Since its first season in 2005, The Chocolate Factory Theater has supported the development and presentation of new work by a community of local, national and international artists working in dance, theater, and interdisciplinary performance. The Chocolate Factory’s programs have drawn many thousands of new visitors to its 5,000 square foot industrial facility in Long Island City, Queens. The organization recently purchased a permanent facility in the neighborhood.

Mission & History

Staff & Board

Board of Trustees


Sheila Lewandowski

Executive Director

Brian Rogers

Artistic Director

Madeline Best

Director of Production

Blaze Ferrer

Curatorial Assistant / Bookkeeper

Peter Richards

House Videographer

Juli Brandano

Box Office

Dijon Jackson

Box Office

Stacy Sperling

Box Office

Cheyanne Williams

Box Office

Michael Reardon

Graphic Design

Claire Bacon


Stephen Cooper


Lillie De


Ben Demarest


Akil Noel


Lily Bo Shapiro


Sophie Sotsky


Pamela M. Golinski, Esq.

Legal Counsel

Barbara Lynn Cantone

Taste of LIC Food + Drink Coordinator


New York Community Trust
New York State Parks
NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer
NYS Assemblywoman Catherine T. Nolan
The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation
Big City Graph-x & Printing
The Chocolate Factory Theater Trustees
The McGue Millhiser Trust

Mental Insight Foundation
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Carl and Laurie Rogers
Royal Waste Services
Select Equity Group Foundation
Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust
Shine Electronics
The Trust for Mutual Understanding

For a copy of our most recent audited financial statement and 990, download here.

Space & Technical

Download an inventory here.
Download a floor plan here.

Download Vectorworks drawings of our lighting grid here.
Please direct all technical and space-related questions to Madeline Best.