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TITLE LOADING; The Cohen New Works Festival (2017); Photo by Lawrence Peart

2019 Executive Committee

2019 Executive Committee

2019 Executive Committee

The Cohen New Works Festival is entirely student-run, making it unique and empowering. The Executive Committee (EXCOMM) is comprised of graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty producers who are responsible for planning and implementing The Cohen New Works Festival.


Rusty Cloyes, Kirk Lynn, Dorothy O'Shea Overbey and Erica Gionfriddo
The Producers oversee all aspects of the festival with the help of the Assistant to the Producers.

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Lane Michael Stanley
The Assistant to the Producers acts as a liaison between the festival producers and the Executive Committee in order to strategize, organize and oversee all aspects of making the festival a reality. This position includes planning and facilitating meetings with the Executive Committee and the Committee-at-Large, overseeing and participating in application selection, assisting in the coordination of production schedules and maintaining festival archives for future use.

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Caite Tijerina
Assistant: Jazmyn Castillo

The Production Managers oversee all aspects of the festival with the help of the Assistant to the Producers. They coordinate each venue and all operations during the festival.

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Grayson Rosato
The IT Chair will facilitate all things technological, including but not limited to managing the New Works Festival website, creating a managing festival app, facilitating the online festival selection process and creating a ticketing and reservation system for the week of the festival.

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Ginnifer Joe 
The Marketing and Public Relations Chair is responsible for the branding and image of The Cohen New Works Festival. This committee creates a long-range marketing plan and schedule that coordinates all press coverage, social media strategy and marketing materials for events leading up to and during the festival.

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Taylor Schmuelgen, Laura Gonzalez and Adam Sussman
The Events Committee Co-Chairs are responsible for organizing, planning and hosting all events affiliated with the festival, including but not limited to: the Go! Grant Application announcement, the Go! Grant showcase, the New Works Festival kick-off party, opening and closing ceremonies the week of the festival and guest artist receptions. These positions are responsible for arranging all logistics including invitations, decorations, food and receptions.

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Taylor Travis
The Technical Director will supervise and provide support for all performance spaces prior to and during the festival in order to help create a productive, effective and safe environment for all involved.

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Jess Shoemaker, Francesca Ghizzoni and Andrew Rodriguez
The Applications Committee collaborates to form the application and application process that ensures equality and equity in the selection of the festival. The Co-Chairs also answer questions relating to the applications for The Cohen New Works Festival.

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Dan Caffrey and Jessi Rose Lowerre
The Guest Artist Co-Chairs are in charge of booking working professionals in fields related to the projects presented at The Cohen New Works Festival. The co-chairs make sure all festival guests receive the highest quality of treatment, so they may enjoy the festival and provide feedback and perspective for the student artists.

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Elise Peterson, Paul Kruse and Cecelia Raker
The Engaging Research Co-Chairs create programming that reflects the multiple ways we engage in research and fosters new practices of engagement that further promote critical inquiry and collaboration across disciplines.

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