Graduate Student Makes Leap from Entertainment Industry to Nonprofit Management You wouldn’t think working as a talent agent in the entertainment industry would be the most seamless of training grounds for working in the non-profit world, but Masters in Nonprofit Management student, Justin Connolly, feels otherwise. “Training as a talent agent turns out to be […]
Alumni Embraces Personal Challenges to Enhance Professional Work Antioch MA in Clinical Psychology Graduate, Patrick Davey Tully, MA, AMFT, credits both his Antioch education and the personal challenges he’s had to face all his life, with helping develop the “integrative approach to therapy” he uses in his current professional work. Tully explains: “Becoming a therapist […]
Beth Varner is a recent graduate of the MA in Nonprofit Management (MANM) program. She has been working in education since 2009 as a school psychologist, and more recently in educational sales for Riverside Insights (formerly, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Parallel to her career in education, Varner has been actively involved in a number of nonprofit […]
Alumni Interview with Gender Based Preventionist Tonjie Reese Tonjie Reese is is an alumna of the MA in Education, Leadership and Change program and founder of the gender-based violence prevention nonprofit, eleven24. She is currently a program officer for Just Detention International and a consultant and trainer for eleven24. Recently, she has presented at several national […]
On Football, Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction, and Freedom Before Andre Hardy was a writer he was an athlete, and a damn good one at that. He was strong, fast, coordinated, powerful—the kind of talent you don’t deny. Choosing to embrace his talents, Andre trained hard, worked hard, and believed in himself—hard. He developed quickly. He started […]
Sarita Sidhu on writing her life and on the writer she has become Humor for a writer is one of those elusive traits — either you have it or you don’t — and for those who don’t, it’s the kind of lack that can feel like a wanting. Wouldn’t it be nice, the unfunny are […]
Interview with alum and author of “Mute” and “Pretend I Am Someone You Like” At what time in your life did you discover Antioch? This was around late 2005 or early 2006 when I was searching for low residency MFA programs for Creative Writing. AULA was my first choice, and I was so elated to […]
Downtown LA MA in Clinical Psychology Cohort Rob Whalen is a recent graduate of the Antioch downtown LA cohort of the MA in Clinical Psychology program. He began the program in the fall of 2016 and was able to care for his infant/ toddler during the days and take all of his classes in the […]
On Sustainability in the Motion Picture Industry Heidi Kindberg Goss is an alumna of the USMA program at AULA and is currently Manager of Sustainability at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). She had her first work experiences in the film and television industry as a teenager and worked her way to not only creating her position […]
Real estate agent and college coach for teens in Los Angeles Claudia Kielich attended the BA program at AULA as an adult learner and then completed the MA program in Organizational Management, which has since transformed into the MA in Nonprofit Management program. She is a real estate agent and college coach for teens based […]
BA in Liberal Studies alum and advocate and speaker for Kiss the Ground in Venice, CA. JC Jaress is an Antioch alum and so much more. He has been traveling and giving workshops on his current passion, regenerative design, and is an advocate and speaker for Kiss the Ground, a regenerative soil advocacy group based […]
Professional screenwriter, filmmaker and MFA student Edmond Stevens is a professional screenwriter, filmmaker, adventure sports enthusiast, and current student in the MFA Program at AULA. His first writing job was as a 16-year-old reporter for his hometown newspaper. He has been a member of the Writers Guild since 1977 when he was hired to write […]
“I listen to my heart – even on the professional level – it is the true teacher for me!” Donald Strauss’ continuous seeking to share what the USMA program could offer me as a community advocate and activist. His collective nature and willingness to participate in a school-based program I developed around transportation equity and […]
We make the world. Antioch—the ideal—needs each of us to strive for justice. As a writer who doesn’t (yet) have a book out, it’s easy to feel invisible. The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) Individual Excellence Award makes me feel seen. When I’m struggling with self-doubt, the award provides mood enhancement. In addition to the money […]
Eddy Teacher of the Year Award Winner and MA in Education alum Daniel Hutterer, an alumnus of AULA’s MA in Education with Teaching Credentials program and middle school math teacher at WISH Charter School, was awarded the Eddy Teacher of the Year Award. Originally starting as an engineer, Hutterer found his calling for teaching after […]
Angela Vincent, recipient of North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)’s “30 Under 30” and alumni of the Urban Sustainability Master of Arts program sat down with us to talk about her experiences as a student at Antioch University Los Angeles. My time at Antioch was expansive. I learned so much about the most troubling […]
Interview with alumna of the MFA in Creative Writing program and assistant poetry editor for Lunch Ticket Dot Winslow is a recent graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program. She was an assistant poetry editor for Lunch Ticket and has been recently published in Waymark. She is a California Poets in the Schools trainee […]
An Interview with Award-Winning Actor and Recent MFA Alumnus Tim Cummings is a recent graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program. For his field study, a required part of the MFA program which asks students to put their knowledge and skills as writers to work in service of something they personally value in their […]
Raphael Dirani is an actor and undergraduate student at AULA, majoring in Applied Arts and Media. He is currently performing the U.S. debut of The Gag (originally Le Baîllon by Eric Emmanuel Schmitt), a French one-person play he translated and produced himself, for the Hollywood Fringe festival. MG: What is your background as an actor and student? RD: I […]
Josh Roark is a poet and the editor of online journals Frontier Poetry and Palette Poetry, as well as a 2017 graduate of the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program. In this interview, he discusses his work as a writer, his time at AULA, and his career change from teacher to editor. A lifelong writer, Roark talks about […]
On Cultivation, Recruitment and Retention Advocacy for Homeless Services Workers Recent graduate from the MA in Urban Sustainability program at AULA, Vanessa Rios, wrote a policy brief this year, titled “Urban Solutions for Developing a Sustainable Workforce in the Homeless Services Sector of Los Angeles County.” Rios also created a campaign video to amplify workforce […]
Morgan Larry-Peters is an independent filmmaker who loves museums, science fiction, and female filmmakers and their works. She enjoyed crafting an individualized experience at Antioch through work with Independent Studies and Prior Learning programs. She chose Antioch for having a wide range of students “from all walks of life” who enriched her educational experience.
Russell Thornhill is a pastor at the Unity Fellowship of Christ Church in Los Angeles and a faculty in the Undergraduate Studies Program. “Antioch University prides itself on being an environment for a community of learners and what that means is that we are all able to bring our ideas, our values, and our entire […]
Jenna is a preschool teacher at the Center for Early Education. “Every quarter, just like AULA lists its new classes, it also lists internship sites. And I picked a private school in Los Angeles, a pre-K through sixth grade. I interned there two summers ago, and now I work there; they decided to hire me. […]
Ren is a full-time student, part-time entertainment fix-it-all, and is interested in fencing, languages, and writing (of course). Ren studied in the MFA program, specializing cross-genre writing for both Fiction and Writing for Young People.
Auguste is a writer, chocolate sleuth, and filmmaker. She is interested in seeing a woman voted in as president, the NSA being thoroughly surveilled by (freed-from-prison) hacktivist Jeremy Hammond, and chocolate being given its own food group in the Nutrition Pyramid.
Cathy is an intern at an agency that works with children and teens struggling with autism, schizophrenia, emotional disturbance, and/or cognitive delays. Her interests include artistic movies; reading; swimming; enjoying a good, quiet meal (although with children, this is rare!)
Ashaki is a social psychologist and poet who has workshopped in residence with Cave Canem, Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA), and Idyllwild communities. Her interests include reading, museum-hopping, volunteering for youth initiatives, and visiting Los Angeles restaurants in search of the best rib-eye steak.
Layah is the Executive director of City Youth Exposure, a nonprofit that introduces youth to people, places and things that they would not normally or easily experience in their daily lives. I’ve gained skills in the Nonprofit Management program that I believe are different from what you’d need in a for-profit organization. I’ve learned that […]
Patrick is a full-time clinical psychology student and an SAG-AFTRA actor. His interests include old Hollywood movies, horror movies, comedy, eclectic music tastes, mindfulness, spirituality, being curious, and hugging trees.
Joan is the Vice President of Product Development and brand spokesperson for Lisa Hoffman Beauty. Her interests include horseback riding western-style like a true cowgirl, shopping like a true city girl, and traveling but mostly as a working girl.
Tricia is an MFT Trainee at Outreach Concern and the Antioch University Counseling Center. Her interests include vegan cooking, hiking, knitting and sewing, writing fiction, and volunteering at animal sanctuaries.
Colin is an MFT Trainee at Being Alive, which provides emotional support, treatment, education, prevention, advocacy, social services to people living with HIV/ AIDS. His interests include live music, camping, Joshua Tree, dancing, and hanging out with his husband.
Misty is the program coordinator for AULA’s Bridge Program, which provides free college courses in the humanities to low-income adults. Misty’s interests include vegan home cooking; hiking, biking, and snorkeling (albeit with little coordination); The Otherwise zine; and finding her human revolution through Buddhist practice.
Robyn is the administrative coordinator for the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force. Her interests include community organizing, marathon running, travel, restaurants, and preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
Sunshine is a registration and outreach manager at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), whose mission is to inspire and develop its global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. Her interests include cooking and baking, being a mother to two young daughters, gathering friends together, laughing, and sleeping.
Cindy is an opera/theater composer, currently co-producing her work “Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera,” to be directed by Ovation award-winning Michael Matthews. She is also the recipient of a Tides Foundation art grant for pre-production on “Psyche”. Cindy’s interests include fitness, artist/musician salons, crossword puzzles, and French language.
George is an assistant research professor at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC) and the director of the Human Regenerative and Restorative Science Institute. His interests include daily relaxation/meditation, exercise, music, and film noir movies.
Ray is the executive director and primary therapist at One to One Treatment, which he founded in 2009 in Los Angeles. His interests include comic books, tech gadgets, the Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Cynthia is a theater activist and performer. Beginning in the fall, Cynthia will pursue a Master of Arts in Applied Theatre at the University of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. Her interests include collaboration, travel, taking trips out to the desert during meteor showers.
Scott is an MFT intern at a methadone clinic in Los Angeles and a work study student in AULA’s Financial Aid Office. His interests include biking, hiking with his dog, healthy cooking/eating, and Friday date nights with his partner.
Khana is a Psychotherapist specializing in anxiety disorders and addiction treatment at Psychotherapy Associates in Culver City. Learn more about Khana’s private practice here. Her interests include Hiking, biking, yoga, meditation, PBS, books on psychology and Buddhism.
Jillian is a performer, author, and blogger whose work includes the New York Times bestselling memoir “Some Girls: My Life in a Harem,” the novel “Pretty,” and articles for the Paris Review, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Los Angeles Magazine. Jillian’s interests include Argentine tango dance, unapologetic mom-blogging, and running a marathon someday.
Corinne is the Annual Fund Director for the Trichotillomania Learning Center; independent writer and editor; artist and curator. Her interests include community building, LGBT issues, racial equity, multicultural issues, the arts, and animal welfare.
Fabian is the Director of Wellness & Green Projects at LA CAUSA, a nonprofit providing educational, vocational, housing, and leadership development programs to low-income communities of color in East Los Angeles. Learn more about Fabian at the website for Unbound Pictures, his independent film/art/media company. Fabian’s interests include abstract expressionist painting, meditation and spiritual study, […]
Gina is a poet/vocalist/mermaid; served as a guest poet of the American Embassy; has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry and BET’s Lyric Café. To learn more about Gina, visit her website. Gina’s interests include writing poetry at the beach, writing songs, and practicing guitar (pitifully).
Kristin is the founder and co-president of Pillars4Life, which educates and empowers cancer patients to manage their disease more effectively and to live fully. Kristin’s interests include running, cooking, and snow skiing.
Dale is a program coordinator in the Health and Education Department at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, working with homeless, HIV-positive and at-risk youth. To learn more about Dale, visit his website. His interests include fashion design, doll-making, crafts, old movies, and collecting Motown music.
Andrew is huge National Geographic fan. He has every issue since 1939, and he is working on the rest of the back issues slowly, but surely. Andrew has a serious case of wanderlust and curiosity about the world around us – people, places, animals, rituals, taboos, iconography and mythology. He is also a hobbyist photographer.
Nikki is an independent consultant/freelance event planner for clients that include Urban Green L.A., L.A. Marler Studio, the Ron Finley Project, and L.A. Kitchen. Nikki’s interests include green living, gardening, cooking, creative writing, and making jewelry for her eco-friendly company Honey Child Designs, available on etsy.com
Fleur is the author of the novels “I Am Lucky Bird” and “Crumble,” which was the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival Winner for Young Adult Fiction and a Young Adult Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards. Learn more about Fleur’s writing at her website. She is also a communications consultant for a number of […]
Erika is a full-time student; federal work-study employee for the BA program. Her interests include getting out of the city and into nature; hiking and camping; getting lost in the city using public transportation to get to places like museums, art walks, and farmers markets.
Mario is the Director of the After School Arts Program at LA’s BEST, which provides a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for elementary school children, and founder of the socially-conscious artist collective LA ArtLab. Mario’s interests include dancing, reading poetry, and foreign language movies.
María is a full-time student and a federal work-study employee for the BA program. Her interests include staying in touch with nature, learning, reading, traveling, writing, camping, gardening, cycling, visiting various farmers markets, and singing.
Jeremy is a project and evaluation specialist at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), which helps people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. Jeremy’s interests include learning, playing music, composting, gardening, hiking, and camping.
David is a leadership development manager at CCEO YouthBuild, a nonprofit fostering leadership, educational, and technical skills within high-risk youth throughout Los Angeles. David’s interests include working with low-income communities; community service; cycling; and entertaining his two young sons, who never stop moving.
Jarrod is the Manager of Individual Giving, Colburn School; serves as alumni coordinator, advancement database manager, and general gift solicitor/fundraiser for the Colburn School, a world-class performing arts school in Downtown Los Angeles. Jarrod’s interests include cycling, riding motorcycles, craft beers, classical and modern music and opera, modern art, environmental sustainability, and backpacking.
Robert is an instructor of academic writing and argument in AULA’s BA program and graduate Psychology, Education, and Organizational Management programs, and a writing instructor for the greater Los Angeles business community. Robert’s interests include teaching the beauty of writing to kids in jail, discovering dive restaurants, finding unique art, and crushing young men at […]
Ralph is a part-time medical biller, an anger management facilitator, and drug and alcohol counselor. His interests include date night with his spouse, education, urban sustainability, fishing, camping, basketball, and family gatherings.
Gina is a Psychotherapist in private practice, a school therapist, the director of a parent support group, the director of the mentor program at Village Glen West – a school for children on the autism spectrum. Gina’s interests include cycling, exercise, the environment, cooking, woodwork, and growing plants.
Antonia is a media and journalism writing teacher in an after-school program, a teaching assistant for College of the Desert, and a creative writing teacher for incarcerated teenage girls. Read Antonia’s essays in Salon. Antonia’s interests include running, hiking, and mentoring troubled young women.
Brian is an investigative journalist covering politics for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group’s nine daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Daily News and the Pasadena-Star News. Brian’s interests include writing, reading, and brewing his own beer (unfortunately, it’s not very good).
Cadyn is part of the Psychology faculty at AULA and Alliant International University, an MFT intern at the Los Angeles Gender Center, a PsyD candidate at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a private practice psychotherapist. His interests include horseback riding, fencing, and bunnies.
Henry is the Program Coordinator for Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling and Community Center, an MFT intern, and a contributing writer for THE FIGHT Magazine (a Southern California monthly LGBT magazine). Henry’s interests include traveling, writing, pole fitness/dancing.
Daryl is an English and Ecology Teacher at Odyssey Charter School in Altadena, CA. Daryl was the winner of the 2012 Great American Teach-Off. His interests include woodworking (especially using reclaimed materials), gardening, and bird watching.
Xochitl-Julisa is the Literary Curator for Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center. Her work has been published in The Los Angeles Review, PALABRA, and The Umbrella Journal, and she was nominated for a 2009 Puschard Award. Xochitl-Julisa’s interests include traveling, Frida Kahlo, and Los Angeles history.
Roxanne is a head third-grade teacher at Wildwood School in Los Angeles. Roxanne’s interests include working out, yoga, knitting purses and diaper bags, and desert camping with her husband and family (three grown children and three grandchildren).
Naomi received the 2010 Bellwether Prize for Fiction for her novel, “Running the Rift,” and the 2006 Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction for her short story collection, “Love Letters from a Fat Man;” teacher in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and mentor for Afghan women through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. She was the recipient […]
While at AULA, Chris won the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Prize for his story ‘A Man in Review’. Chris is a freelance journalist who is interested in photography, surfing, fine cheese.