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Awards and Recognition
• Recipient of a Pittsburgh Creativity Project award, funded by the Heinz Endowments
• Individual SURG grant received from Carnegie Mellon University

Event Production
• Worked closely with the mayor’s office of events, city council, and other city government departments during employment with Pittsburgh’s CitiParks Special Events department.
o Assisted in the production of the 2008 Great Race, engaging 10,000 participants.
o Secured sponsorships and donations for the Great Race fund, with a budget of $250,000.
o Budgeted and booked the 2009 season of Bach, Beethoven & Brunch, also other events.
o Planned and implemented the return of the Pittsburgh Marathon.
o Coordinated last minute events at least once a month, regular and unique events year-round.
• Assisted in the operations of the acclaimed Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Festival.
o Assisted in talent negotiations for the Kid’s Stage during the 2008 and 2010 festivals.
o Invited to take over the Director of Operations position for the 2011 presentation.
• Served as Program Director and Technical Director for Your Inner Vagabond from 2007 – 2009.
o Produced 2-5 events per week, including the grand opening, which engaged 500+ people.
o Partnered with non-profit organization to present artists from Bulgaria and Serbia.
o Developed critically acclaimed monthly and weekly events, including the Globalista Jams.
• Conceptually developed and implemented plans for Jalsah middle-eastern music and dance events.
o This event has been touring the eastern United States since 2005.
• Partnered with non-profit organization to produce benefit for victims of hurricane Katrina.
o Raised over $1,000 for Common Ground, despite two feet of snowfall the night of the event.
o Directed the stage show, with donated performances including dance, comedy, music.
o Secured sponsorships from a dozen supporters and physical donations from 15 visual artists.
• Engineered sound for venues including Mr. Smalls, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, Shadow Lounge.
• Coordinated the development of poetry and live music nights at Té Café.
• Hosted a series of six house concerts in my home from 2009-2010.
• Student-faculty liaison for Carnegie Mellon’s senior exhibit at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery.

Business Management
• Developed Your Inner Vagabond into an award-winning performance space within one year.
o Worked with owners on pre-opening conceptual development, business plans, permitting.
o Developed and implemented strategic plans, marketing campaigns, public relations.
o Managed talent buying, budget, calendar for performance space.
o Hired and trained assistants.
o Procured visual art from local artists for gallery space.
• Manager, Sam Goody record store locations plus independent music store Off the Record.
o Awarded Employee of the Month at Sam Goody multiple times.
o Acted as the youngest key holder at all four stores.
o Hired and trained employees, delegated tasks amongst staff, managed 5-20 employees.
o Responsible for accounting, budgeting, creating displays, inventory, loss prevention, etc.
• Business Manager for several performing arts groups.
o Received four write-ups, radio play for Between Liberties debut CD; Sold-out release party.
o Co-founded Steel Town Fire and the affiliated Pittsburgh Fire Arts collective.
• Negotiated all contracts, choreographed and developed audio for most performances.
• Administered press for venues, artists and organizations, garnering over 50 published articles.

Fundraising and Grants
o Raised over $3,000 from 80 individual donations for solo album, $750 additional in-kind support.
o Negotiated over $3,000 worth of in-kind donations for Between Liberties’ debut album.
o Individually received a SURG grant from Carnegie Mellon for a performance art project.
o Created video ad for City of Pittsburgh’s Parks & Recreation department.

Charitable Work
o Administered support for Greater Pittsburgh Art Council’s Business Volunteer for Arts program.
o Volunteered administrative assistance, marketing consultation, event support for WYEP, Pittsburgh.
o Sat on the event planning board for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Work of Art Awards.
o Donated well over 100 hours to Pittsburgh’s performing and visual artists.
o Created press kits, consistent marketing materials and publicity campaigns.
o Developed technical riders; generally advanced planning for over two-dozen artists’ careers.
o Donated a minimum of twenty musical performances per year since 2006 to charity events.

Teaching and Public Speaking
o Taught Improvisation to public school students through percussion and visual art.
o Taught weekly dance classes through the YMCA, on-site at Highmark and Mellon Bank.
o Facilitated two corporate workshops entitled “Stretching and Dancing for Health and Happiness”.
o Panel speaker for Creative Careers Pittsburgh interactive workshops.

Writing
o Published 4 feature articles for Broker Agent Magazine in less than one year.
o Maintained several blogs since 2001; additional publications on industry blogs
o Compiled poetry manuscript for publication.
o Awarded a Sparrowgrass Poetry Award.
o Published in Paper Street Press, The Susquehanna Review, OBJT, various online publications.

Performing Arts, Design and Visual Art
o Performed with Kirik Hava, Moquette Volante and an Iranian music ensemble.
o Played for the Turkish Cultural Center’s annual gala, Chatham College World Focus year, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s gala, Clean Water Action, other cultural functions.
o Created works as a principal member of 9 total musical groups since 2005.
o Co-choreographed dance performances with 5 groups.
o Created and installed 6 multi-media performance art installations.
o Master of Ceremonies for a festival, book release, several open mic nights, poetry readings.
o Performed at the August Wilson Center, The Benedum, Mr. Smalls, and other landmark spaces.
o Designed materials for CMU’s Student Reading Series.
o Developed a visual theme for each event, working closely with faculty and students.
o Developed content and designed 14-page program for Katrina benefit.
o Displayed visual artwork at several galleries, garnering press for installation at Future Tennant.
o Awarded Excellence in Photography from Dana Hall School.
o Received press for over 15 performances and artworks.

Additional Technical Proficency
o Filemaker, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office suite, iLife suite, ProTools, Final Cut, etc.
o Published at least seven websites since 2005, on Dreamweaver, iWeb and WordPress.

Education
Carnegie Mellon University, BFA in Fine Art May, 2005
Dana Hall Preparatory School, High School Diploma June, 2001

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