Each year, more than 300 Emerson students with diverse majors and backgrounds collaborate to produce the nation’s largest student-run, multi-camera, live award show judged by industry professionals: the EVVY Awards. But there can only be one director. 2019’s honor went to Visual and Media Arts major Hayley Broderick ’20.
Before directing the EVVYs, Broderick fostered her directing skills by working with Emerson Independent Video (EIV), National Broadcasting Society, ATLAS Magazine, and Undergraduate Students for Publishing. She leveraged what she used inside and outside of the classroom to put her personal stamp on the 38th Annual EVVY Awards, held at Emerson’s own Cutler Majestic Theatre.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to work on something that not many schools can offer otherwise. You work with so many people. It’s about learning; it’s about collaboration and working with different departments.”
When Anania Williams ’22 isn’t in class pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre, he’s dancing with student organization Emerson Dance Company, or what he calls his “EDC family.” EDC’s sole purpose is to foster dance as an art form, welcoming students at all levels of experience and working with all forms of dance and movement—jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and more. At the end of each semester, EDC produces a showcase featuring new works by student choreographers.
“When I think about the Emerson community, I think that a lot of us are very driven and passionate about what we do. Everything’s a learning experience and everyone I meet always has something different to bring to the conversation, to the table.”