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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.

NU Professor Talks Big Data with Media Expert

By Jacob Nelson The MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises kicked off its first Speaker Series event last week with a discussion about media audiences and big data. Northwestern professor James Webster, who has a new book out that focuses on the effects of a proliferation of media choices in the digital age and is