DOMINIQUE CHESTAND

WRITER - EDUCATOR - ADMINISTRATOR

 

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin – Madison 

Bachelor of Arts, May 2012, Double Major

  • Communication Arts - with a focus in Film, Radio, and Television
  • Theatre & Drama

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Young Chicago Authors (Chicago, IL)

Interim Education Coordinator, August 2014 – January 2015

  • Program and manage residency programs at 20 Chicago Public Schools
  • Co-manage organization’s residency budget
  • Manage teaching artists
  • Coordinate events

Teaching Artist Corps Member, September 2013 – January 2015

  • Curriculum development and implementation at Chicago Public Schools
  • Coach poetry in after-school programming
  • Host, promote, and coordinate public events
  • Perform and teach poetry at local, domestic, and international fee-for-service engagements

Freelance Teaching Artist November 2016 - Current

  • Host and promote public events
  • Perform and teach poetry at local, domestic, and international fee-for-service engagements

Arts XIII – Chicago Park District (Chicago, IL)

Counselor, June 2017 - August 2017

  • Develop and facilitate a 6-week visual arts youth program

L.A. Dance Project (Los Angeles, CA)

Administrative Assistant, March 2016 – October 2016

  • Maintain daily office operations
  • Book travel, accommodations, and rehearsal studios
  • Negotiate hotel contracts
  • Bookkeep financial files
  • Research necessary information for tour locations
  • Co-manage organizational calendar
  • Write and design tour books for touring personnel
  • Filing and organizing digital materials

Creatively College bound (Pasadena, CA)

Teaching Artist, John Muir High School, February 2015 – May 2015

• Taught college essay workshops based on the narrative structures of poetry and hip hop literature

Redmoon Theater (Chicago, IL)

Summer Event Coordinator, May 2014 – October 2014

  • Develop and maintain relationships with 10 community-based organizations
  • Coordinate 10 community-based events
  • Manage and train summer interns
  • Manage video documentation of events
  • Produce music stage for the Chicago Fire Festival

Teaching Artist, March 2014 - May 2014

  • Curriculum development and implementation for after-school visual arts story-telling program

Event Coordinator for Youth Spectacle, September 2013 - May 2014

  • Coordinate and direct youth event for the University of Chicago Charter School (UCCS)
  • Coordinate performances and rehearsals for the four UCCS campuses
  • Direct collaborative of UCCS arts educators
  • Manage event’s $26,000 budget

Danish Arts Council (Various Locations, Denmark)

Danish International Visiting Artist (DIVA) / Artist-in-Residence, April 2013 - July 2013

  • Travelled throughout Denmark with a “culture caravan” to facilitate storytelling workshops
  • Worked alongside project director to arrange logistics
  • Liaised with partnering artists and organizations
  • Co-curated project presentations
  • Performed as visiting artist

Changing Worlds (Chicago, IL)

Teaching Artist, Theatre, September 2012 – March 2013

  • Created artist residencies with Chicago Public Schools (ranging from 2-6 months)
  • Wrote and executed lesson plans
  • Represented organization as lecturer

INTERNSHIPS

Gyre Entertainment (Madison, WI)

Project Leader, Intern, December 2011 – May 2012

  • Managed student advisory team
  • Provided strategies and advice for film promotion
  • Researched for niche markets

New End Theatre (London, England)

Marketing Intern, Stage Manager, June 2011 – July 2011

  • Stage manager for summer production
  • Assisted the press and marketing team
  • Lightboard operator
  • Updated the database
  • Answered phones
  • Flyering

The Battersea Arts Centre (London, England)

Production Intern, June 2011 – July 2011

  • Assisted in rehearsal direction
  • Youth mentor of the Beatbox Academy & Homegrown (two of the Centre’s programs)
  • Supervised trips with youth; assisted the production team
  • Created & maintained relationships between the theatre and other organizations

SKILLS

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows, XP, Mac OS X, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Illustrator.
  • Proficient in conversational Spanish

REFERENCES

Please contact via e-mail for list of references. In the heading of your e-mail, please include the name of your organization, as well as the title of the role you wish to fill.