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.

2020 EALS Committee 

Anya is a second year Arts Management Master’s candidate at American University. She began her career in nonprofit management serving as the Co-Director for Camp Kesem Davis as an undergraduate student. After moving to DC and working as a development associate for a leading cancer research organization, her love of museums led her to pursue her master’s at American University. Drawn to organizations tackling innovative projects, Anya has interned with the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building to permanently reopen America’s first National Museum, and she is currently interning with the Advisory Board for the Arts, a startup dedicated to becoming a leading resource for arts organizations across the globe. She has also completed a museum management fellowship at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Anya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History at UC Davis. She is also a native Californian, rock climber, runner, and amateur photographer.

Executive Director

Anya Simmons

Tara is a second year Master's candidate in Arts Management at American University. A Wisconsin native, she received her BA in Studio Art from Ripon College and has worked in the visual arts as a gallery director and curator. Her interest in the functioning of nonprofit arts organizations has led her here to DC, where she hopes to expand her knowledge of these institutions and work to help them flourish. Tara works with Carlyn Madden Consulting Services to help area nonprofits grow their capacity and ensure organizational stability, and is also a Graduate Fellow to the American University Dance Program. She has recently completed an extended internship in the Marketing & Communications department at the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler. Outside of EALS you'll find her wandering around art museums, trying new dessert recipes, and petting other people's dogs. 

Director of Marketing & Communications

Tara Schultz

Kara is in her second year at American University in the Arts Management Master’s program. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she currently works as an administrative assistant at Opera Lafayette and as an intern with the Arts & Industries Smithsonian building. Kara is a recent graduate of a dual degree program at Lebanon Valley College, earning a degree in both Music Business and Music with a vocal concentration. In the rare moment that Kara isn’t busy with work or school, she enjoys petting dogs, exploring the city, playing the organ, and talking to her family back home.

Director of Finance & Administration

Kara Hess

Hope is a second-year Master's candidate in the Arts Management program at AU. Hope is from Goldsboro, NC and received a bachelor's degree in Art History from UNC-Chapel Hill. She most recently worked as the Arts Program Coordinator for Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC. Hope would like to use her degree to improve job security and working conditions for art and music teachers and to create more arts opportunities in rural areas of North Carolina. In her free time, Hope enjoys cooking, reading, painting, spending time with her husband and family, and trying to get her cat to love her as much as she loves him.

Director of Programming & Logistics

Hope Cagle

Dan is a first 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 Coordinator

Dan Boyd

Simone is a first 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. In addition to her studies, Simone has a fellowship at the Kennedy Center in the Marketing department and is working part-time with the Capital City Symphony.

Marketing Coordinator

Simone Booker-Isham

Kaitlyn is a first 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 Coordinator

Kaitlyn Anson

J.R. is a first 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. 

Administrative Coordinator

J.R. Watson

Sarah is currently a graduate student in Arts Management at American University, where she previously served as the EALS Events Coordinator, and the Programming Chair for the Graduate Student Council. Sarah received her bachelors degree in Art History from the University of Central Florida, and is originally from Cocoa Beach, FL. She now lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, their chow-chow Esmerelda, and black cat Binx. Sarah has traveled to 11 countries, and married her high school sweetheart in Jamaica in 2014.

Logistics Coordinator

Sarah Counts

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. Maria is currently a Development Fellow at the Kennedy Center for the  Performing Arts. 

Programming Coordinator

Maria Maldonado

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