Art

Concerned alumni for the arts

Dear President Price and Provost Kornbluth,

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We, Duke Alumni, are writing to share our concerns about the alarming state of the arts and the entire arts ecosystem at our alma mater, Duke University.

The big picture: In the last two years, there has been an unexplained exodus of vital staff of Duke Arts and Duke Performances, with 11 of 15 staff exiting essential roles from programming, marketing, administration, and engagement. These departures leave an immeasurable loss to the arts ecosystem across the University.

Why it matters: As alumni, we have greatly benefited from Duke Arts’ life-changing programs, including DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network), Duke Performances, and DukeCreate. We believe that these programmes, executed by these former staff members, are indispensable to us and the next generation of Blue Devils. For many of us, these programs provide unique opportunities for us to engage with the University in meaningful ways.

We are concerned that you have made no communication about this multitude of staff departures, no announcement of their successors, and no indication of whether the programs will continue. We have lost our enduring touch-points with the University.

Next steps: We are asking you, President Price, and Provost Kornbluth, to conduct an urgent, independent review of Duke Arts and Duke Performances, including talking with past staff so their institutional knowledge can be carried forward. As alumni, we appreciate your review and look forward to receiving the report findings this fall. Your next steps will help ensure our investment in our alma mater.

Signed,

Concerned Alumni for the Arts

Matt Giegerich
BA ’09
Author/Screenwriter
Black Mountain, NC

Detavio Samuels
BA 2002
Worked at Fuqua 2002-2004
Los Angeles, CA

Pola Changnon
AB ’85
Atlanta GA

Grace Oath
Duke BA 16
Co Producer
Los Angeles, CA

Abhi Shah
Trinity ’16
Director of Live Services, 2K
Seattle, WA

Ryan White
2004
Filmmaker
Los Angeles, CA

Dave Karger
AB ’95
TCM host
Los Angeles, CA

Katie Jane Fernelius
BA, ’16
New Orleans, LA

Ashley Alman
BA ’13
Marketing, Netflix
Los Angeles, CA

Guilbert Francois
BS ’17
New York, NY

Jaylyn BArbee
BS ’21
Software Engineer
Seattle, WA

Jair Froome
BA ’19
Portfolio & Risk Analyst
New York, NY

Madeleine Pron
BA ’16
Screenwriter
Los Angeles, CA

Bryce Cracknell
Trinity ’18
Los Angeles, CA

Daniel Kim
BA ’21
Los Angeles, CA

Ava Changnon
BA ’22
New York, NY

Maddie Stambler
Trinity ’17
MFA|EDA ’23
Director/Producer
Durham, NC

Jade Richard-Craven
BA ’15
TV & Film Writer/Development Executive
Los Angeles, CA

Ilana Wolpert
BA 2015
Television Writer
Los Angeles

Kennedy Ware
BA ’20
Production Coordinator, Sony Pictures
Los Angeles, CA

Bianca Umeakuana
Pubpol, Theater, & VMS 20′
Project Manager @ Warner Studios
Atlanta, GA

Heather Robinson
BA ’22
Los Angeles, CA

Jillian Apel
BA ’18
Los Angeles, CA

Keely MacDonald
MB.A. ’12
TV writer
Los Angeles, CA

Naomi Lilly
BA ’20
CEO Brij App
Brooklyn, NYC

Glynn Chatmon
BS ’16
Medical Student
Nashville, TN

Justin Sapp
BS ’18
Durham, NC

Tatum Riley
BA ’22
Consultant
Phoenix, AZ

Tobi Akinyelu
BS ’21
Charlotte, NC

Dori Alvarez
BS 2003
Miami, Florida

Gabrielle Sawyer
Public Policy ’16
Hyattsville, MD

Quinten Sansosti
BA ’20
Director/Writer
Los Angeles, CA

Madeleine Lambert
BA ’04
Chicago, IL

Emma D. Miller
BA ’12
Owner/Filmmaker, Marcona Media
Los Angeles, CA

Christie Mitchell
BA ’10
Executive Director
San Diego, CA

Drew Crevello
BA Public Policy Studies ’96
Showrunner
Los Angeles, CA

Amy Unell
T ’03
Emmy-nominated Producer/Director
Durham, NC

Sequoia Maner
BA ’08
Assistant Professor of English, Spelman College
Atlanta, GA

Summer Dunsmore NawA.Bi
MFA ’18
Storyteller/Educator
Los Angeles, CA

Sannan Saleh
BA ’22
Digital Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA

Danielle Smith
MFA | EDA ’19
Sparks, NV

Rachel Michelle Charlesworth
BA ’92
Anchor/Reporter WA.BC-TV New York
Maplewood, NJ

Claire O’Dea
PhD Ecology ’10
Arlington, VA

Emily Sloss
BA ’10
Hillsborough, NC

Xiating Chen
BSE ’17
Minneapolis, MN

Jonathan Aisenberg
BA ’17
New York, NY

Serges Himbaza
BS ’17
Managing Partner
Dallas, TX

Jon-Sesrie Goff
MFA ’16
Filmmaker & Philanthropist
New York, NY

Dillon Fernando
BS ’18
Senior Researcher
New York, NY

Chelsea Giegerich
BA ’09
Writer
Black Mountain, NC

Lauren Henschel
Trinity ’15
MFA 20
Professor
Durham, NC

Alex Garinger
BA ’04
Producer
Los Angeles, CA

Arlene Arevalo
BA ’21
Producer
Brooklyn, NY

Maria Carrasco
BA ’18
EA
Los Angeles, CA

Kalif Jeremiah
BA ’19
Los Angeles, CA

Lee Barnes
T ’17
Marketing Manager
New York, New York

Wyatt Smith
BS ’16
New Orleans, LA

Usman Mahmood
Icon ’17
New York, NY

Emerson Lovell
BA ’16
attorney
New York, NY

Justin Elliott
BS Econ ’17
VP/Finance
New York, NY

Marcus Montaño
BA ’16
Tucson, AZ

Jake Palmer
BSE ’03
Durham, NC

Elliott Golden
BA ’18
Brooklyn, NY

Michael Seaberg
BS ’17
Music Mixing Engineer
Studio City, CA

Dan Nolan
BA ’14
MBA ’22
New York, NY

Ethan Udell
BA ’20
Marketing Manager @ Sony Music
New York, NY

Pamela Lina
BA ’01
JD ’25
Senior Counsel – Warner Bros. Discovery
Atlanta, Georgia

Michael Witte
CS ’21
Software Engineer
Raleigh, NC

Noah Karpel
BA ’21
San Francisco, CA

Anthony Melita
BS ’20
New York, NY

Lauren Menkes
AB ’83
Entertainment Contracts attorney – Senior Counsel for Boyarski Fritz LLP
Bethesda, MD

Benjamin Feder
BS ’19
New York, NY

Chidi Okonya
BA ’19
Consultant
Charlotte, NC

Sam Elliott
BA ’20
Law Student
Iowa City, Iowa

Nick Berray
Program 2 ’20
Los Angeles, CA

Nell Jones
BS ’20
Senior Producer
New York, NY

Karen King
BA ’03
Founder & CEO
Stamford, CT

Zach Lizinger
BS ’21
New York, NY

Alex Elliott
AB ’16
Film executive
Los Angeles, CA

Judner Attys
BA ’16
Norfolk, VA

Simon Shore
BA ’20
New York, NY

Annika Pergament
BA ’91
Television news anchor
Westport, CT

Christine Delp
BA ’15
Director/Producer
Minneapolis, MN

Ilhan Gokhan
BSE ’17
New Haven, CT

Bradley Howard
BSE ’21
Engineer
San Jose, CA

Julie Williams
BA ’19
Singer-Songwriter
Nashville, TN

Ethan Miller
BA 2019
attorney
San Francisco, CA

Hania Poole
BA, 1996
SVP, Digital, Turner Sports
Atlanta, GA

Brandi Fowler
BA ’04
Durham, NC

Robbyn Footlick
BA ’85
Content Strategy Consultant
Westport, CT

Winston Lindqwister
BSE ’20
MS ’22
Durham, NC

Kristel Black
BA ’19
Medical Student
Chapel Hill. NC

Delaney King
BA ’17
Cambridge, MA

Symphony Webber
VMS ’19
Cert. Cinematic Arts (Arts of the Moving Image)
Reporter/Photographer
Charlotte, NC

Reed Margolis
BA CulAnth ’21
ESL Teacher
Raleigh, NC

Robert Yeoman
BA ’73
Santa Monica

Robb Chavis
AB ’98
Los Angeles, CA

Jenny Changnon
BA ’18
Los Angeles, CA

Keith Ewell
BA
Los Angeles, CA

Rachel Whitney
BSE ’14
Actor/Writer/Producer
Los Angeles, CA

Kay Niuyue Zhang
BA 17
Director, Producer
Los Angeles, CA

Brandon Choi
BS ’17
New York, NY

J. Bailey Parks
BA ’13
Writer/Actress
Los Angeles, CA

Uzoma Ayogu
Pratt ’17
Lagos, Lagos State

Laura Valk
BA ’13
Producer
Nashville, TN

Katherine Devine
BA ’01
JD ’10, AM ’10, PhD ’17
Attorney
Asheville, NC

Regina Lee
AB ’99
Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth Janssen
BA ’07
Seattle, WA

Jenny Lynn
AB, ’96
Writer/Producer
Los Angeles, CA

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