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Student Profiles

MSLCE Students 2020-21

Emily Altimari
BA in Journalism and Media Communications with a minor in Spanish, Colorado State
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, yoga
Experience:Two major milestones in my career were working as the PR/social media creative for Lincoln Park Zoo and as a consumer content specialist for Northwestern Medicine.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I dream about being my own boss as an owner of a music-themed yoga studio and manager of a music-themed comedy website.

Teyra Anderson
BS in Public Relations with a minor in African American Studies, Syracuse University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/Film, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Brand partnerships at Squarespace — Launched a comprehensive content and partnerships strategy aimed at helping Black small businesses
Ideal job in 10 Years: Showrunner or development executive (I’d love to have a first-look deal with a major network

Chad Bradford
BA in Theatre, University of Central Arkansas
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Photography, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, Arts Activism and Education
Experience: Founder and Director of Voices UnCaged, a program dedicated to theatre education in correctional facilities; Associate Artistic Director of Shake on the Lake Theatre Company, a company dedicated to new works, puppetry, and bringing Shakespeare to underserved rural communities in western New York.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Artistic Director/Founder of global arts outreach organization

Jordan Braun
BFA in Theater Design and Production, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work
Experience: Stage managing for Arts Power, a theater company geared towards young audiences. This involved driving a 15-passenger cargo van all around the country, performing in everything from “cafetoriums” to giant opera houses. Being on stage directing staff at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Performing Arts Administrator

Eboni Bryant-Rodgers
BA Advertising Art Direction, Columbia College Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative Director/ Entrepreneur

Veronica Bustoz
BA Technical Theatre, Aquinas College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing Arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Stage managing for Los Colochos Teatro, a theatre company from Mexico City hosted by the Goodman for the Destinos Theatre Festival

Jacklyn Canchola
BFA Photography, Seattle 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, Community Events
Experience: Started my own experiential marketing company in Seattle; Manager for Artist Relations and Hospitality for major music festivals
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working in a major city for their arts and cultural events

Yiyun Cao
BS in Theatre, Management, and Communication Studies, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals
Ideal job in 10 Years: Producer

 

Daniel Cassin
BFA Drama, New York University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing Arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: I have been working in the theatrical sector for the last 5 years which has given me access to understanding current institutional paradigms
Ideal job in 10 Years: Leading a “creative consulting” firm that focuses on the organizational struggles arts-based enterprises while also curating a team of industry-specific experts who offer professional advice in the company’s creative practices and processes; a company that focuses on keeping arts establishments afloat while fostering their future innovation

Raymond Cho
BA Accountancy and Financial Management, University of Portsmouth
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Collaborated with global idol group BLACKPINK of YG Entertainment from South Korea for Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America by ABC
Ideal job in 10 Years: Be the top talent agency in Asia and be the first talent agency to launch an IPO in the global market

Carrli Cooper
BA Theatre Arts in Performing Arts Management, The University of Michigan
Area(s) of Interest: Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work
Experience: Production Assistant at the University Musical Society, Company and Operations Manager at the Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would like to be working for a non-profit arts organization, or starting my teaching career.

George Christensen
BA Digital Film and Video Production, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: TV/Film, Photography, Video/digital media
Experience: I have worked in the media industry for the past 10 years
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working in a management role in the higher educational or film industry

Imani Davis
BA in Film Studies, minor in Theatre, The Ohio State University
Experience: Writing film reviews for an entertainment publication
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Development Executive

Ashlyn Elliott
BFA in Musical Theatre, CCPA at Roosevelt University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Audience Services Team Lead at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Intern for Compass Casting and Broadway Teaching Group, Contributing Writer for The Everygirl
Ideal job in 10 Years: Entertainment and Lifestyle Producer

Isabella Farrow
BA in History, McGill University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: My HR work with a nonprofit organization called “Opportutoring” which works to provide free intensive one-on-one English lessons to political refugees. Additionally, I am very proud of founding, running and managing an after school art program for primary school children.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working in Marketing or PR for a museum or art gallery.

Lauren Fuentes
BA in English, Westminster College
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Photography, Video/Digital Media, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing, Fashion
Experience: Designer of Janus Literary Magazine; Vice-President of Public Relations for Westminster’s PanHellenic Caouncil
Ideal job in 10 Years: Art Director

Ally Gimbel
BA in English with a minor in Communications and Media Studies, Tufts University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Video/digital media,  Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Executive producing and directing a three part miniseries for PBS; launching a new digital and broadcast platform for public media dedicated to the performing and fine arts
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative director at an agency or production director for an arts and culture non-profit

Josy Gonzalo 
BA in Media Arts, New Jersey City University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: During my undergraduate journey I explored many different capacities within school media productions. I was able to create my own ideas and collaborate with my peers, from the more conceptual stages such as designing, writing, and producing to the more technical roles, such as camera person, sound tech/design, lighting, and directing, giving me a wide scope of experiences in the media and entertainment sphere.
Ideal job in 10 Years: To manage a non-profit company that promotes and advocates arts and culture to children in the Latino community.

Jiangtian Han
Bachelor of Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Intern experience with advertising, and at gallery
Ideal job in 10 Years: Running a start up company

Chloe Harrison
BA Theater, Concordia University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Theatre, Photography, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Excellence in Design/Technical Production Award (2017, 2018)
Ideal job in 10 Years: Production Manager/Lighting Designer

Holly Holcomb
BFA in Theatre, emphasis in Costume Design, CalArts
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Account Executive at SyncOnSet Technologies, Costume Assistant on “Little Fires Everywhere”
Ideal job in 10 Years: Development Executive at a film studio

Charles Huff
BFA in Film/Minor in Business of Art and Design, Ringling College of Art and Design
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Working for Digital Caviar in Tampa, FL and working for Central Casting in New Orleans, LA
Ideal job in 10 Years: Film producer or development executive

 

Audrey Jones
BS in Creative & Entertainment Industries, Belmont University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing Arts, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: I worked in Australia at a music management company; I also worked on 3 Super Bowl commercials as an intern at Creative License in New York City
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would love the have the chance to move back to Australia and work in the music/film industry there. I also am super interested in working for a casting agency as casting agent.

Julia Kaplowitz
BA in Media Studies and English, Emory University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Production Marketing Intern for NBC News and MSNBC; Marketing Intern at Sesame Workshop
Ideal job in 10 Years: To be a Brand Marketing Manager at one of the top entertainment companies!

Colleen Kennedy
BA Multimedia Journalism, Loyola University Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Arts/music festivals
Experience: The two most significant work experiences I have had have been working at the local record label, Closed Sessions, and working as a visual merchandiser at Lululemon.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Work for a record label in Toronto.

Sarah Keune
BFA in Musical Theatre, Ohio Northern University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Broadcast Media/Podcasting
Experience: Creating and hosting a Chicago-focused theatre podcast, co-founding a career services start-up, performing in theatrical productions across the midwest.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Podcast producer, executive producer of a television series, or artistic director at a theatre in Chicago.

Jennifer Kloote Quick
BA in Theatre Arts, minor in Secondary Education, Rollins College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Attractions/Theme Parks
Experience: Walt Disney World Resort was my home for nearly 20 years (beginning on the Disney College Program). I was able to open many properties including Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and the transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I have always dreamed of producing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Alexandria Knapik
BA in Visual Arts Management, Columbia College Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Visual arts, Fine arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Executive Assistant at Illinois Holocaust Museum, Speaker at Death to Museums Conference, etc
Ideal job in 10 Years: Vice President/CEO of arts nonprofit

Sonia Kulkarni
BS in Communications, Boston University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Fine arts, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Extracurricular/Academic: I was an Account Director at Boston University’s student-run PR agency. Work: Interned at Guinness World Records in London
Ideal job in 10 Years: Events and Operations Manager at a media company or running my own experiential marketing agency

Stephanie Lawson
BA in Communication, Hope College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Worked for 3 Regional Tony Award Winning Theatre Companies
Ideal job in 10 Years: Managing Director of a performing arts institution

Tangjia Li
BS in Advertising, University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Internship in Ogilvy Beijing
Ideal job in 10 Years: Artist agent in Entertainment industry

Jiayun Li
BS New Media design, Rochester Institute of Technology
Area(s) of Interest: Visual arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Work as student ambassador for 3 years
Ideal job in 10 Years: project manager/director

 

Erato Li
BSc in Heritage Management, Macao Institute for Tourism Studies
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, Cultural heritage, craft, folklore
Experience: Earned my Bachelor’s degree with 10 scholarships and awards; studied and worked in multiple countries.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Cultural Design Center Founder

Azmarie Liu
BS in Marketing, Babson College
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Internship at Shanghai Fun Factory Media Company in the artist coordination department on the Chinese version of “Comedy Central Roast”.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I want to create my own TV show as a producer.

 

Yiwen Ma
BA in Economics, Minor in Film, Television and Digital Media, University of California, Los Angeles
rea(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Research on the history of Netflix and its impact on the cable industry; Internship experience at DRAGON TV of Radio and Television Shanghai 
Ideal job in 10 Years: Producer

Emily Mauldin
BA in Economics, Tulane University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Graduated from The Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School, the world’s only film school dedicated to comedic storytelling.
Ideal job in 10 Years: A writer and creative producer for television.

Lauren McCarthy
BA in Theatre and Drama Minor in Comparative Literature, Indiana University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Producing a handful of movies ranging in budget from $250,000 – $26 MM. Working through the entire tenure of a film studio as one of their very first hires, and gaining an unusually broad range of experiences and insights through those years — going from independent producer, to start up employee, to executive.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Running a company — either a production company or pod deal OR pivoting to a different branch of non-profit / theatre / marketing / or entrepreneurship.

Olivia McCoy
BA in English with an emphasis in Poetics and BA in French, University of Georgia
Area(s) of Interest: Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Literary Arts and Publishing
Experience: I interned with the Agency at Brown Books to learn publicity skills then spent two years with Greenleaf Book Group as their Senior Marketing Strategist.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would love to be the founder of a literary nonprofit that helps to diversify the arts.

Kady McElhattan
BA in Television Arts, Columbia College Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Theatre, Dance
Experience: I worked at Walt Disney World for three years, taking time off of school to do so. I recently wrote a show bible that has gained interest from a new production company and am currently writing a pilot for it.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Either a showrunner or an executive in either television or the performing arts

Abigail Mulgrew
BFA in Music Theatre, Illinois Wesleyan University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship
Experience: One of my most significant experiences has been working as the Assistant Artistic Director of an educational summer theater camp, Broadway Bootcamp.
Ideal job in 10 Years: In an upper level management position, such as managing or executive director in a theater.

Max Newfield
BA Journalism, minor in English, Auburn University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: At CNN, I contributed to documentaries on every topic from North Korea to Justin Bieber but the one that stands out the most was Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed.” On an even more personal note, I had the opportunity to produce a half-hour special about Atlanta for a travel show called The Southern Weekend.
Ideal job in 10 Years:  Leading production for a network or brand that creates video content centered around the appreciation and preservation of our natural world.

Evan Pearl
BA in Media and Film Double Major and Minor in Business, Emory University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film
Experience: My internship at NBC was amazing and a surreal experience
Ideal job in 10 Years:  I would love to be at a streaming service working in Original Series or at a television network working in current programming, hopefully as a manager or higher.

Walter (Dennis) Percevecz, Jr.
BA History/Political Science & Art Management, Buena Vista University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Photography, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Writing
Experience: Creating Friday Night Alive CCC, Taking a band to SXSW
Ideal job in 10 Years: Managing a music and art venue

Bridget Pintz
BA Arts Management/BA in Communications, Public Relations emphasis, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point
Area(s) of Interest: Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: The Ocular Organ, an interactive music-to-light art installation that won the Electric Forest Music Festival Plug-In Grant in 2016. The Ocular Organ was joined in 2018 by our second installation, the Drum Circle, which has shown internationally. In 2018-19 I was a trainee for German American Events, the organization that runs the Chicago, Milwaukee, Naperville, and Wrigleyville Christkindlmarkets. I worked on the sponsorship team to ensure the financial success of these cultural events.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Helping rebuild the global arts economy from the major hit it has taken due to COVID-19.

Sarah Rabin
BA in Music Administration, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Worked at the local Juvenile Detention Center as part of a leadership course and hosted classes on art, music, dance, improvisation, photography, and more; Working in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working for Disney in their Youth Programs. I hope to create a scholarship program at Disney to help them bring more underfunded schools to the parks to perform and learn.

Julia Relova
BS in Psychology, Davidson College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Fine arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Making/contributing to programs that see people’s potential and amplifies it (B.E.S.T., Buddy Club, Naturally Austin, Women@Austing, Philanthropitch)
Ideal job in 10 Years: A serial entrepreneur with businesses that put people and their stories first

Morgan Roberts
BS in Music Industry, University of Southern California
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Arts/music festivals, Drag
Experience: Participating in the USC Drag Show and creating a performance persona; Founding Femme Fatale Productions, a production company aimed at putting on shows for underrepresented communities within the music industry.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Festival Producer/Promoter

Bronson Roseboro
BA in English (Writing), with a minor in Asian Studies, DePauw University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, Video Games; Animation.
Experience: A three-week extended studies course on short film-making wherein a director taught and led my class through the start-to-finish process of film making, led me to an internship at a casting agency that became one of my most impactful extracurricular experiences. Both not only taught me a lot about creative leadership and production but also immersed me in new passions and career possibilities.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Narrative Designer/Director

Lindsey Ruenger
BFA in Dance, UW-Milwaukee
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work
Experience: Performing with Wild Space Dance Company for over 6 years and working in Chicago Public Schools as an After School Coordinator.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Director of events coordination or community engagement in a museum or theater.

Maddie Schmidt
BA in Theatre Minor in Creative Media, The University of Alabama
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Comedy
Experience: The Second City’s Comedy Studies Program allowed me to grow and nourish my skills in comedy writing, performance, and improvisation.
Ideal job in 10 Years: To continue my passion for comedic storytelling by working as a Television and Film Producer. I want to use comedy as a medium to showcase underrepresented points of view, eccentric perspectives, and ultimately bring people together through the universality of humor and laughter.

Alex Schneidman
BS in Theatre, Northwestern University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Theatre, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, Tech/AR/VR, Design/Architecture
Experience: Through WAVE, the Northwestern student theatre board on which I spent four years, I got to experience the many ways that being radically inclusive and community responsive strengthen an organization and the art it seeks to facilitate. I was also lucky to contribute to two Dolphin Shows, “the largest student produced musical in America.”
Ideal job in 10 Years: To be part of leading a mission-driven entertainment company that uplifts and emboldens marginalized voices across lines of race, class, gender expression, immigration status, ability, et al. It would also be imperative that it contain some sort of educational platform. But, I also want to help increase accessibility in New York City’s transit system.

Jiaqi Shao
BS in Journalism (Strategic Communication); Minor in Psychology, The University of Kansas
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Photography, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: Worked as an intern in Tencent, department of news media marketing; The deputy director of the TV station at University of Kansas
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working in the Internet industry

Rebekah Sigman
BA in Theater / Minor in Business Administration, University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Experience: Production dramaturg for a production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Director of Education for non-profit or higher education performing arts center

Alexandra Silver
Co-Majors: Entrepreneurship and Strategic Communication, Miami University of Ohio
Area(s) of Interest: Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Hospitality – Event Planning/Travel/Concierge
Experience: Graduating with seven championships as a Division I field hockey player and winning the Venture Pitch Competition at Miami this past December!
Ideal job in 10 Years: Founder/Owner of an Events/Experiences Company

Cecilia Simon
BA in History and American Studies, Miami University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Theatre, Arts/music festivals
Experience: I enjoyed tutoring with GirlForward as a volunteer.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I’m not entirely positive what my ideal role will look like, but I really would love to be working with women in film.

Sam Stearns
BS Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Area(s) of Interest: Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Two years as a Counseling Center Paraprofessional at UIUC, One year of being a Digital Marketing Specialist at Harness Digital Marketing
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative Director

Alyssa Stein
BS Business Administration and Theatre Arts and double minor in Arts Management and Music, Carroll University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: At my undergraduate institution, I served on the executive board of student organization Carroll Players and also worked on the social media/PR team for the Visual and Performing Arts and Theatre departments.
Ideal job in 10 Years: My dream job is to work in a theatre—contributing to excellent audience experience and making people excited about theatre!

Nopmanee Suvapatrachai
BA Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis; Music Composition and Songwriting, Los Angeles College of Music
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurership
Experience: Managing my own music release; teaching music to children with disabilities
Ideal job in 10 Years: My goal is to be a music consultant to artists and help them navigate the every changing digital ecosystem in the entertainment world.

Amanda Swanson
BA in Cognitive Science and Linguistics, Northwestern University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Museums
Experience: The Concert Management Office at Northwestern my junior and senior years; with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra when they held concerts at Pick-Staiger Auditorium at Northwestern
Ideal job in 10 Years: Audience research at one of my favorite museums

Madelyn Sweeney
BA in Communication and Media; Minor in Performance Studies; Minor in Writing for Film and Television, DePaul University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Museums
Experience: My training at The Second City, especially in The Conservatory program, was extremely significant to my growth as a actor, improviser, and content creator. Additionally, my work as the research assistant to Dr. Dustin Goltz, a Professor at DePaul University and Veteran Performance Artist, made me a better performer and opened my eyes to the importance of directing. Working with Dr. Goltz on his multimedia autobiographical performance showed me how innovative individual performances and narratives can be and the impact one voice can have on the world.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creator/Writer and Actor performing my own work

Graham Taylor
BFA in Film Production, Chapman University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Workin as an intern at Village Roadshow during the release of Joker; internship at Susan Sarandon’s office in New York
Ideal job in 10 Years: Head of International TV at Netflix

DeYandré Thaxton   
BA in Arts & Entertainment Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Wellness and Fashion
Experience: Managing my mother’s art career since her retirement from teaching in 2009. Witnessing her growth as an artist over my lifetime has been really inspiring. It’s an honor to both find opportunities and ensure her story is told accurately.
Ideal job in 10 Years: To be a creative director wearing multiple hats across film, fashion, podcasting, music, and wellness.

Liza Thompson
Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication with Animation, University of Texas at Dallas
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Video/digital media
Experience: My undergraduate capstone animation that I produced, designed, and animated. The story was inspired by a dear friend of mine and focused on mental health awareness.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working as a producer for a Motion Graphics / Animation studio.

Justin Todd
Communications, Beloit College
Experience: Founding a book publishing company
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Film Producer, Entrepreneur

Osazuwamen (Osa) Usuomon
BS in Advertising Management, Michigan State University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Advertising Account Manager/ Social Media Assistant at The State News & Account Manager at Blink Marketing Logistics
Ideal job in 10 Years: Digital Media Manager

Taylor Walters-Chapman
BFA in Performance, concentration in Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, New works
Experience: Writing and producing an opera – I spent two years researching a folk legend, chatting with local historians and even going on two trips across the country to get my feet wet.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Running a new works department or company- I’ve been mainly working in the opera sphere but I would be happy in musical theater or other live entertainment. I’m extremely passionate about creating opportunities for disadvantaged people to have their voice be heard and help them tell their story, and collaborating on new shows feels fresh and exciting every time.

Siting Wang
BFA in Arts Administration, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Visual arts, Fine arts, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Curatorial Intern at Today Art Museum, Inside-Out Art Museum, and galleries
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative Director

LeNeac Weathersby
BA Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Transitioning an in-person youth program to a virtual program. Additionally, I was able to use my leadership skills to guide my staff in creating a robust and enriching curriculum that emphasized the social-emotional needs of the youth.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Managing rising artists and or projects that focus on accessibility and diversity within the creative industries.

James Weir
BA Political Science, DePaul University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual Arts, Performing arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Pitchfork Music Festival and Millennium Park live performances
Ideal job in 10 Years: Music Publishing and supervision

Jourdyhn Williams
BA in Anthropology/African Studies, University of Notre Dame
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Dance, PR/Marketing
Experience: During undergrad, I acted and worked as an acting coach for an annual monologue series centered around diversity and inclusion
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative Executive in TV/Film

Adam Winer
BFA in Musical Theatre, Emphasis in Dance and Devised Theatre, The Boston Conservatory
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Immersive theatre and events
Experience: Performed a principal role in “The Donkey Show,” directed by Diane Paulus, every weekend at the American Repertory Theatre throughout undergrad (on roller skates!); in addition to working as a professional actor and dancer across the country, I have also played vital roles in organizing for systemic change and advocating for justice and organizational shifts in arts institutions.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Performer, Writer, Showrunner, Director, Producer, Chief Creative Officer. We shall see!

Yang Yu
BA Film & Television; Public Relations, Boston University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: PR Internship in Los Angeles with BU study abroad program
Ideal job in 10 Years: Agent or Curator

Wenyue Rita Zhao
BS in Managerial Economics, BA in Cinema and Digital Media, University of California, Davis
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual Arts, Fine arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Co-Founder of Xiaocun, Inc., an online lifestyle platform; Individual Director/Cinematographer
Ideal job in 10 Years: Establish my own advertising agency and help small or medium sized entrepreneurships to promote their ideas and products