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. His marketing mind runs a mile a minute. Christopher is also a phenomenal wedding photographer. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and The Knot, among others, and displayed in exhibitions at The National Museum of Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam and The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Jessica Ray is a videographer and editor for NSP, our go-to gal for multi-camera edits and a thoughtful, soulful collaborator. Jessica is a native of Oklahoma City and holds a B.F.A. in dance along with a minor in media studies from Stephens College. 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. Jessica met Nel at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, interning in the video department.
Ashli Bickford is a videographer and editor for NSP – the one we turn to for lightning-speed, high-quality editing jobs and exuberant office cheerleading. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in visual and media studies from Emerson College and has worked for Sony Music Entertainment, Essence Magazine and The New York Public Library. Ashli was an intern under Nel at Jacob’s Pillow in 2011, Video Apprentice in 2012, and Videographer in 2014.
Cherylynn Tsushima, NSP Project Manager and prominent ray of video team sunshine, 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. She received degrees in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and fell in love with photography while working at Emerson’s student-run paper. Cherylynn also met Nel while spending a summer as the photojournalism intern at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
I feel so fortunate to have found Nel and her team. Their filming is superb.Randi Sloan
Heidi Gunter is NSP’s Operations and Business Development Manager. She 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!
Heidi feels very at home working with artists and creators from all backgrounds. She has worked professionally as a stage manager, Administrative Director of American Ballet Theatre’s Pre-Professional School, and a dance writer. She holds an M.A. in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey and a B.A. in Dance and Anthropology from the University of Alabama, and like many of the NSP team, she interned at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!
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 and creative content and web design for artists and entrepreneurs. She earned bachelor’s degrees in dance and journalism & mass communications from the University of Iowa and met Nel while completing a press and editorial internship at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2008.
Amber Schmiesing is a videographer and editor for NSP. Amber holds a B.F.A. in Dance along with a minor in Media Arts and Entertainment from Elon University. She has studied Dance for the Camera in Los Angeles and has worked with the video crew at Bates Dance Festival. Her short films have been featured in festivals throughout the world and she has received runner up in Dance Camera West’s Emerging Artist Competition and was a finalist for Best Young Filmmaker in Fastnet Short Film Festival. She continues to dance and choreograph in the city as well as create more short films! Amber met Nel at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as an apprentice in the video department.
Loren Robertson is Nel’s West Coast collaborator, part of her Vail International Dance Festival team, and go-to colleague to swap advice and talk inspiration. She worked with Nel as her first intern at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2004 and has been on staff at the archives for the Pillow for various summers ever since. She holds degrees in dance and film from Mount Holyoke College, and runs a thriving company for video and performance in California, based out of San Francisco.
Zoe Walders is a videographer/editor/office assistant for NSP. Zoe holds a B.A. in Dance from SUNY Potsdam. Originally from Rochester, New York, Zoe moved to New York City after spending the summer of 2016 as a video intern with Nel at Jacob’s Pillow. While working for Nel Shelby Productions, Zoe hopes to continue to perform and choreograph. When she is not working or dancing, Zoe is teaching, reading, putting sticky notes and labels on everything in sight and eating ice cream.
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