Loza Teodros, Operations Assistant, Hylton Center
Arts Management Minor and MA
Loza works at the Hylton Center’s Development Operations Assistant and holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from George Mason University. She is currently pursuing a MA in Arts Management at Mason. Her previous professional experience includes internships at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts, where she assisted with event coordination and advanced donor communications.
What’s your program and year of study?
I’m a senior Communication major! This is my first semester in the AMGT undergraduate minor, and I plan to continue in the AMGT graduate program after completing my undergraduate degree.
What inspired you to pursue graduate studies at Mason?
As someone local to NOVA, I always wanted to go to GMU because of its proximity to Washington D.C. yet still being in-state. I specifically joined the AMGT program because of a former dance teacher who used to be on faculty and told me about the minor.
What is your favorite activity or responsibility as part of your graduate studies?
Internships—all were really rewarding experiences. I interned with Washington Performing Arts last summer, then at GMU’s Center for the Arts as Programming and Engagement Intern this semester. At Washington Performing Arts, I worked as an Advancement Intern. I drafted and edited patron communications and got to work with Tessitura which was a valuable experience that wouldn’t necessarily happen in a classroom. I have enjoyed how doors have opened to experiential learning through the AMGT program.
What’s the best class you’ve taken so far?
I loved classes Dr. MacKay! I also really liked Marketing and PR—the class was super informative and helpful, and I enjoyed the challenge. In all, I have felt really supported really supported by faculty in the program so far.
Any advice for prospective students?
Try everything! If you think you want to go into a certain area—get an internship. If you don’t like it, keep looking for your area of interest. Continue trying new things!