About the Staff

The First-Year Arts Program (FAP) is overseen by the Office for the Arts, the Dean of Students Office, and the FAP director, Dana Knox. In addition, there are 7 Resident Artists20 Guest Artists, and 16 Student Proctors. The Resident Artists are all top artists in their fields, and each teach a full workshop, a smaller master class, and advise on development of content for the FAP Pageant for each of their threads. Guest Artists are all working professionals that each teach individual Master Classes in their respective areas of expertise. The FAP Proctors are all prolific arts leaders here on campus who help to run all of the programs, advise on Pageant content, and can offer great first hand insight into the social, academic, cultural and artistic fabric that is Harvard.

Director and Resident Artist Bios

Dana Knox, Director

Dana is the Manager for College Theater and Director of the First-Year Arts Program at Harvard University.  He oversees all theater activity for the Office for the Arts (OFA), and collaborates with leadership of the Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) program and the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC) to mount theater in venues all over campus.  He was on the opening team of Farkas Hall, formerly the New College Theater, and was the departmental Producer for the launch of the TDM Program for four years.  Dana has also spent 6 years working with Broadway in Boston as Assistant Theater Manager for the Boston Opera House (2004 opening team), and House Manager for the Colonial Theater.  He was Lecturer and Administrator for the Boston University School of Theater where he also received his MFA in Production Management.  He has worked in all disciplines of theater making, and has also studied dance, studio art, and music (piano and voice).

 

 

Jim Augustine '01, Drama

Jim Augustine is COO of Zuckerberg Media. He is a media entrepreneur whose career has spanned theater, film, publishing, technology and business consulting. A summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College and graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Jim began his career on the 6-time TONY-winning original Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Additional theater credits include the Roundabout’s Broadway production of Nicky Silver’s The Boys from Syracuse; the American Repertory Theater’s Lysistrata starring Cherry Jones; and the Off-Broadway hit Gone Missing. Film credits include The Audition, winner of Best Picture at the Iris International Film Festival; and Angel acquired by KQED TV. At Zuckerberg Media, Jim has built lasting partnerships in publishing, television, theater, film and emerging media. Jim is Co-Founder of Sue’s Tech Kitchen and the Zuckerberg Institute, as well as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Broadway Beta Ventures. Jim has lectured at colleges across the country, and has served for more than a decade as Resident Artist in Drama at Harvard’s annual First-year Arts Program

 

Kadahj Bennett, Creative Writing

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Kadahj is performer/writer/musician/spoken word artist. Recent credits include Tyler from THE HALLS (web series, Beyond Measure Productions), and Hank from HOW WE GOT ON (Company One). Kadahj is a Posse Scholar, graduate of Hamilton College and Boston Arts Academy alum. Currently a teaching artist in the Boston area, Kadahj moonlights as a lyricist/vocalist for two bands, Danceluja (Boston) & the Downbeat Keys (Brooklyn).

 

Glenn Kiser '91, Film

 

Glenn is the Director of the Dolby Institute, the outreach initiative of Dolby Laboratories to educate and inspire the next generation of content creators. After acting in some 20 productions (including the Hasty Pudding) and making short films through the AFVS department, Glenn clutched his Harvard Psych degree and moved to Los Angeles to make it in the movies. He started off working in editing on low budget independent films, then he moved to San Francisco where he ran George Lucas' company Skywalker Sound, where he oversaw sound work on massive projects such as the HARRY POTTER series, the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films, the IRON MANs, TRON: LEGACY and AVATAR. Glenn also occasionally directs short films, his most recent being “Sabbatical,” which played in over 40 film festivals around the world and is available on YouTube.

 

La'Toya Princess Jackson, Dance

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La’Toya Princess Jackson is a writer and producer of ballets, songs and plays. She is also a blacks in ballet historian for Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet. As founder of LaPrincess Entertainment Group, LLC, she aspires to create original works that provide diversity and inclusion in the arts and provide positive representation of African Americans in arts and entertainment. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts (Radio/TV/Film) at Clark Atlanta University and she began her professional career in the ballet world at the Boston Ballet as teaching faculty for the Boston Ballet School. She has implemented free ballet programming in both the Atlanta and Boston communities with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. 

At Harvard, she engaged in performance research under the direction of senior faculty in the Theater, Dance, Media department at Harvard and presented her thesis Black Swans Shattering the Glass Ceiling: A Historical Perspective on the Evolution of Historically Black Ballet Companies. She was a company member in the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company and a dancer in the Harvard Dance Project, a faculty-led performance company. She has performed in several Theater, Dance, Media department productions at Harvard and she was the first graduate student to write and produce an original black ballet at Harvard. She wrote, produced and performed Vanity Lane: The Ballet and was one of the lyricists and composers for Black C.A.S.T.’s original musical which premiered on the Loeb Mainstage at the American Repertory Theater. She graduated from Harvard University in 2019 with a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Dramatic Arts in an interdisciplinary study of music, dance, and performance. 

 

Sam Wilmott, Music 

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Sam Willmott is a NYC-based composer, lyricist and librettist whose projects include the bhangra musical Bhangin' It (with playwrights Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew, premiering at the La Jolla Playhouse and McCarter Theatre in 2021), Yo, Vikings! and the marionette show Wake Up, Daisy! (both with Marcus Stevens), the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary Song of ParklandStandardized Testing - The Musical!!!!, the mini-musical Scarlet Takes a Tumble, and additional lyrics for the stage adaptation of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol. Sam is the recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award, the Kleban Prize for Most Promising Lyricist, a Jonathan Larson Grant, the Fred Ebb Award, and the ASCAP Foundation's Cole Porter and Harold Adamson Awards. He is also a proud educator who has taught at Harvard University, in Pace University's BFA Musical Theater program, and with Lincoln Center's Songwriting in Schools Program. Sam is also a staff writer for the Korean English-language program English Egg, for whom he has written over 150 songs.

 

Julia Rooney '11, Studio Art

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Julia Rooney is a visual artist and arts educator. Though rooted in painting, her practice often bridges other disciplines, including writing and collaborative, community-based projects. Since 2011, she has been using the U.S. Postal Service as a medium for the production, distribution and exhibition of visual and text-based work.

Rooney holds an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Yale School of Art and a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College. She has exhibited her work with Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Diane Rosenstein Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Zeit Contemporary Art (New York, NY), The Painting Center (New York, NY), and ChaShaMa (Brooklyn, NY), amidst others. In 2019, she was an artist-in-residence through LMCC’s SU-CASA program, and previously has had teaching fellowships/partnerships through the Yale Prison Education Initiative, The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, Yale University Art Gallery, More Art/Engaging Artists and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. From 2011-2016, she worked in the Department of Islamic Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, helping organize public programs, including a live music series in the Moroccan Court. She is also trained as a Legacy Specialist through the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program, which focuses on archiving a senior artist’s lifetime of work through one-on-one collaboration in the artist's studio.

In the coming year, Rooney will do residencies at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (Saratoga, WY), the Joan Mitchell Center (New Orleans, LA) and MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), followed by a solo exhibition in North Adams, MA.

 

Grace Laubacher '09, Theater Design

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Grace Laubacher is a scenic designer for theater and opera.  Originally from Cambridge, MA, she concentrated in VES/Film Studies and was a FAP proctor at Harvard, and holds a master’s degree in performance design from Central Saint Martins in London.  Her multidisciplinary approach to scenic design draws stems from a fundamental belief that space is a powerful shaper of individual journeys and collective histories, and should be considered an active tool of dramatic storytelling.

Grace designs theater, opera, and immersive installations.  She has recently designed sets for the Santa Fe Opera, Emursive (the presenters of Sleep No More), Opera Columbus, Kentucky Opera, Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.   She has also been the associate set designer for a number of Broadway productions, including the 2019 revival of Oklahoma! (designed by Laura Jellinek) and the Roundabout Theater’s Noises Off (designed by Derek McLane).  Before becoming a full-time designer, Grace built sets for children’s theater and held various positions behind the scenes as a stage manager, crew member, carpenter, scenic painter and props artisan.  She currently lives in NYC and is thrilled to return to FAP, where she met some of her closest friends and collaborators to this day!

Proctor Bios

Ramona Park '22, Production Proctor

~hEy fAp~ My name's Ramona and I'm a rising senior (someone employ me, thanks) who's incredibly excited to be your new production team proctor! I’m currently studying AFVS which stands for Art, Film, and Visual Studies, but I like to think it means America's Funniest home VideoS.  Back in my FAP days, I was a part of the dance thread and on campus, but now I dedicate my time to trying to get the AFVS department to let me thesis about Neopets, 90 Day Fiance, or both. I absolutely LOVE FAP, and there tends to be a lot of overlap in the arts community and the FAP community, so a large majority of my close friends and fellow club members are FAPpers! It's always nice to tell people that we FAPped together. Hard. If you don't see me coming, you'll definitely be able to hear me because I'm louder than the OG dad sneeze, but don't let my volume scare you away! If you ever need anything—a 1-800-existential-crisis hotline, someone to talk you out of getting bangs, or late-night ramen—please reach out (ramonapark@college.harvard.edu). Keep in mind that I too was just a fetus and went through it all—dying my hair red at 2 AM, getting locked out of my dorm at 4 AM, and spending a month agonizing over what to pack for this art-intensive week, so don't hesitate to reach out. Please don't ask me for directions, though. I still don't know how to navigate through the yard.

 

Chloe E.W. Levine '22, Production Proctor

Chloe E. W. Levine: Hey hey hey, FAP 27!! I'm Chloe, a rising senior pursuing a joint concentration in English and Music with a secondary in Theater, Dance & Media, because I have a strong interest in unemployment. I grew up in the Anglo-American traditional music and dance scene, which taught me to value community, collaboration, and accessibility in my artistic pursuits. On campus, I'm involved in theater, journalism, a cappella, choir, the Institute of Politics, and a bunch of other random stuff. I'm also an independent singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Harvard Undergraduate Songwriters' Collective. Ask me about the musical I'm writing about high school Quiz Bowl, or the one I'm writing about murdered women in the Shenandoahs; tell me to stop procrastinating, while you're at it.

 

Dara Badon '22, Creative Writing Proctor

What! is!! UP, Class of 2025!!! My name is Dara (“dare-uh”), I take the pronouns she/her/hers, and I am OVERJOYED to be one half of your CREATIVE WRITING TEAM!!! I’m a rising senior (um…what?) in Mather House–but originally from Louisiana!–studying History and Literature with an Educational Studies secondary, and both within and outside of academics, I’ve made my Harv adventure about all! things!! ART!!! *confetti emoji*!!! Extracurricularly, you can catch me running around (actually) and redefining joy (definitely) with both the Harvard University Band, where this Fall I’ll be serving as our Drill Master and writing/narrating/hoping to make you laugh with our halftime shows, and CityStep, where we’re all about youth empowerment, community service, and (wait for it~) THE ARTS!! I was also able to explore production, video editing, and even ~graphic design~ as a student assistant in the Office for the Arts this past year! Want to talk more about Harvard/art/HarvART/using our powers for good/absolutely ANYTHING? Please feel free to reach out to me by email at dmbadon@college.harvard.edu, on Insta @justbeingdoodle, or the handy dandy Facebook ft. the full name, Dara Badon!! So so excited to dream up and share in this FAP chapter of our college stories!!!

 

Paolo Pasco '22, Creative Writing Proctor

What’s up, FAP! My name’s Paolo, I’m a rising senior from San Diego studying computer science, and I’m excited to be one of your creative writing proctors! On campus, I’m a member of Three Letter Acronym Improv, and I’m a tech member (and former writer/lyricist!) for the Hasty Pudding. I’ve also written for outlets like Satire V, and I do standup at whatever open mics I can. Outside of the arts, I love sketch comedy, crosswords (American and cryptic), puzzle hunts, cross-stitching, extremely specific Spotify playlists, and spending a lot of time thinking about the Balloon Boy hoax. I’m always down to answer any questions you have about art/comedy/life at Harvard/the Balloon Boy hoax, so hit me up at gcpasco@college.harvard.edu or @paolo.pasco on insta! Can’t wait to see you all—FAP is a beautiful, chaotic, immensely satisfying experience and I promise you’re gonna love it.

 

Angel Hoyang '23, Dance Proctor

Hellooo FAP!! My name is Angel (which varies in accuracy from moment to moment), and I'm a rising junior/chaos demon who's beyond excited to be your DANCE proctor along with the incredible Karina! I'm from Los Angeles, California, and am indeed interested in all things arts, entertainment, and In-N-Out. Here at Harvard, you'll catch me singing with/being Vice President of the Veritones (check out our Instagram and Spotify!!), teaching and dancing with wonderful kiddos in CityStep, getting hype abt Asian art through the Asian Students Arts Project (ASAP), directing/stage managing/working in other on-and-off-stage roles in Harvard theater, and of course, dancing and choreographing with the Harvard Ballet and Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Companies! I also ~dabble~ in film/AV editing and comedy improv. If any of the above strikes your interest, or if you just want to say hi, send me a message at angelhoyang@college.harvard.edu or Angel Hoyang on facebook! I will be all eyes, ears, and open arms to truly anything you want to talk about, be it questions, concerns, recent youtube wormholes, etc (bonus points for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, RuPaul's Drag Race, Star Trek, anything by Bill Wurtz, or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's general badassery). CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL!! <3

 

Karina Cowperthwaite '23, Dance Proctor

Hi FAP!!! My name is Karina and I am a Dance Proctor with the amazing Angel! I’m a rising Junior in Winthrop House pursuing a joint concentration in English and Theater, Dance and Media! On campus you can most definitely find me in a theater or frantically running between rehearsals (sometimes eating while running, studying while running, gasping for breath because I cannot run while running). I am involved in a lot of theater groups on campus as well as the Co-President of ASAP, our Pan-Asian arts organization on campus! I dabble in a bit of everything in the arts (a little acting, a little directing, a little writing, a little dancing) so if you want to chat about anything theater-related, musical theater-related, musical-theater-dance related, why I went to Shakespeare camp for 3 summers in a row, why skim milk is the most superior milk, how and why I am allergic to water, why I study English when this sentence is clearly a run-on, please reach out at kcowperthwaite@college.harvard.edu or find me on instagram @karinacowp. FAP is such a special place and welcoming home to enter college in.  I hope you love it as much as I do and I cannot WAIT to meet all of you and for us to become friends!

 

Connor Riordan, '23, Drama Proctor

Hey everyone! My name is Connor Riordan, I’m a rising Junior that will (finally) be living in Eliot House, I’m from Chester, CT and I will be your DRAMA THREAD PROCTOR!!! As you can probably guess, I’m super into acting and singing, specifically in theater, and I’ve been getting more into writing as well. Congratulations on being accepted to Harvard and checking out the best preorientation program (by far). Even though we’re virtual this year, we have a lot of crazy incredible stuff that you guys aren’t ready for. Sending lots of love, and I hope you’ve been doing ok. Reach out at criordan@college.harvard.edu if you have any FAP questions or just want to say hi and chat!

 

Rocket Claman Fall '21, Drama Proctor

Heyyy FAP!! My name is Rocket, like a spaceship, and I am SHRIEKING with excitement over being one of your Drama Proctors! I’m a ~super senior~ so I have Been Around for A While. I took time off in Fall 2020 to be a Field Organizer for Biden, so I’m graduating in December to what I’m sure will be zero pomp and circumstance. Please hang out with me all the time in the fall! I live in Leverett House (LEV LOVE) and concentrate in History and Literature with a secondary in WGS, and I’m writing my thesis on In The Heights; please send me your hot takes about the movie adaptation! I dabble in a bit of everything on campus, but mostly I do theater. I served on HRDC Board as the Ex Coordinator, managing all the shows happening in the American Repertory Theatre’s black box theater. I’ve been in ten shows, produced two, ASM’d one, and been a paint charge. I’m pursuing acting after graduating (HAHAHA HOW DOES THAT WORK) and care deeply about pursuing social justice through the arts. Through the years, I’ve been involved with the Harvard Dems and the IOP through study groups and as an IOP summer fellow while I interned for GLAAD (the first bi season of Are You The One? We consulted on that). I play club soccer, am a member of The Seneca, am one of the Lev House Committee co-chairs, and write for The Crimson’s Arts section and Flyby, the blog. There’s nothing I love more than making friends and helping underclassmen find their home(s) on campus (and through the trials and tribulations of college), so please please reach out to me at srclaman@college.harvard.edu or on insta @rkt.ship with any questions/memes/Thoughts/concerns about being vegan with HUDS food/just to chat. I can’t wait to meet y’all!! <3 <3 <3

 

Sam Dvorak '23, Film Proctor

Hello FAP!! I'm Sam! I'm a rising junior from outside of Albany, NY, and I'm studying neuroscience with a probable secondary in music. I'm a professional magician, but since we don't have a magic thread, I'll be on TEAM FILM! I'm a huge movie fan - especially Star Wars. On campus (and on Zoom), I'm very involved in theatre - I play in pit orchestras, try my best to be a good rehearsal accompanist, and direct! I'm a co-founder of SHAM (the Society of HArvard-undergraduate Magicians), which I'm a part of with friends I made while FAPping! I also play viola in BachSoc (the Bach Society Orchestra). When I'm not doing those things, you'll probably find me working (read: socializing) in Cabot Science Library until the early hours of the morning, or eating (read: socializing) in a dining hall for way longer than I probably should. I can't wait to rediscover the arts on campus with all of you. FAP was the highlight of my first year at Harvard, and I met some of my favorite people in the world that week. Please reach out anytime at sdvorak@college.harvard.edu or on instagram @samsamthemagicman! I am so excited to meet all of you soon!!

 

Mira-Rose Kingsbury-Lee '24, Film Proctor

HI '25ERS!!! My name is Mira, and I'm the slightly shorter half of your film thread team! I'm a rising sophomore in Dunster House (D-House Best House) concentrating in Human Evolutionary Biology with a secondary in Gov. On campus, I write musicals! I co-wrote lyrics & libretto for the First-Year Musical "The Fortunates" last year, and I'm currently working on the libretto for the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players' Rewrite Project musical. I'm also on the Arts Board of the Harvard Crimson, and on the weekends I teach a group of kids to make cool recipes with the Food Lab For Kids. My favourite film is "My Neighbor Totoro" (followed thereafter by every other Studio Ghibli movie), and my favourite artist is Moses Sumney. Hit me with your best movie/song/recipe recommendations at mkingsburylee@college.harvard.edu or @rosaeimr on Instagram!!! Beyond excited to meet y'all!!

 

Travis Harper '23, Music Proctor

 

Michael Yin '22, Music Proctor

Hey FAP!!! I don't believe we've met before; I'm Michael, a rising senior in Winthrop House (best house), studying Applied Math and a smattering of Ec/CS/Stats. If you're ever wondering about these kinds of classes, I'm always down to chat (and I'm at least suppoooosed to be qualified, as a peer concentration advisor)! I promise I'm kinda sorta artsy too, though: I started Harvard's Songwriters' Collective with Chloe, sing and beatbox in the Veritones, play a couple of instruments, write the occasional play, and love being a part of the Asian Student Arts Project. I'm from Maryland, and while I don't like crabs, I do have the old bay fries obsession to show for it. Feel free to hmu at michaelyin@college.harvard.edu (I promise it'll be more welcome than the random LinkedIn invites you get from 50 year old Sr. Bench Sales Recruiter); I can't wait to get to know y'all!

 

Birch Chemberlin '23, Studio Arts Proctor

Welcome to FAP! I'm a junior concentrating in social studies with a secondary in arts, film, and visual studies (AFVS). As a second-time studio arts proctor for FAP, I am excited to work alongside Isa and help get the class of 2025 involved in the Harvard arts scene. Besides visual art, I'm also a member of the Radcliffe Choral Society, WHRB Radio, and NaHC (Natives at Harvard College), so come talk to me about studio art, singing, radio music and podcasting, indigenous student life at Harvard, and anything else! Please email me at bchemberlin@college.harvard.edu if you have any questions, comments, concerns, and just want to chat.

 

Isabel Haro '22, Studio Arts Proctor

Hi everyone :) My name is Isabel Haro, please call me Isa, and my preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m so happy that I get to be your Studio Art proctor this year along with Birch :) I’m an international student from Quito, Ecuador <3, and I study Art, Film, and Visual Studies (unquestionably one of the best departments in the college) with a secondary in Music. I’m a junior academically, just returning this spring after being on leave for a year and a half! So I’ve been around for a loooong time… I myself did FAP in 2017 which feels like a lifetime ago, but even now, most of my dearest friends are folks I met through FAP. So I love FAP, and I’m here knowing you’ll love it too :) Please reach out to me at diharo@college.harvard.edu for anything.

 

Udochi Emeghara '23, Theater Design Proctor

Heyyyy FAP! My name is Udochi and I am a rising junior in Cabot House (don’t let people lie to you. The quad is the best). I am concentrating in Neuroscience on the MBB track and I am excited to be one of your TDT proctors! I have loved the arts, especially theater, since middle school so I am so excited to share this discipline with you all!

 

Madi Fabber '22, Theater Design Proctor

Hey FAP! I’m so excited to meet y’all! My name is Madi (she/her), and I’m a rising senior (!!!) in Winthrop studying a combination of Theater, Dance, & Media; English; and Folklore & Mythology! I’ll be one of your TDT (or; Theater Design) proctors this summer! I’m from Tennessee, but have lived all over the American South, so I’m here to provide your fill of chaotic good yeehaw energy :) On campus, find me singing/President-ing with the Radcliffe Choral Society, dancing with the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team, acting/designing/writing for student theater, and writing for Crimson Arts! I also work part time as a tour guide, as a coordinator for the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, and as an Arts First Festival producer. Ask me about female-centered horror films (my creative thesis is on the Final Girl trope!), my replica Princess Leia lightsaber, reading for fun during the school year, or how to incorporate the color yellow into every single outfit you wear. Feel free to hit me up at madisonfabber@college.harvard.edu, on Facebook (Madi Fabber), or @madifabber on Instagram to chat! Looking forward to seeing y’all soon!!!

 

Finn Bamber '23, Theater Design Proctor

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