The founding staff of DecadesOut has a diverse background in the arts, business and production. Our founding principal is based on the desire to explore subjects that exist at the crossroads of science and culture from an artist’s point of view.
We have a full-time, volunteer executive director/lead producer in Frank Kuzler, a dedicated volunteer staff of two co-producers (Jennifer Larkin and Patrick Sullivan), two marketing staff members, several needs-based interns for production periods and research, as well as wide network of film/video and theatre professionals.
Currently, everyone works as a volunteer, generously donating their time and energy to establish the company and our programming.
Francis Kuzler — Board Member/Executive Director
For over ten years, Frank has been writing, directing and producing independent film and theatre. A strong believer in the development of new talent and the expression of new ideas, Frank has built the foundation of his career developing projects that come from new voices and have a fresh and unique perspective.
Most recently, he was a producer on Rain, the first independent feature to be indigenously produced in the Bahamas. Rain was produced in association with DedPro Inc (www.dedpro.com) a commercial producer of which Frank is the president and lead producer. After having played at over 25 international film festivals including London, Paris, Toronto, Chicago, New York and Turkey, Rain had its cable premiere on Showtime in February 2010. The film has been called a “trailblazer” sure to lead the way for new voices.
Other film credits include the uncompromising arthouse film After The Apocalypse by Japanese filmmaker Yasuaki Nakajima which was called “a triumph in independent filmmaking,” and which received acclaim in over 30 international film festivals.
As a theatre producer, Frank recently stepped down after 6 years as the Managing Director of the award-winning Boomerang Theatre Company, a staple independent theatre company in NYC’s Off-Off Broadway world. During his tenure, the company has received several awards for its productions, notably NYIT’s 2008 Caffé Cino Award for Outstanding Independent Theatre Company. Frank continues to be active as a member of Boomerang’s Board of Directors.
In addition to his producing role, Frank is a writer and director. His plays include The Substance of John, The Last Spoken Word, and Giant-n-Variation which have premiered independently in NYC as well as within the NY International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. Currently, Frank has a feature length screenplay, The Orange Cyclist, in development.
He holds a BA from Manhattan College in English literature, a Juris Doctorate degree and is a member of the New York State Bar.
Jennifer Larkin Kuzler — Board Member/Co-Producer
Jen is an actress and producer living in Brooklyn working in theatre and film. In New York, she has produced theatre in the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival and is an active co-producer at DedPro Inc.
Jennifer is also the Director of Annual Awards and Annual Editor for the Art Directors Club (ADC). Founded in New York in 1920, ADC is a self-funding, not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect, provoke and elevate creative visual communications professionals around the world. The ADC Annual Awards competition identifies and honors the best work of the year in print and broadcast advertising, interactive media, graphic design, publication design, packaging, photography and illustration.
As an actress, Jen’s theatre credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real and A Christmas Carol, all with Hartford Stage Company, directed by Michael Wilson; the title role in Anna Christie with Boomerang Theatre Company; Giant-n-Variation, The Substance of John and Beyond the Horizon, also with Boomerang; Steel Magnolias with Shadowland Theatre; The Lucky Chance with The Queen’s Company; Back House Productions’ Feiffer’s People at the Drama Book Shop’s Arthur Seelen Theatre, directed by Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail; and Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth with the National Shakespeare Company.
She holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in English from the University of Connecticut, has studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).