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 Artists, 20 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 Production Coordinator 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
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
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
Julia Rooney '11, Studio Art
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
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!
Ian Chan '22, Team Production
HEY FAP! I'm Ian and I'm one of your production proctors!! I'm a rising junior in Winthrop House — I study Comparative Literature and Mathematics with a secondary in CS! I was born in Hong Kong, but I've spent most of my life in Toronto, Canada (yes, I do say "eh" unironically — don't judge me). On campus, I love making theatre as a music director, finance producer, and composer; singing with my a cappella group, the Harvard Din and Tonics, and my choir, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum; and advocating for Asian representation in the arts as VP of the Asian Student Arts Project! FAP made me re-fall in love with the arts and allowed me to meet some of my closest friends — so I'm SUPER DUPER PUMPED to be a proctor this year and to meet all of you AMAZING people!! Feel free to reach out to me to talk arts, Harvard, dessert (I LOVE dessert), Mario Kart, or really anything at firstname.lastname@example.org (or on insta at @imianchan_)!!! CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE ART WITH Y'ALL!!!
Ramona Park '22, Team Production
~hEy fAp~ My name's Ramona and I'm a rising jun-yor who's incredibly excited to be your new film proctor! I’m currently studying AFVS which stands for Art, Film, and Visual Studies, but I like to think it means Americas Funniest home VideoS.
Back in my FAP days, I was a part of the dance thread and on campus, and now, I'm a dedicated degenerate member of Harvard Breakers, Expressions Dance Company, and watch Fitness Marshall religiously. Fun fact, 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 (email@example.com). 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.
Paolo Pasco '22, Team Creative Writing
What’s up, FAP! My name’s Paolo, I’m a rising junior from San Diego studying computer science, and I’m excited to be your creative writing proctor! On campus, I’m the captain of Three Letter Acronym Improv, and I’m a tech member (and former lyricist!) for the Hasty Pudding. I’ve also written as a guest for Satire V, and I do standup at whatever open mics I can. Outside of the ~arts~, I love indie bookstores, sketch comedy, memes, crossword puzzles, cross-stitching, and the song "Macavity the Mystery Cat" from "Cats." I’m always down to answer any questions you have about art/comedy/life at Harvard/why "Cats" (2019) is actually a really good movie, so hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Dara Badon '22, Team Creative Writing
HELLO FRESH FRESHPEOPLE OF THE 2-0-2-4!!! My name is Dara (like Sara–shoutout shoutout!–but capital D different, babies!!), and I am one half of your elated CREATIVE WRITING TEAM!!! I’m a rising junior in Mather House–but originally from Louisiana!–studying History and Literature with a secondary in Educational Studies, and when I’m not schooling school (the #goal, anyway), I’m balancing out my academics with ART, WHOOP WHOOP!!! At any given moment you can catch me running around (actually) and redefining joy (definitely) with the Harvard University Band, teaching grooves to middle schoolers through the arts edu org CityStep, crafting new publications with the arts and literary magazine Tuesday, or (very soon!!) riding and editing some radio waves with our campus broadcasting network, WHRB Cambridge!! Being at Harvard and being a part of so many wonderful communities has brought me endless joy and given me countless ways and reasons to grow, and I, the rest of the FAP team, and truly the entirety of the H are leaps and bounds beyond excited to share that all with YOU. want to talk more about art? Or Harvard? Or HarvART? Or using our powers for good? Or absolutely an-y-thing in a judgment-free, come-as-you-are zone? Please feel freer than free to reach out to me by email at email@example.com, on Insta @justbeingdoodle (only private bc I teach tech-savvy ten year-olds, dw!!), or the handy dandy FaceBook ft. the full name, Dara Badon!!
Katherine Deng '21, Team Dance
Hey hi ’n hello FAP!!! I’m Katherine (or Kat or Kath) and I’m so SO excited to be one half of your dance proctor team! I’m an old hag (did I say old hag? I meant rising senior) living in Leverett House and concentrating in statistics with a secondary in computer science. On campus, you can find me movin’ and groovin’ with the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, giving out free hugs, or planning out my next coffee/meal/nap. I’m from just outside of Boston, so I LOVE talking about the city (the T is my passion #public #transit), especially the one-of-a-kind arts scene here. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org or @katherine.deng on da gram if you wanna chat about transitioning to life at Harvard, Boston/Cambridge, dance, how to hack the dining hall, the meaning of life, or anything else at all! SEE YOU SOON <3
Udochi Emeghara '23, Team Dance
HEYYYYYY FAPPPPPPPPPPP!!! My name is Udochi Emeghara and I am a rising sophomore!! I will most likely be concentrating in Neuroscience with a secondary in Psychology. I am from Hillside, NJ (literally no one has heard of it) and have lived there my whole life. On campus, I mostly do theater. I am currently stage manager for the First Year Musical-Fake Moos: A John Harvard Production!!! I was also an assistant choreographer for West Side Story and participated in Harvard’s Step Team(which is so fitting since I am the Dance Proctor!!!). I am also on the board for a social justice/arts festival. As for non-arts thing (which ewwwwwww. JK we love STEM), I am part of some science related clubs such as Women in STEM and the Harvard Premedical Society. I am also a member of cultural organizations such as Nigerian Students Association and Black Students Association. If you have any questions or just wanna talk, feel free to email me at email@example.com. I am so excited to get to know you all!!!!!! Let’s make FAP 26 GREAT!!!
Joy Nesbitt '21, Team Drama
Connor Riordan '23, Team Drama
Heyyyyyyy FAP! My name is Connor Riordan, from the (extremely) small town of Chester, Connecticut, and I cannot tell you how excited I am for FAP week! I am a rising sophomore in (insert house here) maybe studying Government with a secondary in TDM (although that's kinda up in the air... like a lot). A fun fact about me is that I lived in China for a year and a half when I was seven (although I only just finished intermediate Chinese here!). I am on the drama thread, which is fitting considering when I'm not in class I'm usually in rehearsals for some show or another... or multiple at the same time. I am also involved with the IOP and am the outreach director for the CIVICS program on camps. If you want to chat with me about theater or literally anything at all - what arts you do, questions you have about Harvard, why dashes are the best punctuation, etc. - hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org or dm me at @connor92100 on insta. You're going to love it here, and I am so so SO excited to meet you all :)
Sam Dvorak '23, Team Film
Hello FAP!! I'm Sam! I'm a rising sophomore from outside of Albany, NY, and I'm probably going to study something Mind, Brain, and Behavior related while on the pre-med track. 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, I'm very involved in theatre - I play in pit orchestras, try my best to be a good rehearsal accompanist, and I'm directing and developing Fake Moos: The John Harvard Musical - opening this fall! I'm a co-founder of SHAM (the Society of HArvard-undergraduate Magicians), alongside two 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 Annenberg for way longer than I probably should. FAP was the highlight of my first year here, and I met some of my favorite people in the world that week. Please reach out anytime at email@example.com or on instagram @samsamthemagicman! I am so excited to meet all of you soon!!
Sara Komatsu '23, Team Film
Hi FAP! My name is Sara Komatsu and I’m so excited to be part of FAP this year as one of your film proctors. I am a rising sophomore from Florida planning to concentrate in English with a secondary in AFVS Film Studies. Beyond film, my main artistic pursuit is dance (especially ballet), and I also like to write and take pictures! On campus, I can be found trekking to the dance center for Harvard Ballet Company rehearsals or slowly sinking into a couch at the Crimson while I edit my arts articles or photos (read: chat with other writers/photographers) for hours. Other important personality traits: I need coffee to exist, I care about climate change (although my environmental science class is proving to be very difficult for this humanities gal), and I’m also obsessed with Broadways, so if anyone wants to freak out about any musical from Hamilton to Hadestown to Fun Home, I am always more than willing. Please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, concerns, or hot takes — can’t wait to hear from you and get to know you all!
Emma Lanford '22, Team Music
FAP!!!!! Hello! Emma here from the great state of North Cackalacky (North Carolina for the uninformed). I’m a junior in Quincy House pursuing a joint concentration between Music and History & Literature, as well as a dual degree with Berklee College of Music. At Harvard, my main activities include singing alto/mezzo/tenor?? and planning *fun social things* as social chair with the Harvard LowKeys, and working as a sales associate and jazz DJ for WHRB Harvard Radio. I’ve also assistant directed a student-run multimedia show, and taught music lessons to under-resourced local high school students through PBHA. When I’m not doing any of these things, I am probably writing sad girl songs on my piano, crafting tweets in attempts to get twitter famous (follow me @earfangel333), and trying to be ~artsy~ with my 35mm camera, all whilst sipping an oat milk latte. Ask me about actually anything at email@example.com or @songsfromesme on insta, especially if it involves thrifting obsessions, mental health at Harvard, bullet journaling, and exciting Spotify finds. FAP is such a joyful time to meet new people and have fun as an artist, and I for one cannot WAIT to meet y’all!!
Travis Harper '23, Team Music
Hiiii FAP! My name is Travis and I'm a rising sophomore living in .... TBD (pending Ms. Rona). Regardless, I'm hopefully concentrating in both social studies and African-American studies. When I'm not explaining what "Social Studies" is (no, it's not the elementary school subject!) you can usually find me ranting about how Atlanta, my hometown, is the best city in the south and saying the word "periodt" waaaaaay too often. On campus, I sing with the Harvard Opportunes, dance in... non-credit dance classes, compete on the Mock Trial team (really a form of theatre if we're being honest), and engage with my community by being inclusivity chair on the first-year black table (basically black students association but just for first-years!). I was lucky enough to be a FAP-per my freshman year and it was one of the best decisions I made (it better be considering that I'm proctoring now). That being said, I'm so excited to meet you! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions— you can email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quinn Lewis '22, Team Studio Art
Hey FAP!!! My name is Quinn and I’m Team Studio Art (it’s not a competition… but if it was our team would win). I am a rising Junior concentrating in Government and maybe other things to come. I’m from Berkeley, CA, also known as the Bay Area or the birthplace of the hippie movement/NorCal hip hop (RIP Mac Dre). I took a gap year and went to art school and then dropped out to teach middle school and surfing in South Africa. Now that I’m a very serious and super adult College Kid, I spend most of my time dancing with my friends, going down the rabbit hole of Spotify’s “related artists” tab, fighting climate change, finding new posters to put up in my room, painting, and eating mac n cheese. I love things that are sparkly, Ms. Lauryn Hill, dancing, museums, drag queens, Amy Winehouse, and pasta. If you also love these things, have questions, concerns, comments on how to make this bio more interesting, or really anything hit me up email@example.com or @quinntallulah on the gram or Quinn Lewis on facebook!!!!!! I am SO EXCITED for FAP and to meet all of you! Bring your dancing shoes, leave the ego-- it’s gonna be WILD.
Bridget Chemberlin '23, Team Studio Art
dis is me. Bridget Chemberlin! she/her/hers! Harv 2023, studio art thread. fittingly, this photo was taken at the carpenter center for the visual arts! email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a studio arts proctor and indeed am very invested in studio arts. I took an AFVS class my first semester and am now designing studio art research with that professor (no, you don't have to be a STEM major to do research!). Beyond studio art, i also enjoy musical art. I am a member of the Radcliffe Choral Society, i sing soprano 1 but am told i have tenor energy, so chat w me about anything and everything related to choral music at Harvard! As a side hustle, I'm a poet/creative writer. I'm also on WHRB, the Harvard radio station, so if you enjoy selecting, mixing, and writing about music more than or as much as you enjoy creating it, come talk to me ;) Other stuff I do at Harvard includes being a proud member of Natives At Harvard College, which is an indigenous students group; going to class; visiting Boston (A+ art museums!!); makin' friends; and shedding tears of joy every time i see a cute dog on campus. I am Very thrilled for all of you to come join our artistic community at Harvard, cannot wait to meet you, PLEASE don't hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, queries, or quarantine memes :') <3
Finn Bamber '22, Team Theater Design
FAP! Hello!! My name is Finn, I'm a rising junior in Eliot House studying Theater, Dance, and Media (for now??? Stay tuned). I've lived in Utah, Massachusetts, Ohio, and China, and my parents just moved to Switzerland #crazy. I'll be one of your Theater Design proctors along with the amazing, multitalented Odessa!! On campus, you can usually find me doing lighting design for various shows, doing work as a co-vice president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC), and making photos with the Art, Film, and Visual Studies Department! I also don't have a phone and am a big advocate of the no-phone life! If you want to chat about theatre, lights (love lights), photography, tea, not being fond of winter, separating self from technology, or truly anything else that you're vibing with, drop me a line at email@example.com (please write I need friends). You can follow me on instagram at @finneganmango or @finneganspics (I'll follow you back on the first account️). So excited to hang with y'all!!! xoxo, finnegan
Odessa Deng '22, Team Theater Design
HEY FAP! I’m Odessa, a rising junior in Quincy House studying Neuroscience (#STEAM). I’m originally from Tallahassee, FL, but my family recently moved to New Orleans where I do not know a single soul (so please let me know if you live around here! please! ha ha). I’m a baton-twirling-violinist turned musical theater lover, which means that while I used to juggle batons in high school, I now juggle rehearsals, meetings, and classes for my variety of artistic endeavors. Some of these include playing violin and serving as an exec board member for the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, acting in / tech directing / producing / choreographing musical productions, and serving as Co-Vice President (alongside The Ian Chan) of the Asian Student Arts Project. FAP was truly the best introduction to Harvard I could ever ask for, and I’m SO EXCITED to share it again with you all. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to say hi (fun fact: I coached a baton twirler named Tatum who I once accidentally called Channing, so it may be beneficial to start introducing yourselves to me now). I’d love to talk to you about my love of tiny houses, my failed attempt to build my dog a house from a dresser, the underappreciation of pit orchestras, Florida, and literally anything else. I’M HERE FOR YOU <3