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Student Profiles

MSLCE Students 2017-18

Adrian Alea
BA in Theatre (Directing Concentration), Columbia University
Experience: Assistant Director for The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park- Midsummer, Management Associate for Benny Medina and Jennifer Lopez
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Owner of creative management company specializing in music and live performing arts in addition to producing and directing own work

Haley Baker
BS in Communication Studies, Psychology minor, IMC Certificate, Northwestern University
Experience: Internship at FOX Broadcasting, internship at PBS, participation in Form & Function marketing group at Northwestern
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Working in the marketing/PR/communications department of a major TV network

Cindy Beasley
BA in Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Experience: Worked in television both as an accounting clerk and production assistant and founded a student organization at the University of Illinois
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Business owner, or an executive at a television or radio enterprise

Danny Bittker
BA in Comparative Culture and Politics, Michigan State University
Experience: Membership and Event Director for International Non-Profit for 5+ years
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Owner of an event management company

Mathew Case
BM in Vocal Performance, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music
Experience: Internship at Pittsburgh Festival Opera as both an administrative assistant and as a young artist in the casts. Worked and volunteered at Cleveland Opera Theater, Playhouse Square,  and undergraduate university
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Artistic Director of an innovative performance company

Megan Cherry
BM in Music in Composition, Illinois Wesleyan University
Experience: Arts Administration intern for the McLean County Arts Center, a non-profit arts organization based in Bloomington, IL
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Role in a non-profit organization that does community outreach for the arts

Kieran Collen
BFA in Illustration, Ringling College of Art and Design
Experience: Increased enrollment while working as an admissions counselor at Ringling College
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Art Gallery Owner/Leader

Krizelle Cuevas
BS in Biochemistry, UCLA
Experience: Performed in Samahang Pilipino Cultural Night (SPCN) at UCLA for four years; served on SPCN committee for two years before becoming the SPCN Coordinator/Executive Producer in my fourth year
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Television or film producer, developing content that reflects the diversity of America and gives Asian-Americans and other minorities a chance to share their stories within the arts

Unique DaCosta
BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations, Grand Valley State University
Experience: Music and Event Coordinator at I-NSPIRE Creative Group, NAACP Women’s Empowerment Chair
Ideal Job in 10 Years: CEO or Creative Director for a multi-media creative collective, nonprofit or independent record label or a tour manager/promoter for musical festivals and concerts

Dana Degnan
BFA in Vocal Arts, Stephens College
Experience: Stage Management at Stephens College and Entertainment Internship with Caesars Entertainment
Ideal Job in 10 Years: General Manager of a Theatre in Chicago

Kayla DeSouza
BM in Jazz Studies (Voice), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Experience: Development and Marketing Intern at ChiArts, Public Engagement Intern at U of I School of Music, Membership and Events Intern at Chicago Loop Alliance
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Executive Director at a non profit organization that bring arts and cultural programs or facilities to the south side of Chicago

Canran Feng
BFA in Drama and Film Studies, Nanjing University
Experience:  Interned at one of the biggest media companies in China, Huayi Brothers
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Manager of independent filmmaker selection project or manager of a promising music studio

Michelle Gatesy
BA in English Literature, Music Minor, University of San Francisco
Experience: Award-winning thesis for English literature degree, titled “The Modern Rom: Literature, Culture, and Identity”, was recently accepted for publication in a literary research anthology; to be released in early 2018
Ideal Job in 10 Years: A leading administrator at an opera company, or project management role in a nonprofit performing arts company

Metra Gilliard
BA in International Business/Marketing, Washington University in St. Louis
Ideal Job in 10 Years:

Tate Glover
BA in Dance, Kenyon College
Experience: Created dance film, Static Drift Abridged.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Something that supports me financially and is creatively fulfilling

Daniel Grambow
BM in Voice Performance, University of Miami // MM in Voice Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
Experience: Directing/Producing Don Giovanni at Bohemian National Cemetery (2016) Writing/Directing/Producing War & Peace at Chicago Temple (2017)
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Executive Director of a major arts organization

Chad Hewitt
BA in English Literature, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Experience: Worked as assistant Artistic Director for an original works theatre company
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Producer for a professional theatre company or television show

Kristen Holt
BFA in Studio Arts, Loyola Marymount University
Experience: Worked at Gensler
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Executive creative director of a marketing/advertising agency; Founder of a television network that markets multicultural programming; Creator and writer of own comedy series on HBO, Showtime, or Netflix

Bethany Kaufman
BA in Biochemistry, Case Western Reserve University
Experience: General manager of WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland, the college radio station of Case Western Reserve University.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Planning programming relating to indie music, stop-motion animation, or vintage gaming (video, board, or tabletop role-playing).

Phillip Leung
BS in Finance, DePaul University
Experience: Assisted in spearheading the equity research team at an options execution firm in the CHX
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Co-founder and director of a community art space

Lindsey Li
BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Experience: Internship at the Zhou B Art Center
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Art advisor in China

Warren Long
BS in Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Experience: Northwestern University football player; released full length studio album
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creative Director

Melanie Lunardi
BM in Voice Performance, DePaul University
Experience: Current Voice and Guitar Program Director at Chicago’s Merit School of Music
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Director of Education for a major symphony or opera

Sarah Luo
BS in Advertising & BA in Economics, Syracuse University
Experience: President of Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Outstanding brand strategist in a world-leading advertising agency; eventually establish own business in the creative industry

Janice Minor
BFA in Clarinet Performance, State University of New York-Purchase College; M.M. Northwestern University-Clarinet Performance/Music Education; D.M.A University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music-Clarinet Performance/Arts Administration
Experience: Released professional CD, “The Recital Clarinetist”; Clarinet Professor/Music Educator
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Something more “entrepreneurial’ in nature. Knowing the creative industries inside out and being able to use that knowledge to create new opportunities

Jeremy Morall
BA in Business Administration, Marketing; minor in Electronic Media, University of Cincinnati
Experience: President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Campaign, Ali Center Foundation
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Show producer and/or host

Poorvi Nair
BA in Physical Anthropology and Theatre; Minor in Sociology, University at Buffalo
Experience: Volunteered for refugee children in Ghana and worked with refugees in Buffalo
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Own a production house, and be an established actress

Saba Ottman
BFA with an emphasis in Fashion Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Experience: Featured in group exhibition titled, “Wish You Were Here!” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA) First Friday’s: Spring Break! event. Featured designer at Chicago Fashion Week 2014 for Style Bias: Street Style at the Chicago Cultural Center
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creative Director

Muyiwa Oyatogun
BS in Biology; Minors in Theatre and Business, Xavier University
Experience: Starred as Polonius in college HAMLET production
Ideal Job in 10 Years: To be in a position where I can influence culture in significant ways through my writing, teaching, storytelling and innovative content

Nick Roman
BM in Vocal/General Music Education: Voice, Butler University
Experience: Co-produced, music directed, and starred in a musical production senior year; awarded Teacher of the Year at Tindley Renaissance Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2015-2016 school year
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Education director of a performing arts organization

Lauren Schatzel
BA in Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute
Experience: Navien Service Special Certification
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Own teen leadership business centered around the arts

Ben Shiplett
BS in Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Experience: Mentored teenagers with autism throughout Chicago;  taught English to students in Shanghai, China; instructed advanced placement children at Northwestern University.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creative content strategist in the cartoon/animation industry or children’s educational programming

Daniella Smith
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Baldwin Wallace University
Experience: Served as Program Coordinator for a new Voice and Opera Intensive at Baldwin Wallace University; interned at non-profit jazz club, BOP STOP @ The Music Settlement
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Assistant Director or Director of Artistic Planning or Operations at a large opera company or arts hub like The Kennedy Center

Kevin Sullivan
BA in Theatre, University of Northern Iowa
Experience: Worked in Audience Services for Broadway and off-Broadway companies
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Helping to make live, not-for-profit theatre more accessible to the community

Maethinee Teosakul
BA in Communication Management, Chulalongkorn University
Experience: Organized national events with the present of the royal families and the prime minister of Thailand
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Owner of an event agency or a creative agency

Dominique Warren
BS in Business Administration & Management, Chicago State University
Experience: Featured in print ad for Grubhub; co-starred in a feature film with network distribution as well as a web series
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Trailblazing in the entertainment industry as a full-time, working, in demand actress; Onwer of media company, creating and producing creative, impactful, and empowering non-traditional content; Educating and assisting aspiring artists in cultivating their crafts and developing their brands in order to pursue “nontraditional” careers

Charlie Wein
BA in Theater, Point Park University/Conservatory of Performing Arts
Experience: Produced and directed a sold-out production called Toyer in Pittsburgh
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Artistic Director of a theater company that specializes in experimental work

Will Wermerskirchen
BS in Design and Production from the School of Theater and Dance, Illinois State University
Experience: Associate Production Manager at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Head of a Production Department in a theater or even of a university college theater program

Hailing Xiang
BS in Accounting, University of Alabama
Experience: Worked in student affair and events for an international High School in Shanghai, China
Ideal Job in 10 Years:Entrepreneur

Tony Xu
BS in Communication Studies, Emerson College
Experience: Member of Gold Key Honor Society at Emerson College
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Work at a PR firm as a Strategist or work for own business (RQ Creative)

Wenjie Xue
BA in Interdisciplinary Film & Video Studies, Purdue University
Experience: Public relation specialist for Bentley Motor in Ruder Finn Asia; film crew for the National Collegiate Athletic Association B10 live events
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Travel Documentarian.

Amy Young
BA in Theatre, Northwestern University
Experience: Toured with Second City Theatricals and opened a new show at the Museum of Science and Industry 
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Showrunner for a major comedy television show

Ella Yuan
BS in Advertising, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Experience: President of Overseas China Education Foundation (OCEF), UIUC branch; worked in Shanghai Media Group (SMG) as an individual producer assistant and finished two full episodes of decoding finance with high rating and online CTR
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Senior Account Executive or director of digital media department in Top 5 (digital) Advertising Agency; Owner of a digital advertising/marketing consulting agency

Lynn Zhang
BA in Communication, University of Southern California
Experience: Interned at Mercer Consulting in the Mergers & Acquisitions department
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Leading marketing/PR specialist  at an agency such as CAA

Hailee Zhang
BS in Public Relations, Syracuse University
Experience: Co-founder of Jianxi News, one of the most influential public Wechat accounts at Syracuse University; participated in Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) 2016 Bateman Case Study Competition team on behalf of Syracuse University
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Own a public relations firm which specialized in arts and entertainment

Kefei Zhao
BA in Business Administration, Finance, Southern Methodist University
Experience: Interned at Branch Network of Retail Banking and Wealth Management of Hang Seng Bank; interned in the sales department of China Securities Co., Ltd
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Owner of a cutting-edge creative company

Sherwin Zhu
BA in Finance, Illinois Institute of Technology
Experience: Generated superior risk adjusted returns for diverse projects. Hosted various events for advertising restaurants, conducting dance shows and celebrating Chinese New Year.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Owner of a firm specializing in hosting events of various themes and scales.