Arts

Administration

Education

Seattle University - Arts Leadership (MFA), Fundraising Leadership (Certificate)

September 2020 - June 2022

Elon University - Arts Administration (BA), Music Theatre (BFA)

August 2015 - May 2019

Minors: Leadership Studies, Business Administration, and African & African-American Studies

University Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow, Elon Engagement Scholar, Leo Lambert Scholar, Phillips and Perry Black Excellence Awardee, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Gender and LGBT Center “Student of the Year” 2018 & 2019


Professional Experiences & Engaged Learning

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative - Education Programs Manager

February 2020 - Present

  • Establishing and managing stakeholder relationships with member institutions and practitioners, DC governmental agencies, school partners, and the general public.

  • Launching, executing, and reviewing Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) programming to provide equitable access to arts and humanities education to over 50,000 DC students.

  • Developing a brand-consistent and targeted strategic communication plan for AHFES programming.

  • Designing public-facing communication content, including webinars, virtual events, email campaigns, media interviews, a resource database, and social media marketing, for specialized audiences.

  • Supervising the assessment team to launch, monitor, and analyze program evaluations.

  • Communicating assessment reports to providers and making recommendations for quantitative and qualitative data-based program improvements.

  • Creating and managing ongoing COVID-19 crisis planning and corresponding internal and external communications.

Arena Stage - Community Engagement Fellow

SEPTEMBER 2019 - February 2020

  • Assists in the administration of the D.C. Ticket Partnership, including scheduling, lesson planning, curriculum material assistance and teaching in-school workshops connected to main-stage productions

  • Researches and writes student study guides and curriculum connections for main-stage productions

  • Serves as a teaching artist for the Voices of Now devised theater program during the school year

Maryland Leadership Workshops - Program Director/Assistant Director/Facilitator

NOVEMBER 2017 - Present

  • Responsible for the staffing, preparation, and implementation of the “Middle School Experience in Leadership” and “Bridge” summer programs. Had responsibility for the welfare of the programs, their staff, and combined 150 domestic and international participants.

  • Assessed the programs goals and objectives and made modifications to the curriculums and program structures necessary to enhance the experience for students and staff.

  • Performed staff and program evaluations and reported recommendations to the executive director and programming committee.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - National ACT-SO Intern

JUNE 2018 - JULY 2018

  • Instrumental in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the 40th “Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics”, a yearlong achievement program and scholastic competition including 32 categories.

  • Served as the primary organizer and project leader for the inaugural NAACP ACT-SO Film Festival hosted at the AMC Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX.

  • Performed administrative duties including reviewing inventory, researching local service providers, scheduling rehearsals, and updating the Alumni Database.

  • Worked as a member of the production team and as a room facilitator during the National Competition.

Elon University Office of Advancement- Annual Giving Intern

SEPTEMBER 2017 - DECEMBER 2017

  • Supported fall appeal projects, including coasters, Luminary Campaign, and #GivingTuesday

  • Bench-marked recurring (monthly and annual) donation programs at peer institutions and other schools or non-profits. Made recommendations regarding first-time and recurring donor gift upgrades

  • Contacted alumni via phone or email to update their recurring donations, soliciting upgrades if applicable.

  • Generated social media post and email language sent to alumni and donors for fall appeal projects.

Elon University Department of Residence Life - Apartment Manager

AUGUST 2017 - MAY 2019

  • Served as an apartment manager for two on-campus neighborhoods.

  • Was a key leader within the neighborhood and actively sets a high standard of excellence for customer service and community development.

  • Assisted in the facilitation of occupancy checks, room condition forms, health and safety inspections, and other Residence Life communication.

  • Developed and assisted with neighborhood-wide community programs and initiatives.

A Broaderway Foundation - Creative Team Intern

JULY 2016 - AUGUST 2016

  • Member of the Creative Team and worked alongside professional artists, educators, and business leaders from across the United States to execute the educational components of "Camp Broaderway".

  • Collaborated with Theatre Arts and Spoken word team to help generate curriculum and daily lesson plans

  • Worked with 80 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 as they learned about the performing arts, leadership, and self-confidence.

  • Supported the Stage Manager and Associate Producer with production and office management tasks.

Mill Mountain Theatre - Theatre Apprentice

MAY 2016 - JULY 2016

  • Performed in two traveling youth productions and an apprentice showcase on the Trinkle Main Stage.

  • Participated in outreach programs, with a focus on literacy, at community centers and libraries in the Roanoke region.

  • Worked in the scene-shop building set pieces and as a teaching artist for the theatre.

  • Completed administrative tasks in the office with staff including developing a youth workbook for the musical “Into the Woods” and organizing documents in preparation for an audit

Everyman Theatre - Marketing Intern

JUNE 2015 - AUGUST 2015

  • Researched relevant community groups/organizations throughout the Greater Baltimore area and added their current contact information to a database for the upcoming production season

  • Converted scripts for the upcoming production season for Closed Captioning Devices

  • Generated social media post to promote summer classes and events at the theatre.

  • Completed various administrative tasks for the managing department including education, marketing, and development.

Research, Presentation, & Facilitation

Association of Arts Administration Educators - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Research Fellow

OCTOBER 2020 - OCTOBER 2021

  • Researching the effectiveness of applied theater techniques as a tool for advancing the understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) concepts and learning objectives with undergraduate arts administration majors.

  • The study focuses on the role of group exercises, incorporating adapted activities by Michael Rohd and Augusto Boal, to facilitate EDI learning, including the concepts of intersectionality, anti-racism, and decolonization.

Project Triple B: My Baes, Buddies, & Booty Calls - Research Assistant

FEBRUARY 2017 - MAY 2019

  • Conducted a national mixed-methods research study on the perceived partner availability for emerging adult black men who identify as gay.

  • Worked alongside Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital to create the study instrument and code-book.

  • Developed various social media and marketing materials, including a website, to advertise the study.

  • Learned how to utilize research platforms such as Qualtrics and Dedoose.

  • Secured a partnership with Global Protection Corp. to distribute sexual wellness packages to all participants in the study.

  • Currently devising a multimedia theatrical work to present the study findings for audiences.

Performing Arts Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion Seminars - Developer & Facilitator

SEPTEMBER 2018 - MAY 2019

  • Collected data from the Music Theatre students, faculty, and staff on their experiences surrounding bias and diversity within the academic department.

  • Collaborated with Center for Leadership (CFL) and Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE) to develop seminar curriculum.

  • Presented with the Director of the CFL and Director of the CREDE in front of 100 students, faculty, and staff across two days.

  • Created google website with videos, articles, and on and off-campus resources to continue the dialogue, courageous conversation, and personal reflection.

  • Developed as a part of Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Common Good Project.

  • Has received invitations to present seminars to other academic and co-curricular groups across campus.

National Hal Johnson Spirituals Competition - Presenter (First Place)

JANUARY 2018 - JUNE 2018

  • Presented a selection of African-American spirituals at the state, regional, and national level as a part of the Hal Johnson Spirituals Competition through the National Association of Teachers of Singing

  • Adjudicated by 3 panels of vocal scholars and professors on my vocal tone, musicianship, and artistry as well as authentic interpretation of the negro spirituals arranged by composer Hal Johnson

  • Consulting African American spiritual experts and scholars to grasp the historical contexts and texts of each spiritual

  • Worked with my faculty mentor and vocal coach, Dr. Polly Butler Cornelius, to select and prepare the vocal repertoire.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address (Discussion) - Facilitator

JANUARY 2018

  • Facilitated a conversation and Q&A with author and Rhodes Scholar, Wes Moore, on social entrepreneurship, student leadership, and civic engagement prior to his Commemorative Address at Elon University with a group of student leaders, faculty, and staff.

  • Developed discussion questions and talking points in collaboration with the Director of the Center for Leadership and Associate Director of Cultural & Special Programs.

ARTivism: Change, Creativity, and Conflict (Burst the Bubble Course) - Facilitator

JANUARY 2018

  • Facilitated a three-session student-led course on Artivism for an intimate group of undergraduate students.

  • Explored the various ways in which the visual and performing arts can be used as tools for social change and commentary.

  • Discussed excerpts and models from Augusto Boal’s novel “Theatre of the Oppressed”, the “Aesthetic Perspectives” from Animating Democracy, and the Continuum of Impact.

  • Reviewed contemporary social justice art pieces, including protest music and political art, and their effectiveness.

Consulting

WE Schools - Anti-Racism Consultant/Global Classroom Instructor

December 2020 - Present

  • Worked with WE Schools staff to provide verbal and written feedback on their Anti-Racism Learning Module and Taking Action for A Diverse and Inclusive Society Global classroom, to be used by their international network of educators.

  • Leading students through a session on “Arts and Activism” for the Taking Action for A Diverse and Inclusive Society Global Classroom

Baltimore County Public Schools - Anti-Racism Consultant

September 2020 - November 2020

  • Guided the Baltimore County Student Councils Executive Board through a four-part virtual anti-racism and student leadership training program

  • Designed and facilitated the program in partnership with former Executive Director of Maryland Association of Student Councils, Olivia Keithly

Theater Production

Choreographer for "Grand Night/Collage" at Elon University

Assistant Choreographer for "Working: The Musical" at Elon University

Co-Choreographer for "The Little Mermaid" at Young Actors Theater

Dance Captain for the "Musical Theater Summer Intensive" at Berklee College of Music

Dance Captain for "Pippin" with the Carver Theater Company

Skills

Professional Skills: Public Speaking, Facilitation, Social Media, Market Bench-marking, Cultural Competency, Database Development, Strategic Communications, DEI

Proficiencies: CRM Software (MemberClicks, Raiser's Edge), Web Authoring (Drupal, Google Sites), Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Graphic Design (Canva), Data Analysis Software (Dedoose, Qualtrics), Video Conferencing Software (Google Meets, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco WebEx)

Strengths: Strategic, Connectedness, Ideation, Activator, Positivity

Myers-Briggs Personality Type: Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging

References

Tracey Wyton (Deputy Director at DC Collaborative) - tracey@dccollaborative.org

Larry Brown (National Director of ACT-SO) - lbrown@naacpnet.org

David McGraw (Professor of Arts Administration) - dmcgraw@elon.edu

Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital (Research Mentor) - bavital@elon.edu

Anita Anderson (MLW Executive Director) - anita@leadershipmd.org

Rebecca Campana (School Programs Manager at Arena Stage) - rcampana@arenastage.org