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Student Profiles

MSLCE Students 2022-23

 

 Layal Ababtain
 BS in Finance, King Saud University
Area(s) of Interest: Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Working with different nonprofit organizations and clients in the tourism/culture sectors on their strategic priorities
Ideal Job in 10 Years: In a consulting role that allows me to help regions unlock their creative industry potential

Oajah Alcorn
BA in Psychology/Communication, The Ohio State University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Two-year research assistant in Wegener Lab studying how media can influence attitude and directions that people can be persuaded.
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Using the power of art, through all of my areas of interests above, to emphasize the role that it has as it pertains to holistic wellness.

Raquel  Amaya
BBA in Marketing & Managing People and Organizations, Texas Christian University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Being a part of the Neeley School of Business was a significant experience because I really learned the value of working in teams and being a leader.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Working at a VP level within a performing arts organization

Emily Amborn
BFA Acting. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Working for the company I am at now, Spothopper. It lead me to the path I am down now.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Working in PR/ Marketing geared towards the arts/ performing arts or working in casting for a TV network!

Lizzie  Anderson
BS in Arts Management, Oklahoma City University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: I had my first experience directing a show called Project 21 which was an original collaboration between composers, choreographers, performers, and it is now the highest viewed virtual production on Oklahoma City University’s Project 21 channel.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: To be an Executive Director or an Artistic Director of my own performing arts nonprofit organization.

Priyanjali Bagaria
BFA in Creative Producing, Chapman University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: I started a charity, WishBone, for the wellbeing of stray animals in my city, I worked for Alan Aranya at Paper Plane Production on the TV show Tehran.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creative Producing in Hollywood, or an agent representing the best directors.

Naif Bin Saban
BA in Business Administration , Thompson Rivers University
Area(s) of Interest: Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Started my own firm.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Director of Entertainment Development/ Strategy/ Innovation

 

Cooper Foard
BA in Advertising, BA in Political Science, Chapman University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, Advertising
Experience: Winning an NCAA National Championship and creating two startup businesses while in undergrad
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creative Director or CEO of my own company

Lela  Gannon
BA in Theatre and Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Spent two years working as a professional actor in NYC and taught myself fiber arts of all shapes, sizes, and mediums
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Artistic Director or Producer

Yilin Gu
BA in Integrated Marketing Communication, Pepperdine University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, PR/Marketing
Experience: Participated in the production of the reality show “Forget Me Not Cafe Season 2”. Interned at dentsu China headquarters.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Producer

Yiru ZhouYilei Han
BA in Advertising, Zhejiang Normal University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals
Experience: Worked as intern for musical Next to Normal in Shanghai. Assistant producer and stage manager of an immersive musical.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Independent producer for theater

Roderick Hawkins
BA in Mass Communication, Louisiana State University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: On the academic side: Co-producing a documentary about the Fisk University Jubilee Singers. On the extracurricular side: singing onstage with soprano Kathleen Battle
Ideal Job in 10 Years: CEO or senior executive of a major cultural organization in Chicago or another large market.

Kenny Heggie

 

 

 

Kelly Hur
BM in Piano Performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: After working for the Admissions Office on federal work-study, I took on a full-time official offer as an Admissions Officer during my gap year.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: I’d like to lead a program that encourages innovation and uniqueness with a diverse team of creative and supportive individuals.

Roberta Jafet
BA in Architecture and Urbanism, FAAP – Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Wicked (franchise in Brazil) – Elphaba understudy, Les Misérables (franchise in Brazil)
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Major Broadway producer or Disney executive

 

Ai Jian
BS in Business and Marketing, Social Sciences Minor, New York University Shanghai
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Performing arts, Dance, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing
Experience: Designed a creative project of virtual interactive experience for Shanghai Chinese Orchestra; Responsible for cooperate promo film on culture diversity when working as a PR intern;
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Run my own consulting firm to support creative enterprises that are struggling for the dissemination of traditional culture

Jianing Jin
BS in Human Geography and Urban-Rural Planning, Hainan University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Tech & Data in Entertainment
Experience: I participated in a film festival in China 2 years ago and our group helped a young but talented female director to get investment for her script. This film was finally produced and released last year in China, and became one of the most successful films of the year.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: A producer of impactful entertainment content focusing on minority cultures to give voice to the voiceless.

Grace Johnson
BS in Media and Cinema Studies, minors in French & Interdisciplinary African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Fine arts, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Participating as a Roger Ebert Fellow in Arts Criticism and serving my community through social justice initiatives.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: My ideal role in about 10 years is working with a company/brand that is action-driven and committed to service in a variety of ways. This could be through marketing, television, beauty/cosmetic initiatives, retail, fashion, or even music. I still want to explore what this looks like for me. However, I want my work to be exciting and have a significant impact on the well-being of society.

Wanling Li
BS in Digital Communications and Media, New York University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Interned at Tencent CSIG PR Department
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Marketing/Entrepreneur

 

Claire Lin

 

 

 

 

 

Yichen Liu 
BA in Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen)
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, PR/Marketing
Experience: I was co-developer, vice editor, and one of the leading actors of the graduating short film of CUHKSZ, which was played on our graduation ceremony and posted on main media platforms with over 17,000 views online and offline.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: I hope to establish a cultural creative company to further explore effective ways to promote Chinese culture.

Zisui Liu
BFA in Illustration, School of Visual Arts
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing
Experience: Planning and executing the first metaverse virtual catwalk of PepsiCo Recycling in 2022. Serving as an account executive for the virtual show of the 2023 runway series for Feng Chen Wang.
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  I hope to set up my own studio, focusing on creating marketing solutions for fashion brands and luxury goods in an interesting way, from an artistic perspective, and with efficient economic benefits.

Sophia Logas
BS in Biology, Health, and Society; BS in Communications and Media, University of Michigan
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing
Experience: I have had 3 internships in the music industry that expanded across 3 different fields (marketing, publicity, and virtual entertainment) which have helped me narrow down the field I would like to pursue.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: I would love to be working in an administrative role in publicity or marketing (maybe internationally) for a major record label.

Yilian Lu
BA in History of Art, minor in East Asian Studies and Museum Studies, Bryn Mawr College
Area(s) of Interest: Fine arts, Photography, Arts/music festivals, Buddhism
Experience: Assistant Organizer of West Bund Art & Design Fair; Summer Archivist of Shanghai Museum
Ideal Job in 10 Years: A curator who can bridge the gap between corporate and not-for-profit cultural institutions, and improve how museum visitors learn about the arts.

Emma Ludman
BA English (Creative Writing), Minor Graphic Design
DePaul University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: I was a staff member of the award-winning arts & literature magazine, Crook & Folly, and I just launched my senior edition as one of the two editors-in-chief. I was also an undergraduate researcher through DePaul University’s AI/UX program where I designed UX for a sentiment analysis social media bot.
 Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creative Director for a Children’s Book Publishing House

Kelsey McGrath
BFA Theater Studies, BS Media Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Social media + content creation
Experience: Working as a producer with BLVE Consults. Producing my own show, “The Newness,” from 2018-2019.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Owning my own media company that specializes in content creation while living and working remotely.

 

             Priya Movva
              BA in English with a minor in Film, University of Illinois at Chicago
              Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
              Experience: A marketing internship at a digital bank called Liv based in Dubai.
              Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creating a company that allows me to lead and work with a team of creative people to produce engaging content.

Rebecca Nawls-Walker
BS in Psychology and BA in Women’s and Gender Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Volunteer organization/coordination work with Keep Austin Beautiful when I lived in Texas, and doing a DJ set for red bull during pride month a few years ago.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: In ten years I would love to be running my own gallery that focuses on highlighting emerging artists in electronic music and the digital arts

Maureen  O’Hara
BFA in Musical Theatre, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship
Experience: I would say my most significant experience in leading me down this academic path would be my experience as an Artist in Residency at Open Jar Institute in New York.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: My ideal job/role would be to serve as an Artistic Director or Curator of Arts and Social Practice

Ricardo Ortega
BA in History, Kent State University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work
Experience: President of KSU Spanish and Latino Student Association & Founding member of KSU Latinx in Theatre
Ideal Job in 10 Years: I would like to be in a leadership position at a theatre company. On track to be an executive director

Santino Palazzolo
BA in Broadcast and Journalism, Central Michigan University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Production, Performance, Touring
Experience: I worked multiple internships in Los Angeles doing red carpet, publishing content, and representing global industries.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Producer

Joey Reyes
BA in Theatre Arts, Minor in Business Administration, Azusa Pacific University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Between August 2020 and August 2022, I experienced exponential professional growth taking on new roles in the two organizations I worked with and that growth laid a solid foundation for my values and how I approach my work.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creative Executive

Dan Roberge
BA in Liberal and Performing Arts, Saint Mary’s College of California (LEAP program New York City)
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance
Experience: Performing at the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Performing in major productions at The John F. Kennedy Center, New York City Center, and the Joyce Theater. Conceptualizing and choreographing new neo-classical ballet’s for my long term employer: The Washington Ballet.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Artistic direction for a major performing company and producing/casting for film/TV that emphasizes dance, movement, and performing arts.

Jasmine Roberson
BA in English, Black Studies minor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Working at Stony Island Arts Bank for Anthony Gallery resident exhibitions.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Exhibition Curator

Lauren Schmidt
BS in Music and Chemistry, University of Virginia
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Fine arts, Performing arts, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Most recently, I worked as an Operations Assistant at the Aspen Music Festival and School
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Personnel Manager / General Manager / Operations in a major symphony or classical festival

Gabriela Schulman
BFA in Drama, New York University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: I was a co-producer for our student-led community theatre. It is the main reason I applied for an Apprenticeship in artistic management and move forward with this as a career.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Artistic Director for a prominent regional theatre, theatrical Producer,  managing live theatrical events, or some sort of entertainment management role with the Walt Disney Company

Mitchell Shaw
BFA in Music Theatre, Viterbo University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Entrepreneurship, Producing
Experience: Designing/Assistant Directing Viterbo’s production of “Everybody,
Collaborating/Starring in Viterbo’s production of “Failure: A Love Story”
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Theatre and TV/Film Producer

Qianyu Sheng
BA in Illustration, The New School (Parsons School of Design)
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: 1. The UX/UI & Branding Design intern at China UnionPay,  Worked in the UI/UX team for the design of newly launched Mobile Wallet app and other transaction apps.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: I want to take part in the digital art industry as a content creator on some big platforms to gain more experience. In the long term, creating a digital gallery or working as an independent curator will be an ideal career direction.

Yifei Shi
BS in Managerial economics, University of California, Davis
Area(s) of Interest: PR/Marketing
Experience: Interned as a marketing consultant in both Tencent and IBM; Co-founder of fan clubs for several celebrities
Ideal Job in 10 Years: I wish to transition to the industry and eventually become a marketing director at an established enterprise leading its go-to-market strategy.

Yiru ZhouShiran Tian
BA of Sound Design in Visual Media Arts, Emerson College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing
Experience: Independent recording artist that sold projects to big streaming platform in China
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Artist, or any other jobs that are related to entertainment, art, sports, and so on

Nicole Tank
BS in Communication Studies and Political Science, Northwestern University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing
Experience: My most significant extracurricular experience is being a part of Mayfest Productions, the student organization that produces Dillo Day, the nation’s largest student-run music festival. I also had the opportunity to serve as a Label Marketing Intern for Roc Nation and as a Live Experiences Intern for 237 Global. In both of these roles, I gained firsthand experience in the music industry, and I was able to apply the skills I had taken from Mayfest to a professional experience.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: My ideal role in about 10 years is something related to live music, whether it’s in concert/festival promotions or marketing, or working as an agent in the music touring division of a major talent agency.

Xinyi Wang
BSBA in Business (Marketing), BS in Film and TV, Boston University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: Get dual degree in my undergraduate institution, internship in a TV station
Ideal Job in 10 Years: A TV producer / an agency in entertainment industry

 

Sybil Wang
BA in Journalism, University of Missouri
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Worked as assistant producer at Discovery Inc.; was a development producer for over 40 commercial cases
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Senior content manager

Bonnie Wu
BBA in Strategic design and management, Parsons the new school of design
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: 1. Business plan for Amazon Saudi Arabia 2. Designed a visually cohesive innovation map of Marvel
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Starting my own business

Manyun Wu
BA in Film and Media; BA in Media Studies; Minor in Music, University of California, Berkeley
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Dance, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Business Administration
Experience: Interned as both Production Assistant and a member of the International Marketplace Department at New Classics Media, one of China’s largest film and television production companies. Additionally, an independent producer of several films with different themes and styles.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Become an international producer and executive manager of an entertainment company first and then start my own entertainment company.

Qinru Ye
BA Digital Culture, King’s College London
Area(s) of Interest: Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: I interned as a documentary exhibition curator. It was quite fun and I learned a lot from this internship.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Digital Marketing

Guanqing Yu
BA in Communication, Minor in Business and Technical Writing, Minor in Digital Communication, Information, and Media, Rutgers University
Area(s) of Interest: Photography, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing, Automobile
Experience: I participated as a research group leader to assist Rutgers School Communication and Information in creating and executing an integrated marketing communications campaign called BeCOMM.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Leader of the Marketing/Sales Department of an Automobile Company

Shiyang Yu
BS in Marketing and BA in music, Miami University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Photography, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: I was selected to be an international peer orientation leader that assists the university in welcoming over 100 students. In my spare time, I was a harp player in the Miami University symphony orchestra for the past four years.
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Hopefully, I will have a job with more responsibility to gain more hands-on experience related to the industry over the next several years. If needed, I plan on getting an MBA to extend my leadership and collaborative skills with different departments to improve my overall business insights.

Yue Zhang
English, University of Virginia
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Creative writing (poetry and short stories) Public Relations internships
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Running a MSN platform that enables cross field collaborations between content creators.

Selena Zhao
BFA in Arts Administration and Policy, School of The Art Institute of Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Visual arts, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Inventory and Operation Assistant at Commercial Galleries; Independent Curator; Current working as a full-time Overseas Business Marketing Representative
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Director of Marketing/Sales; Running my own contemporary art advisory firm