Miami – New World School of the Arts, together with the NWSA founding classes, will present a round-table discussion featuring seven panelists to launch this year’s Make Art Work (MAW) series. The panelists, all NWSA alumni, will recount how they embarked on careers that create platforms for stars to shine.
“While so many arts programs focus on future successes individually – theatre students as actors, dance students as dancers, etc. – we recognized the numerous incredible careers our alumni have enjoyed where they were not in the spotlight, but helped others thrive there,” mentioned Jonathan Tavss, class of 1988. “Our hope is to convey that there are so many forms of successful creative careers in supporting roles – many of which are yet to be defined, especially in this ever-changing world with ever-increasing opportunities.”
Titled “Out of the Spotlight – Creatively Impactful Careers From Just Beyond The Frame” – MAW will be presented on Friday, October 11; 1:15 PM – 2:25 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami. Free and open to the public. Information at 305-742-6932.
The Make Art Work panelists include:
Pepe Serventi - Television Editor; Randall Emmett - Film and Television Producer; Shoshana Samole Zisk - Entertainment Attorney and Event Producer; Suzette Armanteros Lopez - Design Studio President; Rodney Jackson - VR Creative Director; Gala Aranaga - Transmedia Producer and Artist; and Carla Codallo Hill - Moderator – Uncategorizable Dynamo.
Make Art Work [MAW] is designed to bring professionals in the art world together with students and the community for a dialogue on the business of art. The series will focus on providing tools, guidance and strategies for success to the next generation of artists and will expand understanding of what it takes to live as an artist in the twenty-first century. Each talk includes a question and answer session, allowing students and the public opportunities for direct communication with leaders in the art world.
Pepe Serventi - 2-time Emmy winning Editor, and graduate of both New World School of the Arts high school and college programs in 1988. After working as an actor in New York Pepe moved behind the camera in 2001 to work on the Matrix sequels as a Motion Capture Editor. He then moved to Los Angeles to work in Television. Over the past 20 years Pepe has worked on a number of unscripted reality TV shows most Notably 17 seasons of Bravo’s “Top Chef” where he won his first Emmy as well as Project Runway where he was lucky enough to win his Second Emmy for Editing Unscripted program. Pepe has also worked on Oxygens “Cold Justice”, TNT’s “Team Ninja Warrior”, WE TVs “Braxton Family Values” and Netflix’s “Sugar Rush”. Pepe is currently working on the 3rd season of Netflix’s Emmy nominated show “Nailed IT!”
Randall Emmett - With over 100 feature film and television series producing credits spanning two decades, Randall Emmett has proven to be one of the entertainment industry’s most prolific filmmakers. Combining financial acumen with an incisive creative sensibility, Emmett’s ability to package films with globally celebrated actors and filmmakers has resulted in numerous major box office successes – earning more than one billion dollars in the U.S. alone. Emmett is partner and co-founder with George Furla in Emmett / Furla Films, a production company dedicated to the development, financing and production of top tier filmed entertainment for the theatrical marketplace with its own equity fund. Most recently, Emmett produced the critically acclaimed film directed by Martin Scorcese, THE IRISHMAN, and is executive producer for the NAACP award-winning Starz TV series, POWER. His upcoming projects include the highly anticipated film, BOSS LEVEL, directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, and Frank Grillo.
Born and raised in Miami, Emmett is a proud graduate of the New World School of the Arts, high school class of 1989, and The School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he found his calling as a producer. When not forging deals and creating global entertainment, Emmett relishes his time with his two daughters and fantastic fiancé, Lala Kent.
Shoshana Zisk - Entertainment lawyer with a wide range of experience in the music industry. She is currently on the management team for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, serving as Business & Legal Manager for both the musical group and Clinton’s independent record label C Kunspyruzy Records. Shoshana is also the producer of The SF MusicTech Summit. Voted Best of San Francisco, her tech conference brings together 1000 of the best and brightest in the music technology industries annually. She is also the producer of the SF MusicTech POP UP! @ Mondo.NYC, which will take place on October 16, 2019 in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Her previous positions include Chief Operating Officer for In Ticketing (Burning Man tickets), Business & Legal Affairs at BMG U.S. Latin, the Copyright Department at Motown, and A&R Administration for Island Records. Shoshana is currently the CEO of Kiddie Village, which creates award-winning childrens videos and music. Shoshana is a member of the California, New York, and Florida Bars. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Classical Piano Performance and Juris Doctorate (cum Laude) from the University of Miami. Shoshana's recent live performing experience includes Musical Director for “Rent” (the musical) in San Francisco & Hollywood, and she enjoys playing keys in a variety of Grateful Dead cover bands in her spare time. Shoshana currently resides in Miami and graduated from the New World School of the Arts in 1989.
Suzette Armenteros Lopez - Designer and illustrator with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Her company, Parrot Fish Studio, was founded in 2001. As a former Disney employee, Suzette successfully produced award-winning pieces for the launch of the Disney Channel in Spanish-speaking Latin America and Brazil as well as multiple style guides, product development portfolios, special events art direction/graphics and retail campaigns for Disney Consumer Products Latin America, Walt Disney Records and Theme Parks divisions. Today, Suzette is the key designer at Parrot Fish Studio and works closely with clients to ensure that their design needs are met. She has been instrumental in designing projects for key clients/brands such as The Disney Company, Zoo Miami, Discovery Networks portfolio of channels, Cleveland Clinic of Florida, Florida International University, Coca Cola, Motorola, among others. Suzette hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a major in Communication Design from UF/ New World School of the Arts, college class of 1990.
Rodney Jackson - Pop artist, animator and designer. For over fifteen years he exhibited his work internationally. His work has been collected by Miami-Dade Public Library, The Naples Children’s Museum, and The David C. Driskell Center in the University of Maryland at College Park. As a New World School of the Arts student, graduating from the high school in 1990, R. Jackson became a YoungArts finalist and won level one. This made him a Presidential Scholar nominee in 1990. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, at the top of his class, with a full merit scholarship in 1994. He later became a Young Arts Judge and is currently a YoungArts Master Artist. In 2014 Rocko’s Big Launch, a children’s book he created with his wife, received First Place for self-publishing children’s book from Writers Digest. And, the pilot episode for Rocko Rocket, Out Of This World was featured at the Florida Animation Festival earlier this year. Beyond animating for his children’s book character, he also created animated music videos for the hip-hop legend Slick Rick. Jackson is the former curator and director of KROMA Art Space and Studios and is currently the Creative Director and UX Design Lead at Eolian, an AR/VR app development company that specializes in medical and military applications.
Gala Aranaga - Passionate leader with 25 years of experience spanning marketing, design, technology, music, event production, and performance. She has led the development of websites and campaigns for numerous clients including Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Salesforce, and Walt Disney Pictures. Gala Aranaga also engages in a myriad other creative projects, including serving as both music director and company dancer for Bad Unkl Sista, a performance art ensemble that presents site-specific durational pieces at museums and festivals. Gala inspires and catalyzes transformation – her relentless commitment to creativity and collaboration focuses on generating growth and evoking delight with teams and clients, performers and audiences. She has prayed in Pablo Neruda's homes, busked on the streets of Buenos Aires, and crushed dance floors in London – believing that LIFE is a gala, a precious opportunity to be celebrated and lived brilliantly. SGala graduated from New World School of the Art in 1988.
Carla Codallo Hill - Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement for Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Secondary Education from Florida State University. She taught for 10 years in the Miami-Dade County Public School System. This included 7 years at her high school alma mater, New World School of the Arts from where she graduated from the high school program in 1990. During her time as a high school teacher, Carla earned a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship to Japan. Carla and her husband Marlon are most recently the chairs for the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center's Party on the Plaza Gala after-party. She personally nurtures her love of arts and entertainment through her work as a national television host with the country’s Public Broadcasting Service, PBS. Carla currently serves on the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet Board and sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Junior League of Miami. She is a former member of the New World School of the Arts Foundation Board and Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts Advisory Board. Carla’s other awards and recognitions include the “Women of Strength” campaign by Essence Magazine and Cover Girl cosmetics as well as the Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Council Women of Distinction award. Fun fact - Carla was a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader during their 1992 season! When Carla’s not working or serving the community, she’s planning her next Caribbean Carnival vacation with her husband Marlon!
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
About NWSA Alumni Foundation: Founded in 2012, the New World School of the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides support to the thousands of graduates from Miami’s New World School of the Arts High School and College through grants, events, and programs to encourage collaboration.
Please call the NWSA Alumni Foundation for more information about this Make Art Work (MAW) session: 305-742-6932.