Founder; Executive & Creative Director
Otto Pierce is a native Vermonter, born at home before the midwife got there. Having grown up in the middle of the woods, he became an environmentalist by default, a farmer by necessity, and an artist at heart. After buying the land in early 2013, a space that begged for ideas was born, and before long he came up with the idea for The Sable Project. With a lot of hard work and the support of many family and friends, the project became a reality with the start of the 2014 season.
Otto graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in dance. As a sculptor, dancer, and film maker, he explores myth, environment, and what it means to sculpt material, bodies, and space. To see his creative work go to ottopierce.com or visit his artist profile, click here.
Director of Operations & Project Manager
Jessica Lee was born near the Rocky Mountains, grew up ten minutes from Long Island Sound, and now depending on the season, considers Brooklyn, Vermont, and Connecticut her three homes. She is a freelance dance and teaching artist, arts administrator and organizer, production assistant and childcare provider. Her artistic work and teaching practice are grounded in gender, racial, and environmental activism, fueled by the joy of movement, and dedicated to inclusive community building.
After graduating from Middlebury College in 2013 with a Joint Major in Dance and Environmental Studies, Jessica missed the creative rigor and supportive environment that school had once provided and craved an adventure. The Sable Project was born at just the right moment; she was thrilled to be a part of Sable from its infancy as a Resident Artist in 2014, and considers that summer a transformative experience to her life as an artist.
Now as Sable's Director of Operations/Project Manager, Jessica is both Sable's mom and behind the scenes magician. She specializes in community/audience engagement, crowdfunding, and marketing.
Jessica also loves dark chocolate, sunshine, and cartwheels. To see her artist profile, click here.
Artist Residency Coordinator
Kern Samuel was born on the island of Trinidad in the West Indies. He is the son of tradespeople; his mother Maudlyn ran a small sewing shop from home. There is where he discovered art, spending many evenings keenly observing his mother as she created outfits, or just doodling quietly to pass the time. At fourteen his family migrated to the U.S. and settled in New Jersey. By that time, he had developed a strong passion for art and creativity and knew he wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he received a full tuition scholarship to attend The Cooper Union in New York City.
After college Kern became very interested in community building and became part of The Sable Project. Here, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many dance artists, often recalling his formative years at home with his mother, to create original costumes for performances.
Kern takes his interest in community and collaboration back to New Jersey where he works as an Educator at The Newark Museum. To see his Sable artist profile, click here.
Sustainable Wellness Programs Coordinator
Kate Truini, hailing from Connecticut, joined the Sable Project Team June 2017. She was an artist in residence during Sable’s second season and now serves on the Board of Directors coordinating environmental sustainability and community outreach initiatives. Kate holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Art from Alfred University and is currently working toward an MS in Food Studies from the American University of Rome. She is conducting her thesis on The Sable Project as an alternative food network in the local food movement. See her artist profile here.
2017 Photo and Video Intern
Anna Lueck is from an island in Washington State filled with artists and small farms, and is currently in her final year studying Film and Religion at Middlebury College. As an artist who has always connected most strongly with people and place through the lens of a camera, she was excited to explore and capture Sable with fresh eyes, whether through photography or documentary shorts this past summer season. Anna is often found doodling animals in the margins of her notebooks – in fact, one of those doodles became her first tattoo!
Sable Arts Projects, Inc. Board of Directors is currently:
Jeremy Cline, Jessica Lee, Otto Pierce, Tyler Rai, Kern Samuel, and Kate Truini.