Meet the Arts + Ideas Staff


Megan Whitman, Director, The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas

During her tenure at the JCC, Megan has developed the JCC’s marquee program area, Conversations, which has welcomed thousands of audience members and notable guests such as Chelsea Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, Paul Krugman and Nora Ephron. She also oversaw the monumental installation of the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #599 in the JCC's lightwell. Prior to the JCC, Megan occupied various positions in the Arts, from managing the Global Creative Leadership Summit to coordinating The Chicago Community Trust Arts Education Initiative. Megan received her BA with Honors from The University of Chicago and has a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.


Amanda J. Crater, Production Manager, The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas

Joining JCC Manhattan in 2008, Amanda has worked in many areas before happily landing in Arts + Ideas. Prior to the JCC, she worked for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, NYU Shakespeare Youth Ensemble, North Shore Music Theatre, and the Wooster Group. She has a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MA from NYU Steinhardt School of Education. Her theater credits include co-producing Eureka Suitcase's production of The Tempest at The Tank NYC and Pacific Beat Collective's TALA as part of HERE's Summer Sublet Series. As a member of Imperfect People Theatre Company she assistant directed The Books by Michael Edison Hayden at Fringe NYC.

Miriam Leviton, Director of Arts Education, The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Miriam received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California: Berkeley in Art History. A job at a children's museum in Berkeley led to her desire to work within arts education. She relocated to New York in 2008 for a position at the Guggenheim's Learning Through Art program, placing teaching artists in public elementary schools throughout the city. While at the Guggenheim, Miriam attended NYU's Steinhardt school, earning her MA in Non-Profit Arts Administration with a focus on arts education. Since joining the JCC in 2012, Miriam has continued to develop her passion for arts education and the ways in which the arts positively impact the lives of those in our community.

Alaina Nuehring, Arts Administrator, The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas

Alaina is an artist that hails from Minnesota. She relocated to the East Coast to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, earning her BFA in Painting and Printmaking, and has exhibited her work throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. Prior to working at the JCC, Alaina has worked in many areas within the arts while in New York. Her experience includes working as a studio assistant for a sculptor and printmaker, gallery assistant, and program assistant for an artist-in-residence program in Woodstock, NY, which ignited her interest in arts administration. She joined the JCC in the summer of 2015 as Arts Administrator for the Studio Arts and Culinary Arts programs, where she is excited to utilize her arts expertise to help the Arts + Ideas department thrive.

Jen Cinclair, Culinary Arts Program Manager, Lambert Center for Arts +Ideas

Graduating from the International Culinary Center in Classic Pastry Arts was a late-coming dream after years of working in the non-profit world. Also a graduate of Hood College with a degree in Sociology I was the proud recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. As the former pastry chef at Spoon Catering and TBSP in Chelsea/Flatiron I enjoyed making a variety of treats for six years and more recently worked at Hudson County Community College as the recreational culinary coordinator and at Dine Market as an account manager helping restaurants and vendors connect meaningfully through an online ordering platform.

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