• MFA European Devised Performance Practice

    Abbi Manoucheri

    (She/her) I am a candidate for the MFA in EDPP. I work as an actor, director, playwright and podcaster. I am a giant coffee nerd, a wannabe poet, and a music lover at heart!

  • MFA Music Composition for the Screen

    Brian C. Herald

    I am a second year MFA Music Composition for the Screen at Columbia College Chicago. I write and play a lot of music, and a have a cat named Steve.

  • MFA Fine Art

    Chelsea Noelle Fetherlin

    (she/they/them) I am a second-year MFA candidate in the Fine Arts program. I'm currently working on assemblage works, an artist book and zine, and a folk punk album on girl health.

  • Interaction Design

    Chloe Mesick

    Hello, I am a graduate student at Columbia College Chicago in the Interaction Design program. I love to read, I am a huge nerd, I am vegan, I have two dogs and two cats, My dogs are both named after pasta! I am a NASM certified personal trainer! I did my undergraduate degree in Theater with a double minor in dance and stage combat at Columbia College as well and graduated in 2015. I have worked for Disney, Universal and Madison Square Garden.

  • Master of Arts Management

    Cruel Valentine

    Cruel Valentine (they/them) is a 2nd-year MAM student as well as an international burlesque performer, adult entertainer, and creative business consultant. They also hold a BA in musical theatre from Columbia College Chicago and a professional certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University.

  • Jesse Larios

    I am a student for the MFA in Cinema and Television Producing program. I am an actor, comedian, writer, and producer, which means I’m a Hollywood cliché. I could drink coffee at any time of the day, and I love telling stories that are more representative of the Latinx and working-class communities while making people laugh.

  • Nonfiction Creative Writing MFA

    Karl El Sokhn

    I'm a 3rd year Nonfiction MFA candidate. I'm originally from Lebanon. I am a lover of aimless wandering and I also enjoy diving into questions that are almost impossible to answer. It's absolutely exhausting but you know, it's good fun.

  • MFA Photography


    QTBIPOC second year Photography MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago. With fifteen years of commercial and freelance photography under my belt, I'm riding the academic wave to focus on work that centers Black women and the Black community in general in hopes of chipping away at the lack of appropriate representation in the world, the media, and our visual language.

  • Civic Media

    Shelby Hawkins

    It's my first semester as graduate student for the Civic Media program at Columbia; I also have my BA in Multimedia Photojournalism from Columbia. I'm also a photographer, avid tea drinker and Seinfeld fan.

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