Meet the NSP Team

All our videographers and editors (even our project managers!) have training in movement, understand musicality and have an experienced eye in viewing all styles of dance. We can make instinctual, in-the-moment decisions during filming and connect to each project with an increased awareness of nuance and choreographic voice.

our work is fueled by a devotion to dance and a feeling that the art form should be promoted often and easily, and preserved with utmost care.

Heidi Gunter

Heidi Gunter

Operations and Business Development Manager

Heidi is responsible for fostering new and recurring projects with the talented NSP team. She’s on board to make certain your projects are handled with the utmost care and attention. And keep our whole team organized and thriving!
Cherylynn Tsushima

Cherylynn Tsushima

Project Manager

Cherylynn is our prominent ray of video team sunshine, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York as a freelance photographer specializing in live arts photography. She handles all of NSP’s invoicing and payment processing and leads projects with ninja organization skills.
Jessica Ray

Jessica Ray

Videographer & Editor

Jessica Ray is a videographer and editor for NSP, our go-to gal for multi-camera edits and a thoughtful, soulful collaborator. She has worked for Essence Magazine, BET and The New York Public Library, and she is still dancing and choreographing in New York with her company Dance into Deliverance.

“Nel and the whole team at NSP are consummate professionals. Not only are they fully committed to their clients, but they provide a toolbox full of artistic and technical knowledge, and their love of dance truly shines through in all of their work.”

— Samuel Asher Kunzman, Choreographer

Ashli Bickford

Ashli Bickford

Videographer & Editor

Ashli is the one we turn to for lightning-speed, high-quality editing jobs and exuberant office cheerleading. Ashli was an intern under Nel at Jacob’s Pillow in 2011, Video Apprentice in 2012, and Videographer in 2014.
Amber Schmiesing

Amber Schmiesing

Videographer & Editor

Amber met Nel at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as an apprentice in the video department. She has done video work for dance, musicians, corporations, theaters, and weddings, and loves to play with drone footage. Amber is still involved in the dance world, teaching dance to kids age 3-17. 

Caroline Haidet

Caroline Haidet

Videographer & Editor

Caroline first began working with Nel at Jacob’s Pillow as a Video Documentation intern, diving into videography for dance and loving every moment of it. When Caroline moved to NYC, she was ecstatic to join the NSP team. She also works at the Merce Cunningham Trust and Amy Jacobus Marketing.

“I feel so fortunate to have found Nel and her team. Their filming is superb.”

— Randi Sloan, Dance Department Chair, The Dalton School

Brittany Pace

Brittany Pace

Editor, Organizer & Office Assistant

Brittany is a 2015 graduate of The University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in media studies and theatre. She met Nel when she was a 2015 Jacob’s Pillow intern where she fell in love with the dance film life and moved to New York 3 months later.
Cayla Simpson

Cayla Simpson

Videographer & Editor

Cayla is a videographer/editor/dancer originally from Las Vegas, New Mexico. She was introduced to Nel’s work through The Dance Film Association and began working for NSP in the Spring of 2018. Outside of NSP, Cayla is a freelance editor and dances as a company member with The DASHEnsemble and Kizuna Dance.

Ben Richards

Ben Richards

Videographer & Editor

Ben is currently the Creative Services Video Designer at
University of Nevada in Las Vegas. He has worked with Nel for years since meeting at Jacob’s Pillow, and he continues to work with NSP on livestream projects and other cross-country collaborations. 

Loren Robertson

Loren Robertson

West Coast Collaborator

Loren is Nel’s West Coast collaborator, part of Nel’s Vail Dance team, and go-to colleague to swap advice and talk inspiration. Loren also runs a thriving company for video and performance in California, based out of San Francisco.

Christopher Duggan

Christopher Duggan

Photographer & Videographer

Christopher Duggan is a highly-respected NYC-based dance photographer who just so happens to also be Nel Shelby’s loving husband. Christopher is the NSP crew’s favorite wide-angle videographer and brings an easygoing, friendly energy to our on-camera interviews.
Amy Jacobus

Amy Jacobus

Marketing Manager

Amy Jacobus is NSP’s Marketing Manager and helps the team dream big and keep in joyful communication with clients all year long. Also a former dancer, Amy is a Brooklyn-based consultant who specializes in digital marketing for creative entrepreneurs.