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Devario Simmons | Performing Arts

Clemson University

Devario Simmons (Theatre) Costume Designer, MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University Selected Credits: Associate Designer for Soft Power at the Public Theatre (designed by Anita Yavich), Associate Costume Designer for all productions of Come From Away (designed by Toni-Leslie James)

Mervat Slater | Arts Administration and Cultural Policy

Goldsmiths - University of London

Mervat has been working at NGOs for over 10 years in the UK and the Middle East. She is currently working as a Programme Officer (covering Iraq Programme) at an international humanitarian organisation. Prior to that, Mervat was working in theatre management serving under-privileged children and young people through cultural and educational interventions. That’s what led her to completing her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy. For Mervat, studying at...

Lindsay So | Arts Administration

Drexel University

ADVANCING ARTS, CULTURE, AND THE CREATIVE ECONOMY LINDSAY TUCKER SO MS, Arts Administration '13   Lindsay So is an arts administrator who is passionate about helping arts and culture and non-arts sectors serve as effective allies for one another. Her experiences in the field have shaped her community-minded approach to developing cultural programs and solutions to benefit Philadelphians. Lindsay joined the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy...

Hugh Stumpp | Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management

Point Park University

Hugh Stumpp B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2010 Associate House Manager, Jujamcyn Theatres, New York City Point Park's SAEM program appealed to me because of the variety of courses I was able to take. When I started my freshman year, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I was interested in sports, theatre and music. By joining the SAEM program, I was able to learn about each area and see how the different industries have many similarities and how...

Hsin-Wei Tang | Arts Administration and Cultural Policy

Goldsmiths - University of London

After finishing my BA in Taiwan, I decided to pursue my advanced studies in London, which is the best city to gain knowledge and experience in the arts and the cultural and creative industries. I chose Goldsmiths due to its reputation for fostering a diverse and creative environment which provides both academic and practical training for students. During the academic year 2019/20, I learnt a lot at Goldsmiths. The courses provided me with the theories and knowledge necessary to gain a...

Sijing Tao | Arts & Entertainment Administration

Valparaiso University

Sijing Tao ’17, sound engineer at Zhejiang Radio and TV Group, China. “I am very grateful for the arts and entertainment graduate program at Valparaiso University. From the course of study to the activities and internships on and off campus, I have accumulated a lot of experience, such as event planning, promotion, and facility management. I believe I will do better in my future work!

Emily Thompson | Luxury Brand Management

Goldsmiths - University of London

"After over four years of professional experience, I have more clarity about my personal interests and strengths and decided to research and study these at a graduate level. I selected Goldsmiths to study MA Luxury Brand Management because of the university’s reputation for being forward thinking, its proximity to London’s luxury industries and the variety of courses offered. The degree’s focus areas and study options provide me with a strong platform from which I can launch the next...

Jenny Thompson | Arts Administration

University of Kentucky

CFA recently caught up with Jenny Thompson, who earned her Masters of Arts Administration from UKY in 2015, and asked what she has been up too since graduation. We were thrilled to learn that she is now the Senior Director of Development & Revenue Strategies at Gibney Dance Company in New York City. Thompson, who also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Dance Studies, Choreography, & Performance Writing, tells us that, not only does she...

Michelle Velez | Arts & Entertainment Administration

Valparaiso University

Michelle Velez ’17. As Activities Director and Assistant to the Town Council for the Town of  Griffith,  she uses the skills she has learned at Valpo to oversee all aspects of event planning and management of town events. “The Arts & Entertainment Administration Masters Program has better prepared me for my career by providing me with the proper skill set and knowledge. It has been very rewarding being able to apply everything that I have learned.”

Ross Werner | Arts Administration

Butler University

The Arts Administration program at Butler allowed me to combine several passions of mine into a cohesive curriculum where I was able to do everything I wanted, obtain once-in-a-lifetime experiences/ internships, learn from truly world-class faculty, and ultimately secure a full-time working position before graduation day. I cannot thank Butler University/Jordan College of...

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