Maintain a vibrant, vital advisory board that advances the mission of Platt Student Performing Arts House
Build connections between arts communities at Penn
Foster alumni connections that support the sustainability of the Penn arts community
Enhance alumni ownership of the Platt Student Performing Arts House by helping alumni feel proud of their past and current relationship to arts at Penn
2018 - 2019 Members
Bhargavi Ammu graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn in 2013 with a B.A. in Health and Societies and South Asian Studies and minored in International Development. While at Penn she was active on the South Asian female dance team, PENNaach, an Emily Sachs Dance Benefit Chair and Chair of the Dance Arts Council. Additionally, she was a resident advisor in the Fisher Hassenfeld College House for three years, was an EMT and board member on the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), a Wharton Lipman Family Prize Fellow and a member of the Oracle Senior Society. Bhargavi is a trained Indian classical Bharatanatyam dancer with 20 years of performance experience, and has always been a strong supporter of the arts and student arts education. For the past four and a half years, Bhargavi has worked at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and has focused on health systems and HIV/AIDS global health work. She has served as the chair of the DC+Acumen volunteer chapter, and in the fall of 2018 will attend the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in pursuit of an MBA.
Baker graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Quadramics (although her diploma officially claims it was English and Cinema Studies). She currently works in the press office of EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, and is finishing her masters in Political Communication at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. Before retiring from the entertainment industry, EJ worked at Paradigm Talent Agency in Beverly Hills and studied and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. While at Penn, EJ proudly served as Chair of Penn's oldest student run and student directed theater company, in addition to producing, directing, publicizing, acting in, and showing up to cast parties for countless productions across TAC-e and is thrilled to have an excuse to keep hanging out with theater kids as part of the Homecoming Arts and Culture Host Committee this year.
Debbi Bauml Schultz, C'00Graduated from Penn with a double major in Theatre Arts and Communications. Since 2006, Debbi has worked at the Advisory Board Company, a global research, technology and consulting firm that focuses on assisting health care and higher education institutions. During her time at Penn, Debbi sang with Counterparts and the Mask and Wig Band, as well as performed with Theatre Arts and Penn Players.
Jessica Brand, C'04 Graduated from Penn with a double major in history and international relations. She is now a lawyer at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. On the side, she volunteers at the Sitar Arts Center, teaching dance. She misses her time at Penn, where she danced with Arts House Dance Company, served as the Chair of the Emily Sachs Dance Benefit, and as the Dance Arts Council (DAC) chair for two years. She was also involved with Penn Life Sketches.
Jason Butler, C'09Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Communications and Theatre Studies. He currently works as a Motion Picture Talent and Comedy Assistant at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in NYC. Previously, Jason worked at Roundabout Theatre Company and The Gersh Agency. While at Penn, Jason was a member of Penn Players, Penn Singers, Front Row Theatre Company, and Quadramics.
Alex Feldman, C'05, GAR08, GFA08Served as the President of the Penn Glee Club from 2003-2005. Today, he is working for U3 Ventures, a real estate development and advisory firm based in Philadelphia that specializes in integrating the areas around urban universities with their surrounding communities.
Cassandra Georges, C'01, L'05Cassandra is a lawyer specializing in dispute resolution. She has fond memories of her time with Onda Latina Dance Troupe and as Performing Arts Council (PAC) Chair.
Adam Gertsacov, C'86
Adam Gertsacov is an actor, clown, director, and educator. He has been writing, performing, and teaching for children of all ages since 1988. His many projects have included a Victorian style flea circus; a coloring/learning book about Rhode Island; historical shows about P.T. Barnum and Henry Hudson; a classical Greek tragedy using Barbie dolls as actors; a Punch and Judy election show; three circuses, one clown laureateship, and for the last nine years he has been the director of Providence RI's New Year's Eve Celebration, Bright Night, which features over 160 performers in 17 venues every year, and has entertained over 100,000 people. Adam has degrees and certificates from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School (B.A.), Rhode Island College (M.A.), the Ringling Brothers Clown College, the Dell'arte School of Physical Theatre, the Trinity Rep Conservatory, and the Boston School of Bartending, making him one of the most educated clowns in America (barring certain elected officials.) He has been creating and participating in digital communities since 1991. Adam is the co-founder of the Digital Family Summit, a blogging conference for digitally savvy teens, tweens, and their families.
Becca Goland-Van Ryn, C'06Graduated from Penn with a double major in Theatre Arts and Communications. Becca currently works as an Account Executive at Serino Coyne, a full-service theatrical advertising agency in New York City. Becca also works as a Producer at The Gallery Players. While at Penn, Becca was involved with Penn Singers, Penn Players, Quadramics, iNtuitons and Front Row Theater Company.
Sarah Marcus Hansen, C'10To say theater was her life in college might be putting it lightly. Over her four years at Penn, she minored in Theater Arts and was involved in 47 student productions, both onstage and backstage. She also held board positions for Bloomers, Penn Singers and Stimulus Children's Theatre, was a Penn Arts orientation program leader and helped organize alumni symposiums. The Platt Performing Arts House, the PAC Shop and the theaters were her second home and her theater friends are still her family. Post graduation, she began working at Serino/Coyne, a theatrical advertising agency in NYC. As an alum, she still returns every semester for some combination of Bloomers, Singers or Players shows. She also continues to organize monthly Penn Singer alumni gatherings in NYC and is serving her second year on the Homecoming Arts and Culture Host Committee.
Paul Pimentel, C'96Paul is chief of staff to the minority leader in the Connecticut State Senate. At Penn, Paul was chair of Penn Players and served on the PAC board. He stage managed and did other tech work for Players, Arts House Dance, and Quadramics.
Dale Tan, C'07 Dale graduated from Penn as a Health and Societies major with a concentration in Markets and Finance. As a student at Penn, Dale was involved with the Penn Philippine Association (PPA) as a member of its executive board. Every year during the cultural showcase for PPA, Dale choreographed a number of dances for the group. Prior to joining PPA, Dale was the lead male dancer in the Philippine Folk Arts Society based in Philadelphia. After graduation, he worked in the commercial real estate field where he was involved in leasing, sales, lease abstracting, and corporate real estate management. Since then, he has gone on to manage his family's businesses. In his spare time, Dale likes to volunteer for medical charities such as the Venice Family Clinic and the South Jersey Eye Center
Megan Wozniak Ede, C'94Megan Wozniak Ede graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. During her time at Penn, she performed in numerous stage productions and was Chair of the Pennsylvania Players. Megan recently left her 15 year career as a Human Resources Professional to pursue an acting career in the Philadelphia area. In her last corporate role, she worked for Bank of America as a Leadership Development Consultant, coaching leaders on placement and development of their executive talent. Prior to returning to Delaware, Megan worked in New York for Merrill Lynch and Thomson Reuters, specializing in talent management and executive coaching. While in New York, she received her Master of Human Resources Education from Fordham University. Currently, Megan is a 2012 Leadership Delaware fellow, where she learns from key leaders in corporate, government and non-profits across the state to expand her leadership skills. She is on the board of Distant Voices Touring Theatre, a non-profit group dedicated to producing and touring original plays based on real events from America's past and present. Megan is also a board member of The Friends of the Good Samaritan Orphanage, a local non-profit organization that raises money for a special needs orphanage in Honduras. She lives with her husband, Patrick Ede W'96 EAS'96 who was also active in Penn performing arts.
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Valerie De Cruz, Penn StaffValerie De Cruz has served as Director of the Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center since 1997. She came to Penn after five years as a counselor and Assistant Dean at Oberlin College, followed by four years at Princeton University where she was Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs. Valerie has fun co-teaching a fall course with Ty. In this course students are able to explore identity (self, others, portrayal in media, culture and theatrical forms) as well as, uncover the common human and dramatic stories through which groups and individuals might engage issues of difference.
Kris Forrest, Penn Staff
Kris Forrest joined Penn in 2012, and is passionate about the arts at Penn. After two years as Assistant Director of Finance in the Business Services Division, Kris now manages the finances of the Penn Museum. Most of her career was spent in corporate finance, but she has also taught at Rowan University since 2006. Kris has an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA in finance; she is also ABT (thesis, not dissertation) for a master's degree in Music History.
Rose Malague, Ph.D.Rose Malague, Ph.D. is the Program Director for Penn's Theatre Arts Program.
Philip M. Nichols, JD.Philip M. Nichols, JD. is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the institutions of international trade, primarily the World Trade Organization, and on the institutional changes occurring in emerging economies.
Please email Platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu if you are interested in serving on the Advisory Council, which meets twice a year.