Christopher McCloskey is a first year graduate student pursuing his Master’s in Arts Management at AU. He joins the EALS team this fall as the Marketing Coordinator, while working as the Greenberg Operations fellow at American’s Greenberg Theatre. Christopher grew up in Washington, DC, but lived for the last eight years in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Bard College, where he majored in Art History with a concentration in Theater. Prior to graduate school, Christopher worked as the Operations Manager for Jordan Griska, a Brooklyn-based sculptor and in the Standard Hotel. This January, he will be traveling to London to study global art business practices and emerging art markets at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He hopes to focus his studies on the dynamic relationship between technology and the arts.

2021 EALS Committee 

J.R. is a second-year Arts Management Master’s candidate at American University. A West Virginia native, he received a B.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in History from Fairmont State University. He is currently a fellow at the Greenberg Theatre on AU’s campus, while also following his passion by assisting high schools with technical theatre. In his free time, you can find J.R. exploring state parks or participating in theatre anyway he can. 

Executive Director

J.R. Watson

Dan is a second-year Arts Management Master’s candidate at American University. He grew up in Southern California and has performed on stage all around the United States in places such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. Dan recently received his BA in Visual and Performing Arts concentrating on Theatre from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. While at the University of Colorado, he served in the Student Government Association as the Senator of the Arts where he was a member of the Advisory Boards for both the Gallery of Contemporary Art and THEATREWORKS (a semi-professional regional theatre company). He is also currently serving as Vice President of the Graduate School Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at American University. When he is not busy advocating for art or studying, he enjoys playing the piano, exploring museums, and running off to New York City to catch the latest Broadway Show. 

Advancement Director

Dan Boyd

Kaitlyn is a second-year Arts Management Master's candidate at American University. Her interest in arts organizations stems from a lifelong love of dance and an urge to kick-ball-change she just can't seem to shake.  After completing her bachelor's degree in English with a writing concentration/minor in Journalism from Gonzaga University, Kaitlyn moved back to her hometown to begin her nonprofit career as an intern with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has since worked for multiple dance studios and is currently serving as a Graduate Fellow in the American University Dance Program, as well as a Studio Assistant at Joy of Motion Dance Center. She hopes that her time at AU will help her to hone these experiences and use them to best serve the dance community that has always served her so well. In her free time, you can find Kaitlyn taking a drop-in dance class, investing in too many scented candles, and dying her hair to match pretty backdrops.

Communications Director

Kaitlyn Anson

Simone is a second-year Arts Management Master’s candidate at American University. Raised in North Carolina, she graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Studio Arts. Studying a variety of mediums, Simone mainly concentrates on acrylic and watercolor painting. Simone moved to New York City soon after graduation where she was able to gain invaluable knowledge through a variety of jobs and opportunities in the art world. Through this work, she discovered her interest in arts administration, which is what lead her to pursue her master’s degree at American University. 

Marketing Director

Simone Booker-Isham

Growing up in Northern Virginia, Maria Maldonado has been a professional noise maker since age 2, when her mom handed her her first tamborine. Her love of all things noisy and musical continues to be a large part of Maria’s life as she just graduated with a Vocal Performance degree at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. As Maria starts her Master's in Arts Management at American University in Washington, D.C. , she has taken on a new type of noise making: arts advocacy and leadership. Maria aspires to become a prominent leader within the arts, bringing engaging performances and programs to her community. 

Programming & Logistics Director

Maria Maldonado


Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

c/o Sherburne Laughlin

Katzen Arts Center at American University, Room 215

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20016


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