Emerson Week 2022 Emerson Week 2022
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Moving Up, Moving Forward: Graduate Alumni Talk Life & Career


Jessica Chance '00
Emerson College, Associate Director, Career Development Center
Todd McNeel MA'21
Boston Lyric Opera, Senior Manager, Marketing + Communications

Todd McNeel, Jr recently graduated with his Masters in Communications Management from Emerson College. He currently serves as the Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at Boston Lyric Opera, where he leads all marketing, communications, and advertising strategies and initiatives. When he is not working on brand management campaigns, you can catch him on stage performing with regional opera and theatre companies nationwide. 

Todd is an Emerging Talent Award recipient of the Kurt Weill – Lotte Lenya Competition and has been praised by Theatre Mirror for his “tower of strength” presence and “powerful voice.” Prior to Boston Lyric Opera, Todd worked in Media and Publishing with Boston, Philadelphia, and Atlanta Magazines. He also has served as a marketing and PR specialist for Boston performing arts institutions such as ArtsEmerson and Bard College’s Longy School of Music. 

In the very little free time he has, Todd also works as a freelance wedding and events photographer. His work has been published in multiple social media and online campaigns with Jam Jar Wines, the BBC, Boston University, London’s Theatre Trip, the Dallas News, WGBH, and many more. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Ouachita Baptist University and attended Longy School of Music for his graduate studies in Opera Performance.

Melissa Bergstrom MA'12, MFA'21
Emerson College and Boston Conservatory, Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts

Melissa Lauricella Bergstrom is an actor, playwright, writer, and teaching artist who is passionate about using storytelling to cultivate community, empathy, and social change. She earned a BA in Theatre Performance and History from the SUNY Geneseo and an MFA in Applied Theatre from Emerson College. 

Melissa is the Co-Artistic Director of The Perpetual Visitors, a Boston-based documentary theatre ensemble, and teaches at Emerson College, Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, and Lenoir-Rhyne University. Her original works include Big Work, SafeGuard, Waiting for Lou, New Bird, Wild Unfolding, and The Perpetual Visitor: A Field Guide for Everyday Artists.

Susannah Marcucci MA'19
Clark University, Director, International Students and Scholars Office

Susannah manages the daily operations of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). She advises international students, scholars, and faculty while overseeing University compliance with federal immigration regulations. Susannah grew up in a small town in New Hampshire dreaming about traveling the world and experiencing different ways of life. Her international journey took her to England for a gap year before attending Boston University to study international relations. While an undergraduate student, Susannah studied abroad in Turkey and Morocco. 

After graduation, she spent four years teaching English as a foreign language in Morocco and working on her Arabic skills. Upon her return to the United States, Susannah realized that her intercultural skills and interest in education could be the foundation of a lifelong career. Susannah worked in immigration advising and international student support at several higher education institutions in the Boston area while earning a master’s degree in communication management from Emerson College. In January 2020, she made the move to central Massachusetts to join Clark.

Nerissa Williams Scott MFA'15
Emerson College and Mass College of Art, Producer, Creative Producer, Production Manager, Line Producer, Affiliated Faculty, Adjunct Faculty

The graduate student experience is impactful, and while some student cohorts are small, they are small and mighty. There are also graduate students across the country that are members of the Emerson community. 

The Emerson graduate alumni community is even larger. It's time to celebrate your achievements as alumni, and continue to build on graduate career networks and discuss:

  • What it means to "level up" in your career
  • The impact of your graduate education
  • Advice you would pass on to graduate alumni and students building their career communities.

Attendees (18)

Shawn Dion
Shawn Dion
Cumulus Broadcasting, Radio Personality
Lucas Poyser
Lucas Poyser
Worcester Red Sox, Merchandise Associate
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