Emerson Profiles

Some of our most successful alumni share their Emerson experiences and career advice.


  • Elspeth Cypher , '80

    Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court

    Participate in extracurricular activities, especially debate and forensics. They're instrumental in training you to think and speak, as well as preparing you academically for graduate school.
  • Eric Wasserman , MFA '02

    Author, professor

    Continually rededicate yourself to what you've chosen as your life's passion. It can be frustrating to see your classmates succeeding when you are still struggling. But be happy for them and be steadfast in your own dedication, because your time will come and you will want those peers to be happy for you when it does.
  • 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.
  • Henry Winkler , '67

    Actor, author

    What you put in is what you get out. The enthusiasm you bring with you to the campus will pay you back with knowledge, pride, professionalism, and reputation.
  • Jim Vescera , '78

    Executive Vice President, Creative Director, NBC Entertainment Marketing

    The Emerson Mafia is present in every aspect of the entertainment business. I've worked for some, hired others,and collaborated with many more.
  • Joel Schwartzberg , '90

    Director of Digital Strategy for Moyers & Company

    At Emerson, there are so many opportunities to produce; there's little excuse for sitting in your dorm room thinking, "Someday I'd like to..." Also, consider forensics - the training is invaluable. And eat breakfast regularly.
  • 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.
  • Kathryn Cuca , '11

    Graduate student in Theatre Education

    Kathryn Cuca is a graduate student in Theatre Education.

  • Ketan Deshpande , '11

    Graduate student in Integrated Marketing Communication

    Ketan Deshpande is a graduate student in the Integrated Marketing Communication program.
  • Laura van den Berg , MFA '08

    Writer, teacher, editor

    A number of experiences at Emerson helped shape my writing: the teachers I worked with, the connections I formed with my peers, the support and camaraderie, the wealth of opportunities available in Boston and its rich literary culture.

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