Ally Tufenkjian

Intern, Spring 2018 | Texans for the Arts
MFA, UT Austin

"Working with Texans for the Arts helped me realize that arts advocacy really starts with one person at a time and that there are many ways to stay active and engaged. I now have a new set of tools to use in my work as an arts administrator and educator where I aim to empower and support communities in sustained advocacy efforts."

Ally Tufenkjian is an MFA Candidate in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Theatre and Psychology from The New School University. While in New York, she taught for arts-based and non-profit organizations including the Community-Word Project, Green Generations and the CUNY Creative Arts Team. She was the program manager for HealthClass2.0, a wellness non-profit working in low-income public schools. Ally was a core company member and producer for Infinite Variety Productions, a non-profit theatre company that produces plays and educational experiences surrounding women's history. In her graduate studies, Ally’s research and practice centers youth agency in arts-based professional learning contexts and Theatre for Young Audiences with and for young people. Ally is pursuing the Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship Portfolio Program to advocate for arts legislation in partnership with communities. She is thrilled to have worked with Texans for the Arts to support local, grassroots arts advocacy across Texas.