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Student Profiles

MSLCE Students 2018-19

Hannah Arata
BA in English, Minor in Art History, Beloit College
Experience: Arts Administration intern at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Evanston Art Center
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Creative Director for an ad agency that specializes in creating content for cultural enterprises or a marketing manager for a major art museum

Josh Baggett
BA in Theatre studies/minor in Film studies, University of Central Florida
Experience: Joined Actors’ Equity Association and worked for the 2016 Invictus Games
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Working as a creative producer specializing in theater/live entertainment and television

Alex Brown
BS in Psychology, Virginia Tech University, MS in College Student Personnel, University of Tennessee
Experience: Co-creator/producer/editor of The Bridge, an audiodrama (podcast). One of the inaugural winners of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Working for a TV show or podcast network that produces media created by (and featuring) underrepresented populations

Elizabeth Carner
BA in Theatre, Stage Management, Beloit College
ExperienceStage Management Intern at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, volunteer in the local theatre community in Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin
Ideal Job in 10 Years: PR/ Marketing or working for a talent agency

Tianyu Chen
BA in Communications, University of Washington
Experience: Dubbing, intern at an advertising company
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Media Production Manager

Ellen Chen
BA in Pharmacy, Zhejiang University
Experience: Created a short film
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Science Fiction film producer

Allison Conner
BA Liberal Studies, Bemidji State University
Experience:  Performed with the Blue Ice Jazz Band, volunteer at the Jazz Education Network conference, intern for the Smithsonian National Museum for American Indians in Washington D.C. and New York City
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Own a venue, a music school or a recording studio

Brenna Cronin
BA Theatre Performance, Western Michigan University
Experience:  General Manager of ONE LICENSE, Team Member and advocate for Africa New Life
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Something involving leadership, cultural/societal intersections, and big ideas

Zhijia Cui 
BS in Finance, Syracuse University
Experience:  Volunteer for APEC meeting and intern at Huaxin Trust and Citi Group
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Chief Executive position at a social media company

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

Claudia Encinas
Viola Performance, Valdosta State University
Experience: Working with the Heifetz Institute
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Executive Director of an orchestra or President of a music institution

Yi Fei
BA in International Tourism Management, Macau University of Science and Technology
Experience:  Intern at Walt Disney World in Orlando
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Leader of an exhibition company

Sterling Goodrich 
BS in Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Experience:  Created an improv festival at Second City for Chicago youth
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Running an incubator for new artists

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

James Harvey
BA in Advertising / Minor in Digital Media, Marquette University
Experience:  Advertising agency intern at Laughlin Constable and Cramer-Krasselt
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Creative Director/Writer


Graham Hawley
BA in Theatre and Drama, Indiana University
ExperiencePerformed with and did choreography for the Singing Hoosiers. Volunteer Coordinator for Middle Coast Film Festival as they transitioned to Chicago from Bloomington, IN.
Ideal Job in 10 YearsCreative Director of my own company.

Alyssa Holcomb
BS in Telecommunication Management; Minor in Theatre, University of Florida
Experience:  Marketing & Social Media Coordinator for The Circus Arts Conservatory, served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Public Relations Association – Central West Coast chapter (2017-2018)
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Executive Director of a performing arts venue

 Amber Hozey
BME in Music Education/ minor in Marketing, Culver-Stockton College
Experience:  Performing in Europe, playing with Yo-Yo Ma
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Public Relations/General Manager for an orchestra 

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).

Christine Lin
BA in Communication Studies; Minor in Music Industry, University of California Los Angeles
Experience: Manager of Special Events at the Santa Monica Symphony
Ideal Job in 10 Years: CEO/Owner of a live entertainment production company

Tracy Lu
BS in Fashion Design, Drexel University
Experience:  Worked for Anthropologie and Michael Kors
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Running my own company

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

Matt Meade
BA in English/Journalism, minor Media Studies, Beloit College

Experience:  Founded the organization Collaborative Learning. Neighborhood Action. Worked in the social media department for the Chicago White Sox
Ideal Job in 10 Years: To found an organization/venue that showcases inner-city people, music, art, ideas, and events


Alex Olsen
BA in Dance; Minor in Psychology, University of Kansas
Experience: Directed, produced, and choreographed a dance production entitled Boundless. Intern at the American Dance Festival working closely with dance companies such as Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Pilobolus and more
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Company Director for a dance company with a focus in community involvement and inclusivity

Aimee Ortega
BS in Medical Technology, Purdue University
Experience:  Administrative Assistant, Sample Seamstress, and Blog Coordinator for the sewing and fashion company Indiesew  
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Costume designer and producer for film, television, and theatre and/or Creative Director and content strategist 

Laura Rice
English, Mount Holyoke College
ExperiencePromoting and producing music concerts and music-related literary events
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Charting my own course and being well compensated

Collin Ritter
BS in Corporate Communication / Marketing Management, Southeast Missouri State University
Experience:  Co-Producer for TEDx and World Qualifier for NIBS International Business Case Competition
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Marketing Consultant for an International Organization Programming Executive

Amber Robertson
BA Theatre Arts BA Economics, Lawrence University
Experience:  Studied abroad in London
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Director or choreographer for a performing arts company

Yuki Solomon
BEd in Science and BA in Film, Tokyo Gakugei Univ and Hunter Collage in NY
Experience: Created educational documentaries for Japanese viewers
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Film director/producer 

Qinyao Song
BA in Film and Media Studies & BA in Economics, University of California Santa Barbara
Experience: Interned with a network media company
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Advertising or marketing of online sales

Naichuan Tan
BA in Art History, Indiana University
Experience:  Event Coordinator and Chief Designer at the China General Chamber of Commerce – Chicago. Curator at the Monroe County History Center
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Director of Advertising or Director of Marketing

Tiffany Tuck
BSEd in English Education & minor in Drama, University of Georgia, MA in Literature, Northwestern University
Experience: High School Drama and English Teacher; Ten years with Athens Creative Theatre as performer, stage manager, and assistant director
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Owner of a theater studio or executive of a performing arts organization or publishing company

Mattie Voorheis
BA in American Studies, Smith College
Experience: Worked for the Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School and interned alongside the early curatorial team at the Smithsonian NMAAHC
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Managerial role in a professional theater

Tom Wall
BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, The George Washington University
ExperienceNonprofit communications at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Freelancer for Washington-based civil rights nonprofit, Advancement Project
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Chief Marketing Officer at a sports-based nonprofit or Creative Lead for the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of a for-profit corporation

Yayun Wang 
Advertising, Michigan State University
ExperienceInterned at Porsche as a cooperative coordinator;  Interned at Pixel+ as a creative planner
Ideal Job in 10 Years:  Owner of a creative agency

Amanda Wilson
BFA Design and Production with a concentration in stage management, University of Michigan
Experience: Business Manager for the Asheville Performing Arts Academy 
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Running a children’s theatre that focuses in musical theatre training or educational director for a regional theatre

Baiwei Xu

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Huiyuan Xu
BA Mass Communication, Purdue University
Experience: Intern at LinkedIn China
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Art educator or independent curator

Julie Yang 
BA in English Literature and Language and Journalism, Chonnam National University in Korea
Experience: Producer on the 70th anniversary concert of United Nations
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Media market leader of Worldwide Media Group in Asia 

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

Kaiqun Yu
BA in Art Management, University of Tulsa
Experience: Working with Tulsa Ballet
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Project Management

Jing Zhang
BA in Music, University of Bridgeport
Experience: Participated in senior recital
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Leader of a theatre group

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.