Meet the 23-24 Arts Journalists

Shirin Gupta

portrait of Shirin Gupta

Shirin Gupta is an entertainment industry and music enthusiast with a degree in media and communication. Shirin was actively involved in various media-related activities and internships during her college years in India, including being a sub-editor for the official college newspaper. She has also interned with Manipal Digest and other Indian online magazines as a content writer. She is passionate about exploring the world through creative storytelling and captivating soundscapes. Shirin hopes to use her writing and music to leave her mark on the media industry and create positive change.

Jeannie Jedlicka

The Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Prix and “David” are a few things Jeannie Jedlicka experienced in the year since graduating from the University of South Dakota with a degree in media and strategic communication. Her time at USD instilled a passion in intertwining media, culture and art, and Jeannie volunteered in radio, interned in advertising and worked in museums. After graduating, she moved to Ireland, where she worked at a hotel bar and backpacked Europe.

Angela Nell-Tascon

Angela Nell-Tascon graduated from Virginia Tech, where she majored in political science. In her time there, she was involved in different organizations such as the university’s student-run newspaper, the Collegiate Times, where she reviewed albums and covered local events as a lifestyles and opinions section writer. Angela is studying to work in media and journalism and is determined to make the most of this year and become the best storyteller she can be.

Gloria Rivera

Gloria Rivera has spent the last two years working as a nonprofit professional, writing content for a school dedicated to giving low-income students an affordable education. After graduating from The New School with a degree in theater, Gloria developed a love for documentary theater after experiencing the power it has to educate and provide insight into cultural and political issues in need of reformation. Her goal is to combine her educational and theatrical backgrounds to write about and challenge the areas where art can advocate for positive change.

Rayshaun Sandlin

Whether in the role of a Broadway casting associate, an actor on regional stages or a content creator for a BIPOC, Black Woman-run marketing agency, Rayshaun Sandlin’s mission has been to tell the truth, particularly from a Black, queer and “overweight” lens. Since graduating from Catawba College with a degree in theatre performance, he has worked for such notable organizations as the Public Theatrethe Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall. He is excited to interrogate the definition of what it means to be a storyteller and connect people from varied backgrounds and experiences.

Ethan Stinson

Ethan Stinson graduated from SUNY Oswego with a degree in cinema and screen studies and journalism. An avid film buff and aspiring critic, he served as the arts and entertainment section editor for the Oswegonian student newspaper, for which he wrote and published numerous arts-related reviews and articles. His other bylines include the Oswego University advancement office’s “Lake E-ffect” newsletter and the Oswego alumni magazine. Through his endeavors, Ethan strives to share cinema’s joys and encourage others to expand the horizons of the media they consume.

Brandon Wallace

A second-year student in Syracuse University’s museum studies M.A. program, Brandon Wallace graduated from George Washington University with an anthropology degree. At GW, Brandon served as a founding editor of the GW Local and the director of advocacy initiatives for queer voices in media. Most recently, he exhibited “If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It: Recipes That Raised Us,” a showcase of his family’s food heritage, in the Nancy Cantor Warehouse. His interests center on curation, development and communicating meaning, value and social contexts from museums to the public. 

Caitlin Wright

Caitlin Wright graduated from Xavier University with a major in history and a minor in English. With a strong background in performing arts and writing, she discovered a passion for journalism while studying abroad in Milan, Italy. There she was able to work alongside professors and professionals in the screenwriting, publishing, journalism and fashion industries. Caitlin is an aspiring journalist with a passion for music, cinema, photography and museum studies. She aims to bring a stronger presence and appreciation for the arts with a focus on the artist’s voice and interpretation.