Film Studies Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Loren Robertson '06
Loren Robertson '06: At MHC, I majored in Dance and minored in Film, now I run a videography business in California.
Jamie Theophilos
Jamie Theophilos '13: Through the insight, connections and encouragement of my professors, I launched my career in media.
Erica Berman ’05
Erica Berman ’05: In the theater department, I explored my artistry, gained confidence in my storytelling abilities and expanded my artistic world view.
SEEDS: Radicalizing Change in Tribal Jha
Varsha V Manoj '16: I compiled my internship interviews with women and children participating in SEEDS Model Village program into a short film.
Elodie Munezero '16: "When it comes to the industry, you’re never going to be able to do only what you like."
Laura Zingle ’03
Laura Zingle ’03: my academic/work experience made me a better stage manager and I thank MHC for shaping me into a more confident, worldly individual.
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A biology and film studies double major, Anqa Khan ’17 is gaining an intersectional understanding of public health through her research and internships.
Laura Swanbeck '08
Laura Swanbeck '08: with the generous support of my professors, I turned what I considered a strange film obsession into an unconventional career.
Chloé Zhao ’05
In her Sundance debut, Chloe Zhao ’05 brings modern depth to a familiar story.
Anna Driftmier '12 hooking up lights.
Anna Driftmier ’12: What tends to surprise people are the ways in which my classics degree has influenced my career beyond just its history with theater.
Adrienne Picciotto
Adrienne Picciotto '16: My internship with the Media Institute for Social Change was one of my most life-changing experiences.
Photo of Miranda Gontz
discusses her internship at the Academy of Television and her plan for career success in the future.
Stacey Owens '06
Stacey Owens '06: After creating my own major, I could not stop creating, and still do in my career as a TV Producer.
Erin Murphy ’15
Erin Murphy ’15: My theater experience pushed me to be more flexible and open-minded about the ways in which theater could exist in my life.
Ellie Schwetye ’04
Ellie Schwetye ’04: inspired by female-focused, female-driven and female-created theater traditions.
Diana Katz
Diana Katz '12: it's important to keep an open mind, there is no limit to what's possible with a film studies degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Samhita Arni '06
Samhita Arni 06: of utmost importance is that one’s education helps one develop one’s own moral compass through thinking through values and value systems.
Cassandra Cushman
Cassandra Cushman ’08: I learned lessons that have carried me to New York City, on to film, to the stages of The Public and Roundabout theaters and beyond.
Paula T. Alekson ’90
Paula T. Alekson ’90: I have been greatly served by the totality of my educational experience founded in the classroom, on the stage, and the box office.
Naomi Rodri '15: like historians, theatrical professionals constantly question what a play means and how it can be understood in its historical context.
Fay Gartenberg
Fay Gartenberg ‘11: mentorship helped me resolve a conflict between a financially secure career choice and exploring my artistic practice and identity.
Josie Cooper ’20
Josie Cooper ’20: I am pursuing a major that makes me excited to practice the things that I love, such as acting, and trying new things, like lighting.
Lee Tae Cobb '10: As a film studies major I learned to look at visual mediums with a critical eye and experience film from the production side.
Photo of Anna Rose Keefe with garment
Anna Rose Keefe '13 thinks about her time as a costume shop assistant.
Emma Boisselle ’13
Emma Boisselle ’13: When people ask me what I do for a living, I say, “I’m an actor whose day job is being a lighting designer.”