Erez Ziv, Managing Director


Erez has joyfully dedicated the last 15 years of his life to creating an entirely self sustaining Indie theater company in New York City .

His educational history includes a BA in Jewish and Religious studies with a minor in comparative religion from the University of Minnesota, he worked on a Masters Degree in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS and attended semester at Oxford. He is a licensed fireguard, Handsom Cab Driver, sprinkler systems inspector, flame proofing Supervisor and wedding ceremony officiant.


He is very happy to have helped to firmly establish Horse Trade's reputation in the downtown theater scene and to create a well respected, self sufficient organization that has created and continues to create a home for some the New York City's most innovative, talented and hard working theater artists.


Thankfully the World keeps providing him with both fresh and refined talent to let loose on NYC and the world.


Erez is also a father.



Shula Kaplan, Bookkeeper


Shula joined Horse Trade in 2008 after many years in corporate accounting. Thanks to Horse Trade, she has now found a way to merge her professional career with her passion for the arts.



Emily Owens, Publicity


Emily is a press relations agency specializing in independent theatre. Clients include Horse Trade, The Brick, New Georges, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Gideon Productions, AntiMatter Collective, and UglyRhino. Website »



William Glenn, Operations Manager


Will is a theatre maker and designer, originally from Florida.  Co-founder of internationally touring theatre company, Wish Experience, Will has created work including the acclaimed A Brief History of Beer throughout the United States, the UK, and elsewhere as far away as Adelaide, Australia.  Prior to joining Horse Trade Theater Group as Operations Manager, Will worked with such companies as Battersea Arts Centre, Punchdrunk, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and SHUNT.  He holds a BA in Theater Arts from the University of South Florida, and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.



Megan Bandelt, Marketing Coordinator


When not coordinating the social media and box office activies at Horse Trade, Megan is a theater-maker. She will perform only if bribed with gluten-free cookies and is also the Literary Director for NJ-based symphonic metal band Eye of Eternity. Megan has also created with Premiere Stages, Snapple Theater Company, Rising Sun Performance Co. & Infused Quirk. BA Kean University, 2011. Megan is currently pursuing her MA in Theatre History & Criticism at Brooklyn College. In the rare occassion she is not toiling in the theatre or fretting over her thesis, she enjoys travelling around the world with her yoga mat, backpack and Nikon.



Helena Farhi, Festival Coordinator


Festival Coordinator by day, actor and director by night, Helena has been working for Horse Trade in various capacities since summer of 2014.  After surviving her first Frigid, she is thrilled to continue working with the Frigid/HT team to help produce innovative festivals that bring new audiences to the downtown theater scene.  Prior to working at Horse Trade, Helena interned with The Women's Project Theater and the Studio Theater in DC.  Helena is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. 


Arianna Mayer, Operations Assistant & Graphic Designer


Arianna (Called Ari by most) is a carpenter, painter, props artisan, graphic designer, and general tech person. Hailing from Upstate and graduating from Hampshire College, she is glad to be back in the Northeast after bouncing around the country working for theatres such as Florida Studio Theatre and Weathervane Playhouse. When not making theatre, she puts her biology degree to good use dispensing amateur medical advice consisting almost entirely of the phrase, "Get off WebMD and call a doctor."


Salli Squitieri  Creative Development, Special Events, Music Programs


Salli Squitieri has been promoting, booking and managing performers and artists since her youth and orchestrated countless special events and small festivals. She has been the proprietor of her own music and art venues, café and cultural centers. Further, she was the co-founder of the Paul Butterfield Fund and Society (PBFS) and handled the Paul Butterfield estate and Royalty recovery for approx. 20 years. Through the Paul Butterfield Fund and Society she developed care packages for struggling artists and touring bands. Salli is presently working in many capacities with ‘Horse Trade Theater Group’/’Frigid NY’, ‘Kevin Lyttle’ and ‘Tarakon Records’ and ‘Fete King Music’ as well as managing International Soca Artist MaddZart. Salli also volunteers and serves with the Rising Sun Performance Co.