Since founding CitizenRacecar in 2012, David has been responsible for shaping and growing the company, and supervising the content and creative direction of all of its client work.
Beforehand, he built careers as both a producer of media and events and as a professional writer and musician. He played a significant role in the production of events including the PROJECT Global Trade Show, Photoville, the New York Photo Festival, the DUMBO Arts Festival, The FiFi Awards, fundraising Galas for Dress for Success and the Bedford Academy, and mobile marketing programs for Diageo, Pepsico, and Nature’s Way; and created commercial music for clients including New York University, City University of New York and Fast Company.
He has also written, produced, and directed theatrical pieces in both New York and Washington, DC, and composed music that has been performed at the Folger Shakespeare Theater and by groups including the Capital Wind Quintet, and the New York Shakespeare Exchange.
He graduated Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music, and also studied Music Theory and Composition at Shenandoah University and the University of Maryland, and visual art with the nationally-renowned teacher Walter Bartman.
He lives in Queens, NY with his wife, a nonprofit executive, and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, birdwatching, and playing bass in the locally-famous rock and roll band The Lowers.
Audio Engineer, Producer (New York)
Austin is a musician, producer, and audio editor who never turns down an interesting project. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. He has found a home in the podcast world as an editor and as a creator/host of three of his own podcasts. He has also fully self produced his debut album “The Path Ahead.”
Cinematographer (New York)
From 2012 – 2014 Matt worked as a teacher in South America with the U.S. Peace Corps, having specialized in literacy development, documentary, and art activism in partnership with various NGOs and the State Department. This transformative experience led Matt to focus strictly on nonfiction film and modes of media representation.
Matt holds a B.A. in Film & Video (Directing) from Columbia College Chicago & M.A. in Documentary from New York University, where he trained with renowned filmmakers and anthropologists. In addition to developing short & feature-length films, he shoots about 100 live events per year.
Michael Shaw Fisher
Writer (Los Angeles)
Michael is a writer, performer, and producer, originally from Washington DC, and currently based in Los Angeles.
He’s the founder of two successful Southern California theater groups – the Orgasmico Theater Company, of which he also serves as Artistic Director, and the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab. With Orgasmico, he wrote and produced the new musicals “Shakespeare’s Last Night Out” which won the 2017 Ovation Award for Best Book of a Musical, and Top of the Fringe, Best Solo Show, and Best New Musical at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival; “Skullduggery” which was a 2016 Mainstage production at Sacred Fools Theater; “Doomsday Cabaret: a Rock Musical of Apocalyptic Proportions”, which won Best Musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2012, and earned him an Ovation nomination for Lyrics and Music in 2013; and “Exorcistic”, which won the Hollywood Fringe’s Freak Award in 2013 and was extended as a Sacred Fools Spotlight production.
He has also written and produced several independent film projects, including “Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens”, which won the El Capitan Award from the Yosimite International Film Festival.
He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, where he received Thesis Distinction in 2008, and an MA in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University.
Wildlife Photographer (New Jersey)
Our resident wildlife videography specialist, Ray has captured exceptional film of dozens of species all around the country. He’s also an active still photographer, with wedding and society studios in New Jersey and Florida.https://vimeo.com/200077618
Cinematographer (New York)
Made in Taiwan, Kay was a proud product of the 80s. After studying Cinematography at the School of Visual Arts in New York (BFA, 2008) and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles (MFA, 2014). Kay has worked in both narrative and documentary film, mentored by iconic cinematographers including Frederick Elmes, (Blue Velvet), Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Igor Martinovic (House of Cards). Her own credits include the HBO series The Night Of, and the Jim Jarmusch film Paterson.https://www.hellokayhung.com/
Director, Producer (New York)
Kerry is a director, actor, producer, and new media expert with deep roots in theater. She was an Artist-in-Residence with the Bershire Theater Festival before moving to New York where she trained in improv comedy at Gotham City Improv and Magnet Theater, and worked with companies such as the New York Shakespeare Exchange, F.A.C.T, Tip My Cup Productions, Squeaky Bicycle, and Blowout Theater Company of which she is co-founder and Artistic Director. In a recent highlight she played opposite Tony Shaloub in a workshop production of Act One, a new play by James Lapine, which was performed at the Vinyard Theater and Lincoln Center.
An early adopter of podcasting as an artistic medium, Kerry has collaborated on The Truth and Thor’s Hour of Thunder, and created Blowout Theater’s Podcasting Workshop program, which teaches media production skills to high school students.
Peter Rivas Kleiner
Writer (New York)
Peter is a writer, editor, content strategist, and marketing communications manager, as well as an acclaimed playwright. Commercial highlights include promotional websites for the movies Casino, Clockers, Waterworld, Die Hard, Goldeneye, and Apollo 13 the videogame Burn:Cycle, and Planet Hollywood restaurants, as well as work for Allstate, American Express, Citibank, State Street Financial, Morgan Stanley, and Scholastic.
His plays have been performed in New York and regionally, and he served as dramaturge for the Lee Strasburg Institute in Los Angeles. He was also senior writer for Eon-4, the first episodic science fiction website.peterrivaskleiner.com
Director, Producer (Los Angeles)
Jesse has over a decade of experience as a producer specializing in documentary and reality programming. He has worked on shows for Discovery, Nat Geo, Science, Travel, History, Bravo, Investigation Discovery and other cable and syndication networks. As a Field Producer and Director, he excels in leading a team, crafting story and executing an idea from concept to delivery. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and additional training in postproduction and commercials.https://www.jesserivkin.com/
Producer (New York; Detroit)
Dave has produced and managed everything from stadium concerts for Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, and the Rolling Stones, to Off-Broadway and regional theater, to special events including the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Photo Festival, and the World of Science Festival. Film credits include short format films and commercials in collaboration with Second City, The Vagina Monologues, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, and the film event Under the Bridge: Projections of the Revolution in NYC.
Dave is co-founder and Creative Producer of Unitied Photo Industries, with whom he co-created PHOTOVILLE, first held in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the summer of 2012. He is also an actor, who has toured internationally with the Wooster Group, and appeared in numerous works for theater, film, and television.unitedphotoindustries.com
Audio Engineer, Producer (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Garrett Tiedemann is a Peabody Award-winning audio engineer, producer, and composer with additional expertise in film and theater production. He’s a classically trained guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has also worked in film and radio/podcasting for most of his life. With a continuing desire to experiment and test the boundaries of what audio and film can achieve, Garrett has found a home across mediums and frequently works with non-profit organizations to expand their use of social media and the ways they tell their stories. In addition to his work with CitizenRacecar, he currently handles sound design and scoring duties for the podcast Darknet Diaries as well as working for the ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter where he handles marketing and produces the podcast Connecting ALS for the national office.