PROMOTING UNDERSTANDING AND PEACE THROUGH THE PREFORMING ARTS
MS, Arts Administration ‘16
Carly Rapaport-Stein is the Executive Director of Intercultural Journeys, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the performing arts to foster connection, dialogue, and understanding. Prior to IJ, Carly worked as the communications manager for Mural Arts Philadelphia, the graduate program assistant for Drexel University's Arts Administration Program, the special...
On occasion, you find something in life that makes your heart swell up. You know the feeling, right? That moment where you’re so overcome by joy that you just can’t quite find the words to sum it up? That feeling that only something like music or the colors of a vibrant sunset can capture? Maybe you’ve felt it while teaching a student to read, or while doing biology research, or while making music with an ensemble, or while doing a math problem.
I felt it in kindergarten, watching a...
B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2014
VIP Services AND Hospitality Specialist, Madison Square Garden Company
"When I visited Point Park, it was my first time to Pittsburgh, and I fell in love with the city and the SAEM program. I knew that I wanted to move to NYC after graduating college, and the city of Pittsburgh was a great size and offered the opportunity to get used to living in an urban area before moving to NYC.
All of the SAEM...
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English Ursinus College
Fun fact: Megan got to live and work in Boston for six weeks over the summer.
What is your connection to the arts?
Megan grew up dancing at local studios in the Lehigh Valley but became passionate about dance as an art form in college. Her experience was great there as far as performance opportunities, amazing
professors, and just a welcoming arts environment. Now she teaches dance...
Devario Simmons (Theatre)
Costume Designer, MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University
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)
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...
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...
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!
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 ’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.”