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College & Career Fair for the Arts Schedule


We’re so excited to spend time with all of you. Read on for information about the speakers at our virtual College & Career Fair for the Arts and the recommended order in which to watch their videos.


Our host Nina Rose Carlin is a writer, actress, and host based in Los Angeles. Nina has had plays produced at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, and The San Francisco New Works Festival. Her new play, Jack Courage In The Land Of Olives, received a staged-reading at The Habima Theatre in Tel Aviv as part of their initiative for emerging female playwrights. Nina is an ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase writer (2018), and currently studies improv at The Groundlings and UCB!

Morning Warm-Up

Francisco Macedo is a Teaching Artist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a trained actor and fight choreographer. Frankie trained at Passado Action Theatre in Glendale, California, where he now works and teaches alongside fellow artists. He has worked on multiple productions throughout the city in various roles both on and off the stage. Frankie also works with the next generation of artists as a Community Liaison with Center Theatre Group.

Being a Director

Jessica Hanna is a freelance director, based in Los Angeles, focused on developing new plays.

Being an Actor

Tania Verafield, a Los Angeles native, has been acting since the age of 5, primarily in theatre and independent film, and is most recently back from a World premiere play at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and with a 2019 Sundance Award-winning film, Ms. Purple, now available online.

Being a Stage Manager

Venice Yue Yang is a stage manager/event coordinator who’s active between North America and East Asia.

How COVID-19 Impacts College Admissions: What You Need to Know

Arun Ponnusamy worked in admissions at UCLA, Caltech, and the University of Chicago (his alma mater) and now serves as Chief Academic Officer of Collegewise, America’s largest educational consulting company, where he has personally guided hundreds of students on their journey to the college of their dreams.

Audition Tips

Ammy Ontiveros is a comedian and actress who finds the humor in everything and wants to world to laugh along with her. You can see what she's up to via Instagram @ammyavocado or

Choosing a Major

Before becoming a full-time volunteer on the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations, Kiki Ramos Gindler practiced corporate law at a large national law firm, and also worked in the motion picture industry as a legal and business affairs executive; between college and law school, she worked in marketing, promotions and artist management in the music industry.

Online Resources for Creative Quarantines for Actors

Alexandra Wright has a BA from the University of Southern California (recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, Scotland, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She teaches voice and speech, movement, Shakespeare, and acting at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Azusa Pacific University. She is proud company member of Sierra Madre Plahyhouse, InterACT theatre company, Skylight, and Theatricum Botanicum. Member of SAG and Women in Film. Over 100 theatre credits, more than 50 television, film, and commercial credits.

Monologue Tips

Peter Mendoza is an actor from East Los Angeles who works onstage and in film and TV, while also choreographing combat scenes using weapons and hand to hand.

Being a Person of Color in the Theatre World

Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright, and a Teaching Artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble.

On-Camera Hosting

With Nina Rose Carlin.

Being a Designer

Dianne K. Graebner is a Union costume designer who has designed over 100 productions internationally, and has originated the costumes for many new works and World premieres.

Tai Chi Mini-Workshop

With Frankie Macedo.

Survival Skills for the Freelance Artist

Ashley Steed is an all-around theatre maker (actor, director, producer), doing what she can to tell stories and play pretend.

College Financing for Artists (and Parents)

Dr. Sergio Ramirez has served the USC School of Dramatic Arts since 2006 including his most recent appointment as associate dean of admissions and student services. As associate dean, he provides oversight and leadership for projects and initiatives related to recruitment, admissions, and matriculation of both undergraduate and graduate students.

100% That Boss: Entrepreneurship

Upon graduating from CGU’s arts management program, Katrina Frye has had the privilege of fostering new conversations around art and business through her company Mischief Managed. For the last 10 years, she has worked to unveil the truths behind making money as an artist and creative. By lecturing at institutions like CBU Riverside, CSU Long Beach, CalArts, PCC and more, Katrina has been able to bring her years of experience to the next generation of artists and creatives. Along with being able to lead conversations at the United States of Women, Netflix, ArtCenter, Colburn School of Music and more, Katrina is thrilled to continue this message of hope to emerging artists and creatives in hopes to transform our nation.

Mini Breathing Workshop

With Frankie Macedo.


With Nina Rose Carlin.