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Category: Guest Speakers

kollide.tv Owner Brings Multicultural Media to Online Audiences

By Jacob Nelson The owner of kollide.tv, an online video platform with a multicultural focus, spoke on Monday to Aymar Jean Christian’s MSLCE class about his experiences in the media industry and the trajectory of his career. Lateef Sarnor started kollide.tv last May, and has since been building up its programming and distribution. Before then, Sarnor

MoMA Asst. Director to MSLCE Students: ‘Be Ambitious, Be Eager’

By Jacob Nelson Sheetal Prajapati began Northwestern as an engineering major. The pursuit was short-lived. “That ended pretty quickly,” Prajapati said, “and I found liberal arts.” Prajapati, who currently works as the assistant director of learning and artists initiatives at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, spoke at last week’s speaker series

NU Alum Describes Career Path from Block Museum to MoMA

By Jacob Nelson Before she worked at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Sheetal Prajapati worked as a Northwestern undergraduate at the Block Museum. She had been unsure what to study at school, coming in as an engineering major, then shifting to history until finally settling on gender studies.

Steppenwolf Artistic Director Talks About ‘Institution Building’ at Northwestern

By Jacob Nelson “Before artistic director, I was a babysitter, a waitress, a receptionist, a teacher… a waitress.” So began Martha Lavey’s explanation as to how she got to be Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Artistic Director during the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprise’s January speaker series event. Lavey, who has been Artistic Director

Steppenwolf Artistic Director to Speak at Northwestern

By Jacob Nelson During her tenure as Steppenwolf’s artistic director, Martha Lavey has overseen the production of hundreds of plays, many of which have transferred to Broadway. She’s also seen Chicago grow into a destination for aspiring theater professionals. “There is nationwide regard for Chicago as a fertile ground for actors,” Lavey said during a

Video Game Designer to Speak at Northwestern on Wednesday

By Jacob Nelson Before he pursued video games as a career, Matthew Schwartz became a devoted player. He brought an SNES back to his senior year apartment in Evanston, and a video game fan was born. Then, he graduated and looked for work in the film industry. “I didn’t think of games as a career

Speaker Series Continues Dec. 3 With Gaming Industry Talk

By Jacob Nelson The Masters of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises’ (MSLCE) speaker series continues on Dec. 3 with Matthew Schwartz, who will speak about his career in the gaming industry. Schwartz has worked as a games producer at Adult Swim Games, the game publishing arm of Adult Swim Digital, which is part of the

TV Agent Tells NU Crowd How to Make It In Hollywood

By Jacob Nelson Hollywood is an a business of apprenticeships. If you want to make it as a writer, producer, or actor, then get a job working for someone who can teach you how it’s done. That was the advice given by Kevin Crotty (WCAS92), a partner and board member at the major literary and

‘Blacklist’ Creator’s TV Agent to Speak at Northwestern

Kevin Crotty loves the television show “The Blacklist.” But why he loves it is different from why the network show’s millions of other fans love it. “It’s going to pay for my children’s education.” Crotty is a partner and board member at ICM Partners, one of the largest talent and literary agencies in the world.