Graduate Program DirectorJEFF 401
Carol Wolfe Clay
Director of Graduate PracticumsJEFF 401
Chair: Performing Arts/Arts Leadership
Carol LwaliGraduate Admission Counselor
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Tyrone Brown is a Seattle-based theatre director and producer. Directing credits include POOF!, Hot Grits: A (Punk) Play On Music, Black To My Roots: African American Tales from the Head and Heart (Fringe First Award winner at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburg, Scotland), Wreck The Airline Barrier, and Hamlet X: The Tragedy of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University, a Performing Arts Management Certificate from the University of Washington Extension Program, and is an alumni of the Drama League Directing Program in New York. He is currently the artistic director of the newly re-founded Brownbox Theatre, a company dedicated to the creation, development, and production of contemporary and original African American theatre.
Sarah Butler is a creative consultant specializing in creative direction, digital design, special events and digital marketing strategy at SarahStylesSeattle.com. Sarah attended Seattle University where she received two Bachelor’s Degrees in Visual Arts and Humanities and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership. Fostering her connection to all arts while closely pursuing her deep interest in fashion by founding the Fashion Club of Seattle University. By graduation she had produced three annual fashion shows to showcase local designers to the community and bring awareness to the non-profit Dress of Success. Following graduation, worked for Kemper Development Company to produce Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection in collaboration with Vogue Magazine. Now, a corporate fashion PR specialist turned blogger and creative consultant, Sarah has collaborated with a multitude of brands, both non-profit and corporate, local and national. Although currently residing in Seattle, Washington, Sarah frequently travels the world for work and leisure. Follow Sarah for a look into her world of fashion, style, and travel as she documents her journeys, personal style and more on SarahStylesSeattle.com.
Monique Courcy is a lifelong arts participant, who joined Seattle's dance community while at the University of Washington in 2005. In 2009 she began an internship at On the Boards during her senior year while simultaneously co-founding Quark Contemporary Dance Theater. Monique's dedication led to paid positions at OtB in 2010 as House Manager and to her current position as OntheBoards.tv and Digital Media Manager. She currently manages the day-to-day business of OntheBoards.tv including the logistics of filming, communications, web updates, sales and relationships with users and artists, in addition to general On the Boards digital media.
Lauren Davis has been manager of ArtXchange Gallery in Pioneer Square since 2006, an intercultural gallery that promotes cultural exchange through art. ArtXchange was named Outstanding Organization of 2011 by the International Examiner Community Voice Awards. She has interned and volunteered in the non-profit sector for groups including National Organization for Women, NARAL, Namaste Children's Fund, literacy services, food banks and international artist residencies. Recent and current projects include exhibitions and events with Seattle City Hall, La Sala Latino/a Artist Network, Bellevue Arts Museum and Columbia City Gallery. During her time in the MFA program, she has interned at SEEDArts and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Snow Dowd founded [theMAKERS], a multimedia design and consulting company with husband and creative partner, Robert Reinhardt, in Los Angeles in 1999. In addition to working on projects for education, art and entertainment clients, Snow and Robert co-wrote the Flash Bible series (Wiley Publishing). [theMAKERS] moved to Portland in 2005, where they continued to work with clients near and far. Snow collaborated with Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, Irene Taylor Brodsky, on rebranding her studio and on title treatments and design materials for several of her award-winning films. Snow earned her undergraduate degree in New Media from Ryerson University's School of Image Arts in Toronto, Canada. She looks forward to living on Bainbridge Island with her family and taking the ferry to school in a world-class city.
Greg Dole received a Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture with a concentration in Art History from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduation, Greg worked as the Arts Education Assistant at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and later became Assistant Manager at the Louisiana Landmarks Society in New Orleans, Louisiana. There he worked as an historic preservation advocate and led tours of the Pitot House Museum and Gardens. Since late 2007, Greg has been the Office Manager at Northwest Center's Early Intervention Program in Seattle. In the future he hopes to manage a percent-for-the-arts program.
Megan Dyer earned her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Louis University, studying her first two years in Madrid, Spain and completing her degree in Saint Louis, Missouri where she majored in Art History and History with special emphasis on Western European art, language and history. Most recently, she worked for the French Embassy as an English teacher in Montpellier, France, incorporating arts and cultural awareness in classes for university and high school students. For the past year, Megan has developed her passion for arts education working with Bellevue Arts Museum, first as an intern, and most recently serving as the Interim Education Curator. She is an advocate for the arts and has volunteered at several non-profit organizations, which has further strengthened her commitment to education and the promotion of arts in the community. www.bellevuearts.org
Steve Galatro, MFA '09, is the new executive director at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. The nonprofit is a multidisciplinary arts education center. Galatro remains an adjunct faculty member in the Fine Arts Department, where he had been the operations manager. www.pratt.org
Leigh Ann Gilmer has spent the past five years in nonprofit development, and brings to her work a penchant for engaging new audiences through tailored communications. After earning a degree in history from Northern Arizona University, Leigh Ann developed a passion for the role museums play in preserving culture, building community, and showcasing artistic expression. Setting out to help create a meaningful experience for museum guests, she began her nonprofit career working in visitor services at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Leigh Ann continued in her nonprofit track after moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2007, learning to build and strengthen donor relationships as the membership manager at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. She currently works in annual giving at Seattle University and enjoys helping alumni, parents, and friends align their philanthropic passions with the university's mission. Leigh Ann has recently joined the board of directors for the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, an organization that provides arts and cultural experiences for people of all ages and incomes throughout Seattle. She loves folklore and visual arts created in traditional craft media, specifically glass and textile art. Leigh Ann is currently researching trends in multi-disciplinary arts participation, along with shifts in federal and private arts funding, through the context of a changing social and political environment in recent American history. She is also a founder of Seattle Artthrob, it works like a CSA but for artists. 30 shareholders each purchase an art share for $250. Six artists will be selected by a jury panel to create 30 limited-edition works for the shareholders (one for each member) and will receive a $1,000 stipend to complete this work. At the end of the season, shareholders will have an opportunity to pick up their artwork as well as meet and develop relationships with the artists at an event in November. Learn more here: www.seattleartthrob.com/
Emily Guillen hails from the great Southwest, graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Art history with an emphasis in Feminist art and a minor in Business Administration. Emily has been highly involved in the arts community throughout her native state of Nevada, and before relocating to Seattle for the MFA Arts Leadership program; Emily had the opportunity to co-create a highly reviewed docent program for one of the last remaining fine arts galleries in Las Vegas. She is currently working with the Seattle Art Museum in asset retention and customer relations. Today, Emily continues to focus her interests in institutional critique, including analyses of curatorial practices, work conditions in arts institutions, and larger socio-economic problems facing arts involvement. April Heding received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a visual artist, educator and arts advocate, April entered the nonprofit sector through AmeriCorps, where she served as an Arts Advocate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. From here, April continued her work in underserved communities with Artists Working in Education, Milwaukee Public Schools, Lissy's Place, a shelter for homeless women, and Guildess, a Contemporary Female Artist Guild. Through her partnerships with Lissy's Place and Guildess, April established a passion for empowering women through art and aims to pursue this interest during her studies at Seattle University.
Laura Bell Hammarlund received her BA in Drama and a Certificate in Arts Management for the Performing Arts from the University of Washington. She also has a certificate in historical documentary filmmaking from George Washington University. She's worked on numerous films and videos, including for KCTS-TV, the Kennedy Center Honors program, and the Women in Film awards ceremony. She served as arts outreach coordinator and trained as an art docent, teaching elementary students through the Bellevue Art Museum's visual arts outreach program. Her practicum experiences include participation in the 2011 legislative renewal campaign for Washington Filmworks (Washington State's film incentive program) and marketing for University of Washington's World Series. Laura currently works in development at Seattle Musical Theatre and serves as Treasurer for The Arts Leadership Club at Seattle University. http://seattlemusicaltheatre.org/
Loryn Hatten is a graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay holding a Bachelor of Arts in Teledramatic Arts and Technology with a focus on acting and directing for theater. From 2003 to 2010, Loryn worked fulltime for California Theatre Center, a nonprofit touring theatre organization specializing in professional theatre for youth. There she served as a director, teacher, designer, stage manager, production manager, tour director, and company manager. Her additional experience includes theater facilities management for West Valley College, and internships with The Western Stage's Young Company Presents and Theatreworks. Loryn's practicum work for the past year has been primarily with Seattle Children's Theatre, serving as a teaching assistant and an intern for One Theatre World, the national conference for theatre for young audiences. http://www.cornish.edu/
Joohee Hong majored in piano and became a qualified pianist after graduating the Sunwha art high school and the Sookymyung University in Korea, and achieving a summer music program certification in Mozarteum of Salzburg, Austria. She volunteered at a Catholic church to accompany for their choir and to play organ for their masses. Joohee also taught piano to students and worked at a private music institution. These experiences strengthened her passion in music and led her to be more willing to share the profound power of music with others. Thus, she wanted to study the nonprofit management related to music, based on her experiences as a player, audience member, and educator. Recently, she achieved a Fundamentals of Project Management certification at UW for broadening her knowledge in business.
In the erratically spastic mind of Matt Hornbeck, he is a treasure seeking archaeologist or a tiger taming carnie, or even a WWE wrestler named "¡Un Poquito Diablo!" However, as acted out on the plains of reality, Matt is currently a part-time Sociology instructor at Seattle Central Community College, Argosy University, and Cascadia Community College. He previously held the position of an ordained pastor and worship leader at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Flagstaff, AZ. Currently, Matt and his better half Roxy, are on staff at Quest Church as Associate Worship Directors. As part of Matt's thesis in Applied Sociology, he wrote a two act play titled, Pick-Up Artist: The Musical. The intention of the musical is to use the format of the arts to address sociologically identified inequalities and problematic trends within societal patterns and thus encourage discourse and solution based discussion around such topics. Matt and Roxy hope to use this format as the foundation for the nonprofit arts community quiet, in which Matt functions as the Executive Director. Both Matt and Roxy finished their MFA in Nonprofit Arts Leadership in June of 2011 from Seattle University. www.quietonline.org/
Roxy is one of the founding members of quiet. She holds a B.S. degree in English Education; an M.A. in Literary, Technology and Professional Writing; and an M.F.A. in Nonprofit Arts Leadership at Seattle University. As an English instructor at Seattle Central Community College and an Associate Worship Director for Quest Church, Roxy loves serving in the Seattle community. Roxy is passionate about people, passionate about responsible art and passionate about equal access. Roxy believes that art is a mechanism for change in this world, so quiet is a place where she can truly follow all of her passions. Plus, she gets to work with her stellar husband, Matt. She couldn't do all this stuff without his support and encouragement. She serves as quiet's Managing Director, helping to create structures and sustainable practices that allow for ALL stories to be heard. Roxy enjoys creating art too; making music and writing stories/poems are some of her favorite creative outlets. www.quietonline.org/
Adrienne Lopez received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, focusing in Sculpture, from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. She developed a strong passion for philanthropy in the arts while working with Creative Capital, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Since relocating to Seattle, WA she has continued to expand on her nonprofit experience by serving as a Program Assistant with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Teacher Assisting for Seattle University's Business of Art course, providing professional development and fundraising consultations to individual artists, and contracting as an Account Manager with World Vision. Her professional interests are strongly inspired by cultural, economic and global issues.
Pollyanna Manning grew up in rural The Dalles, Oregon on a cherry farm. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Portland, receiving a BBA in Marketing and Management along with minors in Entrepreneurship and Music Performance. Her acceptance into the E-Scholars program at UP provided her the opportunity to develop her business idea for a nonprofit program supplementing arts education in underserved communities. E-Scholars afforded her the chance to visit New York and Vietnam where she researched and met with established arts programs. After three years of working in the agricultural export industry, she is focusing on her passions in arts programming and services. She is seeking a future that allows her to cultivate opportunities for arts involvement for youth as she begins her two-year Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership program at Seattle University in August 2011.
Hilary Northcraft received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, majoring in Communication, with a minor in the Comparative History of Ideas. She firmly believes in the positive impact the arts can have on individuals and communities. Hilary has volunteered her time helping with events for the International Human Rights Film Festival in Cape Town, South Africa and the 826 Writing Center in Greenwood. In college, she worked to promote music for local and national bands in store fronts and at music venues. Last year, she worked with the Vera Project to compile their first professional annual report, which can be found here: http://theveraproject.org/blog/2010_annual_report_online/ . Hilary is currently helping Seattle Theatre Group create and launch a planned giving program. While her past work was primarily focused in the music industry, she also has very strong interests in writing and the visual arts. She welcomes any opportunity to hone her love of storytelling through writing and photography, whether for an individual or an organization. Hilary loves the challenge of being presented with an unfamiliar task, and looks forward to a future working in the arts.
Calley Vandegrift was raised in both Washington and Minnesota. She went to college at Washington State University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, emphasis in Sculpture, in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 2002. Calley worked as a student at the Washington State University CUB Gallery as an assistant and guard; working closely with other artists as well as the public. She was also a board member for Moscow Idaho's Festival Dance as a student. Ms. Vandegrift has been working for the Washington State Department of Health Public Health Laboratory since 2002 as a Microbiologist. Calley enjoys all forms of expression, especially sculpture. Her preferred medium is bronze. She says "there is nothing like melting metal".
Vanessa Villalobos is a performing artist and experienced teaching artist from Lima, Peru. She has two degrees from the University of Washington in Theater and Dance. Her Peruvian heritage has always been her inspiration for promoting the arts through distinct perspectives. Her passion for dance has involved work in concert and competitive dance, as well as theater and film. Some highlights include "MadHot Ballroom" and Walt Disney's "Enchanted." She has worked in the NYC Public School system as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Arts Council and Dancing Classrooms for 8 years, while simultaneously working in marketing and management roles for diverse New York city dance studios. After moving to Seattle, she formed BALORICO LLC, an arts & entertainment company that provides Ballroom, Latin and Afro-Peruvian dance, education, choreography and consulting services. Currently she serves on the board of the Dance Educator's Association of Washington State and is grateful for the opportunity to share her expertise with local Seattle arts groups and organizations.
Lauren Waldstein graduated from Augusta College in Rock Island, IL, receiving her B.A. with majors in Studio Art and Sociology. After graduation, Lauren moved to San Diego and got her first taste of the nonprofit arts world as she interned for A Reason to Survive (A.R.T.S.), an organization that provides art programs to children facing adversities. After her internship she worked as Program Director for the Boys and Girls Club. She most recently worked as Children's Program Coordinator for Becky's House Domestic Violence Shelter. Now, Lauren is ready and eager to take the next step and learn all that Seattle University has to offer in the MFA in Arts and Leadership program.
Cheri Walters received her BA in Journalism and Theater from Ohio State University where she reported for WOSU 820 AM and completed an acting internship at The Cleveland Play House. After graduation she studied under Marcel Marceau at his school in Paris, France- a pivotal year in her artistic development. She has performed with Cleveland Sign Stage on Tour, worked in public relations at The Seattle Art Museum and studied to be a sommelier with Canada's first female Master of Wine. She has since run wine programs at Teatro Zinzanni and The Purple Café, and has interviewed winemakers internationally for her blog Indigo Wine Press. Walters brings to her work the belief that the arts have the power to heal and to connect across cultural boundaries.
Debra received her BFA in Art History and sculpture from the University of Colorado. Her artistic career is rooted in a passion for public art and a life long commitment to social justice. She is a skilled Project Manager with fifteen years experience collaborating with leading artists, government agencies and diverse communities to develop arts-based initiatives and cultural engagement activities that enrich and advance humanity. Debra is the 2013 recipient of the Seattle University Social Justice and Community Engagement graduate award. She is a mother, artist and ardent activist.
Sharon Williams (MFA ’09)Managing Director, CD Forum
Geri Morris (MFA ‘13)Annual Fund Manager, Pacific Northwest Ballet
David Bander (MFA ‘13)Director of Operations, Kirkland Performance Center
Kellen Braddock (MFA ‘13)Manager, Artist Services, Shunpike
Samantha DeLuna (MFA ‘13)Development Officer for Special Events & Corporate Development, Seattle Symphony
Liz Dawson (MFA ‘14)Communications Manager, Velocity Dance Center
Ben McCarthy (MFA ‘14)Special Events Manager, Seattle International Film Festival
Kayti Barnett (MFA ‘14)Managing Director, New Century Theatre Company