Featured Arts Management Alumni & Students



Gerlie Collado
Arts Program Associate, The James Irvine Foundation
Gerlie Collado has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly a decade. In her current capacity with The James Irvine Foundation, she helps to manage a multi-million dollar grantmaking portfolio focused on expanding engagement in the arts for all Californians. She is specifically interested in arts and cultural policy, as well as community development efforts through the lens of arts and culture.

Prior to joining the Irvine Foundation, Gerlie contributed to the California Community Foundation’s marketing, communications and public relations activities. From 2007 to 2010, she served on the board of FilAm ARTS, the presenter of Los Angeles’ annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture.

In 2014, she began a three-year, mayoral appointment as a member of the City of Los Angeles’ Commission on Community and Family Services. In this position, Gerlie advises on policies and issues related to poverty; the needs, concerns and interests of children, youth, and their families; the administration of the Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan and the Community Development Block Grant Program; as well as policy recommendations on relevant legislative and regulatory initiatives at all levels of government.

"I highly recommend the Arts Management program at Claremont Graduate University because of the program’s mix of management and cultural studies courses, its relationships to various arts and culture institutions throughout Los Angeles County, and its knowledgeable instructors in both theory and practice of various subject matter. I took full advantage of the access to the entire Claremont College community by taking courses at other campuses. I could not be more happy with my experience at CGU."
 
Garrett Collins
Communications Coordinator, Los Angeles Opera
Garrett Collins is the communications coordinator at Los Angeles Opera, where he implements and manages a variety of audience development programs for young professionals, college students, families, community groups and newcomers to opera. Before joining the marketing team, Collins managed a number of community outreach initiatives within the education and community programs department, including programs for seniors, adults and college students.

He also oversaw the company's team of 65 volunteer community educators. Collins participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Arts Internship Program, and served as a grants panelist for the county's Organizational Grant Program. He received his bachelor's degree from UCLA in flute performance and obtained a master's in arts management at Claremont Graduate University. An enthusiast of chamber music, Collins also serves on the board of directors for Pacific Serenades, a self-presenting chamber ensemble based in Los Angeles.
 
Camille Schenkkan
Educational Programs Manager, Center Theater Group
"The time I spent in the Arts Management Program at Claremont Graduate University was such a gift. When I entered the program in 2007, I was working as a children’s DJ and the part-time Development Director for a small local theatre company. Three years later, I was the Operations Director for Los Angeles County’s arts advocacy organization, Arts for LA, and had taken a leadership role in the Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles network. I built relationships with dozens of arts management professionals nationwide.

I’ve been inspired to foster my own creativity and increase the organizational capacity of my theatre company, Circle X Theatre Co., where I continue to volunteer. I can trace these opportunities to my time at Claremont Graduate University."

"In fact, I approached Arts for LA’s Executive Director after she guest-taught an Intro to Arts Management course session. I told her I’d enjoyed her presentation and asked if she needed an assistant. Two and a half years later, working at Arts for LA helped me establish myself as a professional arts manager."

"The program’s curriculum—a combination of MBA courses through the Drucker School and arts management classes (often taught by high-level working professionals)-- has given me a solid foundation for leading arts and cultural organizations as well as business skills applicable in any field. I appreciate the Arts Management program’s balance of academic rigor and practical management strategies. As a working student, I was able to earn my degree in three years by taking advantage of CGU’s evening and weekend courses. Claremont is only about an hour from my home in Hollywood, so commuting wasn't a problem."

"I’d recommend this program to anyone interested in becoming a balanced, strategic and focused arts and cultural leader. I had a wonderful experience and look forward to staying in touch with the colleagues and mentors I’ve met through the Arts Management Program at CGU."
Matthew Wells
Director of Development and Finance, Diavolo
Matt is an experienced arts management professional. In 2012, he was honored with a Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Fellowship for nonprofit leadership. Prior to his work at Diavolo, Matt founded the Los Angeles theater company needtheater, where he served as Artistic Director for five years, producing many world premieres. Matt is a board member for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and has been a consultant for the LA Stage Alliance. As an actor, Matt worked with AR Gurney, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Swados, and Josh Fox. Education: Northwestern University- Theater, B.S.; Claremont Graduate University- Arts Management, M.A.

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