What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
In my first year at the University of Maryland I have had the pleasure of mentoring undergraduate designers for the UMoves concert, assisting Jared Mezzocchi's undergraduate Multimedia 1 class, monitoring TDPS' (Theater, Dance and Performance Studies) Media Lab, technically supervising The Rever Room, a member of the Web and Technology Committee, and collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students across the various artistic disciplines in Second Season.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a first year MFA Candidate in Projections and Multimedia Design slated to graduate in the Spring of 2018.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
The Second Season at TDPS is a fantastic opportunity for students to self-produce. This is vitally important to the artist's process. If our students are not empowered to create and produce their own work, given the space to rehearse, to discover, to succeed, and to fail -- we are ill equipping them for a career in the Arts which is just as important as a career in finance, in medicine, or in education. Self-producing, whether it be an established play, a devised one, a dance piece, or a live music video, challenges the student to be their own leader and take ownership. These are invaluable skills whether they continue their career in the arts or change paths.
Collaborating on Tom In The Machine with my fellow Projections and Multimedia colleague and the ever talented and stunningly choreographic duo Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves was a reminder that the best art comes from a strong idea. Loosely based on Grapes of Wrath and set in an office building in the midst of a high corporate scandal reminiscent of Enron, Tom In The Machine follows a man who just wants to do right by his family and his employees. In the mess that ensues, we are asked to consider themes of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, ruthlessness, compassion, job security, and our place as tiny ants in the wheel of progress, all through dance.