Featured Student & Alumni Profiles

Student Interns

Jeremy “Jake” Jobes

Theatre and Arts Administration majors, Global Studies minor. Working at: Sound Design Fellowship, Hangar Theatre. 

This summer I will be designing eight shows, of which four are world premiers. I will also be assisting with four MainStage productions as well as serving as a mentor on one show for the Sound Design Apprentice. Finally, I will be working with seasoned professionals at one of New York's well know Regional Broadway theaters.

Grad School: Pursuing a MFA in Theatrical Production and Design-Sound Design, University of Cincinnati- College-Conservatory of Music. I will be serving as a Graduate Assistant and pursuing my Masters at one of the nation’s top theatrical training programs.


Emma Reynolds

Art Administration Major, Entrepreneurship/ Fine Arts minor.
Working at: Heartland Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City.

This summer I will be working as the Administrative Office Intern for the Heartland Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City. For my job, I will be soliciting donations for the nightly raffle and drawings, as well as assisting with marketing and PR before and during the festival.


Peter Jones

Arts Administration and Music majors.
Worked for: Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio State Historic Site.

For this internship I spent time cataloging artifacts, started the organizations Facebook page, posted "This week in Benton History" historical snippets, helped renovate deteriorating sections of house, did some “house chores,” and took care of the grounds. However, my main job was acting as a tour guide to individuals who came in on their own time, and even large groups who visited the site.


Kelsey Pressnall

Theatre and Arts Administration Majors, Music minor.
Working At: Visionbox Theatre

I am interning at the Visionbox Theatre in Denver, Colorado this summer as the Assistant to the Artistic Director. I'll be helping to maintain the organization's social media, organizing and driving to meetings, and helping her prepare for the summer class offerings.















Hannah Bunch

Arts Administration and Fine Arts major, Entrepreneurship Minor.
Working at: Montereau Retirement Community.

This summer I will be interning at Montereau Retirement Community as an art assistant to their arts program. I will get to help them develop new ideas for their programs and figure out new ways to display the residents’ art at Montereau. On top of this I will also be teaching four to five classes a week in different areas of Montereau!














Alumni

Abby Glenn
Current Position: Community Recreation Specialist with Special Events at Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Abby Glenn grew up as a performer having a background as a violinist, vocalist, and being involved in theatre.  This background and involvement in the arts developed her passion for pursuing a degree in arts administration.  Abby earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration, Vocal Performance and Theatre Performance in 2011 as well as her Masters in Nonprofit Communication in 2013.  Abby has also earned a certificate in leadership studies, social media, and grant writing.  While in school, Abby had the opportunity to work with several local nonprofit organizations in both a professional and volunteer capacity including Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Ozarks Food Harvest, and C.A.S.A. of Southwest Missouri.  Her specialty within the nonprofit industry is focused on event planning, development, and volunteer management.  Abby currently serves board member of the Pi Beta Phi Springfield, Missouri Alumnae Club and will serve on the 2014 Community Partnership Open committee with Community Partnership of the Ozarks, both for the second year, and is a recent member of Rotaract.  Abby began her current position as the Community Recreation Specialist in Special Events with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board in June 2013. When she is not working or volunteering, Abby enjoys reading and baking her famous chocolate chip cookies.


Katie Maltais

Katie Maltais is the Marketing Director for the the Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC), a new multi-discipline performing and visual arts venue in the Denver metro. In her capacity at LTAC, Katie oversees all marketing, advertising, public relations, front of house, and box office teams as well as serving as a senior member of the leadership team for the arts center. Before coming to LTAC, Katie worked for the international consulting firm TRG Arts where she was the Manager of Accounts and Services. She has a broad range of marketing experience with arts venues, working with such notable organizations as Nederlander Alliances, Center Theatre Group, Alley Theatre, and Arts Club Theatre Company. Katie currently sits on the Public Awareness committee for the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and is actively involved in the arts and cultural community in Denver. Originally from the Midwest, Katie has lived in Colorado since earning her BA in Arts Administration & Theatre from Drury University in Springfield, MO.


Jonathan Thomas

Jonathan Thomas ’11 recently accepted a position as an Assistant for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Drury University in December of 2011, and after completing the DeVos Institute of Arts Management internship at the Kennedy Center in May of 2012, he began working in subscriptions and sales for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. At the Kennedy Center, Thomas will work together with a large team to solicit new donors and maintain relationships with current donors who support numerous Kennedy Center programs.


Amanda Rehani

Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration in 2006, which led to her position as Finance Director for the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC), a post she held from 2007-2013.  In that position she performed all bookkeeping functions for SRAC and seven other nonprofit organizations.  She also managed SRAC's membership program.  In Springfield, Amanda enjoyed being a member of The Network for Springfield's young professionals.  

Amanda moved to Kansas City, MO, in 2013 where she now works for Nonprofit Connect as Office Manager, a position that allows her to continue her passion for finance, while exploring the rest of the nonprofit sector.  She has joined the Kansas City chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and is excited to get to know the nonprofit community and experience all that Kansas City has to offer.


Kristy Ladd

Kristy Ladd joined the Kansas City, Missouri Arts Council in 2010 after serving as an intern. As Grants and Development Coordinator, Kristy works on raising funds for the Arts Council as well as managing the grants process of the ArtsKC Fund. Kristy serves the development team in grant writing and research, special event planning and donor relationship building. She works with those seeking money from the ArtsKC Fund, the Arts Council’s United Fund for the Arts, to talk budgets, project ideas and timelines to craft the proposals. In December of 2011, Kristy made it priority to ditch the archaic paper application and review system for ArtsKC Fund Grants and moved the entire process online. She identified a foundation interested in the project, wrote the grant and received the funding. In April of 2012, organizations were applying for funds through the new online system and all evaluations were done electronically. Moving ArtsKC Fund Grant application process into the 21st century in 2012 was the highlight of her year.


Caitlin Golike

Caitlin Golike graduated from Drury University in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration, focusing on Fine Arts and Art History. During her time at Drury, Caitlin was an active member of Drury’s Enactus team (formerly SIFE) and interned with both the Urban Districts Alliance and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Her internships established her love of Springfield and its arts community. Caitlin was thrilled to recently accept the position of Office Manager at the Springfield Regional Arts Council, a job that allows her to actively be involved in all facets of Springfield’s art scene.






Lexy Saner

Alexandra Saner graduated from Drury University in 2011 with degrees in Arts Administration, Theatre, and Global Studies. She currently serves as the Membership Development Coordinator at the Springfield Regional Arts Council and on the Board of Directors for the Springfield Sister Cities Association. She has worked as a Stage Manager for several local production companies including SRO Lyric Theatre, Springfield Contemporary Theatre, and A Class Act Productions. In September of 2013, she co-produced Nocturnal Bloom, Springfield’s first electronic music and performing arts festival on Park Central Square.









Jeana Varney

Jeana Varney is the Marketing Manager for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Drury University. Prior to her appointment at the Symphony, Jeana interned with the Springfield Little Theatre, as well as, working for Walmart as a Customer Service Manager for the past seven years.