Past CALA Panelists


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Kristen Collins '93, Art History/French - Keynote Speaker
Associate Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - Getty Museum

Zhanina Boyadzhieva '10, Architectural Studies
Architectural Designer - Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects; Instructor - Boston Architectural College

Anna B. Boatwright '07, Major: Mathematics, Minor: Art History
Corporate Relations Associate - Brooklyn Museum

Maia Cruz Palileo '01, Studio Art/Spanish
Artist and Educator - Joan Mitchell Foundation

Alexis Zaccarello-Grimes '10, Dance
Choreographer and Dancer

Amy Glynn '92, American Studies/English
Lecturer on Poetry and Natural History; Feature Writer and Assistant Editor - Paste Magazine

Kayti Burt '09, Film Studies/English
Pop Culture Blogger & Podcaster; Editor and Columnist - Go Girl Travel Network

Fay Gartenberg '11, Film Studies/Nexus Art & Society
Assistant Engineer, KidZone TV

Lindsay Pope '07, Music
Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer in Music - Mount Holyoke College

Anna Driftmier '12, Major: Classics, Minor: Theatre
Freelance Designer; MA Candidate in Performance Design & Practice - Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design


Sabina Murray ’89 - Keynote Speaker
Novelist and Screenwriter; Professor of English, MFA Writing Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Laura Cruickshank '75 - Architecture
Master Planner and Chief University Architect, University of Connecticut

Julia Sienkewicz '01 - Art History
Assistant Professor of Art History, Duquesne University

Ingrid Schaffner '83 - Art Museum
Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

Rachel Hammerman '04 - Art Studio
Visual Artist, Boston, MA

Hanna Pylväinen '07 - Creative Writing
Novelist, Brooklyn, NY

Christiana Axelson ' 03 - Dance
Dancer, Choreographer, and Dance Teacher, Brooklyn, NY

Sarah Dorman '06 - Film
Freelance Digital Project Manager, NYC

Jennifer Kyker '02 - Music
Assistant Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY

Deb Guston '81 - Theatre Arts
Director and Lawyer, NJ


Astrid Baumgardner, JD, PCC ’73 - Keynote Speaker
Arts Career and Life Coach, Lawyer, and Lecturer; Head of Career Strategies, Yale School of Music

Celia Liu ‘88 - Architecture
Senior Designer, Fairfax and Sammons, NYC

Anne Stephenson ’00 - Art History
Communications Specialist, Efficiency Maine, Augusta, ME

Bethany Hankes ‘08 - Art History, Art Studio Minor
Fine Art Photographer; Program Assistant, Harvard Law College, Boston, MA

Michelle Yun ’96 – Art Museum
Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society Museum, NYC

Cathi Hanauer – Creative Writing
Author, Novelist, Journalist, Editor, Northampton, MA

Marya Wethers ’97 - Dance
Program Manager, New York Live Arts; Solo Artist & Freelance Dancer, NYC

Lee Tae Cobb ’10 - Film
Freelance Digital Project Manager, NYC

Susan Daniels ’79 – Theatre Arts
Chair of Theatre Arts, Mount Holyoke College


Sara Mast ’90 - Keynote Speaker
Executive Producer of MTV’s hit reality show “The Hills”

Architectural Studies
Kira Eisenzopf
Binu Tulachan

Art History
Lisa Strong ‘88 Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Corcoran Gallery
April Strickland ’02 Documentary filmmaker, PhD candidate in Anthropology, NYU

Art Museum
Amy K. Driscoll '94 Assistant Curator of Education, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College
Jacqueline Finnegan '08 Registrar, JP Morgan Chase Art Collection

Film Studies
Hannah Scarritt-Selman
Claudia Calhoun '05 PhD candidate in American Studies and Film Studies, Yale University

Theatre Arts
Emily Wolf '00 Professional stage manager and freelance theatrical technician
Diana Pho '07 Graduate student in Performance Studies at NYU
Biz Wells '06 Development Manager, About Face Theatre


Jane Hammond '72 - Keynote Speaker
New York Artist, Painter, and Printmaker

Art Studio
Paola Di Tolla '09 - Media and Performance Artist

Creative Writing
Sarah Twombly FP '08 - Language Institute of Massachusetts and Esquire Magazine
Cathi Hanauer - Novelist

Merli Guerra '09 - Dancer and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance
Kimberleigh A Holman '09 - Choreographer and& Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance
Anne Lewis '09 - Dancer

Roseanna Bragdon Cyr '06 - Music Therapist and Mental Health Counselor
Noe Carmichael '00 - Singer, Songwriter, DJ
Karen Scarano Bell '85 - Professional Singer and Voice teacher at Milton Academy