Arts Management Spring 2022 Internship Panel


Arts Management Spring 2022 Internship Panel

AMGT Graduate Internship Coordinator Jennifer Rosenfeld and other special guests will speak on Wednesday, February 9th at 5:30pm about unique requirements to count internships for credit and how internships can propel your career objectives to the next level.

Taking place over Zoom, students will hear from past interns and internship site managers on how to make internships successful for a lasting career in the arts! More information about registration can be found in the student newsletter and Eventbrite page. 


Ryan Braaten has served as Associate Director of Development for Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) since 2012, where he focuses on foundation and government grants, corporate partnerships, alumni programming, and CVPA’s signature benefit event ARTS by George! He is a proud alumnus (’09) of CVPA’s Arts Management program, and served as the president of CVPA’s Alumni Chapter Board of Directors from 2011-2014. He previously worked on the development teams of Arena Stage, WETA, and the Levine School of Music. He teaches Mason’s UNIV 150: Arts Living Learning Community and guest lectures in CVPA’s Arts Management courses.

Cate Bechtold, Director, Internships and Community Programs, works with the Vice President, Education and the Internships and Community Programs staff to program, coordinate, and implement Wolf Trap’s Internship and Apprenticeship Program, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Field Trips, and Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers. A recipient of George Mason University’s (GMU) Career Connections Alumni Award, Mrs. Bechtold is a former member of GMU’s Employer Advisory Board, University of Richmond’s Career Services Advisory Council, and NACE’s Inclusion Committee. Prior to joining Wolf Trap as Program Assistant, Education Outreach in January 2010, Mrs. Bechtold interned in the Program and Production department at Wolf Trap. She earned a BA in Dance from George Mason University in 2009.

Tiffany Richardson enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, administrator, teaching artist, and entrepreneur. She appears regularly in venues such as the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap, along with juvenile detention centers throughout the United States and diverse communities in Central America. Tiffany is a co-founder of Sound Impact — a collective of musicians dedicated to empowering youth through innovative music programs. As Director of Community Engagement with the National Philharmonic, she builds community initiatives that forge connections between the arts and equity, activism, technology, and wellness.

Ellen Rizzuto is the Operations Manager of the George Mason University Dewberry School of Music. She received a Master of Arts from George Mason University in Arts Management (Dec. 2021), and previously graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. During her time at Oberlin, Ellen worked as an Assistant Ensemble Manager and studied abroad in Lugano, Switzerland for six months at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. Ellen then interned with worldwide music travel agency Classical Movements, Inc. for several months before moving to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to work for the Cape Symphony as Associate Director of Operations, Personnel Manager, and Head Music Librarian.

Helen Frederick is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking and the art of the book. Frederick, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is Professor Emerita in the School of Art at George Mason University. Her work has been exhibited in and is in the collections of major galleries including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She is organizational curator of the Kala Chapaul Trust, and directs Reading Road Studio, Silver Spring, MD.