Faces of HFA
Miguel Paredes

Miguel Paredes '17

A theater maker, actor, and director with a rapping alter ego, Miguel Angel Paredes '17 is a creative force. He talks about his unlikely path to the theater, political expression in art, the UMass Multicultural Theater Certificate, and being chosen as one of ten 21st Century Leaders who will be honored at the 2017 Commencement.
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Symone Green

Symone Green '19

Symone Green is widely involved across campus. From participating in the Five College PoetryFest to community-based learning in HFA classes, Symone finds herself creatively and socially engaged daily. She discusses her experiences as an English major, an ESL instructor, a poet and songwriter, her involvement on the UMass campus, and her excitement for both the present and future.
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Nargis Aslami

Nargis Aslami '18

From reproductive justice to immigration law, Nargis Aslami's activism spans from present organizing to future practice. She discusses how the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, as well as other resources at UMass, have built a foundation for her work. Nargis was the recipient of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Achievement Award, the Henry and Jean Hall Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship Fund Award, and William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award and will be serving as a Legal Assistant Intern for Student Legal Services in Fall 2017.
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Meredith Wells

Meredith Wells '17

As one of the first BDIC Musical Theater majors at UMass, Meredith Wells pulls from the departments of Theater and Music & Dance. Notably, she co-created and starred in a one-woman show that explores her experiences with a disability. But her accomplishments at UMass do not end there. Meredith opens up about the importance of musical theater, making theater a platform for social issues, and discusses her exciting post-graduation plans.
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Erin Hamilton, Class of 2018

Erin Hamilton '18

Pursuing a dual degree in Theater and Sociology (SBS), Erin Hamilton employs her sociological background to her theatrical ventures. She discusses her senior thesis project, her recent experiences in the UMass Amherst theater department, and her aspirations after graduation.
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Sabrina Victor on the set of "Infants of the Spring."

Sabrina Victor '18

Sabrina’s pursuit of a dual degree in theater and journalism has shaped the way she thinks about the world, and the mark she hopes to leave on it. By focusing on multicultural theater, she has been exposed to the way race is often portrayed unfairly in theater and in the media. Already a national pageant queen, Sabrina hopes to grow in the spotlight and become a successful actress who will change people’s perceptions of race.
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