"I remember my first day at Columbia University School of the Arts. Though I had been living in Boston, I was not prepared for the overwhelming sense of possibility, expectation and demand of being in New York City; I felt like I could hear the echoes of everything amazing that had happened in New York theatre history. The School of the Arts provided a stimulating and supportive environment in which I could challenge myself as an artist and individual. The professors expanded my conceptions of theatre in ways I never expected—and embracing new perspectives has been an invaluable resource as I work with both emerging and established artists. Columbia provided a haven from which I could explore everything the city had to offer. Now, many years later, I still draw on the experiences and wisdom I gathered while at Columbia to fuel me through a life in the arts. The people I met while in graduate school are now respected colleagues in the field—and we support each other through all of our endeavors. I am grateful for the education, experience and exposure that not only started my career but expanded my vision."