Our admissions counselors are here to navigate you through the application process and help you showcase your unique talents effectively. Meet the team committed to fostering the next generation of CalArtians.

Hannah Panov

Hannah Panov

Hannah Panov is a Canadian filmmaker, writer, and digital performance artist based between Toronto and Los Angeles. Their artistic practice focuses on reshaping notions of taste through aesthetics of camp and mysticism and attempts to revive work for underrepresented audiences who have been outcast from the mainstream media canon. Hannah’s work has been screened internationally at festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Showcase. Their most recent film, Bitches Kill Bitches, had its world premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival in 2023. 

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film/Video from CalArts and in addition to admissions counselling, works as a film programmer and projectionist.

Julianne Reames

Julianne Reames

Julie Reames (she/her) is a vocalist, actor, conductor, writer, and producer. A 2021 graduate of CalArts with a B.F.A. in VoiceArts and a Creative Writing minor, Reames performs in a wide array of vocal music genres like art song, musical theatre, classical and contemporary choral music, cabaret, jazz, folk, pop, and theme park and video game music. Throughout her performance works, Reames recontextualizes pre-existing pieces to explore universal elements of the self. For instance, her Japanese ancestry inspired her BFA graduation recital The Cat Dreamed of the Jūnishi, a cabaret style show set in the round. The performance centered on the Japanese zodiac animals with each animal represented by music of different genres and original poetry.

Reames has performed in operas like Dada Din-Din and SWEAT, an a cappella opera, at CalArts as well as musicals like Nice Work If You Can Get It as Duchess and Little Women as Amy March. She has also performed in numerous choirs such as the Santa Clarita Master Chorale and the CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. In addition to vocal performance, Reames has conducted for various musical occasions like Gillian Rae-Perry’s album Lost Children, Zach Rosensteihl’s interdisciplinary graduation recital If You Leave These Woods. . . Remember Me, and Debatable Productions’ The Drowsy Chaperone as assistant music director, co-conductor, and percussionist. When she is not onstage, Reames is writing poetry or producing concerts, most recently, the three-day 2022 CalArts World Music Festival.

Kevin Whitmire

Kevin Whitmire

Performance Art is the ever present ticking of the heart that cannot be expressed in words. All realms of Kevin’s art encompasses an evolutional language where breath steers the human form. This Pennsylvania native has a passion for physical theater and the surrounding calls of his environment. He has trained in a wide variety of physical techniques. His pallet of movement fluctuates in and out of contact improvisation, aerial dance, trapeze, corporeal mime, Skinner Releasing, and abstract body flux.  In all his creations, there is zero limitation when it comes to the body and its capabilities of storytelling. He holds an MFA from CalArts and aspires to one day outrun an ostrich in a 100 yard dash.

Patrick Schmid

Patrick Schmid

Patrick Schmid is a writer and artist from Los Angeles.

Rodrigo Arruda

Rodrigo Arruda

Rodrigo Arruda is a language obsessed visual artist and activist. Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Rodrigo earned his BFA from Universidade de São Paulo and his MFA from the Program in Art at CalArts. He is currently investigating colonial relations between Brazil and the US through imagery of cattle, cannibalism, and the zombie, as well as intersections between sign language (Brazilian Sign Language and American Sign Language) and verbal, spoken languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French). He has been part of exhibitions and festivals in the US, Brazil, and Europe in institutions such as the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, High as the Sky Foundation, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo, Centro Cultural São Paulo, Museu do Estado do Pará, Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade, FFFriederich, Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto, SESC Ribeirão Preto, Ateliê 397, Galeria Sancovsky, OMA Galeria, e Prefeitura de Santo André.

Rose Andersen

Rose Andersen

Rose Andersen is a writer, academic and currently working towards an MA in Clinical Psychology. Her debut memoir, The Heart and Other Monsters, about the life and death of her younger sister, is now available from Bloomsbury. She received BA in LIberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA in Creative Writing (18’) at California Institute of the Arts where she was awarded the CalArts Emi Kuriyama Thesis Prize. She is published in The Cut, Glamour, The California Sunday, Lit Hub, and Crime Reads among others.

Stacia Marcum

Stacia Marcum

Stacia Marcum is a performer, voice-over artist, writer, and filmmaker whose work seeks to bridge the gap between ritual, ancestral ties, and technology. She has worked on projects with the CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) as well as HBO, Warner Bros., Paramount, Carpenter Square Theater, and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. 

Stacia received her BFA in Theater, Acting, from California Institute of the Arts in 2020.

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