Fine Arts Festival: Summer 2021
June 30 - Resume Ready, A Workshop for Theatre Artists | Michael Gaudio '16
July 14 - Professional Interview Lighting Workshop | Nathan Burgett '18 and Tori Thompson '20
July 21 - Building Spaces, An Art Workshop | Sophie Linnell '18
July 28 - Photography and Creative Entrepreneurship Workshop | Steven Schultz '17
August 4 - Communication Arts After Graduation Workshop | Megan Bandy '19, Shaulita Francis '18, and Christina Rolling '18
The Department of Communication, Theatre, and Art is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Fine Arts Festival!
For five weeks on Wednesdays this summer starting on June 30th, Alumni from our Department will be hosting a variety of different creative workshops in their areas of expertise. Workshop topics will include resume creation, film, art/design, and more!
We hope these workshops provide you with some great opportunities, to connect, learn, and grow as artists.
Wednesday, June 30 | 7pm
Resume Ready, A Workshop for Theatre Artists | By Michael Gaudio '16
Resumes tell a story, the story of your experience. They are your first impression, a reflection of you as a professional and as an artist. The process of communicating your valuable experience onto a piece of paper can be intimidating. In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively and professionally translate your experience onto your resume through a presentation with examples and a Q&A. We will cover the format and content of resumes for a variety of theatre professions, ensuring that you have the tools that you need to write a stand-out resume for your next audition or job application. Attendees are welcome to bring their resumes for review and discussion (optional).
Michael Gaudio is an actor, educator, and career development professional from Long Island, New York. As an actor, he has performed in numerous professional regional theatres including North Shore Music Theatre, The Barnstormers Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Woodstock Playhouse, and more. He has also worked in academic and career advising in higher education and non-profit spaces, as well as through his own freelance work. Michael holds a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Music from Gordon College. Michael is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches. Michael is thrilled to return to Gordon College for the Digital Arts Festival, combining his passions of theatre and career development, to educate and empower artists to thrive in workplaces in the arts and beyond!
Wednesday, July 14 | 7pm
Professional Interview Lighting Workshop | Hosted by Nathan Burgett '18 and Tori Thompson '20
Description: A study from Lightmark Creative on finding the perfect key light for a professional interview setup. This study explores the techniques from Shane Hurlbut’s Illumination Experience class. The goal is to examine and discuss the different lighting looks such as the drop shadow, the wedge, eye reflection, nose shadow, eye shadow and how you can achieve them. The fundamentals for lighting a professional interview can teach you how to light any scene and prepare you for working in the film industry.
Tori Thompson '20 began working video in high school, filming city events, sporting games, studio shows and learning technical aspects of filming. Once in college, she took every opportunity to film and worked filming Gordon events, lectures, sport games, concerts, and promotional videos. She joined Exit 17 Live, a late night comedy show at Gordon college, where she was Director of Broadcast and Film for three years and the Executive Producer for her senior year. After graduating in May 2020 with a Communication Arts and History double major she has been working as a Project Manager for Lightmark Creative. She has also freelanced for different small video companies the past year and has worked as a Media Manager, PA and AC in NYC on a few shoots for HBO, CBS, and ESPN in 2019-2021.
Nathan Burgett '18 is a director, cinematographer, and editor. Currently, he is working at the production company Lightmark Creative based in Salem, MA. Nathan aspires to direct feature length films and commercials for top brands. He has worked as a production assistant in Los Angeles and helped during the production of a GEICO commercial and a television series. In addition, he also worked on set with Eleanor Coppola for her movie Love is Love is Love that premiered at the Tribeca film festival.
Wednesday, July 21 | 7pm
Building Spaces | Hosted by Sophie Linnell '18
Historic structures & a live exploration of a timber frame construction project.
I’m Sophie; a sculptor, woodworker, and student of preservation carpentry based in Boston, Ma..
I bring a deep curiosity for how historic architecture is not irrelevant by nature of it being oriented in the past, but in fact integral to giving both context and inspiration to contemporary design.
As a graduate with a B.A. in Studio Art & Design, I’m currently training in the art of museum quality preservation carpentry at North Bennet Street School. I’m interested in learning from these structures, preserving their presence, and sensitively adapting them to contemporary life in such a way that leads to an architecture that speaks truth to the embodied, connective human experience.
When I’m not carving or making sculptures, I enjoy making bread, exploring the forest, and inhabiting every and any art museum I can find.
Wednesday, July 28 | 7pm
Photography and Creative Entrepreneurship Workshop | Steven Schultz '17
As a kid, I often observed my mom document our family's memories with a camcorder. Something about that hit home with me, so I bought my first camera in eighth grade, just to give it a try. Eight years and countless photos later, I still use a camera to preserve memories and tell stories; except now, I do it for a living.
I don't say this proudly or flippantly. It's a great privilege to be trusted by friends and strangers alike to document their wedding day, as it's one of the most beautiful stories to tell. If you're reading this, there's a good chance you know me, and a greater chance that you don't. Whoever you are, know this:
Your story matters.
Let's tell it together.
Wednesday, August 4 | 7pm
Communication Arts After Graduation - A Panel Discussion | Megan Bandy '19, Shaulita Francis '18, and Christina Rolling '18
Join our three great Comm Alumni panelists to learn more about what life looks like after college with a degree in Communication Arts! This is a great panel to attend if you're considering declaring a Communication Arts Major or if you're a rising Senior starting to think about post college plans.
About the Panelists:
Megan Bandy | Content Strategist, Eleanor Health
Megan Bandy is 2019 Alumna of the Gordon College Communication Arts program who currently works as a Content Strategist at Eleanor Health and has previously worked as a Content Writer and Customer Service Lead at Crystal Knows. She is an energetic, resourceful writer with 5+ years of experience writing well-researched, engaging content. She has a history of using simple, informative copy to teach consumers, highlight key product features, and increase readership. If you're looking for an upbeat communicator with a passion for animals, media, writing, and nearly everything else, you've met the right girl.
Shaulita Isla Francis | Communication and Marketing Coordinator, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Shaulita Francis is an aluma of Gordon College’s Communication Arts program. In her time at Gordon, she played for the Gordon College Women’s Basketball team and served as a MIO Ambassador. Shaulita believes that storytelling is vital to human connection and has the power to create shared understanding and spark conversations that break down barriers. In the past six years, she has worked with several non-profits in the Boston area to help develop and improve their online presence. In 2018, she received a B.A. in Communication Arts and Business Administration at Gordon College. During her undergraduate career, she was awarded the Humanitarian Award for her work with youth in the City of Boston. The work she does is driven by her passion for community.
Christina Rolling | Digital Marketing Specialist, Sight & Sound Theatres
Life after graduation has been busy, to say the least. Before I began full-time work in Communications, I worked in retail and started an online graduate school program. My first full-time communications job started in New York City a few weeks before the city shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I moved to Pennsylvania in the summer of 2021 to start working at Sight & Sound Theatres.
Looking back, I appreciate the variety of classes I took as a Communication Arts major, as well as the musical ensembles and Bible classes I participated in for my minors. These classes, along with internships, volunteer experiences, and my job working in the Bistro helped me grow professionally, personally, and spiritually. My goal is to use my gifts and talents to share the gospel and edify believers.