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ICT artistic director named Distinguished Alumna for CSULB College of the Arts

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Caryn Desai

The California State University Long Beach Alumni Association has named International City Theatre (ICT) Artistic Director Caryn Desai the Distinguished Alumna from the College of the Arts for 2018, according to ICT.
According to the alumni association’s president, Robert Irwin, and executive director Gay Arakawa, this is the highest alumni award the Association and the university bestow.
Desai received her B.A. from the CSULB College of the Arts in 1986. In addition, she has an MFA from UC Irvine and a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, as well as certificates in arts administration, marketing and fundraising. She completed the first Arts Leadership Initiative with the L.A. County Arts Commission and received a full fellowship to complete an executive program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, selected as one of 50 arts leaders in the nation.
She also completed an Executive Coaching Initiative at the Hudson Institute, Santa Barbara. Previously she served as administrator for the Walt Disney Entertainment Arts Program.
She has served on grant panels for the County of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach, and as a speaker/panelist for the SRO Theatre Conference at USC on Best Practices, the Technical Theatre Conference about the role of a director and more.
She represented ICT as a national participant for the Listening Post Project with John Hopkins University and was named “Enterprising Woman in the Arts” in Long Beach. She is also a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
In March 2016, Desai was honored with a Local Hero Award from the African-American History & Culture Foundation for “excellence in leadership and service that stands out as a stellar example to youth in the community.”

Source: ICT

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ICT artistic director named Distinguished Alumna for CSULB College of the Arts