Bridgit Brown is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Emerson College ('98). She was a Fulbright Lecturing and Research Scholar in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, and her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Bay State Banner, Color Magazine, BasicBlack.org: Black Perspectives Now, Colorlines of Architecture, Exhale Magazine, Ibbetson Street Magazine, and Somerville Review.
Kris is a freelance arts journalist who has contributed reported pieces and reviews to outlets including the Huffington Post, Slate.com, Artinfo.com, Modern Painters, Art+Auction, Art New England, New England Home, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Bostonist.com, ARTnews, Philadelphia Weekly, Emerging Photographer, Photo District News, and RL Magazine.
Mary is a Koch Curatorial Fellow at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. On her blog, Dress For Sports, she says, "I love innovative public art, creative design, and unique intersections of architecture, sculpture, and installation. And I love stumbling upon cool collisions of art and everyday life." Mary has a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University.
Scott McLennan is a music correspondent for the Boston Globe and former entertainment columnist for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. His work as taken him from the Newport Folk Festival to the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and many musical points in between. Scott also writes about skiing for Hawthorn Publications.
Stacy is California born and raised, and happily living in Boston. By day, she’s a seasoned digital marketer, social media enthusiast and pop culture consumer. After studying special effects makeup and film for over 20 years, she is also full-time film buff and by night, produces content for horror publications, focusing on classic and contemporary horror films.
Stacy strongly supports Independent film and local production, and she volunteers for the Independent Film Festival, Boston. She is also a public media veteran advising marketing, social media and community building projects at WGBH.
Alicia Anstead is an arts and culture reporter, editor, consultant and educator.
As editor-in-chief of the national magazine Inside Arts, published by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in Washington, DC, Alicia works with some of the top journalists in the country. In addition to writing and editing, she has led strategic planning retreats for board members, facilitated town-hall discussions, adjudicated fellowship programs, co-produced programming at conferences and hosted onstage conversations with world-class artists and cultural leaders.
During the academic year, Alicia teaches journalism at Harvard Extension School, oversees the Harvard Arts Beat blog for the Office for the Arts and is the voice of Harvard arts on Twitter. An award-winning writer, Alicia was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and is also a National Arts Journalism fellow with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and the National Endowment for the Arts Cultural Editor Program at Duke University.
Alicia earned her undergraduate degree in literature and secondary education at American University in Washington, DC, and a master’s degree in English at the University of Maine at Orono.
COMMUNITY ARTS ORGANIZATION OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Andrea Wolanin is an aspiring producer at WGBH, currently working as Production Secretary to Boston Media Productions, and as Production Assistant to High School Quiz Show. In addition to her work at WGBH, Andrea is also a full-time art geek; having received her BFA from the Tufts University School of the Museum of Fine Arts, she has not only analyzed but worked in many a medium.
WEB PRODUCER FOR WGBH.ORG
Annie Shreffler is a digital features producer, writer and photographer for WGBH.org. She obtained an M.A. in Journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and kicked off her second career as a digital projects producer for The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC New York Public Radio. Annie's work has appeared on WNYC.org, Huffington Post, Gannet Journal News, Norwood News, Open Media Boston, PBS.org, WGBHLab.org, WORLDCOMPASS.org and the Knight Foundation News Blog. She is also the author of Crowdsourcing: A Field Guide from WNYC , a how-to for producers based upon her early experience in crowd-powered reporting.
Arthur Smith is the former editor of WGBHArts. Executive producer for digital education at WGBH, Arthur, an amateur pianist and singer, was previously a freelance classical music reviewer for the Washington Post for 9 years. He has also worked at an opera company, and ran the information service and publications programs for OPERA America, the national service organization for the art form. Since 1991, he has been the program annotator for Vocal Arts DC, a classical song recital series based at Washington's Kennedy Center.
HOST AND WEB PRODUCER, CLASSICAL NEW ENGLAND
Born in Chicago (home of legendary brass players), Brian grew up in Texas (home of legendary marching bands), so maybe it makes sense that he ended up as a professional trumpeter. And it wouldn’t have happened without Boston: he studied at the New England Conservatory before moving on to play in everything from chamber music groups and orchestras to a backup band for a group of Beatles impersonators in Mexico City. Eventually, though, the glamour and glitter of the low-wage, no-benefits, terrible-hours, no-job-security world of the music couldn’t compete with public radio, and he found himself having more fun talking about and connecting audiences to music than actually playing it.
Elizabeth Deane is a longtime producer and writer for WGBH Boston.
Executive Editor/Host Arts, WGBH Boston
Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. His weekly television series Open Studio with Jared Bowen takes viewers inside the creative process, offering a blend of profiles, performances, and contemporary exhibitions by artists in Greater Boston, New England, and across the country.
Jared is a regular contributor to WGBH’s TV series Greater Boston with Emily Rooney and is heard on 89.7 WGBH’s mid-day program, Boston Public Radio, and during the station’s broadcasts of Morning Edition, covering everything from breaking news to the local arts and culture scene.
He has produced five news documentaries for WGBH as well as the first three seasons of the public media company’s Eye on Education initiative. A 2013 recipient of the distinguished Commonwealth Award honoring exceptional accomplishment in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Jared is a member of the Boston Theater Critics Association, recognizing achievement in Boston theater. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a guest contributor to Boston Common magazine.
A graduate of Emerson College, where he won several Associated Press Awards, Jared began his career at Dateline NBC.
Valerie Linson is the Managing Producer for WGBHArts. She is also the Series Producer for Basic Black and the Executive Editor for its accompanying website at WGBH. Basic Black is New England's longest-running television program devoted to explorations of the black experience.
In her experience with independent documentary film, Valerie produced “Inheritors of the Faith,” an episode of This Far By Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys, a Blackside, Inc. documentary mini-series that was broadcast nationally on PBS in June 2003. Valerie has also been an associate producer on several PBS documentary series including: On Our Own Terms: Death and Dying in America (with Bill Moyers); Free To Dance: African Americans in Modern Dance; and the documentary film Soldiers Without Swords: The Black Press (winner of a 2000 DuPont Award and 1999 Sundance Film Festival “Freedom of Expression” Award). She received Emmy nominations for her research for Free to Dance (1999) and W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices (1995). Valerie has also received several regional Emmy nominations for several Basic Black programs, including most recently a nomination for Outstanding Interview/Discussion Program in 2012.