Cathleen Carr is an arts and culture nonprofit leader and storyteller who has extensive experience in arts education and administration, performance, production and community-based collaboration.
Prior to joining newportFILM, Cathleen worked for a decade with Opening Act, an arts education nonprofit that brings theater-based programming to over 50 New York City public schools. Serving as Director of Programs as well as Director of Innovation and Engagement, Cathleen oversaw significant programmatic and organizational growth, clearing the path for hundreds of young NYC artists towards the stage and beyond.
As a performer, producer and educator, Cathleen has lived and worked in Chicago, Boston and New York City. Her original comedy has been produced Off-Broadway, she has worked internationally in documentary film production and has facilitated numerous workshops to clients such as HBO, Lincoln Center International and Fordham University.
An alum of Goddard College in Vermont, Cathleen is a graduate of the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows program and University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. Outside the office, Cathleen loves improvising, exploring new hiking trails with her family and dreaming up new podcast ideas.
Andrea van Beuren
Founder & Artistic Director
Andrea van Beuren is the co-founder and artistic director of newportFILM, and serves on its board of directors.
Through her company, Sustainable Films, Andrea has executive produced several documentaries, including Won’t You Be My Neighbor (director, Morgan Neville), Where’s My Roy Cohn (director, Matt Tyrnauer), Chasing Coral (director, Jeff Orlowski) and The Devil We Know (director, Stephanie Soechtig).
She is currently working on projects with Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman (directors, Weiner), Jeff Orlowski (director, Chasing Coral), Dan Cogan and Geralyn Dreyfous (Impact Partners) and Kate Davis and David Heilbroner (directors, Sandra Bland) among others.
Andrea currently splits her time between New York and Newport, Rhode Island.
Kathryn Sheehan comes to newportFILM by way of North Carolina and New York City. Growing up in North Carolina, Kathryn attended East Carolina University majoring in Business Administration and Communications. After graduation, she packed her bags and moved to New York City to pursue her career in Marketing & Advertising.
Throughout her 10 years in NYC, she held jobs in partnership marketing across all media platforms at Pandora Radio, Scripps Networks, and most recently Disney ABC Television Group. At ABC, she worked on Good Morning America and ABC News as a Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing, working alongside producers in a live television environment.
Brendan is a hardworking addition to the newportFILM team with experience in concert production, artist relations & hospitality, and sound design.
In his earlier career, Brendan lived in Vermont from 2006 – 2013, where he was a full-time music performance and composition teacher, local band manager, production assistant at music festivals, and musician in local and regional bands. Since 2006, he’s worked at music and arts festivals, providing him with a strong understanding in special events. Prior to becoming Technical Coordinator at newportFILM, Brendan received his Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Georgia, where he worked with the Savannah Music Festival.
He is thrilled to be on the newportFILM team and hopes to see you at upcoming events.
Office & Events Coordinator
After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Media Communications and Film Studies, Steve moved to New York City to pursue careers in Film Production and Advertising. While there, Steve worked as an Assistant Editor for Showtime Networks, a Production Coordinator for a large post-production agency, and then as a Media Analyst for the worlds largest media investment company, GroupM. Five years later, he decided to leave the hustle and bustle of NYC to move back to the Ocean State where he could be closer to some of the best surf breaks on the east coast and spend time playing fetch on the beach with his Australian Shepherd, Byron.
Steve is so excited to be working with newportFILM and is especially looking forward to showing films about the ocean, adventure, and conservation.