Founded in 1978, Roulette’s mission is to support artists creating new and adventurous art in all disciplines by providing them with a venue and resources to realize their creative visions and to build an audience interested in the evolution of experimental art.

Moving into Roulette's founding loft in Tribeca, 1978
Roulette's performance space and permanent home in Downtown Brooklyn.
The String Orchestra of Brooklyn | Photo by Tim Whitney
LPR Presents: RY X | Photo by Roulette


Roulette’s Founding: 1978-2000

Roulette was founded in 1978 during the rich, alternative space movement of the 1970’s by four graduates from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: trombonist/composer Jim Staley, composer/producer David Weinstein, intermedia artist Dan Senn, and graphic artist Laurie Szujewska. This movement changed the way art and music were experienced, with an emphasis on individual expression, experimentalism, irreverence, iconoclasm, playfulness, inquiry, and inclusivity. Spaces and programs were programmed and managed by artists; exhibitions and concerts took place outside of traditional venues; and Roulette emerged as one of New York City’s safe harbors for risk and discovery, where both young and established artists could explore new territory, invent, and cross-pollinate ideas. This is the very same spirit that has driven Roulette for over four decades; we’re still artist-run, and we’re more curious than ever.

Move to Brooklyn: 2000-2015

In 2000, Roulette moved out of its TriBeCa loft to a 74-seat space on Greene Street in SoHo, Manhattan, where it operated for the next decade. As artists’ ideas expanded, audiences grew, and rents in lower Manhattan began to rise, Roulette’s staff and Board began the search for a larger, more flexible and affordable performance space, ultimately finding our permanent home in Downtown Brooklyn in 2011. Roulette renovated our 400-seat, 1927 beaux-arts theater with a $2.7M capital campaign in 2015, rendering it one of the best-equipped and best-sounding in New York, while maintaining much of the theater’s historic charm.

Expanded Programs, Production, and Audiences: 2011-Present

Roulette now annually presents over 120 music, dance, and intermedia performances by some of today’s most prolific artists and their extraordinary emerging counterparts, alongside an additional 150 community and rental events. We also present a monthly podcast, weekly and monthly radio shows, and weekly TV segments on Manhattan and Brooklyn public access. In September 2020, in response to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Roulette began live streaming performances from our stage using a sophisticated robotic camera system and making the live streams available free of charge to the public, affirming our commitment to supporting the creation of experimental work, paying artists, and making avant-garde performance available to an ever-expanding audience.


Roulette’s administrative offices are open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm.

Mailing Address
30 Third Avenue, Suite 208
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Physical Address
509 Atlantic Avenue
(Corner of Third Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Main Telephone: (917) 267-0363
Fax: (917) 463-1051

Box Office, General Information & Artist Submissions
(917) 267-0368
Please note that Roulette’s Box Office opens one hour to performances.

Rentals & Special Events
Stéphanie Palmer, Director of Special Events + Community Partnerships
(917) 267-0370

Press & Marketing
Sam Polcer, Director of Communications & Marketing
(917) 267-0371

Development & Membership
Eric Umble, Director of Development
(917) 267-2440

Employment Opportunities
Visit our Opportunities page for open positions.


James S. Staley – President and Artistic Director
Jamie Burns – Executive Director

Andrya Ambro – Sound Engineer
Ian Bjornstad – Technical Director
Stephen Cooper – Sound Engineer
Wolfgang Daniel – Media Manager and Content Producer
Amanda Davis – Director of Operations and Programs
Ian Douglas-Moore – Sound Engineer
Henry Fraser – Event Staff
Edward Gavitt – Livestream Operator
Alex Hadjiloukas – Livestream Operator
Niara Hardister – Event Staff
Marandi Hostetter – Development Assistant
Susan James – Podcast Co-producer
Kevin Kenkel – Production Manager
Mikaela (Mika) Lungulov-Klotz – Livestream Operator
Sean Madigan – Production Manager
Ben Miller – Livestream Operator
Lys Obsidian – Event Staff
Colleen O’Conner – Event Staff
Rob O’Neill – Operations and Facilities Manager
Stéphanie Palmer – Director of Special Events and Community Partnerships
Teerapat (Gof) Parnmongkol – Sound Engineer
Sam Polcer – Director of Communications & Marketing
Rhiannon Reilly – Sound Engineer
Alex Rodabaugh – Event Staff
Jonah Rosenberg – Sound Engineer
Andrea Schiavelli – Sound Engineer
Eric Shekerjian – Sound Engineer
Kayin Solangon – Event Staff
Izzi Stevenson – AV Apprentice
Jeff Tobias – Event Staff
Cass Tunick – Bookkeeper
Eric Umble – Director of Development
Joe Wakeman – Livestream Operator
David Weinstein – Director of Special Projects
Rachel Yong – Event Staff
Jessica Ziegler – Event Staff
Arrien Zinghini – Livestream Operator

Board of Directors

James S. Staley, President
Ned Rothenberg, Chairman
Paul Gertner, Secretary
Joseph Walker, Treasurer

Emily Bookwalter
Jennifer Choi
Mario Diaz de Leon
Anne Hemenway
Mimi Johnson
Gordon Knox
George Lewis
John Madsen
Gayle Morgan
William Parker
Catherine Pavlov
Frances Richard
Frederick Sherman, Esq.
David Weinstein
Brooks Williams
Alvin Lucier, dec.

Artistic Advisory Council

David Behrman
M.V. Carbon
Sylvie Courvousier
Peter Evans
Shelley Hirsch
Jason Hwang
Val Jeanty
Darius Jones
John King
Oliver Lake
James Brandon Lewis
Miya Masaoka
Zeena Parkins
Tomeka Reid
Jen Shyu
Nate Wooley