James Paul, Executive Director  

James comes to The TANK from a career of more than 20 years as a grant writer, arts administrator and executive director of non-profit arts organizations. In New York, James headed the House Foundation for the Arts, which represents the work of singer and composer Meredith Monk.  For 12 years, he operated a country opera house in Ancram, New York, 100 miles up the Hudson from NYC.  He is originally from San Francisco, where he worked with the Exploratorium, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and other organizations.  A Guggenheim Fellow, Paul is a poet and writer, author of several books.

James Paul

Samantha Wade, Resident Audio Engineer, Keeper, and Guide 

Samantha Wade leads the recording team on all sessions at The TANK.  Known as The Voice of The TANK, Samantha grew up singing in its splendid resonance. Her grandmother, Barbara Wade, lived across the street and was for many years the Keeper of the Key. Samantha carries on this tradition as she greets visitors, gets them to sing, and introduces them to this sonic treasure.  In 2018, Samantha received a Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Fellowship and a scholarship for a Residency at the Music District in Fort Collins.

Michael Van Wagoner,  Technical Associate

Originally from Price, Utah, Michael assists on all aspects of the TANK’s technical set-up, from recording to acoustical arrangement, outdoor concert placement, and site maintenance.  Michael is also a musician and a visual artist.

Michael Van Wagoner and Samantha Wade