Cardboard stage is a community of young artists that use the site as a platform to connect with other artists around the world. In its first year, Cardboard Stage has successfully coordinated and hosted performances around the world.

Cardboard Stage’s goal is to foster innovative collaborations. We encourage young artists from any field; theatre, music, art, dance, to work together to create something innovative and host it in an unconventional space, making art more accessible.

Cardboard Stage is not constrained by the conventional stage. Our goal is to bring art to the streets, to public spaces and to new unsuspecting viewers.

We offer young talented artists the opportunity to bridge the gap between their artistic silos and facilitate live real-world interactions and performances.

We provide a stage for artists globally, providing them the platform perform and, most importantly, the opportunity to grow and monetize their talents and network.

Our Team

Dasha Schwartz

Founder and Director

Dasha is a MA student at NYU in Dance Education. She is a graduate from Canadas National Ballet School and holds a Bachelor of Dance from Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. During her dance career she explored her passion for choreography, creating pieces for showcases internationally. In the realization that there is a need for a social platform to connect with other artists and collaborate on projects, she founded Cardboard Stage. Dasha expanded this idea during her time at McGill University and Alberta Ballet and continues to do so in New York City.

Gary Schwartz


Gary Schwartz has been at the frontlines of the mobile industry for over a decade and is the author of two books on mobile commerce, The Impulse Economy and Fast Shopper, Slow Store. Gary was recognized by Mobile Marketer publication as the Mobile Commerce Evangelist of the Year.Gary is also a mobile chair emeritus mobile for the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Mobile Entertainment Forum NA and global director of the Location Based Marketing Association. As CEO of Impact Mobile for the past 12 years, he has helped retailers and brands leverage mobile technology to advance their marketing goals.

AJ Ostrow

Head of Tech

AJ Ostrow is a full-stack developer and entrepreneur from Seattle. He started in corporate data warehousing and data-driven visualization. Since, he co-founded Modde, works for Thinkwire, Stealth Trader and consults for McGill.