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Careers in the Arts

This video series will help students in grades 6-12 explore the many career opportunities the fine and performing arts have to offer. Five fall episodes will launch in November and five spring episodes will launch in March.

Each episode will include an introduction to the career, an interview with a professional, an opportunity for the professional to share something with the students, and an activity to extend learning. An online resource guide will also be available for students to learn more about each career.


Technical Director


In this episode, CAPA’s Associate Vice President of Operations, Jason Gay discusses the career of technical director.

View the Technical Director's Resource Guide

About Jason: Jason Gay is a Columbus native and a graduate of Otterbein University with over 25 years of experience in live entertainment working with local talent and world-renowned touring artists. Recent projects have included Columbus Symphony’s Holiday Pops and Twisted 2. Jason shares his home in Granville with his teenaged daughter and son. Other interests include running 5k races, restoring his Victorian era home, and freelance photography and video projects.

Marketing Manager


In this episode, Lisa Minken discusses her career as CAPA’s Broadway Marketing Manager.

View the Marketing Manager's Resource Guide

About Lisa: Lisa Minken is the marketing manager for Broadway In Columbus. She also hosts a weekly web series, “Broadway Dish,” sharing Broadway news, gossip and local behind-the-scenes footage every Friday. A self-proclaimed Broadway geek, Lisa was bitten by the Broadway bug at the age of 10 when she was cast as an orphan in Annie. She co-founded the Marysville Summer Theater Workshop, a summer theater program for students in grades 5-8. The program is in its 25yh season. Lisa is also involved in the Columbus theater community having appeared in and directed several productions. She currently serves on the board of King Avenue Players and Marysville Summer Theater Workshop. When she’s not obsessing about theater or singing showtunes, Lisa enjoys reading, spending time with her dog, Desi, and attempting to play the piano.

Lighting Designer


In this episode, Brendan Michna discusses his career as a Columbus-based lighting designer.

View the Lighting Designer's Resource Guide.

About Brendan: Brendan Michna attended college at Ohio Wesleyan University and has been working as a full-time lighting designer in Columbus since 2013. Brendan often designs for Thiossane West African Dance, MadLab Theatre, CATCO, Available Light Theatre, and Highball Halloween. He is also the lighting designer for the CAPA Marquee Awards Showcase.



In this episode, Marysville native Evan Zimmerman discusses his career as a Braodway photographer.

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About Evan: Evan Zimmerman is a New York City based Broadway Production Photographer. Evan’s work in Theatre Photography has taken him internationally and to all areas of the country. Photos of Evan’s work have appeared in Broadway Marketing Campaigns (including this season’s Tony Nominated Play, The Inheritance), People Magazine, Vanity Fair and The New York Times. He grew up in Central Ohio (Marysville) and was a frequent member of the Columbus theatre community. Evan studied at Otterbein University and received his BFA in Musical Theatre and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Community Development Manager


In this episode, Diana Pagán discusses her career as a community development manager and her role in producing the annual event, Festival Latino.

View the Community Development Manager's Resource Guide

About Diana: For more than 10 years, Diana Pagán has built relationships throughout the community in the corporate, non-profit, and business communities for CAPA as the Manager of Inclusion and Community Development. She especially enjoys her role with CAPA’s Festival Latino, securing creative sponsorship opportunities and supporting local businesses that positively impact the local economy. Diana is a graduate of the 2020 Fundraising Leadership Academy and was named a Business First 2018 40 Under 40 recipient. She studied at The Ohio State University with a specialization in world economy and business and a minor in Spanish and Italian.


March 1, 2021
March 8, 2021
March 15, 2021
March 22, 2021
March 29, 2021