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Work of Art:
The Mason Gross Podcast

Work of Art: The Mason Gross Podcast is a production of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We are a community of nearly 1,200 undergrad and graduate dancers, musicians, theater artists, filmmakers, and visual artists from around the globe. Every other Tuesday, we speak with with some of these artists, discussing what fuels their curiosity, their passion, and their impulse to make.

Episode 15: Johsian Martinez (Dance)

Episode 15: Johsian Martinez (Dance)

Johsian Martinez, a Mason Gross BFA/EdM Dance Education student, started performing as a child in the Pentecostal Church. Hi... LISTEN NOW

Episode 14: Kirsten Pasewaldt (Filmmaking)

Episode 14: Kirsten Pasewaldt (Filmmaking)

Meet filmmaking student Kirsten Pasewaldt who felt pressure to pursue a more-practical path, and inched her way from a major i... LISTEN NOW

Episode 13: Sana Colter (Music) and Ariana Speight (Dance)

Episode 13: Sana Colter (Music) and Ariana Speight (Dance)

Dancer Ariana Speight and flute performance major Sana Colter met as Douglass Residential College students. That rich friendshi... LISTEN NOW

Episode 12: Lee Savage (Theater)

Episode 12: Lee Savage (Theater)

Theater faculty member Lee Savage serves as head of scenic design at Mason Gross. Savage says he believes scenic designers should b... LISTEN NOW

Episode 11: Windows of Understanding (Art & Design)

Episode 11: Windows of Understanding (Art & Design)

Rutgers art students and alumni are among those exhibiting work in window displays in New Brunswick and Highland Park, championin... LISTEN NOW

Episode 10: Vaughn Stavropoulos (Music)

Episode 10: Vaughn Stavropoulos (Music)

Undergraduate sax player Vaughn Stavropoulos is an old soul who grew up in Somerset, New Jersey, playing classical piano. He hail... LISTEN NOW

Episode 9: Olympia Martin and Francesca Stoppa (Art & Design)

Episode 9: Olympia Martin and Francesca Stoppa (Art & Design)

Art & Design students and athletes Olympia Martin and Francesca Stoppa were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2018-19 school year. LISTEN NOW

Episode 8: Elizabeth Monkemeier (Music)

Episode 8: Elizabeth Monkemeier (Music)

"It is really scary to be so passionate about something… Music can be so time-consuming… you have to think about how many hours i... LISTEN NOW

Episode 7: Danielle Lessovitz (Filmmaking)

Episode 7: Danielle Lessovitz (Filmmaking)

Filmmaking faculty member Danielle Lessovitz is a San Francisco-born writer/director in film and advertising. In 2019, Lessovit... LISTEN NOW

Episode 6: Andrea Pfaff and Sam Spencer (Filmmaking)

Episode 6: Andrea Pfaff and Sam Spencer (Filmmaking)

Film alum Andrea Pfaff and current student Sam Spencer were involved in the creation of the collaborative "Dance | Parkinson's... LISTEN NOW