Hope Falk is the Arts Student Engagement Manager for the Center for the Performing Arts and Student Engagement Programs. Hope is passionate about community/audience engagement practices and programs that contribute to peoples well-being and provide opportunities for lifelong learning. She is always seeking to create spaces where the community can happen authentically which is what she hopes to bring to IllumiNATION.
Amy Dupain Vashaw is the audience and program development director for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State. In this capacity, she works with the Center’s director to curate a diverse, inclusive, and wide-ranging season of professional performing artists from around the world. Her team then plans activities designed to create many points of entry for various audiences to experience the artists’ work. These include workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions, in-school activities, classroom visits, and public community programs, among many others. She focuses on equity, inclusion and utilizing the performing arts to promote empathy and ultimately create a welcoming environment at Penn State. She has served the university and community in a host of ways over her 22-year career, from positions including the Chair of the President’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity, to President of her daughter’s high school swim team booster club. Prior positions at a contemporary dance presenter and an off-Broadway theatre provided her with foundational skills including resourcefulness, flexibility, and a collaborative spirit.
Cheryl Capezzuti is best known for her parade-sized giant puppets and her largest work, the First Night Pittsburgh Parade. She is also a master teaching artist, commissioned puppet-maker, creator of puppet shows and a giant puppet fitness enthusiast. Cheryl has been integral in the creation of IllumiNATION; designing and building our playful lion puppets, training the team in how to run our various workshops, and sharing her expertise and knowledge around parades.
Li Jung Lee (Emily) was Hope’s marketing intern during the 2018-2019 school year. She is responsible for designing the IllumiNATION logo, branding, and marketing plan. Emily graduated Summer 2019 and now lives in Dallas, Texas working on building her coding skills.
Woohee Byun is Hope’s marketing intern for the 2019-2020 school year. Woohee is a junior studying Advertising and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is building her skills in graphic design and media production and is also interested in social justice and human rights.