From an early age I was enthralled by the arts and was eventually immersed into the world of performance. I have early memories learning piano with my grandma and even performing made-up skits around the house for my family. I began taking piano lessons in 3rd grade and continued throughout high school where I studied various genres, music theory, composition, and dabbled in music production. Additionally, I attended Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance where I honed my music skills and explored many other pathways within the arts. As I prepared for college, I knew I wanted to find a career that would allow me to stay in the sector I was so passionate about: the fine arts.
I graduated in 2022 from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration and minor in Communications. During my time at UWGB I worked and had an internship at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts where I completed administrative, front of house, and backstage work. The experience was beneficial, and I found myself most enjoying work in communications and marketing. Toward the end of my undergrad program, my Arts Management Seminar class took a trip to Madison where we met with Becky and toured the Bolz Center. Furthering my education past my bachelor’s was never something I envisioned myself doing, but there was no denying becoming a Bolzie was the perfect next step for me after learning about the MA-ACE Leadership program.
My Applied Learning Placement this year is with the Overture Center for the Arts as their Communications Intern. The work I have been doing with the marketing team has been extremely valuable and confirmed my desire to continue in nonprofit Communications as I begin the search for my career. In addition to my ALP and outside of school, I am also a Lead Usher at Overture Center. With my love for Broadway and reminiscing back on high school field trips to Overture, it truly feels like I have come full circle!
My time as a Bolzie so far has been such a fulfilling experience and it is bittersweet to see how fast the year has been flying by. Looking forward, I hope to continue to work at a performing arts center. Whether I remain in my comfort zone of communications, or try something new, I ultimately want to be part of something that allows others to experience wonderful arts opportunities as I have had in my life thus far.