Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2004) which he himself directed. For Crash (2004), he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations including one for Haggis’ direction. Crash (2004) reaped numerous awards during its year of release from associations such as the IFP Spirit Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA.
Advisory Board & Board Of Directors
Ted Nash Grammy- Nominated artist enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer conductor, arranger and educator. Born in Los Angeles to a musical family. Many of Nash’s recordings have received critical acclaim, appearing on the “best of- lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. His album Portrait in Seven Shades was recorded and released by The Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis in 2010. The recording garnered two Grammy nominations.
John Patrick Shanley a Pulitzer and Academy Award winning writer. He has written some two dozen off-Broadway plays since the 1970s, he made his Broadway debut in 2005 with Doubt, a parable, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in drama as well as the Best Play honors at the season-ending Tony Awards. In 1987, his screenplay for Moonstruck won him an Academy Award.
John Patrick Shanley
David Triacca is a professional actor and director and has been teaching and coaching performing artists for over 15 years. He has worked with numerous notable actors and celebrities including Adrian Brody, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Amy Wright, Jim Norton, Joe Pantoliano, Rachel Perry, Jim Florentine, Matthew Del Negro and Camille Guaty. David is also a produced writer and works as a career coach and communication consultant for various corporate executives and business professionals.
Daniel C. Smith
Ivette Dumeng | President: leads the company as the full-time Producing Artistic Director since 2010 and is a founding member of Nylon Fusion. Among many of her productions she has organized events of all levels from small/ intimate to large fundraisers and galas including an event at Oscar winning filmmaker Paul Haggis with Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis as musical guest. She is a member of The League of Proffesional Theatre Women, and a member of The Actors Studio PD Unit, TRU and SAG/ Aftra.
Greg Kanyicska | Vice President : Graduated Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science, Communications, magna cum laude. He made the Dean’s List, on all 1997 – 2001 Honors in the Major National Merit Scholar Student Leadership Genesis. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Duke Law School. He is currently a contract attorney at Quinn Emmanuel firm in New York City. He has written for the newspaper “The Devil’s Advocate” and was assistant editor to Peter Fish, writer to The Duke Law newspaper “The Innocence Project”, and served as writer at “The Alibi” (literary journal) Greg also works closely with producing Artistic Director and Sam Felix Public Relations and staff, he is currently designer of NFC’s visual design, he works on budgets, contracts and serves as editor in chief.
Lori Kee | Member: is resident director and member of Nylon Fusion. She has also served on the board of directors since 2013. Direction for Nylon Fusion: Full length: The Big Funk John Patrick Shanley and Paper Dragon by Alisha Silver. She has also directed over 30 short plays including world premiere play Tennessee by John Patrick Shanley. Lori is an award-winning director and she is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre teaching Acting at City University of NY/ BMCC. Lori will be leading our new educational department.
David Elliott | Member: has been an agent at Don Buchwald & Assoc. for over 30 years, working in the areas of on camera, voice over, radio, print, video games and industrials. Prior to working as a talent agent he was an actor in film, TV and stage. He had no acting talent. Recently he has booked clients as the leads in two major video games, and major advertising campaigns for Scott Paper, Bank of America, T-Mobile, Triscuits, Ambi, among others, and sent actors to work in Chicago, Los Angeles, Prague, Johannesburg, Milan, Slovenia and Buenos Aires. The greatest deal of his career was selling a small Wendy’s chocolate Frosty to another agent for $10.
Juan Garcia | Secretary: has been a member of Nylon Fusion since it’s inception and became a board member of NFC in 2012. He is currently the executive director of ABC Tutoring Community Center and private Real Estate Investor. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance from Wagner College and Non-Profit Management from The New School. Mr. Garcia’s first professional job was as account manager for a major investment firm. After two years Mr. Garcia moved on to real estate management for Milstein Properties. All the while serving as tutor and later promoted to executive director of ABC Tutoring in Washington Heights. He developed a community website and newspaper for Washington Heights. Juan is our festival organizer and props master among other things.