B51AD7E6-D37F-4338-BF00-8B7B7CB489FFJeff Whitty once asked, “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” Well, I’m happy I’m able to use my degree every day at the University of Texas. My English degree jumpstarted my career with nonprofit organizations in the Austin area. Before graduating, I worked for both Texas Performing Arts and the Long Center here in Austin, and loved every moment. My first full-time position at the Harry Ransom Center museum meant I was surrounded by the works of Harry Houdini, Tennessee Williams, Caroline Herschel, and countless other personal heroes who inspired me every day.

I grew up taking dance lessons and performing onstage, but I learned that bringing the arts and humanities to people goes far beyond the performance. Texas Performing Arts granted me the opportunity to attend the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference in New York twice, and I worked as an Education Intern at the Long Center where I coordinated the Heller Awards for regional high schools.

I love all forms of the arts and am grateful for being able to start a career in this profession despite the challenges we’ve faced these past few years. Although my days onstage are over, my days backstage have just begun and I collaborate with individuals as passionate as me about the arts and humanities every day. These large scale interactions with the arts and humanities has made me wish to give back to my community the same amount of culture it has given me as well as perpetuate art for the next generations.

In my free time, I enjoy writing for a newsletter with my friends. If you’re looking for something serious to read, this isn’t the place. This semi-weekly newsletter is complete nonsense and absolute tomfoolery. Read at your own risk.

W. F.

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