BA in Theatre (Directing Concentration), Columbia University
Experience: Assistant Directory for The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park- Midsummer, Management Associate for Benny Medina and Jennifer Lopez
Areas of Interest: Music, TV/Film, Performing Arts, Arts/Music Festivals, Entrepreneurship
Ideal Job in 10 Years: I hope to have my own creative management company specializing in music and live performing arts in addition to producing and directing my own work.
What led you to enroll in the MSLCE program at Northwestern? I was very much attracted to Northwestern’s interdisciplinary approach to their curriculum. Although I am very much theatre based, I see my self exploring other artistic avenues such as music and film. I am looking to collaborating with a diverse group of student from all distinct backgrounds and experience. Additionally, coming from a liberal arts degree and identifying as a creative producer and director, I realized I wanted to increase my knowledge in marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship for the creative sectors. Northwestern’s program was truly the perfect fit.
Favorite (song/movie/show/festival/exhibition … )?
Musical: Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Hamilton
Music: any salsa, bachata, or reggaeton, Ariana Grande, Celia Cruz, Calle 13, Carly Rae Jepsen, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens
What are you most looking forwards to about the MSLCE program? I am looking forward to learning about marketing strategies in the Creative Industry and also taking the Pitching Creative Projects elective.
What is your favorite Chicago landmark/attraction, or what are you most excited to visit? The Art Institute of Chicago
If you could have lunch with one person (living or dead), who would it be? Freddy Mercury
If you had to describe yourself in three words, they would be… Charismatic, Critical, Collaborative
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? New York City
If someone made a movie about your life, what would it be called and who would play you? Not sure of the title of the movie, but definitely it would be Raul Castillo
What thought or message would you put in a fortune cookie? Execution is the chariot to success
How do you plan on spending/did you spend your summer before starting MSLCE? Assistant Directing Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park and then a trip to Spain
Where is your dream internship for next summer? Interning at a music record label in their music video department, or with a Broadway production or an off-Broadway theatre company
If you could donate one million dollars, which cause/organization would you choose to support? True Colors Fund
What award would you most like to win? Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award
Where are you from? Fort Myers, Florida