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Category: Professional Experience

Lucky Plush Internship Inspires MSLCE Student

By Tate Glover When I started working at Lucky Plush Productions at the beginning of this past summer, I was excited to learn more about the inner workings of a nonprofit arts organization. What I didn’t expect was how invested and interested I would become, not only in the well-being of the company, but in

Stepping Out of the Lookingglass

By Nick RomanMy internship with Lookingglass Theatre Company this past summer was nothing short of amazing. My primary goal with this experience was to reinforce and leverage my professional background in arts education and develop new skill sets by working across several departments of the organization. Not only did I provide administrative support in operations

MSLCE Students Measure Public Engagement at The Block Museum of Art

In preparing for the professional world of creative enterprises, MSLCE students constantly take into account the challenges that creative organizations face-such as low attendance figures and box office sales. To develop keen awareness to these trends and strategize ways to increase engagement, Dr. Jennifer Novak-Leonard’s engagement with Public Culture course gave students hands-on experience in

MSLCE Students Shine in A Starry Night

By Charlie WeinThe students in the MSLCE program get many opportunities to work with and support actual companies in the Chicago area while in school. Whether building marketing plans or making creative suggestions, this experience is invaluable. This year, however, there was an even greater opportunity for the students to take charge as the School

A Reflection on CommFest: A Starry Night

By Danny BittkerWhat started as a phone call for me turned into an incredible experience culminating in a cast of more than 25 talented alumni taking a bow on stage in the Ryan Fieldhouse. CommFest: A Starry Night was a years-long effort by Northwestern University’s School of Communication to bring together students, alumni, staff, donors

At Collaboraction Theatre, MSLCE Student John Hounihan Sees the Intersection of Arts and Administration Firsthand

By John HounihanCollaboraction Theatre is a mid-size theatre in Wicker Park with a unique take on art and politics: Collaboraction inspires social change through original devised theatre and community engagement that cultivates knowledge, dialogue, and action around Chicago’s most critical social issues. Collaboraction Theatre, along with the for hire and studio space arms of the

MSLCE Student Leslie Zhu Begins Summer Internship at MCA

By Leslie ZhuThe first thing I did after I moved to the Chicago area was to find a contemporary art museum in the city. I still cannot come up with a concrete answer to why I am so enchanted by them. I grew up in a family with no one related to art, and I