Our Team

Our entire team here at Off The Lane consider ourselves lucky to be surrounded by such dedication and passion. From the Board of Directors and Co-Chairs to our volunteers and Advisory Board, everyone is invested in providing a community, home-base and safe space for creative development.

Board Members

Kristal Mallookis


Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Kristal graduated from University of Northern Colorado and moved to NYC to pursue dance. Very soon after moving to the city, she started putting her entrepreneurship roots to use by working side gigs in between taking dance class and auditioning. Being able to find work for her actor/dancer/singer friends was exciting and fulfilling. In 2007 Mustard Lane launched and her vision of creating a transparent company with a safe and fun work environment came to life. Kristal is thrilled to bring that same passion to Off The Lane and the artistic community as whole.

Jillian Schiralli

Vice President & Social Media Manager

Jillian graduated in 2008 from Ball State University with a BA in Musical Theatre. Having grown up in the theatre world, she was thrilled when she booked the National Tour of “Cats,” only two weeks after graduating college. Immediately following her contract, she made the big move to NYC. After 10 years in the city, she now calls herself a true New Yorker! Soon after her move to the Big Apple, she started working with Mustard Lane in between performing gigs. Now with 10 years under her belt with the company, she works full-time as the Admin & Social Director, as well as the Event Coordinator for Meaux Space, the event space where ML headquarters are located. She is passionate about helping create beautiful events, whether at Meaux Space, Mustard Lane or her own self-produced vocal shows around the city. She is thrilled to bring her knowledge of the “NYC streets” to new mentees of Off the Lane!

Nathan Sheffield

Board Member

Nathan Sheffield, a lawyer by trade and a passionate arts advocate by nature, has spent over two decades working in nearly every facet of the entertainment business. As the co-founder of the law firm of Herzog + Sheffield, P.C., Nathan’s legal practice focuses on the development, financing and production of live theatre, book, film, television, and music endeavors. Clients include producers, talent, creative team members and other affiliated parties involved with hit television series, Broadway productions, and award-winning independent films.


Ayana Bey

BOOST Co-Chair

Ayana Bey is an NYC based actress, singer, and voice over artist who is currently a mentor for Off The Lane’s Mentorship Program, as well as Co-Chair of the BOOST program committee. Throughout her 12 years in the business she has taught acting classes, workshops & mentors actors so they have the tools needed to sustain and blossom in the arts. She is also a proud alumni of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she received her MA in Classical Acting. Ayana is motivated to help and see artists develop their goals through the BOOST program.

Jillian Vitko

BOOST Co-Chair

Jillian Vitko is an NYC based performing artist with over 20 years of experience in education. She has previously worked with companies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Mentor, The YMCA as a Teacher/Program Director & EBL Coaching as a Special Education Tutor. In addition to Co-Chairing the BOOST Program, she serves as a Mentor for Off The Lane’s Mentorship Program, where she helps graduating college seniors transition to life in NYC. As both an artist & educator, she is honored to have the opportunity to further guide creatives to follow their passions & achieve their goals

Jenna Craig

Content Creator & Development Assistant

Jenna Craig is currently double majoring in theater and journalism at Ramapo College of New Jersey.  After she graduates in May 2022, she hopes to secure a job in the entertainment industry either as an actress, arts administrator, or entertainment journalist. Jenna has been working in entertainment since she was 5 years old when she began a career as a child actress. As she got older, she fell in love with live theater, video editing, graphic design and writing, all of which have culminated in her career aspirations today. She is extremely grateful to have discovered Off The Lane and to have landed an internship here during the pandemic. “Personalized guidance for young emerging artists to me has always felt inaccessible, but this place changes that entirely,” Jenna says. “I hope that through my contributions to OTL, more people will learn about and utilize their amazing programming.”

Jen Donohoo

Ann Reinking Scholarship Program Director

Madison King

Intern & Mentorship Committee

Originating from the colorful city of Cleveland, Ohio, Madison King is a senior digital media production student at Kent State University with a minor in theater performance. Much of his experience in the arts comes from the various stage productions he has had the pleasure of being a part of since first discovering his passion for it his freshman year of college, leading him to doing a production of a one-act epic poem in Scotland for the annual Fringe Festival. Also, his passion in filmmaking has had a strong influence over his creative endeavors, from writing and directing short films that have been shown in festivals around the country, to even serving as president for an on-campus film production organization called KSU Independent Films this past year. Madison’s passion and determination to serve in the arts has not slowed down, as he looks forward to joining the MP experience after being a mentee last Fall 2020 and helping other students like himself make that ever important and seemingly overwhelming transition to NYC after graduation a bit more foreseeable.

Sophie Brubaker

Community Coordinator

Sophie Brubaker is a recent graduate of UC Davis with a BA in Theatre and Dance and a BS in Human Development. She was born and raised right outside of Sacramento, California, and while she plans to pursue some big acting dreams and move to NYC in the next few months, she’ll always be Californian at heart. Sophie’s first ever role as a stray goblin in a youth production of Narnia, the musical, was a seed that blossomed throughout high school theatre, UC Davis theatre, and multiple regional productions and musical concept albums. Sophie’s passion for art and theatre builds on her love for people. More than anything, she adores when people come together to tell stories and build community. The arts are a catalyst for loving and understanding each other better, and that is their greatest opportunity and obligation, and that is also why Sophie fell in love with the arts and artist community (and Off The Lane ;)).  In her extra time, you’ll find Sophie belting Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana tunes, sipping cappuccinos, and being a little too busy. Website: sophiebrubaker.weebly.com


Tristan Raines

School Partnership Committee

Tristan Raines (He/Him) is a freelance costume designer, artist, and educator based in New York City. Tristan has designed Off Broadway and regionally for 15 years. Select venues and companies include New World Stages, Barrow Street Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Goodspeed, La Jolla Playhouse, Norweigan Cruise Lines, Samsung, Cirque Musica, CTG- LA, The Muny, Capital Rep, New Rep Boston, and The Maltz Jupiter Theater. Tristan is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Tristan holds a BS in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design from Northwest Missouri State University. He then received his MFA in Costume Design from Boston University. Tristan also studied musical theater and Shakespeare in London, England at Imperial College. Tristan has also received certification in Diversity/Equality, and Inclusion Leadership from The University of Michigan as well as certification in Inclusive Design of Online Curriculum from University of Colorado Boulder.

Mikayla Petrilla

Events Committee

Mikayla is a New York-based performer and digital marketer with a penchant for nonprofit work. An actor, singer and funny gal, she’s brought laughs and music Off-B’way at the Signature Theatre (New York Musical Festival), Joe’s Pub at the Public, 54 Below, Broadway Comedy Club, Future of StoryTelling, The Chain and, up until the pandemic, was at The McKittrick Follies at Sleep No More. You can catch her on TV on Investigation Discovery, CNBC’s Make It, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She is currently performing alongside Illusionist Matias Letelier, bringing music and magic to corporations such as Pzifer, Moderna + Johnson + Johnson. She’s a mentor with Off the Lane as well as Young Storytellers in NYC, and is a teaching artist with various theatre companies in the tristate area. Mikayla’s cornerstone is community (so Off the Lane is THE place to be!) and her vision is to make a career in the arts an accessible, tangible outlet for all, so everyone with a dream has an opportunity to succeed. She is excited to bring her interdisciplinary interests in performance, digital marketing, and education to Off the Lane in hopes to create and foster opportunities for the next set of bright-minded creatives, movers and shakers! 

Ann Reinking Scholarship Program Advisory Board

Advisory Board Chair: Mindy Cooper

Application & Adjudication Committee

Chair: Bonnie Oda Homsey

Gregory Butler

Caitlin Carter

Dylis Croman

William Whitener

Fundraising Committee

Chair: Caitlin Carter

Gregory Butler

Marilu Henner

Bebe Neuwirth

William Whitener