Recent MFA Gradaute

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Desired position type: Full-Time
Location: Blacksburg Virginia, United States

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Recent Theatre MFA graduate with a focus on Arts Leadership. Overall experience in development (including research and database organization) and front of house (including box office and house management)


MFA in Theatre: Arts Leadership
MFA Final Project and Report:
Crossing the Pond: An Examination of Theatre Fundraising in London and New York City
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

BA in Film and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA


Virginia Tech Jan 2018- May 2018
Graduate Assistant-Management Office
Marketing Coordinator/Supervised Front of House
Developed and implemented marketing plan for main stage production of the tragicomic Fun Home, including social media, messaging, and lobby display. 99% total house sold
Supervised and mentored undergraduate students

Donmar Warehouse, London, UK Fall 2017
(251-seat, nonprofit theatre in Covent Garden)
Development Internship
Compiled research and briefing notes for scheduled events
Organized department data in Tessitura
Assisted with high profile fundraising events

Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg, VA Summer 2017
(Restored, nonprofit, 1930s movie house, first-run & independent films plus live music)
Development Internship
Conducted research on potential donors and strategic partners
Drafted correspondence, reports, proposals and donor appeals
Assisted with fundraising events planning and implementation

Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA March 2017-July 2017
(Nation’s longest running professional theatre)
Advancement Internship
Planned gala (identified celebrity chair)
Managed donor relationships (manage donor listings)

Virginia Tech 2016-2017
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Intro to Cinema class, 300 students per semester)
Created content and conducted course study sessions
Provided individual tutoring
Coordinated grading

Virginia Tech 2015-2016
Graduate Assistant-Management Office
Supervised Front of House for all productions (7)
Created Front of House manual with policies for: box office, ushering, lobby management, and patron relations
Developed and implemented marketing plan for main stage production of the comedy Boeing Boeing, including an on-location press photoshoot and publicity event

Ensemble Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA 2014-2015
(300 seat professional theatre)
House Manager
Managed over 100 ushers (scheduling, lobby management, new volunteer training)
Reorganized the volunteer usher program resulting in a 25% increase of volunteers
Created and implemented regular training events for volunteers
Assistant for Development Department Summer 2015
Assisted with fundraising events and 2015 annual gala which earned $98,000 net profit

The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA 2010-2012
(Two 600 seat and one 300 seat in the Old Globe Theatre Conrad Prebys Theatre Center)
House Manager
Organized and supervised nightly teams of 15 ushers
Interacted with box office, stage management, maintenance departments to coordinate event related set-up, ticketing and house opening procedures
Responsible for patron and volunteer safety and issues management
Assistant for Development and Educational Department 2011-2012
Assisted with special fundraising events and two annual galas

Class Field Projects:
Grandin Theatre, Roanoke, VA 2016-2017
(Historic nonprofit theater showing new & vintage films)
Pro Bono Class Consulting Projects:
Developed marketing plan to expand email/name collection
Created year long membership drive (special events, mailings, social media)

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Research Project Fall 2016
Panelist for 2017 Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference
“Data Driven, Smart Student Engagement”
Developed, implemented, and assessed student engagement with the arts on campus through focus groups and audience surveys


  • Analysis and synthesis,
  • Collaboration and team building Communication (written and verbal) Donor research
  • Grant writing
  • Proofreading
  • Research (demographic, peer/market), Tessitura and Theatre Manager systems

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