Matt Goldman (Board Vice Chair, Co-founder) attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where he received a Bachelor in Economics followed by a Masters in Business Administration/Marketing. He was also involved in Clark athletics, playing varsity soccer and coaching a women's club team. Upon graduation from Clark, Matt was invited to join Omni Resources, a startup software services company. He remained there for seven years, producing educational and business software packages for clients that included CBS, Simon & Schuster, Grolier, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Bantam Books and Prodigy. While at Omni, Matt formed a partnership with longtime friends Chris Wink and Phil Stanton. The three created Blue Man Group, which opened Off-Broadway at the Astor Place Theatre in 1991 and continues to play there today. Throughout their long association, Matt, Chris, and Phil have been fascinated by the interconnections between learning, creativity, and community; and how, combined with new teaching techniques, the educational experience can be enhanced. It is these interests that led them to start Blue School.
Renee Rolleri (Board Chair, Co-founder) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Parsons School of Design in 1992, a Masters in Art Therapy from Pratt University in 2001. Renee is currently enrolled at New York University in the Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Culture and Education Program with a special focus on child development and art therapy. Since completing her graduate degree in art therapy, Renee has worked with the Joan Fenichel Therapeutic Nursery School, the NYU Child Study Center, the Jewish Board for Family Services, and the Partnership for After School Education as a clinician and art therapist. Inspired by the joy of working with children and families and becoming a parent herself, Renee co-founded Blue School with her partners to bring the unique qualities that Blue Man Group offers children and families into an educational environment.
Chris Wink (Co-founder) is one of the co-founders of Blue Man Group and currently serves as the Chief Creative Officer for Blue Man Productions. Wink originally joined forces with Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton to find a creative outlet for their shared interests in percussion, technology, art, and comedy. These experiments led to the various Blue Man Group productions that have now appeared in venues all over the world. Wink’s work with Blue Man Group and Blue School has led him to explore techniques for enhancing the creative process. He has lectured on this subject before numerous organizations such as Harvard University, McKinsey and Co, and the NeuroLeadership Institute.
Jen Graffam Wink (Board Member, Co-founder) is an artist and graphic designer. Originally from coastal Maine, Jen moved to New York City to attend Barnard College where she majored in Modern Art History with a concentration in Visual Arts. After working in a directorial role with Blue Man Group and as a designer at the Village Voice, Jen went on to create Utility Design, a New York City graphic design studio. In subsequent years, she received an Ace Award, an SPD editorial design award and had her work published in numerous design anthologies and periodicals. After scaling back professionally to become a mother, Jen's search for a worthy, resonant educational path for her children brought her lifelong pursuit of creative expression and collaboration back to the fore. In 2006, Jen co-founded Blue School with dear friends and partners Renee, Matt, Jennifer, Phil; and husband Chris.
Jennifer Lamberts Stanton (Board Member, Co-founder) believes we need a more innovative approach to education for our children and Blue School fills that need. As Blue School evolved into a chartered academic institution, Jennifer joined her colleagues from Blue Man Group to create this exciting New York City based educational experience. Jennifer is motivated by her deep desire to see educational models to evolve in the 21st century. In her work with Blue School, Jennifer draws from what she learned about innovation, invention, and emotional intelligence through her experience with Blue Man Group.
Philip Stanton (Co-founder) is a graduate of public schools and Evangel College of Arts and Sciences in Springfield, Missouri. Philip received a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 from Evangel College with a double major in Religious Studies and Theatre Arts. At Evangel College, Philip discovered the joys of theatrical performance and the power of the arts to ignite the imagination and celebrate the human experience. Though Philip felt immediately at home in New York City and knew he had followed the right path, it was not until he met Chris Wink on his first assignment as a waiter for the catering firm Glorious Food, and soon thereafter Wink’s long-time friend Matt Goldman, that Philip found the endeavor that would incorporate the interests and influences he’d had throughout his life. The three began work on Blue Man Group -- a celebration of the human spirit through music, science, art, and theatre -- which has allowed them the freedom to express themselves in a variety of media, with few limitations. Having been given such generous opportunities in life to learn and explore, Philip is excited to help ignite curiosity and creativity in the context of community to new generations through Blue School.