Casey Polomaine, Executive Director – Casey joined The Barn in 2015 as the Operations Coordinator, then transitioned into the role of Director of Programming & Residencies in 2018, where she specialized in working one-on-one with artists and community partners to develop new and innovative programming. In January 2022 Casey stepped into the role of Executive Director. Casey is the Co-Artistic Director and Founding Partner of Creative License, a theater collective aimed at breaking down the barriers between the artistic world and the general public, and has produced, directed, and acted in dozens of theatrical performances across the Capital Region. Her professional experience includes nearly 20 years in the customer service field in both the retail and banking environments. She attended Nazareth College of Rochester, where she earned her degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in Business Administration.
McCauley Cannizzo, Director of Membership & Operations- McCauley Cannizzo currently works as the Director of Membership & Operations at Electric City Barn in Schenectady, NY. Electric City Barn falls under Albany Barn Inc. and she has been with the organization since June of 2021 and feels right at home. She holds a M.S. in Organizational Membership with a Public Administration Specialization from Sage Graduate Schools. Her B.F.A. in Studio Art is from Cazenovia College, with minors in Arts Management, Art History, and Photography. She loves to talk about all things art, baking, and pets (be sure to ask her about her dog or cats at home, but watch out, she will definitely show you some photos and you may want to plan time accordingly).
Eric Szyjka, Facilities Safety & Maintenance Coordinator
Smells Strongly of Coffee. Coated with a notable thickness of sawdust. Most likely to wear cargo pants to the party. These are all things said of our resident hammer-and-wrench fella, Eric Szyjka. Eric joined the Barn as an Americorps VISTA in January 2021, and as full-time staff a year later. Officially employed to oversee the safety of ECB and maintenance of equipment, Eric is also an engaged member in the space. He can be found working on personal projects, consulting with members on theirs, and cornering unsuspecting community members into conversations on obscure topics related to tools, history, or making things.