Meet our MA in Arts Administration Spring 2016 Cohort

Fall 2015 MA in Arts Administration Cohort

Ashley Bass

Ashley Bass
B.F.A. Parsons The New School For Design, Integrated Design

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Ashley is currently The Interim Exhibitions Manager at the Scholastic Alliance for Young Artitsts and Writers. She has worked for Prinkshop as a graphic designer and program manager and Shinola Detroit as Product Outreach Manager. In her native Detroit, Ashley worked for the Heidelberg Project where she partnered with artist and founder Tyree Guyton to create community advertisement posters for his latest art installation “House of Soul Memorial Installation.”
Nina Gomes Burgos

Nina Gomes Burgos
B.A. Universidade de Brasilia, Advertising and Social Communication; M.B.A. Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Economics and Management of Cultural Assets

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Nina is a project manager and arts exhibitions coordinator. She has extensive experience managing international arts exhibitions at major organizations in Brazil, including Tomie Ohtake Institute and the leading cultural group SESC. She coordinated several thematic exhibitions for children, besides regional and international shows of the works of Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, and Steve McCurry, among others. Most recently Nina worked for the film export program Cinema do Brasil where she coordinated strategic actions and managed Brazilian displays at trade shows in major film markets and festivals including Berlinale, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto IFF, SXSW and America Film Market. Prior to that she also worked as head of guest services for major film and literary festivals in Brazil.

Zona Tzu-Yuan Chen

Zona Tzu-Yuan Chen
B.B.A.  Fujen Catholic University, International Trade and Finance; M.B.A. Thunderbird School of Global Management, Finance; M.A., Christie’s Education, Modern and Contemporary Art and Its Markets

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Zona has extensive experience in investment banking, corporate finance and equity analysis in Taiwan and Hong Kong working for organizations such as Lehman Brothers Inc., Macquarie Capital Securities, Samsung Securities, and Lloyd George Management as Analyst, Senior Associate, Assistant Vice President and Investment Analyst respectively, where she largely analyzed the financial results and business outlooks of technology companies which emphasized new technology development and manufacturing process optimization.  Most recently Zona has enrolled at Christie’s Education in New York City studying modern and contemporary art history.  She expects the Arts Administration program will help bridge her business experience and studies in art history and position her favorably to have an impact in the future management of cultural and educational institutions.  

Milena Deleva

Milena Deleva
M.A. Sofia University, Cultural Studies

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Milena is Managing Director of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF), an organization whose mission is to create juried awards for Bulgarian contemporary literature and translation, to facilitate the publication of Bulgarian contemporary literature in English, and to bring writers, editors, publishers, and translators from the Anglophone world to Bulgaria to work with their Bulgarian peers. The Foundation’s Co-founder credits Milena’s direction for the success of the organization and particularly the success of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars, an annual international conference on writing, translation and publishing of emerging writers now in its ninth year. Prior to her work at EKF, Milena was Project Officer at the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam and Program Coordinator for the Soros Foundation in Sofia. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the New Literature from Europe Festival in New York. Milena is the author of Technological Park Culture Bulgaria, and is a contributing author in The Arts, Change and Politics (Amsterdam: Boekmanstrichting, 2005).

Mame Djarra Diop

Mame Djarra Diop
B.A. Medgar Evers College, Public Administration

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Mamedjarra is the founder of Cultural Arts program Sunu Thiossane. Sunu Thiossane (pronounced Soo-noo Cho-Sahn) is a youth development agency that utilizes the arts and sciences as a platform to connect with young people and have them engage in socially-conscious projects and programming that will incite creativity and self-expression, while inspiring compassion and empathy. As long as she can remember, Mamedjarra has always been an advocate of the development of Africa. As a child she had the privilege of growing up in two cultures and living both in the US and Senegal. Her Mother is African-American and her father is from Senegal West Africa. Mamedjarra knew early on that she both loved the arts and would one day work with youth. She never realized at the time that her mission would be to be a liaison of both continents through youth. After attending The Senegalese American Bilingual High School in Senegal, Mamedjarra moved back to New York to receive a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Medgar Evers College City University of New York. Her education and experience have given her the opportunity to speak at the United Nations, work with various NGOs in Senegal and the US. Most importantly, Mamedjarra values the significance of giving back to her community but also giving validation to the youth on both continents as a tool for self-worth. Her passion is to empower youth to make better life choices through education, culture and the arts and, to also be an example of achievement and pride among African people. Mamedjarra believes that being raised back and forth from Dakar to Brooklyn made her who she is today, the liaison for the youth from both cultures. A trained dancer and choreographer, Mame Djarra is a member of the Sunu Thiossane, Harambee and Forces of Nature Dance Companies. She trains with Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey Extension and the Mark Morris Dance Group and has offered workshops at Hampshire College, Bowdoin College, Fairfield University, and for the US Navy in Singonella, Italy.

Iyvon Edebiri

Iyvon Edebiri             B.A. Brandeis University, International and Global Studies/Italian  

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Iyvon currently works at the Sundance Institute as Producing Coordinator, and also serves as Company Manager there for Theatre Labs, Post-Lab Support Workshops, and Public Programming Events. In that role she has managed over 200+ professional artist participants on a remote mountain venue in Utah as well as the Sundance Lab at Mass MoCA in the Berkshires. She is now deep in the planning process for new Sundance initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa. In September 2015 she produced Sundance’s live tribute to Carol Burnett – a reading of Ms. Burnett’s play, Hollywood Arms, at the Kauffman Center/Merkin Hall. Iyvon is also Co-Creator and Artistic Director of The Parsnip Ship, an intimate series of plays performed before live audiences then made accessible as a monthly podcast. The series aims to build community by exploring diverse perspectives and by bringing awareness to inspiring voices. Upon her graduation from Brandeis, Iyvon was a Fulbright Research Scholar, taking her to Italy where she examined “Applied IntraCultural Theater: Negotiating Diversity, Xenophobia and Acculturation.” While in Italy she served as Assistant Director on Italian productions of Ragtime and Sweeny Todd: Il Barbieri Demone di Fleet Street.

Jessica Epstein

Jessica Epstein      B.A. New York University Gallatin School, Visual Culture and Social Change

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Jessica is interested in creating arts events that make people feel connected to others in their community and provide opportunities for personal creativity. Jessica is currently a Casting Associate Producer on History Channel's American Pickers, Cineflix Productions in New York City. She has also served Cineflix Productions as Archivist, Casting Researcher, Production Assistant, and Props Manager. Prior to her work at Cineflix, Jessica was Workshop Programs Coordinator for Community Works, a nonprofit arts and education organization whose mission is to bridge schools and communities, enrich educational curricula and celebrate neighborhood cultures and histories. She has also served as Production Assistant to Filmmaker Alison Chernick. Jessica has worked as a Language and Culture Assistant in Spain, a teacher for Jumpstart/AmeriCorps, served as Director of Exhibits at Art for Global Justice, and has interned at The Paley Center and Exit Art. She is currently a member of Mobile Print Power, a multigenerational arts collective that uses silkscreen printmaking to engage communities and explore social and cultural situations. Jessica was selected as an Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA) Fellow in 2015.

Fransua Ferrer

Fransuá Ferrer       B.M. Berklee College of Music; M.Comm. Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Advertising; J.D. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, Law

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A member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Fransuá is actively pursuing a career in music and film production, concert promotion and entertainment law. He has extensive experience as Restoration Manager, Record Producer, Concert Promoter, Publishing Manager, Artist Manager and Artist Agent with Tierrazo, Inc., a family-owned music company established in Puerto Rico in 1975. This organization has produced over 70 recordings and performances of artists such as Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Maynard Ferguson, Chucho Valdés e Irakere, Tania María, Ismael Rivera, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades, Juan Formell y Los Van Van, Descarga Boricua, Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Joan Manuel Serrat, Roy Brown, Cumbre Flamenca, José José among others. In his work with Producciones Tierrasón, Inc., a division dedicated to film production and media restoration, Fransuá served again in multiple capacities in production work of the musical films Roy Brown y sus Amigos and Descarga Boricua Salseando. His restoration work includes the musical films Concierto Mayor de los Soneros, Festival de la Trova Iberoamericana and Tierrazo Jazz.
Marshall Gunter

Marshall Gunter, B.F.A.  Shenandoah University, Musical Theatre

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A graduate of the Vocal Music department from The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia, Marshall's passion and dedication to theatre started at an early age. Trained in Musical Theatre, and after pounding the pavement as an actor he now aspires to create theatre from the ground up. He has worked at Primary Stages, Pines Dinner Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory and its Glaize Studio Theatre, the Virginia Opera, and as a Stage Manager.

Ryan Koss

Ryan Koss
B.F.A. University of Oklahoma, Musical Theatre

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Ryan is a graduate of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, but his role as Tommy Djilas in an 8th grade production of The Music Man was formative in his development as a passionate and accomplished actor. He performed in over seventeen different musicals in summer stock seasons with Music Theatre of Wichita and The Muny in St. Louis. Upon his graduation from the University of Oklahoma, Ryan was understudy for the four featured male dancers in Lucky Guy: The Musical at The Little Shubert in New York City. He has worked as dance captain for Surf! The Musical with director Kristin Hanggi and choreography/directing team RJ Durrell and Nick Florez. Ryan has performed in productions at Westchester Broadway Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, North Shore Music Theatre, The North Carolina Theatre and in The New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall performing with The Rockettes and Derek Hough under the direction of Warren Carlyle. He performed as a singer and dancer in the North American Tour of We Will Rock You! and performed in a New York Production workshop of Beyond the Music with choreographer AC Ciulla and Writer/Producer Andy Sandberg.

Sonja Kostich

Sonja Kostich              B.B.A.  Baruch College, Accounting

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Sonja Kostich is the Finance Manager at Mark Morris Dance Group. She joined MMDG from Goldman Sachs where she worked as a finance analyst in the Controllers department. Previously, Ms. Kostich was a professional ballet and modern dancer, performing with major international companies and artists, including American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and as a collaborator with director Peter Sellars. She co-founded and co-directed OtherShore, a New York based modern dance company that thrived for more than five years, touring nationally to such places as Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and the Ringling International Arts Festival. Her career in arts and culture spanned more than twenty years, and in this time she took on the varied roles of dancer, director, producer, choreographer, teacher, writer, and administrator. Ms. Kostich has a business degree (BBA) from CUNY Baruch College – Zicklin School of Business where she graduated summa cum laude and salutatorian of her graduating class. Ms. Kostich is currently serving on the Board of Big Dance Theater as Secretary/Treasurer and as a member of the Audit Committee.

Meredith LaBouff

Meredith LaBouff B.M. Curtis Institute of Music, Voice   

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An opera lover and trained opera singer, Meredith aspires to become a top administrator in the field. She recently worked as the Associate Vocal Manager for Dispeker Artists where she managed a roster of 25 classical singers. This summer she joins the Glimmerglass Festival for their 2016 season as the Artistic Administration Intern.

Fari, Liang Si

Fari, Liang Si
New York University

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Fari is the founder and developer of Ratafire, the first free to use on-going crowdfunding website for artists and researchers to afford the time for creative freedom. Trained in programming, design, music, art, writing and philosophy, Fari also hosts the New York Polymath meetup every month.
Hoe Soon Son

Hoe Soon Son
B. A. Hunter College, Psychology/Studio Art; B.L.S., Daejin University, Library and Information Science


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Hoe Soon currently works at Little Atelier of Young Children, Inc. She had worked as the Assistant to Marketing Director at InSA System, Inc., while enrolling at CUNY to study Studio Art and Psychology prior to embarking on a second career. Inspired and mentored by her sister-in-law, a project leader for Korea Arts Management Service, Hoe Soon credits attending an event at the CUNY Graduate Center with her sister-in-law for stirring her interest to play an active role in the direction, development and advocacy of national and international arts organizations.

Angelica Marie Wilson

Angelica Marie Wilson
B.A. Hunter College, Dance

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Angelica, a recent graduate of Hunter College works as an administrator and dance instructor at The DanceSource in Rego Park, New York, where she teaches ballet, tap and gymnastics. As a teenager she was a participant of the Access for Young Women Leadership program at Queens Community House, holding annual conferences and workshops to educate her community on societal issues. Simultaneously, in high school she focused on music and mathematics under the Carl Sagan Science/Math Honors Academy at Forest Hills High School.  Once she arrived to Hunter College, Angelica majored in dance working and/or studying with choreographers Robin Dunn, Gerald Otte, Nia Love and Alberto Del Saz and was a crew member of Twyla Tharp Dance Company at Hunter College. 

Natsue Yoshida

Natsue Yoshida     
B.B.A. Baruch College, Entrepreneurship; Fashion Institute of Technology, Costume Design Certificate

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Since 2004, Natsue has worked as the Freelance Costume Designer and On-set Tailor for her label, Yn Couture by Nana N Yoshida. She has designed and costumed for music videos, films and commercials for clients that include Atlantic Records, BET, Guinness, Interscope Records, Def Jam, LH Producations, Malbon Brothers Farms LLC, MTV, Nike, Supreme New York, Teen Vogue, and Tourihanna. Currently, she also works as a Senior Accounting and HR Assistant for one of the agencies of the United Nations.





 




   

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