Students will have the opportunity to participate in monthly virtual activities lead by different Peer Group Leaders. These spaces are meant to complement students’ experiences within their host organizations by allowing them to explore other facets of finding (or securing) a job, creating and maintaining an artistic practice, and more. Each event, led by a local arts professional, supports students in meeting other interns, building their network, and learning more about the arts ecology of the region. 

As part of the Arts Internship Program, students are required to attend at least one of these Peer Group events during their internship.

Additionally, in the fall we will be hosting our virtual Arts Summit, where all interns will be required to attend. More information about that will be released to interns at that time.

Please click the links on this page to learn more about the Peer Group Leaders for the 2021 program.

 

Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones

Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones

Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones

Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones currently serves as Arts & Culture Administrator with the City of Glendale’s Library, Arts and Culture Department, and works directly with the Arts and Culture Commission to oversee programmatic initiatives of the Urban Art Program. Prior to working with the City of Glendale, Jennifer held previous roles with Arts for LA, Ford Theatre Foundation, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, and LA Opera. Jennifer received her BA in American Literature and Culture with a minor in Theater from UCLA. She is also the mom to a rambunctious toddler, and enjoys watching classic films and indulging in Hot Cheetos.

 

 

Sayon Syprasoeuth

Sayon Syprasoeuth

Sayon Syprasoeuth

With his Master of Fine Art, Sayon Syprasoeuth collages and images are reflective of his own journey as a Cambodian refugee—from his shocking exile from his childhood village on the Cambodian-Thai border, to his scary passage into Thailand countryside and his lost boyhood in a refugee camp where making art was his imagination safeguard—to his passage from his Buddhist-animist land to Christian America. His work holds fast his connection to the Cambodian spirit-enhancing land, cross-cultural dimensions, and his drive to animate Apsara and other essential images of beauty alongside the grotesque.

 

Felicia Vann

Felicia Vann

Felicia Vann

Felicia Vann has been dancing since the tender age of six. She has trained at Katnap Dance Center, The Edge Performing Arts Center, the California Dance Center, and the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics. In 1998, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in both Dance and Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and has worked with professional choreographers in the industry such as Denise Leitner, Cindre Che, Luretta McCray, Scott Hertzerling, and Eddie Garcia.

Aside from being the founder and lead choreographer for the Precision Dance Company, Incorporated, a 501c3 non-profit organization, Felicia has coached and choreographed for numerous high school dance and cheer teams across California including Bishop Montgomery High School where she currently coaches the Varsity Songleading Team. She has expanded her work to the music industry by contracting with Drop Soul Productions to choreograph for up and coming recording artists. Felicia’s choreography has also been featured in professional dance showcases for various dance studios and organizations. In addition to her choreography credits Felicia has performed with several professional dance companies and has been a part of several arts performances throughout California. Felicia has choreographed performances for several national business conventions in New Jersey, Atlanta, and Virginia, several opening performances for title pageants and has coordinated many local dance concerts featuring the Precision Dance Company.

 

Brian Elerding

Brian Elerding

Brian Elerding

Brian Elerding is the executive director of the Lineage Performing Arts Center, the Artistic Director of the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater, and a director and actor in film, theater, TV, and commercials. (IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1318793/)

 

 

Larry Laboe

Larry Laboe

Larry Laboe

Larry Laboe is Co-Founder and Executive Director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), an organization committed to highlighting and connecting emerging filmmakers and storytellers worldwide. Larry is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and has been a Faculty Member at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and Art University in Shanghai and Beijing. He is a Board Member of the BRIC Foundation, a Committee Member of SAGindie and the Co-Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Entertainment, Arts and Media (TEAM) Committee. Larry's background in the entertainment industry spans over a decade as President of Production at SXM, a production company specializing in helping brands fuse entertainment, advertising, and technology. Larry has produced scripted and unscripted streaming series and commercials, directed by talent such as James Franco and Joseph Gordon Levitt, for some of the world’s leading brands, networks, and studios, including Disney, NBC, CBS, VEVO, Dailymotion, MTV, DEFY Media, Comedy Central, Verizon go90, Amazon, Complex Media, IKEA, Mountain Dew, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Verizon, and Smuckers.

Kristin Lorey

Kristin Lorey

Kristin Lorey

In her more than 10 years in Los Angeles, Kristin Lorey has spent all of them working in education and nonprofit spaces. Before joining Young Storytellers, Kristin worked at Invisible Children, 826LA, and Every Monday Matters, establishing various educational programs, providing professional development and growth opportunities, and building systems to support educators and staff members. In her spare time, Kristin loves to travel, lounge with her dog and cats, co-lead her womxn’s book club, and tend to her many (maybe too many) houseplants.

Mandy Matthews

Mandy Matthews

Mandy Matthews

Mandy Matthews is an arts marketer, educator, and leader grounded in making connections and building community. She has worked for Los Angeles-based arts organizations including the Arts Council for Long Beach, The Broad Stage, and currently American Youth Symphony. In 2017 she completed Arts for LA’s arts advocacy program, ACTIVATE and is a certified Social Emotional Learning Facilitator through UCLArts & Healing. Mandy has worked closely with college students and has a passion for empowering young people to discover their potential. She has experience with one-on-one coaching and facilitating professional development workshops at CSULB, SMC, and for the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program. Mandy is also a certified yoga instructor and enjoys leading yoga Teacher Trainings for adults in her free time.

Debra Pasquerette

Debra Pasquerette

Debra Pasquerette

Debra Pasquerette is the Manager of Community Engagement at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. She was previously the Director of Education at The Geffen Playhouse and has worked in the field for over 25 years. She is dedicated to bringing arts learning to diverse audiences and connecting community through the arts.

Manuel Prieto

Manuel Prieto

 

Manuel Prieto

Manuel Prieto is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt). LAMusArt’s mission is to provide all students regardless of their race, gender, socioeconomic status, and ability to engage and succeed in the arts. Under his leadership, LAMusArt has increased participation on its Board of Directors by 50%, increased opportunities for local students to enroll in tuition-free music ensemble programs by 75%, and created an advisory council of young professionals. Prior to joining LAMusArt, Prieto worked as a teaching artist and administrator with Center Theatre Group and as a designer for various major networks and regional theaters. Prieto holds a BFA from the University of Southern California in Theater Design with an emphasis on education and a MA in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University. Manuel currently serves as co-chair for the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts.