Dr. Brett Ashley Crawford, Executive Director/Publisher
Brett teaches in the graduate arts management program and directs the Arts Management and Technology Laboratory at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. She has an MFA in arts administration and a PhD in theatre history and criticism. Her research includes work on women and minorities in arts management, organization ecologies, the use of technology in arts and management, marketing and arts audiences.
She has 25 years of professional experience as an AEA stage manager, director, writer, and theatre marketer and manager in New York, Georgia, Tennessee, and Maryland/DC. She served as managing director for 3 institutions, the last being Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. She has presented invited lectures and workshops to international, national, and DC audiences including groups visiting from various international countries for the Department of State, the University of Helsinki, the Association of Arts Presenters, the DC Coalition on Heritage and Tourism, Performing Arts Exchange, Theatre Communications Group, and the Center for Cultural Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
Lydia Kilian, Chief Editor of Research
Lydia is a second year Master of Arts Management student at Carnegie Mellon University. She completed undergraduate degrees in Piano Performance and International Affairs at Florida State University. Upon graduating, she served as a Peace Corps education volunteer in Thailand, teaching English and co-managed Thai Youth Theater—a festival to encourage English language learning through theater activities and performance. Most recently she has interned at various Pittsburgh non-profits including the Carnegie Museum of Art and Assemble, a community space for arts and technology. In the future, Lydia hopes to use her degree in arts management along with her teaching experience to connect communities to arts education programming.
Alyssa Wroblewski, Podcast producer
Alyssa is a second-year Master of Arts Management (‘20) student at Carnegie Mellon University. A native of Milford, PA, she graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with Bachelor of Music degrees in Viola Performance and Music Technology. During her time at Mansfield, she won the 2016 Student Exemplary Service Award from the American String Teachers Association and participated in symphony orchestra, private teaching, and performing in chamber groups.
Previously, Alyssa interned in operations with Harrisburg Symphony and ran two full concert seasons as the Concert Operations & Personnel Manager for York Symphony Orchestra. During her first year at Carnegie Mellon, she interned in development with the Pittsburgh Opera and researched virtual reality art & education applications with CMU’s Arts Management and Technology Lab. Over the summer, she interned with the National Repertory Orchestra as a Personnel Fellow. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys music, video games, calligraphy, and spending time with family & friends.
Grace Puckett, Technology / innovative content manager
Grace is a first-year Master of Arts Management (’21) student at Carnegie Mellon University and is thrilled to be joining AMT Lab. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she spent several years in New York City dancing as a freelancer before graduating from Columbia University (School of General Studies) with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. During her time at Columbia, she performed with the Columbia Ballet Collaborative for several seasons, maintaining her passion for movement, creativity, and artistry while exploring social and cultural theory. Before coming to CMU, Grace worked in development and general arts administration with Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts and the New York Dance Project. Currently, her interests are centered around modes through which arts management and technology intersect with social constructs and communication.
Mikayla Dimick, social media & marketing manager
Mikayla is a first year Master of Entertainment Industry Management student with an interest in Film and Television Production. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Marketing at University of Nevada-Reno in 2019. Throughout her studies, she has researched marketing strategies and consumer behavior in the Arts and Entertainment industries, focusing on fan communities and engagement. She is currently interested in how streaming and other technologies impact accessibility to content and content creators.