Mike Burdge

Founder of and programmer of Story Screen Beacon

One of the anchors of Beacon's Main Street is Story Screen — an independent movie theater with cushy seating, old-school concessions, pristine picture and sound, and (coming soon) its own cocktail lounge.

Community Film

Creative Hudson Valley is a celebration of the Hudson Valley's incredible creative energy and the people who choose to live and work here.

Lauree Ostrofsky

Founder of Hudson Valley Women in Business

Raised in Hyde Park and now based in Kingston, Lauree Ostrofsky is an author, speaker, coach, and founder of Hudson Valley Women in Business.


Brad Teasdale

Furniture designer and artist making distinctly Hudson Valley pieces

Garrison-based artist Brad Teasdale's unique furniture fuses Hudson River driftwood with concrete made from local materials.

Art Design

Caroline Crumpacker

Stewarding a national treasure in Saugerties

As Executive Director of Opus 40, Caroline Crumpacker is steward over one of the most significant earthwork sculptures in the country and a distinctly Hudson Valley landmark.

Art Community

Aaron Weisblatt

An Oscar nominee producing his next feature from Woodstock

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Aaron Weisblatt lives in Woodstock, and his latest film — a feature-length documentary about fly fishing culture in the Catskills — is set to premiere at the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival.


Matt Pond

Making music in Kingston as an indie rock luminary

As front man of his eponymous indie rock band, musician Matt Pond released a dozen albums and numerous EPs. Now living in Kingston, he's continuing to record while being a staple of the local music scene.


Kortnee Simmons

Signing to a label and appearing on Netflix, all from the Hudson Valley

Kortnee Simmons is a musician and actor currently signed to EMPIRE Records and appearing in movies and TV shows such as Netflix's The Get Down.

Film Music

Neil Howard of the Colony Woodstock

Leading the next chapter of a legendary Woodstock music venue

Neil Howard and his wife Alexia run Colony, the storied music and performance venue in Woodstock, newly rejuvenated and thriving under their ownership.


Shauna Keating

Designing interfaces and leading the tech community in Kingston

Based in Kingston, Shauna Keating is a designer and a leader of several community organizations, including the HV Tech Meetup and AIGA Upstate.

Community Design

Milo Axelrod

Designer, podcast host, and “passionate fool” in New Paltz

Milo Axelrod is a multi-talented UX designer, artist, podcast host, and self-described “passionate fool” living and working in Ulster County.


Jared Schafer

Motion designer and illustrator in Fishkill

Motion designer Jared Schafer is based in Fishkill, where he creates stunning animations and posters for high-profile clients.


Scott Tillitt

Bringing coworking to Beacon and beyond

Beacon-based Scott Tillitt is the founder of BEAHIVE, a coworking space and community institution with locations opening throughout the Hudson Valley.


Tyler Walker

Composing music and building apps for Improv Everywhere and more

Tyler Walker is a composer, sound designer, and app developer who's written the soundtracks for some of Improv Everywhere's most notorious events.

Music Tech