…from Lima, Peru
Elizabeth Alvarado is a Peruvian American who was born and raised in Peru. In 2010 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Marketing from Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York. At Baruch, she was certified as a non-profit professional.
While in New York, she performed with two Peruvian folk dance groups and interned at the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York.
After graduation, Elizabeth returned to Lima and earned a certificate in Management of Companies and Cultural Initiatives from the Universidad Católica del Perú. She also participated in the Value of Culture 2012 workshop held in Amsterdam by the Centre for Research in Arts and Economics.
For two and a half years she held the post of Administrative Manager within the Cultural Promotion Division of the Culture Department for the city of Lima. Among other duties, she was responsible for administering three of the city’s anniversary celebrations, which attracted more than 25,000 visitors. She managed the budget and all administrative processes for the multidisciplinary program Cultura Viva Comunitaria, which promotes local development through the strengthening of cultural initiatives in the community. The program had the largest budget the Culture Department had seen to date for a single project, necessitating the development of a new administrative model for the implementation and execution of the budget.
Daniela Alzate Afanador
…from Bogotá, Colombia
Daniela Alzate Afanador holds an undergraduate degree in music with an emphasis on piano interpretation from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. During her university studies she was an interfaculty piano teacher and for several years was an assistant teacher in three different music theory subjects. She is a recipient of the Beca Mazda para el arte y la ciencia arts and sciences scholarship.
Prior to enrolling in the MMIAM program, she was employed as a piano teacher at Fundación Cultural Alonso Acuña Cañas, a non-profit organization offering music education tochildren. There, she prepared students for public performance, including how to confront and overcome stage fright and how to present an artistic performance. She taught piano technique and music theory and assigned repertoire to the students according to their level of competency.
Daniela has also served as Director of Photography at El Sótano: Comunicación Corporativa, leading small groups in the production of short audiovisual projects such as corporate videos. In addition, she attended marketing meetings and worked on internal marketing campaigns, developing a special interest in this field. While at El Sótano she also acted as a music composer and as a still photographer.
Daniela has also filled the role of interviewer in videos for the Bogotá Convention Bureau and on several occasions has been the social photographer at Convention Bureau events.
…from Topanga, California, USA
Marie Bobin is a dual French/American citizen. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Studies from Emerson College, Boston.
From 2004 to 2007 she served as Development Producer for the Finborough Theatre in London, England. Marie was responsible for the venue’s fundraising initiatives and acted as lead producer on four of its co-productions.
Upon returning to the United States she was employed at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles as Docent Coordinator for the education department and subsequently as Senior Assistant to the Registrar.
In 2009 Marie joined the Jules Verne Festival in Los Angeles as Director of Operations and Events. Her core responsibilities included producing the organization’s red-carpet film-tribute events, developing strategic alliances with corporations and city officials, and managing day-to-day operations.
Prior to embarking on her master’s studies, she developed and implemented a theatre-driven English curriculum for a bilingual school in Bangkok.
Marie is a licensed TEDx producer and in 2013 she produced the first TEDxCulverCity conference. In her graduate research she focused on digital technologies in the performing arts, specifically examining the theatre-on-demand and live-broadcasting-in-cinema models.
Marie can be found on LinkedIn: Marie Bobin.
…from Milan, Italy
Paola Bottanelli earned her undergraduate degree in economics for arts, culture and communication in 2013 at Bocconi University in Milan. Her interests range from art history, to the management of museums, art galleries and cultural heritage, to the mounting of exhibitions.
In her undergraduate thesis, titled The Relevance of Museum Networks for the Evaluation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage, Paola discusses Italian cultural heritage using the example of a network of four museums in the city of Turin. As part of her undergraduate program she researched environmental art as well as the experiences of 19th-century master painters such as Matisse, Van Gogh and Gauguin. In her studies she has also analyzed exemplary case studies in arts management.
For her master’s dissertation in the MMIAM program, Paola chose to conduct research on the impact of digital technologies in the realm of museum exhibitions. She is also interested in taking an international point of view in finding effective solutions for the management of Italian cultural heritage.
…from Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Quebec-born Aude Gagnon-Raymond holds a Production degree from the National Theatre School of Canada. She began her career as a freelance stage manager, technical director and production manager. In 2005 she joined the technical team at the TOHU circus arts centre in Montréal, responsible for major private events and circus programming logistics and production. In 2007 she was recruited by Cirque du Soleil and was involved in the development of two big top touring shows, oVo (2009) and Amaluna (2012), as Assistant Production Manager.
In 2010 Aude took part in the elaboration of Canada’s cultural program at the Shanghai World Expo for Cirque du Soleil as the producing partner. She managed production planning of major gala events and various cultural activities throughout the six months of Canada’s involvement in Shanghai. Making use of her talents in partnering with international constituencies, she was instrumental in mediating pre-production differences with both the Chinese Expo Bureau and Canadian Heritage officials.
She has a collaborative management style and is known for her ability to identify core issues within negotiations and thus offer viable solutions. Aude is interested in the pursuit of international co-production mechanisms and has directed her master’s studies to issues of governance, strategic planning and the multiple impacts of mega-events.
…from Washington, D.C., USA
Christine Jaworski holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, with a double major in Fine Arts and Art History.
She worked at the Albany Institute of History and Art as an intern in the education department and at Albany Center Gallery, where she assisted with curating, event planning and studio visits.
In the summer of 2013 Christine interned in the Curator’s Office of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. While there, she gave tours and lectures to visitors, assisted in the development and implementation of visitor programs, and designed informational pamphlets for schools.
Additionally, she has worked in two U.S. embassies abroad, first in London and then in Ankara.
Christine conducted her thesis research on architectural symbolism in the context of embassies. In line with her interest in the arts as a tool for community outreach and urban development, she explored the U.S. State Department’s Design Excellence initiative, under which the Department has begun to attempt to express American diplomatic and national values abroad through the use of architecture and design.
For more information, please visit Christine’s LinkedIn profile.
…from Laramie, WY, USA
Morgan Marks graduated cum laude from the University of Wyoming in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and a concentration in Arabic. As part of her undergraduate program, she spent a semester at the Universidad de Almería in Spain.
At the University of Wyoming she worked as a supplementary instructor of Arabic, holding weekly instructional sessions for first-year students of Arabic.
Morgan has a long history of participating in Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. As an intern at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, she coordinated, developed and led two educational summer camps and assisted with writing grant proposals and coordinating the summer donor event. For the past 12 years she has volunteered with Cheyenne Frontier Days as an usher, and for the past two years she has been employed as a supervisor in the malt beverage department.
Morgan loves to dance and has served as Vice-President of the Wyoming Swing Club, where she taught people to swing dance and competed in a swing dance competition. She also plays the viola. Morgan enjoys attending concerts and theatrical performances and visiting museums.
Alvaro Andrés Martínez Coronel
…from Bogotá, Colombia
Álvaro Andrés Martínez Coronel is a graduate of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with a minor in Classical Studies.
Prior to embarking on his master’s studies, he was employed by the Colombian ministry of culture. Here, he held a position in arts education and was in charge of the Colombia Creativa program, an alliance between the ministry and nine Colombian universities and other entities providing higher education programs for artists without professional degrees. The team headed by Álvaro increased the number of programs offered, increased the public funding of credits and scholarships, and established programs in locales where higher education in the arts had never been available. Álvaro was also responsible for organizing local congresses, which gathered together personnel in charge of schools offering arts education throughout Colombia as a strategy for promoting cultural dialogue between diverse arts educators and administrators.
…from Los Angeles, CA, USA
Tanya’s diverse professional and personal experiences have prepared her for a career in arts management, a dream she is pursuing after a 20-year career in technology management.
She holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she undertook advanced studies in strategy, organizational behaviour and technology management. Tanya is certified through Project Management International and has the following work experience, with a focus on technology and organizational process improvements:
- staff development and management (7 years)
- fiscal management of programs (10 years)
- project management and business analysis (14 years)
- public speaking, research and writing for diverse audiences (18 years)
Tanya has worked across geographically and functionally diverse environments while living in four different regions of the United States as well as in Europe and Australia.
During a two-year hiatus from corporate work, she served as Associate Director for two American non-profit social service agencies, providing support with funding; board development; and quality improvements in the agencies’ policies, procedures and systems. She also chaired a fundraiser in Australia in support of widows and orphans in Uganda.
Tanya’s arts management interests include enhancing patron experiences through the execution of digital communication strategies aimed at a globally diverse audience. She is an innovator and expects to create programs that promote meaningful arts experiences across international boundaries while engaging the local community.
As part of her MMIAM studies, she conducted market research and developed strategic digital marketing proposals for a Canadian non-profit performing arts organization. Additionally, she researched and proposed TimeBanking as an alternative economy for a startup multidisciplinary artistic community in Milan. The proposal, which included process and technology mechanisms for a phased implementation, was well received, with the organization requesting further collaboration with her.
Tanya’s personal blog contains articles she has written and more about her passion for arts and culture: www.tanyasthoughts.com.
Tanya in the media:
White Rock Lake Weekly (Shari Goldstein Stern), March 25, 2016.
Mónica María Muñoz Vela
…from Bogotá, Colombia
Prior to entering the MMIAM program, Mónica María Muñoz Vela coordinated strategic alliances in public broadcasting at radio station RTVC in Bogotá, Colombia. Previous to that, she worked in the dramatic arts department of Colombia’s Instituto Distrital de las Artes (District Art Institute) as Mission and Administrative Coordinator leading the department’s entrepreneurship project and as Production Assistant for music festivals in Bogotá.
She obtained her undergraduate degree at Los Andes University in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Psychology. Her thesis was titled A Business Plan for the Creation of a Performing Arts Camp.
Since 1996 Mónica has performed in nearly a dozen musicals with Misi Productions in Bogotá. As a member of the Misi Productions cast, in 2012 she performed at New York’s Lincoln Center in the musical The Greatest Story Ever Sung.
…from Bellaire, TX, USA
Shayna Schlosberg’s education in the arts began in theatre. She graduated from the drama department at Houston’s prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and continued her theatrical studies at New York University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts.
She participated in a summer internship with the Alley Theater in Houston and worked as assistant to the director and playwright Ken Ludwig.
After graduating from university, Shayna joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served as a community development volunteer and teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Armenia. Shayna’s achievements in the Peace Corps include receiving a textbook-replacement grant for the only school in her assigned town, contributing to successful fundraising campaigns for several Peace Corps-led initiatives, and establishing continuing education classes for women in her town.
Upon her return to the United States, Shayna’s focus in the arts shifted from performance to administration, leading her to pursue a master’s degree in international arts management. During the course of her MMIAM studies, she volunteered in the development department of the Undermain Theater in Dallas and the marketing and communications department of Il Piccolo Teatro in Milan.
…from Benesov, Czech Republic
Milada Těhlová earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts Management at the University of Economics in Prague. She has extensive work experience in the areas of arts management and communication in the business, non-profit and government spheres in both the Czech Republic and France.
Exploring her interest in international affairs and communication, she worked part-time as an undergraduate at the ministry of the interior of the Czech Republic as a public relations assistant for the Czech presidency of the European Union. In order to learn more about cultural diplomacy, she later interned at the headquarters of the Czech Centres, an agency of the ministry of foreign affairs that promotes Czech culture abroad. After transferring to the Czech Centre Prague, she served as a program coordinator responsible for managing programs accompanying exhibitions, including art workshops, debates and screenings. She increased her knowledge of the public relations field by interning at Ogilvy Public Relations Prague.
After graduation Milada spent a year in France working for Atelier d’Initiatives Artistiques et Artisanales, a non-profit organization in the performing and visual arts, where she was involved in cross-cultural and community-based projects. Her responsibilities centred around external communication for the organization and the running of its film club.
Milada is keenly interested in community-engaged arts. In addition, she is passionate about human rights and international travel, as demonstrated by her summer as a volunteer in a Brazilian rural community. She is the founder of the Benesov branch of Prague’s One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, now is in its fifth year with annual attendance of more than 1,000. Milada served as manager for two years and continues to be involved in organizing the event.
Milada entered the MMIAM program in order to gain more international exposure. Her final project is an international fundraising strategy for the Stradivari Festival in Cremona, Italy, which allows her to consolidate the knowledge about fundraising in different parts of the world that she has acquired during her studies.
…from Washington, D.C., USA
Prior to entering the MMIAM program, Leeann Wallett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and Communication Media with a minor in Marketing at American University, having spent one semester abroad at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.
She has served as Marketing Coordinator at Combined Properties, Inc., a full-service real estate firm in Washington, D.C. Leeann established the company’s first-ever social media presence by using Facebook and Flickr, created and deployed over one hundred e-mail marketing campaigns, served on both the Staff Council and the Social Media Council, and was awarded the CORE Values Award. In addition, she has broad experience organizing special events and promotional events.
Previously, Leeann worked at the National Geographic Museum in Washington as its first marketing intern, for the exhibition Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor. In this capacity, she also helped to design and develop viral marketing campaigns for multiple social media marketing platforms and to coordinate promotional events in Washington.
Leeann has demonstrated her interest in community service by volunteering at numerous organizations, such as Everybody Wins!, where she mentored a fourth-grade student.
In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, travelling, photography and ultimate frisbee.