By Jacob Nelson When Megan Cherry was in first grade, she told her parents she wanted to play the violin. A month later, she nagged them about it. Finally, they signed her up for lessons. “They thought I’d only play for a year and I’d quit,” Cherry said during a recent interview. Sixteen years later,
By Jacob Nelson Kayla DeSouza’s professional path was set in motion when she interned at a public arts performance high school in Chicago. The program offered free arts education to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get it, and the experience working there inspired DeSouza to pursue a career in arts nonprofit organizations. “I
By Jacob Nelson Chad Hewitt is drawn to theatre more than other art forms for one simple reason: it’s one of the few remaining forms of creative expression that can only be enjoyed in person. “Theatre is the last artistic platform where you can’t use your phone or computer to experience it. You have to
By Jacob Nelson Hailing Xiang’s interest in advertising stems from her desire to help her family. When her father’s company developed a new product, it presented Xiang with a problem: How do you advertise it?
By Jacob Nelson On paper, Angelique Power’s career seems like a natural ascension from nonprofit management positions to her current role as President of the Field Foundation. The reality is more complicated. “I fell into my career, like many of us do,” Power said during a recent interview. Power, who will be discussing her professional
For our first Faculty Spotlight of the 2017-2018 academic year, we interviewed Northwestern Professor James G. Webster about media audiences. Webster researches audience measurement, the behavior of media audiences, and media industries. In the responses below, he discusses misconceptions about audiences, how to determine “a hit,” and predictions for the future of audience behavior.
By Jacob Nelson Daniella Smith fell in love with opera when she realized she excelled at singing it. The new MSLCE student and Seattle native originally began her artistic career in musical theatre, before realizing that her voice was better suited for classical. “As I watched more opera, I really fell in love with it,”
By Jacob Nelson Rob Luchow’s first break didn’t happen in Hollywood. It happened in Evanston. As the Vice President of Drama Development for CBS TV Studio explained during the first MSLCE Speaker Series event of the academic year, Luchow was a Northwestern undergraduate working as a waiter at a pizza place near campus when he
By Jacob Nelson Dominique Warren originally hoped to work in theatre, but now is pursuing a career in film. The reason? Close-ups. “Theatre is different each night, but in film they capture that moment up close,” the new MSLCE student said during a recent interview. “Film is more intimate because the audience is the camera.
By Jacob Nelson MSLCE student Nicholas Roman aspires to be the education director of a performing arts organization. It’s a role he’s been training for in one way or another for his entire career.