Meet our New MA in Arts Administration 2015 Cohort

List of New MA in Arts Administration 2015 Cohort

Rheanna Abbot

Rheanna Abbot
B.A.  University of Vermont, Visual Arts

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Rheanna has a background in visual arts production, graphic design, arts education, and program management. She currently works at an arts education non-profit, where she coordinates programming that provides high quality arts education to underserved communities in New York City. 

Stanley Bahorek

Stanley Bahorek
B.F.A.  University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Musical Theatre

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Stanley is an accomplished Producer, Writer, Director, Teacher, and Actor.  He has starred in principal roles on Broadway, and at The Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, NY City Center, with some exciting downtown companies like Transport Group, Senses Askew, Abingdon Theatre Company, as well as at dozens of regional theatres (The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, The McCarter, The 5th Avenue, The Long Wharf, DeafWest), as well as on television in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.  Stanley is currently in the cast of Amazing Grace at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway.  He was nominated for the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for his role in Nerds, and the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his role in A Little Night Music.  Stanley received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in 2012 for his role in February House.  He has lectured at NYU Playwrights Horizons, Princeton University, Florida State University and was Co-Founder and Teaching Artist of Broadway in South Africa.  Currently, Stanley’s film Sent By Hand, which he produced and wrote, featuring deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, is a finalist for the 2015 HollyShorts Film Festival. www.stanleybahorek.com

Gina Cestero

Gina Cestero
B.F.A. Molloy College, Fine Arts; M.A. Adelphi University, Art Education

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Gina is High School Art Teacher with the NYC Department of Education.  A dedicated arts educator, Gina has secured grants and donations to sustain art education programs and hopes to continue her advocacy work to increase arts-based funding for the public schools in low-income areas.

Kevin Semagin Damio

Kevin Semagin Damio
B.F.A.  Emerson College, Theater Design/Technology

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Kevin is a Freelance Lighting Designer and has designed for productions at BCA Black Box, Plaza Theatre, Cutler Majestic Theatre, and the Semel Theatre in Boston where he has worked with Directors Maureen Shea,Jacqui Parker, Michael Bello and Anne Bogart.  For the past seven years Kevin has worked as Assistant Lighting Supervisor for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, and this year he interned with the Managing Director on the festival’s management.  In 2012 Kevin was Lighting Director for Timeflies’ first national tour, performing in over 40 cities around the country.  He has been a part-time faculty member at Emerson College.

 

 

 

Maureen Donohue

Maureen Donohue B.A. Tufts University, American Studies and Music

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Maureen is the Program Manager of the CAT Youth Theatre at the Creative Arts Team. She oversees long-term and day-to-day program administration and manages fundraising, marketing, and publicity efforts. Prior to joining CAT, Maureen worked in the development department of The Public Theater.  She is a consultant for Advance NYC, a nonprofit and events consulting company.

Elsie Dorzin

Elsie Dorzin
B.A. CUNY Baccalaureate, English Language Arts;  M.S.Ed. Long Island University, TESOL

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Elsie served in the U.S. Air Force for 9 years where her service was recognized by the receipt of several medals and distinctions.  She taught English to elementary students in Korea before assuming her current position as ESL/ELA teacher at the International High School for Health Sciences in Queens.  Elsie works with English Language Learners some of whom have had their formal education interrupted and credits her work with the Theater Development Fund (TDF) as inspiring her goal to be an active force in integrating the arts in education.

Nora Fernandez

Nora Fernandez
M.Arch. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Architecture

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Nora is currently Senior Associate Director at Gene Kaufman Architect, P.C. in New York City where her expertise is in hotels and residential mixed use buildings. She is a registered architect in New York State.

Natalie Kozlova

Natalie Kozlova
B.A. Yeshiva University, Economics and Political Science; M.M. Mannes College - The New School for Music, Piano Performance

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Natalie has worked in tax accounting and international taxation as a Transfer Pricing Associate and as a Senior Tax Accountant and Junior Economist.  She has just completed her M.M. in piano performance at Mannes College - The New School for Music .  Natalie hopes to leverage her experience as a musician and her professional work experience for a career in performing arts management.

Michelle T. Foytek

Michelle T. Foytek
B.F.A.  University of Central Florida, Theatre Performance

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As a performer, Michelle has worked regionally as both an actor and director, most recently for the Merry Go Round playhouse. Administratively, she has experience in human resources, audience services, and project coordination. She looks forward to a career in the arts where she can balance her artistic endeavors with her extensive administrative skills.

Anne Mancuso

Anne Mancuso
B.A.  The City College, English/Communication               

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Anne had a long and rewarding career at the New York Times in the cultural news department where she provided copy for the Friday Weekend Section and the Spare Times column.  She also researched, created and produced special features for the section, and wrote articles for other sections, did photo editing, and researched and updated several editions of Weekend Excursions, published by New York Times Books.  She is now a freelance writer, contributing pieces to the Sunday Real Estate Section of the New York Times. 

Kenneth Naanep

Kenneth Naanep
B.F.A. LIU Post, Acting

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Kenneth is currently the Company Manager for On Stage at Kingsborough at Kingsborough Community College a multi-disciplinary performing arts center in southern Brooklyn. He also worked for Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) as a Business Representative in the Off-Broadway and Developing Theatre Department. During his time at AEA he served on the voting committee for the Lucille Lortel Foundation for two seasons. Prior to his work at AEA, Kenneth was the Systems Administrator for Broadway.com. He recently completed the Emerging Leaders Institute program with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).

Rana Paridhi

Rana Paridhi
B.A.  Hollins University, Film and Classics

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Rana is from Nepal, and graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa member from Hollins University in 2014 where she completed a dual degree in Film and Classical Studies with a Certificate in Arts Management. She was also a member of Eta Sigma Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa. For her senior thesis, Rana animated a classical myth: Echo and Narcissus.  She aspires to manage and lead programs that address the technological developments necessary in the collection, study, preservation and presentation of ancient art. She is also interested in exploring the prospects of entrepreneurship and venture capital in the nonprofit sector.

Nigel Philip

Nigel Philip
B.A. Baruch College, English Literature

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Nigel is currently a CUNY Office Assistant in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch.  He is an aspiring rap artist and hopes to cultivate his musical interests as a graduate student in the program.  Nigel is keen on discovering new business models and developing unique ways to introduce his art across numerous platforms. 

James Rucinski

James Rucinski
B.A.  Franklin & Marshall College, History

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James is currently serving as an Intern in Military History with the NYC Department of Parks on a project aimed to create a museum of NYC military history at the Brooklyn War Memorial.  James was active in ROTC while a student at Franklin & Marshall, and also served as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Citywide Mobile Response Corporation and the Central Park Medical Unit.  A graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, James is an accomplished musician and won first prize in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition in 2013 and performed at the Carnegie Hall Winners Recital.  He has performed recitals on flute and piccolo with the 92nd Street Y Orchestra, at the Julius Baker Master Class, Winter Harbor Music Festival and New York Summer Music Festival.

Amanda Lei Sausville

Amanda Lei Sausville
B.A.  Castleton University, Art

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Amanda was Yearling Program Manager and Broodmare Manager at Five Oak Farm, Inc., in Saratoga Springs, New York before joining Baruch.  Amanda has exhibited her art work at Art in the Park and The Annual Members’ Show, Saratoga Arts Guild, Saratoga Springs, New York.  She comes highly recommended after successfully completing a demanding core course at Harvard Extension’s Museum Studies program.  

Rafe Shaffe

Rafe Shaffer
B.A. Brooklyn College, Anthropology

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Rafe first interned at The Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park while a student at Brooklyn College.  After a brief charge as Historic House Manager, for the past two years Rafe is Supervising Educator at this important part of NYC and Brooklyn history.  The Lefferts Historic House provides hands-on learning experiences focused on the everyday life of people in and around the farming village of Flatbush from the late 18th and 19th century. 

Prayatmi Shakya

Prayatmi Shakya
B.A. Baruch College, Corporate Communication 

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While an undergraduate at Baruch College, Prayatmi held several positions as Media Associate, Digital Marketing and Communication Associate for a number of diverse firms in New York City. 

Alyce Stark

Alyce Stark
B.A.  St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Religious Studies and Art               

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Alyce is the General Manager of the Gingold Theatrical Group in New York City, a performing arts organization dedicated to presenting works celebrating human rights and free speech using the precepts of George Bernard Shaw as its platform.  Previously, Alyce served as Company Manager with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, The Acting Company, Tectonic Theater Project, and Theater by the Sea in Matunuck, RI.  In addition, Alyce worked for Theater Operations at Duke University as House Manager and Event Production Assistant and served as House Manager at The Carolina Theater and the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC.

Luying Sun

Luying Sun
B.S. Nanchang University, Nursing; M.S. University of Pittsburgh, Health and Fitness

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Luying credits her experience studying and living in the United States with her decision to seek a change in the course of her career from nursing, health and fitness to arts administration.  While studying in the U.S. she was profoundly influenced by her visits to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Art, and particularly the museums and galleries in New York City.  Her experience purchasing her first painting from a gallery in Pittsburgh has also influenced her interest in learning more about the art market and gallery management.  

Wenxin Sun

Wenxin Sun
B.A. Beijing Normal University, Dance Studies

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Wenxin is a recent graduate of Beijing Normal University.  In her sophomore year, she performed at the Silicon Valley International Art Competition and won the Memorial Prize for dance.   That same year, Wenxin declared a dual degree in Financial Management.  Wenxin collaborated with the Zhuhai Quanzi Culture Communication Company, Ltd., working on four projects that included planning and executing the graduation performance of her class at Dream Theatre.

Elizabeth Tuncer

Elizabeth Tuncer
B.F.A.  Virginia Commonwealth University, Painting and Printmaking

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Elizabeth is an Independent Contractor – Photo Editor/Art Producer/Art Buyer managing the production, acquisition and legal usage of imagery from artists and photographers for use in advertising, marketing and periodicals.  Elizabeth was formerly the head of Art Production for Arnold Worldwide in New York City. Prior to this, she interned in art conservation at Rieger Art Conservation.  Her studio and gallery experience is quite extensive – serving as Print Technician, Arts Salesperson/Conservator, and Gallery Assistant/Grant Writer at Print Studio South, Coleman Fine Art and 1708 Gallery, respectively.  Elizabeth worked for five years with artists Leon Golub and Nancy Spero as Chief Studio Assistant at the Golub-Spero Studio in New York City.

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson
B.F.A.  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Fine Arts

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Stephanie is currently a Research and Social Media Intern with Labor Arts at Brooklyn College where she is assisting the co-founders with publicizing the image archive and producing online exhibitions and events.  She also volunteers with Art Smart working with homeless youth ages 5-18 in creative art workshops at a shelter in Bushwick.  Stephanie also served as Curatorial Intern at the SculptureCenter in Long Island City.  While a student at the University of Minnesota, she was very engaged both as a student and advocate for the growth of educational arts programming.  Stephanie worked closely with the Chair of the Department of Art in fundraising and in grant writing.

Sohee Yoon

Sohee Yoon
B.M. ChuGye University for the Arts, Korean Traditional Music (Ajaeng)

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Sohee has been a student of the ajaeng since high school.  Her performance credits include performing with the Korean Music Youth Orchestra, a ‘Sanjo’ Concerto with the National Orchestra of Korea in the National Theater of Korea, a recording for Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) of Korean classical music for children, a performance with an A-jaeng ensemble at the National Gugak Center, the primary institution of learning for Korean traditional music, and a concert at Korea House.

Taylor Zito

Taylor Zito
B.A.,  State University of New York at Buffalo, Theatre

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Taylor is a Habilitation Specialist Assistant at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) where she  teaches theater and acting.  FREE serves individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury.  She has worked as a Dresser/Wardrobe at The Juilliard School, interned with the New York Neo-Futurists, and is a proud company member of Haberdasher Theater in New York City. 





 




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