Brookline Interactive Group

We’re proud to have an incredibly talented team at BIG. Our skilled staff members have a diverse wealth of experience ranging from filmmaking, production, and editing, to graphic design and marketing, to teaching and curriculum design. Amidst the wide array of expertise, we are all passionate about community media and committed to empowering all community members to express themselves by telling their stories and creating their own content.

 

Kathy Bisbee

Executive Director - Kathy@brooklineinteractive.org

A native of western Maine, Kathy works in solidarity with diverse communities to amplify their voices; managing programs and organizations rooted in participatory media and digital inclusion as a creative technologist, storyteller, and community organizer. As a research fellow at the MIT Open Doc Lab, Kathy’s fieldwork was featured in Ms. Magazine on equitable access to traditional and emerging media in the public interest. Kathy received the 2019 'Nextant Legacy Prize' from the Virtual World Society, is a policy advisor to the CyberXR Coalition, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Northeast board of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM). For more info: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathybisbee.

Eric Sack

Director of Technical Operations - eric@brooklineinteractive.org

Results-driven community leader with 17 years of experience developing innovative communication technology-enabled solutions that serve diverse community needs. Deeply committed to using media and communications to support free expression and community development. Proven ability to assess and plan complex, technological systems in team-oriented environment. Adept at building relationships with a shared sense of purpose. Translates ideas into action effortlessly. Possesses an Improvisational and entrepreneurial mindset able to seize opportunities for organizational advancement.

Ian Bauer

IT/Special Projects Coordinator - Ian@brooklineinteractive.org

Ian is a photographer and videographer from Northampton, Massachusetts.

josh Widdicombe

Virtual Reality Coordinator

Josh@brooklineinteractive.org

Ann Theis

Deputy Director - Ann@brooklineinteractive.org

Community-based Media has been an intrinsic part of Ann’s life ever since she attended Antioch College to become a documentary filmmaker. Discovering the importance of community media under pioneers in the field, she learned that teaching people to express their own voice was more important than merely documenting them. Now at BIG, she is managing operations including staff and interns, educational programming for adults and youth, community outreach, grant-writing, and reporting. She is the 2019 recipient of the Dirk Koning - George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communication.

Andrew Doig

IT Systems Administrator - Andrew@brooklineinteractive.org

Andrew is BIG's Systems/IT Coordinator. A native of Carlisle MA, he has a degree in Information Technology from Emmanuel College in Boston. A staff member since 2013, Andrew is responsible for BIG's website, on site technology and VR gear. In his spare time Andrew likes to tinker with PC's, play video games with friends and try new craft beer.

Morgan Laing-Buckland

Production Assistant

Morgan@brooklineinteractive.org

BIG's INTERNS

Rachel Liyan Lee

Production Intern

Rachel Liyan Lee is a graduate of Emerson College with a major in Media Arts Production. While seeking to gain valuable experience in the field and develop their editing skills, they’re also excited for the opportunities to work with the local community! In their free time, Rachel enjoys practicing 3D Modeling and Animation.

Hugues Lamarre Jr.

Production Intern

A Boston, MA native and a Media Arts Production student at Emerson College. My goal is to work on video and film productions. I am looking to improve on my camera and editing skills, as I network and collaborate with a team that is looking to succeed in the same field as myself. I look forward to exploring what the internship has to offer.

Lune Aquiline

Arts2Work Intern | Brain Wave Director

Lune Aquiline is an 18 year old musician, sound engineer, and producer. In 2021 they began working on the show Brain Wave Live!, produced out of BIG’s Access Studio. While they started doing sound work for the show, they’ve since moved up to being the show director and the primary coordinator for pre-production. In their free time, Lune enjoys engaging in social and political activism, working on video content for their original music, and mastering the art of making coffee drinks.

Rani Balakrishna

Social Media and TV Programming Intern

A rising sophomore at Brandeis University, Rani has lived in Brookline her whole life and has a strong passion for journalism and advocacy. In addition to journalism, Rani loves sports. She is a member of the Brandeis Varsity Softball Team, and a senator for the Brandeis Student Union Senate. At Rani’s alma mater, the Winsor School in Boston, she was the Sports Editor of her high school newspaper, The Banner. She also has been the Co-head and Co-founder of the South Asian Student Organization at Winsor, and Co-president of an Indian American Youth Group based in Newton. Additionally, Rani is an avid user of social media and aims to use BIG’s resources to do more outreach within the community. In her free time, Rani enjoys learning Indian Classical Dance at the Triveni School (in Brookline of course), spending time with family and friends, and playing the guitar.