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.
I feel so fortunate to have found Nel and her team. Their filming is superb.Randi Sloan
Amy Jacobus is NSP’s Business Development & Marketing Manager and helps the team dream big while keeping all the day-to-day details in check. Not only is Amy your go-to for all project inquiries – her marketing guidance takes NSP’s promotional video projects to the next level. She is a Brooklyn-based consultant who specializes in digital marketing and creative content and social media strategy. Amy 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.
Jessica Leigh Smith is our super friendly, ultra-organized Project Manager. A Virginia native, she graduated from University of Virginia with a Distinguished Major in Dance and Arts Administration and a minor in Art History. Jessica met Nel and Christopher in 2011 when she was the Individuals/Fundraising Development Intern at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. When not managing the many projects of our awesome clients, Jessica is dancing, cooking, quilting, knitting, writing, and reading, or otherwise following her creative impulses!
Cherylynn Tsushima, NSP’s Project Coordinator 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 as well as assisting Amy in keeping projects on schedule. 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.
Ben Rich brings lots of technical know-how and an infectious smile to all his NSP projects. Ben hails from California via Montreal, with a bachelor’s degree in dance. Entering video in the days of analog at Access Sacramento, CA, Ben has assisted in coordinating the video production department at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival under videographer Nel Shelby for several years and works as the video director for LIVE from the New York Public Library.
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.
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