Department of Visual & Media Arts
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A live filming of a show for The Emerson Channel
Department of Visual & Media Arts
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624
Office Location: 180 Tremont Street, 9th Floor
- Chair: Brooke Knight
- Assistant to the Chair: James Delaney
- Events and Internship Manager: Anna Feder
- Coordinator of Academic Services: Colleen Kelly Poplin
- Director of Production and Safety: Lenny Manzo
- Administrative Assistant: John-Albert Moseley
- Graduate Program Director for Media Art (MFA): Jan Roberts-Breslin
Assistant to the Chair
Jim Delaney ’91 manages the Chair’s calendar, oversees the department budget and purchasing, and coordinates faculty meetings, travel, and annual reviews. Jim earned a BFA in English from Emerson’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department and a Paralegal Certificate from Suffolk University’s ABA-approved Applied Legal Studies program. He worked in the talent and literary agency field in Los Angeles, most recently for International Creative Management. He has also worked in television production for HBO and CBS in New York. A lifelong film fan, Jim blogs at The Lunch Movie and podcasts on The Grindhouse With Craig & Jim.
Phone: (617) 824-8343
Office: Ansin 902
Events and Internship Manager
Anna Feder is the curator of the Bright Lights film series, which provides engaging visual media events to both the Emerson community and the wider Boston community. Events range from student, faculty and alumni work screenings to the work of local, national and international artists to lectures, discussions and presentations by industry professionals. She oversees the Emerson Film Festival and the Silversonic Music Video Showcase and serves as the departmental internship coordinator. Anna holds a BA in Film Analysis and Technique from UMass Amherst and an MFA in Film Production from Boston University.
Phone: (617) 824-3805
Office: Ansin 1102
Colleen Kelly Poplin is responsible for resolving all student and curricular issues for the Visual and Media Arts department, primarily in the BA and BFA degree programs. She advises VMA students and faculty on academic policy and is the primary point person for departmental academic petitions. Colleen earned a BS in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Media Art from Emerson College. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Media Art at Emerson and anticipates graduating in 2016. Colleen specializes in documentary and experimental music and her work has aired on BBC Radio 4, WGBH, WBUR, KUT, and others. Her creative work can be found online at www.colleenkellypoplin.com.
Phone: (617) 824-8931
Office: Ansin 901
Director of Production and Safety
Lenny Manzo oversees student productions from a safety standpoint, teaches safety lectures, and runs technical workshops to ensure proper use of equipment. Lenny has a broad base of experience in the film industry. He has worked as a sound mixer, producer, and director, as well as working in the majority of other departments on movie sets. He has worked on commercials, documentaries, and feature films from low to multi-million dollar budgets. He has also published an autobiography chronicling his twenty years of experience called Above the Line.
Phone: (617) 824-8126
Office: Ansin 918B
John-Albert Moseley supports faculty affairs and course scheduling, and supervises graduate teaching assistants and work-study assistants in the VMA office. Prior to working at Emerson, he served as Program Manager in Gender, Sexuality, and LGBT Studies at Yale University. He is a graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Southern CT State University. He is an active classical singer, and has performed with New York Baroque Opera, Connecticut Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Paul Winter Consort. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Pride @ Work, and the National Association of Administrators in Higher Education.
Phone: (617) 824-8345
Office: Ansin 918A