Every year the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium (EALS) is led by new group of American University Arts Management Students. This year the executive committee is made up of an exciting group of emerging arts leaders from across the nation. Their unique journeys and experiences are sure to be an asset as they prepare for the 2013 Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium.

Meet the 2013 Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium Executive Committee!:

A letter from the Chair

    As a professional actor for the better part of a decade, I had a chance to work with some wonderful arts organizations….and, unfortunately, some not so wonderful ones.  It seems that some institutions have gotten so caught up in “running the institution” that they have all but forgotten about the art and the artist.

   It is my not so private opinion that arts institutions should exist for the sole purpose of connecting the art with the community.  It was for this reason that I decided to return and earn my Master’s degree in Arts Management.

   When I was presented with the opportunity to serve on the EALS subcommittee last year, I jumped at the chance.  What better opportunity to get involved, right?  Well, I soon learned that the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium was so much more than a chance to “get involved.”  The professionals I have met, the chance to pick the minds of the thought leaders in the field of arts management, and — just as important — the chance to build relationships with other students who will be my future colleagues have all been invaluable pieces of my time with EALS.

   So it should come as no surprise that I was extremely excited to receive the appointment to Executive Chair for EALS 2013.  With the wonderful work of my fellow committee members, we are planning to have the biggest Symposium yet, and are  enthralled about our prospective speakers and panelists for the April 7 date.  We are also excited to provide young professionals and students with multiple engagement opportunities this year.

   I hope that you can make it to our events this year, and I truly look forward to meeting you.

– Steven Dawson
Executive Chair
Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

 Steven Dawson (Executive Committee Chair)

Steven Dawson is in his final year in the arts management master’s program at American University.  After 8 successful years of performing in theatre, he has decided to hop onto the other side of the curtain.  From his time working in theatre companies in multiple states, Steven has seen the importance of good management in the arts. Specifically, Steven has seen the importance of true audience engagement and social media’s role in it, which he is studying in his capstone portfolio.

Steven joined the EALS subcommittee last year as the Auction Manager and Speaker Relations coordinator.  Through these activities, he realized the importance of EALS in the careers of young arts professionals, which fed his excitement when he was appointed the Executive Chair for EALS 2013.

Steven lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Ellie, and two pets, Pepper and Jack, and is excited to meet even more fellow emerging arts leaders in the coming months.

Katie Caruso

Katie Caruso is an emerging arts leader pursuing her MA in arts management from the American University in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Katie completed an internship working as assistant to the general manager for the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival.  She has also enjoyed working in the Office of the Chief of Staff with the National Endowment for the Arts, administratively with the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and as company manager for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival.  Upon completing her coursework, Katie hopes to work closely with artists in an innovative and energized cross-disciplinary environment.

Jennifer Glinzak

An Arts Management Master’s Candidate at American University in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Glinzak is focused on arts education policy, implementation, and advocacy. Ms. Glinzak holds two bachelors of music in education and performance from the Conservatory of Music at Chapman University. She served as the General Manager of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and Irvine Young Concert Artists following completion of her degrees. Currently Ms. Glinzak is the Choral Manager at American University. She also sits on the Emerging Arts Leader Symposium Committee as Chief of Operations and is a Representative on the Graduate Student Council. Ms. Glinzak plans to continue her studies in policy to advance arts education throughout the country.

Raynel Frazier

Raynel Frazier is a talented young professional from greater Hartford, CT. She graduated from the University of Hartford in 2011 with a trombone performance degree in Jazz Studies and is currently an MA candidate for Arts Management at American University.  As a successful young musician Raynel has had the pleasure of opening for jazz masters Curtis Fuller, Randy Weston, and Hank Jones and performed with artist including Nat Reeves, Rene McLean, and Steve Davis.

Her work as a performer has added to her understanding of the arts community and is an asset to her work as an emerging arts leader. Raynel has held several jobs in the arts including, intern in the concert administration/programming department at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Administrative Assistant in the Performing Arts Division at the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Out Loud Assistant in the Arts Education Division of the National Endowment for the Arts, and co-founder/producer of the UMOJA Music Series (a seven week jazz series in Hartford, CT). In addition to being on the executive committee of EALS Raynel is currently the Jazz Programming intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Jazz and Symphonic Band manager at American University. Her passion for the arts has shaped her career so far and there is no limit to how far this emerging arts leader can go.