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.
Meet Our 2016 EALS Committee!
AmyJo Foreman, Executive Director
AmyJo Foreman, the Executive Director of the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, has been working professionally in the arts since 2010. Hailing from Texas originally, where she received her BFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Houston, she is now pursuing her MA in Arts Management at AU. While in DC, AmyJo has completed internships at National Public Radio and the Smithsonian. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked in various capacities at the Alley Theatre, Houston Cinema Arts Society, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and Peterborough Players. She currently directs American University's undergraduate improv troupe, Mission Improv-able and proudly serves on the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Student Committee.
Jenni Amis, Director of Programming
Jenni Amis, originally from Minneapolis, MN, worked professionally in ticketing before pursuing her master’s degree in Arts Management. She is currently an Events Assistant and the Ticket Office Supervisor for the Katzen Arts Center, and works part-time as a Ticketing Agentwith Delta Air Lines at Reagan National Airport. She was the Marketing Fellow at Strathmore in 2015, and continues to work in their ticket office part-time. She wants to use performance art to teach violence prevention and to create awareness of modern day slavery. In her spare time, she likes to color, binge on Netflix, and to handwrite letters.
Emily Hirsch, Program Coordinator
Emily Hirsch is currently a graduate student in the Arts Management program at American University in Washington, DC. She started her career with a background in music performance and education. After joining the Peace Corps and serving in Cambodia, she fell in love with the international arts scene. She then worked in a performing arts center, where she realized her goal of becoming a leading arts manager. Emily is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she recieved her MM in Music Performanace and Certificate in Nonproift Business Management. On a nice day, you'll find Emily rowing on the Potomac River, taking photos, or eating international cuisine.
Helene Genetos, Director of Finance
Helene Genetos, our Director of Finance, is spending part of her second year of AU's Arts Management program in London at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Most recently, she has worked as a development intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and The Phillips Collection. Prior to graduate school, she was the Operations Specialist for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She has worked in a variety of capacities with the Smithsonian Institution, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She also serves as a coach to USIP’s softball team. Helene moved to Washington from Indianapolis to attend George Washington University, where she earned her undergraduate degrees in Art History and Middle Eastern Studies.
David Travis, Finance Coordinator
David Travis, EALS Finance Coordinator, came to the AU Arts Management program after spending the last decade working as a librarian and musician in the Washington, DC area. A double graduate of the University of Maryland with a BM in Vocal Performance and an MLS in Archives, Records, and Information Management; he has maintained a busy performance schedule as a singer and conductor, while serving as Public Services Librarian at Wesley Theological Seminary. His artistic focus is in engaging lay people in the arts by using community ensembles to entertain and educate a wide variety of audiences, with a focus on early Renaissance and modern choral music and the musical traditions of Latin America. David has toured Europe, Asia, and Latin America with various ensembles, including the University of Maryland Chamber Singers and the Festivalensemble Stuttgart. When not on the job, David enjoys drinking tea while catching up on new graphic novels or playing guitar.
Zenia Simpson, Director of Marketing
A native New Yorker, Zenia Simpson has spent the last six years in Washington, DC, having graduated cum laude from Howard University with her Bachelor's in Journalism, with an emphasis on Film and a minor in Art History. As a practing new media artist with a background working for nonprofits and producing and marketing art events, Zenia felt compelled to pursue her Master’s in Arts Management at American University. She has recently finished her William Randolph Hearst Fellowship in the Program of Philanthropy and Social Innovation at The Aspen Institute, as well as internships at both the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Smith Center and The Phillips Collection. Currently, Zenia is working on her thesis that focuses on creating a community where digital art and pip culture collide, as well as several ventures including hosting pop-up art events around the District.
Christopher McCloskey, Marketing Coordinator
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.
Tori Sharbaugh, Director of Development
Tori Sharbaugh, originally from Bethesda, MD, is pursuing her Master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is leaving her former position as Marketing Coordinator to become our Director of Development for EALS this year. She currently is the Marketing and Development Associate for Opera Lafayette, and previously worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Greenberg Theatre. With a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, Tori hopes to combine her passion for opera/musical theatre performance with the tools to better integrate those arts forms into American culture. In the Spring of 2013, Tori spent five months living in Vienna, Austria, where she was able to study music business, listen to the best of classical music, and travel throughout Europe. When her time is not filled with copious amounts of work, Tori can be found reading book after book or rewatching the entire series of Friends.
Haley Powell, Advancement Coordinator
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Haley Powell is happy to be back in the DC area to pursue her MA in Arts Management at American University. She has spent the last 10 years in Los Angeles, teaching technical theater and working in creative marketing. Having a background in visual and performing arts, Haley earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, majoring in theater with a focus on design. Her professional work has ranged from art handling for the Smithsonian to event management and design for Xbox. Haley has designed for theaters across the country, taught high school girls how to use power tools, built puppets in the mountains of Italy, and won a chili cook-off. She is an art lover, a culture consumer, a grammar monster, and prefers rolling up her sleeves to buttoning up her collar.
Sarah R. Hewitt, Production Manager
Sarah R. Hewitt, the Production Manager for EALS, is a graduate student in AU’s Arts Management program, with a concentration in International Arts Management. Her interests lay specifically with arts diplomacy in post-crisis areas with a focus on programs between the US and Russia, graduating from Davidson College with a BA in Russian Studies. Her arts background includes music, theater, and opera; having played bassoon and stage-managed since her teen years. She interned at the Philadelphia Orchestra and Washington National Opera before settling in DC at the Levine School of Music. She currently works as Programming Operations Manager & Orchestra Liaison at Ford’s Theatre, where she has been since 2008. She is a blissful newlywed with her husband, Nate.