Graduating Class 2022

Olivia McCarthy

Olivia McCarthy.

Fieldwork Placement: Independent research - Public Art Paradigms

Olivia McCarthy is a born and raised Buffalonian with over five years of nonprofit experience in Buffalo’s tourism and cultural sector, currently serving as the Deputy Director at the nonprofit tour organization, Explore Buffalo. In addition to working in the nonprofit sector, Olivia has spent time in recent years volunteering with the Buffalo Maritime Center, The West Side Rowing Club, and The Westminster Presbyterian Church Youth Program. 

Olivia received a B.A. in Art History from The University at Buffalo with a focus on the French language, 19th and early 20th century French Impressionism, and modern art movements. With a special interest in community-driven public art and experimental art spaces, Olivia is pursuing an M.A. in Arts Management.

Jess Berner

Jess Berner.

Fieldwork Placement: Alleyway Theatre

Jess Berner graduated from the University of Mount Union with her B.A. in Theatre & Public Relations. Throughout her undergraduate career she interned with Shakespeare at the Castle, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and held the position of Box Office Manager through the University of Mount Unions theatre department. Upon graduating in 2018, Jess relocated to Western New York and currently holds positions as a Box Office Representative for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and as Education & Communications Coordinator for Young Audiences of Western New York. 

Renee Radzavich

Renee Radzavich.

Fieldwork Placement: UB Slee Hall

Renee Radzavich currently holds a BFA in Theatre Design, Technology, and Management, which was received in 2009 from the University at Buffalo. With a career focus in stage management, since graduating, Renee has been working as the resident production stage manager for the Irish Classical Theatre Company. She has also had the pleasure of stage managing for Artpark, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Torn Space Theatre and Studio Arena Theatre. Her years of stage management experience has developed her interest in arts administration. Renee’s first encounter with this field was with Shea’s Performing Arts Center as their operations coordinator, where she managed the volunteer program and was involved with hospitality services. 

Xiaoxu Zhang

Xiaoxu Zhang.

Fieldwork placement: UB Slee Hall

Xiaoxu Zhang graduated from Communication University Of China in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinematography & Production (Lighting Art Direction) and a minor in TV Editing and Directing (TV Directing). Her interest in the theater and her personal trait of perseverance help her to combine her skills with new knowledge. She participated in lighting & stage artistic design of the drama “Duck Hunting”,  the Italian Drama “La locandiera (Mirandolina)” and the Chinese  drama “Chaoyanggou”. In addition, she has work experience with The Travel Channel Of China and Shandong Togrow Media Co., Ltd.

Devon Marr

Devon Marr.

Fieldwork Placement: Independent Research - Public Art Paradigms

Devon Marr is a first year Critical Museum Studies Masters student with a focus on Arts Management. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Buffalo as a double major in both History and Anthropology. Her interests are vastly varied, ranging from the American Woman’s Suffrage Movement to prehistoric humans to Disney Princesses and Pop Culture. She loves the roles museums play in their communities and having the ability to share history and culture with those around her.  

Nina Grenga

Nina Grenga.

Nina Grenga graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor's in Communications and Media Studies, with minors in Fine Arts, English, and Writing Studies. She is currently a Marketing Intern for the Anderson Gallery/ MFA student exhibition. Her interest in future art curatorial work/internships brings her to the Critical Museum Studies - Arts Management concentration.


Marie Hasselback-Costa

Marie Costa.

Marie Hasselback-Costa's interests lie at the intersection of current theatrical best practices and the influence of cultural and societal needs as they shape and inform the growth of theatre. Of particular import are who theatre serves and how that encourages change within the arts.  Her work will focus on the expansion of the cultural arts model as manifested through community experience.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in Theatre and Early Childhood Development, and is trained as a Montessori 3-6 Early Childhood educator. She serves on the advisory council for ARTA, a collaborative of WNY theatre professionals working toward fundamental equity for theatre artists and technicians.