is an arts administrator and educator with over 20 years of experience in non-profit theater. Before joining Odyssey Associates, Amy served as the Director of Education and Engagement at Primary Stages and previously worked for a dozen years as the Assistant Education Director/Coordinator of the Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program at Manhattan Theatre Club. A native of Minnesota, Amy’s work as an administrator and teaching artist has taken her from coast to coast including positions at Seattle Children’s Theatre and Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and The Shakespeare Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. Amy is on the Board of New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and since 2012 has served as Co-Chair for the organization's annual Face to Face Conference, the largest arts education conference in New York State. Amy has acted as both a panelist and moderator discussing best practices for internship programs for A.R.T./New York, the American Theatre Wing, New York University, and at the Face to Face Conference. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Theatre Education from New York University.
Lloyda Alicia Garrett is a communications specialist, playwright and interdisciplinary scholar who has almost 20 years of experience in the Caribbean and the United States. Lloyda Alicia has a Masters in Arts Administration and is also a doctoral student at Ohio University pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts where she is specializing in visual culture, specifically global media culture and theatre. She is also the Founder and Principal of Axelerate Associates LLC, a consulting practice offering communication and marketing services, fundraising research and campaign support, staff recruitment and development programs, and strategic planning leadership to arts organizations.
"At a pivotal time in White Heron’s lifecycle, Josh provided leadership and partnership –– evidenced in his willingness to think big with us and then map those lofty ideals to realistic possibilities and executable plans. As a Managing Director he has proven himself to be equally strong as an organizational leader, strategic thinker and a marketer.
"We hired Josh to help us transition from start-up mode to growth and sustainability while keeping the entrepreneurial spirit of a small arts organization dedicated to promoting dialogue with our community. On day one, literally, I asked Josh to sit in on a Board meeting without any expectations. But he had done his homework. He jumped from the 5-meter platform and immediately engaged the Board as if he were a tenured staffer. His ability to quickly immerse himself in the business kept us moving forward with purposeful speed.
"In a few short months as Managing Director, Josh had helped the leadership team to move the organization forward and prepare a solid foundation for our future. And then… global pandemic. During the COVID-19 crisis, Josh ratcheted up to another gear to help us do the right thing, the right way – being responsible for the organization while putting the community first.
"We are lucky to have Josh as a key part of our leadership team. He is a seasoned veteran who listens, thinks, solves, and leads. He is first and foremost a responsible partner with a personal stake in the outcome. But at the end of the day, his values-driven character stands above all. To work with Josh is to work with family (the kind you love)." - Robert Doran, Board Chair, White Heron Theatre Company