Off and Running

Recent Emerson graduates are doing some amazing things, such as:

  • Associate producing shows like The Voice and Songland under the guidance of Emerson alumni who graduated before them (Class of 2018)
  • Reporting on-air for WLWT News 5 in Cincinnati (Class of 2014)
  • Publishing a book of darkly humorous essays with a major publisher (Class of 2016)
  • Launching a nonprofit combining entertainment with environmental activism—and speaking to the United Nations about it! (Class of 2016)

  • Working as a UX content designer at Microsoft in Seattle (Class of 2018)
  • Performing in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway (Class of 2015)
  • Managing fan and youth engagement for the Boston Red Sox (Class of 2016)
  • Developing and producing multiple premier documentary audio series in New York City (Class of 2019)
  • Directing and performing immersive, multi-sensory theater specifically designed for audience members with autism and other developmental disabilities at Lincoln Center (Classes of 2013, 2016, and 2017)


Alumni in Emerson’s Network


Number of Employers That Hired 2019 Graduates*

*Based on responses to our Undergraduate Career Outcomes Survey

Norman Lear ’44

Norman Lear ’44, legendary television writer/producer, was the driving force behind groundbreaking TV shows including All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, and One Day at a Time. He created characters who changed the social and political landscape, openly addressing issues ranging from alcoholism to abortion to the Vietnam War. But on October 4, 2018—known now as Norman Lear Day to the City of Boston—it was Lear’s turn to take center stage, when Emerson honored him with a sculpture on Boylston Place and a scholarship bearing his name that supports students from first-generation, underrepresented, and underserved backgrounds with a passion for writing.

This year, Lear surprised Emerson students by Zooming into affiliated faculty member Tripp Whetsell’s class on—you guessed it—Norman Lear.

Accomplished Alumni

Matt McGorry

Activist and actor, Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder

Holly Bario

President of production, DreamWorks Studios

Aaron Snipe Foreign service officer, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State

Doug Herzog Former president, Viacom Entertainment Group/MTV Networks

Bobbi Brown Founder and former CCO, Bobbi Brown Professional Cosmetics

Denis Leary Actor and comedian; co-creator and writer, Rescue Me

Kira Salak Travel writer, PEN Literary Award winner, and contributing editor at National Geographic

Art Silverman Senior producer, NPR News

Latoyia Edwards Emmy-winning anchor, New England Cable News

Alex Tse Screenwriter, The Watchmen

Maria Menounos Entertainment journalist and TV host

Bill Burr Comedian and actor

Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook Former US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Accomplished Alumni

Adele Lim Screenwriter, Crazy Rich Asians

Jennifer Coolidge Actress and comedian, 2 Broke Girls, Legally Blonde, and American Pie

Kevin Bright Executive producer, Friends

Chelsey Cartwright Deputy political director of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2018 re-election campaign

Miguel Cervantes Broadway actor, Hamilton, American Idiot, If/Then, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Marni Senofonte Stylist for Beyoncé

Chrystee Pharris Actress, Passions and Scrubs

Jill Gearin Play-by-play broadcaster for Minor League Baseball, Visalia Rawhide

Iliza Shlesinger Comedian

Elaine McMillion Sheldon Emmy- and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker

Stefani Robinson Emmy-nominated writer, Atlanta and What We Do in the Shadows

See which celebrity alumni stopped by our YouTube channel to congratulate the Class of 2020.