Tracy Capune came to Kaufman Astoria Studios, where she is vice president, from a background in urban planning and economic development consulting. At Kaufman, she oversees the studio’s expansion plans as well as initiatives to further economic growth in the neighborhood surrounding the studio.
Capune said highlights from her tenure at the studio include the creation of the Studio Back Lot, which allows for outdoor shooting and community events, as well as the creation of the Kaufman Arts District.
“I think of the KAD as a neighborhood within the larger neighborhood of Astoria/LIC,” Capue nsaid. “It’s a way to highlight all the creative energy happening around the studio. For a while now people have recognized this area of Queens as a magnet for the arts… and also where people working in the arts are choosing to live. The KAD really planted the flag to give what was evolving here an official designation.”
Capune is looking forward to expanding the studio’s support of community and arts organizations, as well as plans to build another sound stage.