Ann Marie Lonsdale is a 2009 graduate of the Arts Administration program. She is currently the Director of Programs at A.R.T./New York, an organization that has supported New York’s nonprofit theatre community since it was founded in 1972. As an experienced performer, stage manager, and producer in theater and dance, Ann Marie has spent a lot of time in the theatre, both behind the scenes and in the spotlight.
Hannah Fenlon, ArAd ’15, asked Ann Marie five questions about her past experiences and her future endeavors, and her answers did not disappoint!
Hannah Fenlon: Early in your career, you were a stage manager in Chicago. It should be known that stage managers are among my favorite humans ever, but putting that aside: can you tell me a little about the transition from stage management to arts administration?
Brittany graduated from Brown University with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture. She then chose to pursue her Juris Doctorate degree at Boston College Law School, where she graduated this past spring. Looking to satisfy her creative interests while in law school, Brittany interned as a Rights and Permissions assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and as a program manager for the Illuminations art exhibition program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She also held multiple roles, including Studio Director, at The Academy of Artistic Performance Performing Arts School in Massachusetts. As a result of her experiences, Brittany is interested in the managerial side of both the visual and performing arts, as well as the role that art plays in comfort and healing. She sees an incredible crossover between her educational background and her artistic interests and is interested in pursuing the connection further. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Brittany Locke”→
Donald Borror, recent ARAD graduate and 2015 Management Fellow at Dunch Arts, LLC, ponders the following research questions about unionized dance companies’ impact on a dancer’s career in his masters thesis:
Many dancers believe that unionized dance companies will provide them with the most consistent work and contractual safeguards to support their pursuit of such a challenging artistic career. How do the administrative structures and procedures of these “dream companies” facilitate or frustrate the optimization of dancers’ creative capacities? How do Company Managers navigate the complex protocols of union contracts in relation to the needs of both performers and organizational leaders? How do dance professionals envision the evolution of labor relations within this sector?
Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in art history and wrote her senior thesis on the community-based mural movement in the United States since 1930. Previously, she has interned with the Mayor’s Mural Crew in Boston and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This past year, she taught 3rd and 4th grade at Community Day Arlington Elementary School, a turnaround charter school in Massachusetts. Currently, Elizabeth is working for a third time with No Longer Empty, a NYC-based public art nonprofit that seeks to make contemporary art more accessible through site-specific exhibitions and public programming. There she works for the Director of Education on educational programming and development. She also holds an internship with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she works in the Institutional Development department on grant prospect research, proposals, and reports. After graduating from the Arts Administration program, she hopes to pursue a career in arts education policy in D.C. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Metts”→