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Finn Lefevre

Finn Lefevre '17G

Finn Lefevre '17G is a trans non-binary scholar who first came to the Department of Theater at UMass Amherst as a graduate student in dramaturgy, and has now won a following among undergraduate students by teaching exciting new classes such as Sci Fi and Queer theatre. Lefevre works at the leading edge of trans and theater scholarship and has had several of their writings in queer theatre published over the past year, the most recent being an account of the work of "Queer & Now," a collective founded at UMass, in the "Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance." We contacted them to ask some questions about their work and writing and how these connect to their time at UMass and with "Queer & Now." Natasha Hawkins, first-year MFA dramaturgy student, interviewed Lefevre.
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Katy Geraghty '16

Tackling television, the stage, and soundtracks, Katy Geraghty ‘16 had quite the transition into her post-graduation lifestyle. An active member of UMass Amherst theater communities, Geraghty was known for her talent and drive. It didn’t take long for her to land a role in the original Broadway cast of "Groundhog Day"; in fact, she only had her diploma for two days! Taking time from her hectic schedule, she caught up with HFA in New York City to discuss her new and exciting experiences on Broadway.
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Taylor Lopatofsky

Taylor Lopatofsky '17

As an artist and member of intersecting communities, Taylor Lopatofsky has experimented with many mediums, ultimately landing on a digitally-based, interdisciplinary work. She discusses her current projects, faculty partnerships, and the crucial role art plays in the mind.
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Peter Breslow

Peter Breslow '77

A global traveler and award-winning reporter, Peter Breslow '77 boasts decades of work for National Public Radio (NPR), the Washington, D.C.-based news syndicate that serves nearly 1,000 member stations across the country. He talks about his work in the field of journalism, his progression through the ladder of positions, and the skills UMass gave him to get there.
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Maria Cristina Carlo-Stella

Maria Cristina Carlo-Stella '82 MA

As head of the Office of the Fabbrica di San Pietro in the Vatican City, Carlo-Stella oversees the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of St. Peter's Basilica, as well as the site of the tomb of the Apostle Peter. She will direct an exclusive tour of St. Peter's Basilica during the Art of Taste Alumni Trip to Italy in June 2016.
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Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield '98, MFA

Poet Karen Skolfield won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She received the 2015 Robert H. Winner award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, among many other prizes. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at UMass Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.
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