Well rounded professional seeking employment in the creative arts or related field. Twelve years of full time experience in higher education administration and business operations. Recently started a new business in my Chicago neighborhood. Originally trained in technical/design theatre with an eye for lighting design and passion for theatre. Looking to merge my passion for the creative arts with my business/project management skills.
Western Illinois University; Macomb, Illinois – Master of Science, Graduated 2006
University of Missouri; Columbia, Missouri – Bachelor of Arts, Theatre (Technical/Design), Graduated 2004
Business Management Experience
Owner, City Coffee; Chicago, Illinois
Currently own and operate a neighborhood coffee shop at the corner of Foster and Damen in Chicago. Manage all aspects of the business, including: bookkeeping, project management, permitting and licensing, accounting, marketing, staff supervision, training, staff scheduling, product selection, recipe development, and vendor relations.
Associate Director, University of Illinois; Chicago, Illinois
Serve as business manager for a campus unit with $35 million annual operating budget; manage account receivables and payables; manage purchasing contracts with multiple vendors; manage employment transaction and time keeping policies for 350 employees; develop policy and procedure to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws; respond and adapt policy based on external audits; liaison with IT to manage systems and application development; coordinate unit marketing and communication efforts in conjunction with University brand management.
Associate Director, Western Illinois University; Macomb, Illinois
Managed unit budget of $2.1 million annual operating budget; responsible for day-to-day oversight of marketing, communication and branding efforts; managed campus card ID program; responsible for revenue collection of approximately $30 million in room and meal plan revenue.
Assistant Director, Western Illinois University; Macomb, Illinois
Provided direct oversight of marketing and communication; created content for web, social media and informational brochures and flat sheets; created and executed communication plans for departmental external audiences; wrote press releases; provided oversight of departmental assessment and surveys.
Hall Director, Western Illinois University; Macomb, Illinois
Managed a residence hall facility of 800 students; select, train and supervise student staff; direct programming and operations efforts within a residence hall environment.
Hall Director, The University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa
Managed a residence hall facility of 500 first year students; select, train and supervise student staff; direct programming and operations efforts within a residence hall environment.
Lighting Design, Education and Volunteer
Romeo and Juliet (2014, The Little Theatre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2011, The Little Theatre); Bat Boy – The Musical (2008, The Little Theatre); The Trials of One-Short Sighted Black Woman vs Mammy Louise… (2003, University of Missouri); I Hate Hamlet (2003, University of Missouri); Camelot (2003, The Little Theatre); The Robber Bridegroom (2003, The Little Theatre); Anton in Show Business (2002; University of Missouri); Of Mice and Men (2002, The Little Theatre); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2002, University of Missouri); Guys and Dolls (2002, The Little Theatre); Wit (2000, University of Missouri).
Lighting Design, Professional
Corps of Discovery, Asst. Lighting Designer/Master Electrician, University of Missouri, 2004
Work Safe Roadshow, Lighting Director, Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance, 2001
Holden Inaugural Celebration, Lighting Designer, Holden for Governor Campaign, 2001
Administrative Intern, York Theatre Company; New York, New York
Worked as an administrative intern at the York Theatre Company; designed marketing and show posters for annual fundraising drive; worked an assistant in the box office; provided assistance during in-house events at York and partnering theatre companies.
Proficient in various software programs including: Microsoft Office Suite, highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, QuickBooks, Lighting Design/CAD Software; StrengthsQuest and diversity training certified; ability to present on numerous topics; multimedia presentation design; web and graphic design experience.
Awards & Recognition
Outstanding New Professional, Upper Midwest Region, Association of College and University Housing Officers, 2008
National Residence Hall Honorary Inductee, University of Missouri-Columbia Chapter, 2003
Regional American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award for Lighting Design on the production of Wit, 2001
Honor Thespian Member, 2000
Coursework & Training
Beginning Scenic Construction, Principles of Script Analysis, Introduction to Theatre History, Stagecraft, Introduction to Theatre Design, Acting II, Computer Graphics in Theatre Design, Scene Painting, Sound Design, Theatrical Directing, Studies in Theatre History and Drama, Scene Design, Stage Lighting Design, 2003 Broadway Lighting Master Class