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MSLCE Student Seeks Innovation in Storytelling + Solutions for Arts Organizations

By Priyanshi KatareLaura Rensing has an eclectic professional background. She’s held a wide range of jobs; from writing to publishing to theater, and while she can’t pinpoint exactly what turned her toward the creative industries, the through line for all her work has been her love for storytelling. “I like being able to tell stories through whatever medium I have,” she explained, “as I grew in my career, I learned to tell

Finding Just the Right Fit

A passionate writer and storyteller, Samantha Sartori ’20 loved being part of the television production program in high school. She excelled at working on stories for the educational-access channel and filming clips for district broadcasting.

Finding Big Creative Opportunities in Unlikely Places

Daniel Grambow ’18 first discovered music in elementary school as he learned to play trumpet, piano, guitar, and sing. After injuring his knee in high school, he was no longer able to play sports—and he rekindled his love for the creative arts. As he spent more time in music and theater, he quickly realized that

5 Questions with MSLCE ’15 Alum Qiumeng Fu

What is your current role(s)/project(s)/business and what are your responsibilities?I am the director of Fu Qiumeng Fine Art in Upper East Side Manhattan. My responsibilities include sourcing consignments for New York and Beijing exhibitions, completing donation and collection appraisals, developing collaborative business opportunities, designing interpretive  and immersive thematic exhibitions, and planning and hosting events to

Laura Rice is Marching to Her Own Beat

By Miya Williams FayneMusic has been omnipresent in Laura Rice’s life. Growing up she took piano and recorder lessons and performed with her church’s children’s choir. “I so appreciate great musicianship and music’s ability to transform space, soothe the soul, move the crowd and fight the power,” she shared.

Where Are They Now? 5 Questions with MSLCE Alum Aleksa Narbutaitis

What is your current role(s)/project(s) and what are your responsibilities?I’m currently the Creative Director at the Chicago-based personal branding and creative services agency, SimplyBe. Agency. I was hire #1, and my CEO and I have built the company from two to eight full time staff over the past two years. My core responsibilities as Creative

Jay Yang is Making Time for Inspiration

By Miya Williams FayneJay Yang plans to develop and distribute creative programming for the Korean audience. The Seoul, Korea native has worked in television for 14 years but after noticing changes in the media industry she decided to return to academia to learn more about audiences and new media. “I sensed cataclysmic transformation,” she said.

Alex Brown is Transitioning Industries and Expanding Perspectives

By Miya Williams FayneAlex Brown likes to challenge people’s beliefs and encourage them to question their viewpoints. While she began doing this as a higher education administrator, she now wants to implement this philosophy on a broader scale by applying it to the entertainment industry.

Unique DaCosta is Combining Work and Play

By Miya Williams FayneUnique DaCosta is interacting with music on a multitude of levels. She has a background in singing and is currently participating in the business side of the industry with like-minded people at Pandora. “The culture at Pandora is pretty awesome because everybody loves music and it’s a given,” she said. “It is

Sharing Theatre On and Off Stage

By Miya Williams FayneElizabeth Carner fell in love with theatre when she was eight years old. She attended a performance of Peter Pan and was inspired to work in theatre one day. She recalled, “Peter Pan was the start of realizing that I wanted to inspire an audience, as a way to give back to