Undergraduate Admission

Our Admission Counselors

Learn more about our counselors, their regions, and their favorite things about Boston. First-year, transfer, and international students are welcome to contact the counselor assigned to their region for advice on applying to Emerson.

Sara Brookshire Cummings
"Boston is such a student-centered city! I love the close proximity to so many world class institutions of learning. Emerson, fortunately, is centered right among them all in the middle of the city!"
Emerson shield logo Rebecca Blackelari
Assistant Director
Region: CT (Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland, New London, and Windham Counties; City of Waterbury), DC, NJ (Essex, Southern Passaic, Hudson, and Bergen Counties), NY (New York City), VA
International: Asia, Turkey
"Boston is not an overwhelming city. It’s small enough to walk across, but there is so much to do that there is never a dull moment. I like to spend evenings at museums and gallery openings, amazing restaurants, and music venues. There is so much history and culture here; it makes me proud to call myself a Bostonian."
Emerson shield logo Shanae Burch
Admission Counselor
"Forbes rates Boston as the third fittest city in America. Running along the Charles River has become one of my favorite things to do, and runners across the globe dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You don’t have to look hard to find free or inexpensive ways to get fit in this city. There are too many yoga, Zumba, Crossfit, and bootcamp classes or meetups to count!"
Chris Grant Christopher Grant
Senior Assistant Director
Region: CT (New Haven, Middlesex, and Fairfield Counties-except the city of Waterbury), GA, MA (Boston, Cambridge, and Plymouth County), NC, NY (Long Island)
International: Central & South America
"I love the variety of restaurants that can be found in a five mile radius of Emerson, the many small shops and cafés that still exist in Cambridge, and, of course, Fenway Park (or Pahk)...the place to express your unhealthy relationship with the Red Sox."
MJ Halberstadt MJ Halberstadt
Assistant Director
Region: CA (Northern, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and Central Coast), IN, NH, OH, PA
International: Middle East
“Boston boasts an incredibly active and dynamic theatre community with dozens of very diverse and accessible companies and organizations. I love having so many options of what to see each week! Whenever I read the bio of Emerson students or alumni in a theatre program, I know that they're making their mark.”
Emerson shield logo Jason Laperriere
Associate Director
Region: MA (Suburbs West of Boston; Greater Lowell, Concord, Wellesley, Milton, Lexington, and Waltham), ME, OR, RI, WA
International: Europe & Canada
"Boston is such an eclectic city where there is literally something for everyone!  You might find me satisfying my inner science nerd at the Boston Museum of Science or eating my way through all of the amazing Italian restaurants in the North End.  Plus, it's easy to take advantage of Boston’s great public transit system, the "T," to get everywhere!”
Paul Mills Paul Mills
Associate Director
Region: DE, IA, ID, IL, KS, MA (Norfolk and Bristol Counties, Cape and Islands), MD, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, WI, WY
International: China & India
“My favorite thing to do is see a show right here in the Theater District.”
Doug Nevins Doug Nevins
Assistant Director
“As a frequent coffee drinker and fan of affordable food options, I love the high density of cafes and small independent restaurants near Emerson, in Chinatown, and in Cambridge and Somerville.”
Mia Seidner Mia Seidner
Senior Assistant Director
Region: AK, AL, AR, CA (Southern and Central Valley), HI, LA, MO, MS, OK, TX
US Territories: Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Department of Defense Schools
"Boston is one of America’s most literate cities, so I love browsing at Brookline Booksmith or specialty bookstores in Cambridge. I'm happy to support independent booksellers and there’s no better way to spend a snow day than with a good read."
Becca Smith
Assistant Director
Region: AZ, CO, MA (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Essex, Worcester, and Northwest Middlesex Counties), NM, NV, NY (All regions except Long Island and New York City), UT
International: Caribbean, Australia & New Zealand
“As one of the most walkable cities in the US, Boston is a great place to explore by foot. It’s easy to spend an hour, an afternoon, or a whole day exploring the different neighborhoods the city has to offer.”
Lisa Yaeger Lisa Yaeger
Assistant Director
Region: FL, KY, NJ (All except Essex, Southern Passaic, Hudson, and Bergen Counties), SC, SD, TN, VT, WV
International: Africa
"My family loves history and art, so a fun day for us is museum hopping! We especially love the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts."