School of the Arts
Joseph Leo Bwarie , '99
Actor and singer"Work hard. When you are responsible, respectful, and work hard, other people want to work with you. Dreams can come true, but they don’t just happen. You have to do everything in your capable hands to make it happen."
Bonnie Comley , MA '94
Broadway producer, actor, writer, and Tony Award–winner"Emerson is a great place to experiment and make mistakes. In fact, sometimes the mistake is better than the original plan!"
Tina Egnoski , MFA '97
Writer"Take advantage of the other writers around you, both instructors and fellow students. Show them your work. Ask questions—What’s working in this story? What’s not working?—and listen to what they have to say with an open mind. Read their work and offer constructive criticism with an open heart. It’s not about competition, but camaraderie."
Doug Herzog , '81
President of MTV Networks Entertainment Group, creator of Comedy Central"If you are already at Emerson College, then you’re already on your way. There is a tremendous Emerson network out there, with a proud history of mentoring newcomers and pointing fellow alumni in the right direction."
Wayne Larrivee , '77
Sports broadcaster"Don’t be afraid to dream. Live your dream and ultimately make it your career. Emerson and Boston gave me that opportunity!"
Denis Leary , '79
Author, actor, producer, and comedian"The friends you make at Emerson not only become friends for life, but due to Emerson’s track record, you end up working together professionally off and on for the duration of your career."
Chris Lynch , MA '91
Author"Take advantage of what is probably the best population you will ever find in terms of fellow travelers. Get all you can from them, and give all you can to them, because you benefit both ways."
Stacy McKee , MFA '99
Staff writer and co-executive producer, ABC-TV"Educate yourself on all Emerson has to offer. Then, once you’ve read all about the amazing classes and far-away campuses and dream internships, get started on them. Right now!"
Felicia Pride , MA '05
Writer"Take advantage of everything – from clubs and organizations to travel, connecting with professors and meeting people. Soak it all in. And make the experience your own."
Matthew Salesses , MFA '10
Writer"Editing Redivider, the graduate literary journal, was one of the highlights of Emerson for me. Getting a look at the other side of publishing was really helpful to my writing, and gave me the chance to meet some great writers and people."