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University of Houston’s Masters of Arts in Arts Leadership would like to congratulate our 2015 graduates!

Zachary Gresham

Zachary Gresham

Zachary Gresham is an arts administrator and educator who currently serves as Education Programs Director at Art League Houston. In this capacity, he has increased access to high-quality visual arts programs in the Houston community by establishing two scholarship funds that cover tuition for both youth and adult programming, expanding the organization’s in-school artist residency program, ArtBound!, and adult art school, establishing an annual student and instructor exhibition, and creating a summer studio art intensive program for teens. Previously, he worked at Lawndale Art Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Houston Ballet. While completing his graduate coursework, he completed a 300-hour practicum focused on Houston’s 2015 Arts and Cultural Plan with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs at The City of Houston.

Zachary holds a BA from Lamar University, a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Rice University, participated in the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) through the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and in December 2015 completed his MA in Arts Leadership and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction - Art Education from the University of Houston. Additionally, Zachary has played cello with the Symphony of Southeast Texas since 2009, is a freelance musician, and is a long-distance runner.

“Completing my MA in Arts Leadership at the University of Houston has been a wonderful, comprehensive experience that has provided me with a network of arts leaders, professionals, peers, and professors who are all working in the arts in Houston. I know that the connections I have made through the arts leadership program will continue to serve an vital role in my career as I continue my path in the arts sector.”

Jessica Dodington

Jessica Dodington

Jessica is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota whose background includes working both on and off the theatrical stage for over the past decade. She has a B.A. in both Theatre and Dance Performance from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Jessica completed her M.A. in Arts Leadership at the University of Houston in May 2015.

She has worked in the Houston area at Stages Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theater and Aurora Picture Show. Additionally, Jessica has worked with Jewett Consulting, Queensbury Theatre, and at Houston’s City Hall at the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Currently Jessica is the Marketing and Development Director at Aurora Picture Show.

In compliment to Jessica’s work in the arts, she is a Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and has been teaching in Houston for the past 8 years. Jessica currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Expanded Environment – a non-profit organization devoted to demonstrating alternative ways of integrating biologic agents into design and architecture.

“I am proud to have been part of the first graduating class in the Master of Arts Leadership program and thankful for the hands-on experience the program provides.  Leaving the program, I feel much more connected to Houston’s arts community and confident in my ability to lead in the city I love.”

Andrea Huang

Andrea Huang

Andrea Huang has made a habit of being ahead of her time. Whether it was graduating a semester early from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor in Arts for Theatre Arts or in her distinction as being a part of the first graduating class at University of Houston’s Master in Arts Leadership Program, Andrea Huang is comfortable in her role as part of the next generation of leaders in nonprofit because of her background that represents an enthusiasm for learning, a passion for performance, dedication to the business of arts sustainability and international exploration.

"I started the program as an aimless young artist and now graduating with all the tools I need to have a successful arts career. I have learned so much from the professors, professionals within the community, and the unique hands-on experience I wouldn't have had elsewhere.”

Dane Manuel

Dane Manuel

Dane Manuel is a native Houstonian. A huge supporter for music and education, he graduated with a Bachelor's of Music with a minor in education from the University of Houston in 2011. In 2013 Dane founded the Houston Wind Symphony with the help of some friends and other proponents of music and education. Wanting to fully embrace this new organization, he returned to U of H to take part in the inaugural year of the Arts Leadership program where he graduated in 2015 with his Master's degree. Dane Manuel is a teacher, a conductor, a music clinician, an arts administrator, and in his spare time composes and transcribes music.

"I was always a supporter of asking the right questions. But, as I created my own nonprofit organization, I didn't know what questions to ask. The Arts Leadership program taught me what questions to ask and how to show my self how to ask more. To draw from the fictional character Agent Starling I can once again take the high powered finger of perception and point back at myself. I can now look both outside and inside to improve myself and my organization."

Fleurette Fernando

Fleurette Fernando appointed Director of new Master of Arts in Arts Leadership Program

Former Houston Arts Alliance Grants Director has joined College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences to launch degree program

University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean John W. Roberts has appointed Fleurette Fernando as the Director of the Master of Arts Degree in Arts Leadership Program.

As the director of this new graduate degree program, Ms. Fernando will administer a curriculum that takes an entrepreneurial approach to preparing creative professionals to launch, develop, and maintain arts organizations of all sizes.

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In The Press

Graduate Student Spotlight: Zachary Gresham, M.A. in Arts Leadership (CLASS Newsletter)

Mastering the Art of Arts Leadership (University of Houston Magazine)

University of Houston launches graduate program to train leaders in the arts  (Culture Map)

UH Center for Arts Leadership is Here. So, What Is It? (Glasstire)