Meet Your Peer Leaders

New York City Seminars are characterized by the participation of a Peer Leader—an upper-level student who works in tandem with the course professor and helps students learn the ropes and navigate MMC and life in the city. Peer Leaders go through an intensive training in order to become trusted advisors who serve as resources for students both inside and outside the classroom

Meet a few of our 2020-2021 Peer Leaders:

  • Major/Minor: Double Major in Psychology and Theatre Arts: Theatre and New Media, minor in Art Therapy

    I am a member of the class of 2024 and a double major in Psychology and Theatre arts: Theatre and New Media with a minor in art therapy! I am from Manchester New Hampshire, a small city not too far north of Boston. I hold a position working with the Intercultural Department and am the founder and Vice President of Marymount Marvel, Senator for Student Life, and a peer leader. You can often find me involved with many of the RSOs, SDA activities, or with STAM. I absolutely love the community here at MMC and cannot wait to meet new faces this fall! :)

  • Major/Minor: Double Major in Theatre (Producing and Management concentration) and Public Relations, Minor in Arts Management

    Hi friends! I’m from Staten Island, New York, but am calling the Upper East Side home for now. I’m a double major in Theatre with a concentration in Producing and Management and Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a minor in Arts Management. On campus, I work for the Office of Admissions as a Griffin Guide, am the Crew Captain of the Peer Leaders, the Vice President of the Mickey Mouse Club, and am the Secretary of the Campus Activities Board. Fun facts about me: I’m a triplet and the beluga whale is my FAVE animal! Looking forward to meeting you all! <3

  • Major/Minor: Major in Psychology, Triple minor in Forensic Psychology, Social Work, and Law and Ethics

    Hola! My name is Giselle Caraballo-Matos (she/her) and I’m from Yauco, Puerto Rico! I’m a senior Psychology major with a triple minor in Forensic Psychology, Social Work, and Law & Ethics; and this is my second year as a Peer Leader. On campus, I work as a store associate at the Griffin Kiosk located in the Commons East and often volunteer with Marymount Muscle. Fun fact about me: freshman year someone bumped into me and I almost yelled at them until I realized it was Ricky Gervais! Stay safe and hope to see you around campus this fall! 

  • Major/Minor: Double major in Playwriting and Communications, Minor in Music

    Hi! My name is Michael Dunlap and I’m a rising senior at Marymount Manhattan College! I’m originally from a small city called Latrobe, Pennsylvania, located about an hour southwest of Pittsburgh. I’m a double major in playwriting and communications with a minor in music! On campus, I serve as the Vice President of On a Side Note A Cappella, MMC’s only music ensemble, and this is my third year as a peer leader! One fun fact about me is that I had cataract surgery when I was less than two weeks old, causing me to be blind in my left eye without the aid of a special contact lens. I am so so excited to meet, befriend, and work with all of the incoming students, and hope to provide a swift, welcoming transition into college and into New York City!

  • Major/Minor: Double Major in Directing and History

    Hi there! My name is Julia Gaudioso and I am a junior here at MMC! I am majoring in Directing and History. In addition to being a peer leader, I work closely with Student Theatre at Marymount to create equitable opportunities for student run productions. I am from Livingston, NJ, but now I live here in NYC! I love watching movies, spending time with friends, and I am incredibly passionate about New Play development in theatre. I love being a peer leader and I am so excited to start this upcoming year!

  • Major/Minor: Double major in Dance (Body, Science, and Motion concentration) and Biology, Double minor in Chemistry and Arts Management

    My name is Gabriella Gavazzi (she/her/hers) I am originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, but now I live with my roommate on the Upper East Side! I am majoring in Dance, with a concentration in Body, Science, and Motion, and Biology. I am also double minoring in Chemistry and Arts Management. I am the Vice President of the Campus Activity Board (CAB), and am also involved with The Throne and the Dance Reps on campus. I also work at the Upper East Side location of Athleta. In my free time, I am working toward personal training and nutrition certifications.

  • Major/Minor: Double Major in Dance, Body, Science, and Motion and Biomedical Sciences

    Hi! My name is Angelina and I am from Northern New Jersey. I have danced all my life and have always been a NYC lover. I have also had a great love of science, academics, and helping people.This is why I am pursuing both a BA is Dance, Body, Science, and Motion, and a BS in Biomedical sciences. I am also a part of around 7 clubs and in an administrative role for 2. If you have any questions about double majoring, school involvement, or things to do and getting around in the city, I’m your girl. Also, if you want any good smoothie, coffee, sushi, or pizza places around the city, I could help you with that as well. 

  • Major/Minor: Major in Business (Arts and Media Management and Social Entrepreneurship concentrations), minor in Politics and Human Rights

    Hi MMC! My name is Maireád Hurley, I am a senior Business Major with concentrations in Arts and Media Management and Social Entrepreneurship, also with a minor in Politics and Human Rights. Originally, I am from right over the GWB in Jersey, but currently live on the Upper East Side. A fun fact about me, I will watch anything on Bravo and MTV, and I LOVE French Bulldogs. Cannot wait to meet you all and am so excited for this year!

  • Major/Minor: Double Major in Acting and Directing, and Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media

    Hope is a senior in the BFA Acting and Directing programs as well as Cinema, Television & Emerging Media. She’s from Chicago but has also called Indianapolis and Atlanta home. Hope is a Theatre Arts Student Council representative and has been active with STAM, MTA, and various leadership programs. In her free time, Hope co-hosts her film podcast and loves baking and painting with watercolors.

  • Major/Minor: Double major in Biomedical Science and English and World Literatures, Minor in Chemistry

    Hi! My name is Jade Johnsamson (she/her/hers) and I am a junior at MMC. I am a Biomedical Science and English and World Literatures major, with a minor in Chemistry. I am originally from South Ozone Park, Queens, but now I live in Dallas, Texas. I am involved in several clubs on campus, including Pre-Med Club, Science Society, and more. I am a nerd that will find any excuse to talk about Harry Potter, Disney, Marvel and DC.

  • Major/Minor: Major in Theatre Arts with concentration in Writing for the Stage, minor in Communication and Media Arts

    Hi! I’m Emily (she/her/hers)! I grew up in Westminster, Colorado and currently live on the Upper East Side. I am majoring in Theatre Arts with a concentration on Writing for the Stage and minoring in Communication and Media Arts. I love all things coffee (my favorite thing to do is explore the city with an iced coffee in hand), dogs, and Harry Styles. 

  • Major/Minor: Major in Stage Management

    Hi! I’m a junior here at Marymount, and I’m a BFA Stage Management major, currently living on the Upper East Side. My favorite ways to pass time are crossword puzzles, reading books about music and true crime (on my fire escape if possible), and listening to music in Central Park. I’m a people person and I’m so excited for my first year as a Peer Leader!

  • Major/Minor: Major in Acting

    Hi! I’m Janelle Murray (she/her/hers)! I’m from Wappingers Falls, NY and I’m a BFA Acting major. Not only am I a Peer Leader but I also volunteer as a Transfer Student Ambassador. A fun fact about me is I love to write and have had my work featured on BroadwayWorld. 

  • Major/Minor: Major in Musical Theatre, minor in Arts Management

    Hi friends! My name is Cherish (she/her)! I am originally from Columbus, Ohio, and I now live on the Upper East Side. I am a senior Musical Theatre major with a minor in Arts Management. On campus, I assist with Theatre Arts Audition Days, serve as a seminar leader, and participate in various events with the Musical Theatre Association (MTA). In my free time, I love listening to podcasts, making friendship bracelets, journaling, and finding the best cheesecake spots in the city. I’m SO excited to meet all of you and welcome you to campus!!

  • Major/Minor: Major in Digital Media Video Production, Minor in Creative Writing

    Hello everyone! I’m a video production major / creative writing minor who will be graduating in the Spring! I am also a third year Peer Leader. I live in Monmouth County, NJ now, but am a New Yorker at heart. (No Staten Island hate!) Fun Fact I met Bruce Springsteen in my local record store a few years ago! 

  • Major/Minor: Double Major in Musical Theatre and Public Relations and Strategic Communications

    I am from Cleveland, Ohio! I am a double major in the BFA Musical Theatre and BA Public Relations and Strategic Communications Program. Aside from being a Peer Leader, I am involved in a lot on campus! I am a Griffy Guide in the Office of Admissions, the Special and Annual Events Chair of CAB, the Vice President of the MMC Body Positivity Club, and a general member of many more clubs such as Hillel MMC, Marymount Marvel, and many more! A fun fact about me is that I grew up next to an apple orchard!

  • Major/Minor: Majors in Theater and New Media, Digital Media Video Production, and Digital Journalism

    Hey! I’m Aubreyne Brizette (she/they) and I’m a rising senior from New Milford, NJ and Davao City, Philippines. I’m studying Theatre and New Media, Digital Media Video Production, and Digital Journalism. On campus I’m Senator of Commuting for Student Government Association, President of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Association, Vice President of Cinemaniacs, an editor for the Yearbook, and a student worker in the Office of Admissions. In my free time I’m a freelance content creator, the Director of (IRL) Events for the online community @genzgirlgang, and External PR for Philippine American Organization (PAO)–a FIND Inc. (Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue) Approved Club. Small Fun Fact: I’m Duolingo mutuals with the drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova

  • Major/Minor: Musical Theater

    Hey! I’m Brionna (she/her/hers) and I am a Senior Musical Theater major with a minor in Arts Management. I have lived in Queens since I was 13 so the city has become my home base! On campus I have been involved with the Musical Theater Association club, a seminar leader, working Theater Arts Auditions, and the Leadership Scholars Program. Outside of class you can catch me talking about many different reality tv shows, creating Spotify playlists for every event, and most likely asking a friend if we can get pizza and ice cream for dinner. I am so excited to meet you all and am happy to welcome you to MMC! 

  • Major/Minor: Double major in Cinema Studies and Studio Art

    Hello everyone, my name is Emma (she/her/hers) and I’m a senior double major in Cinema Studies and Studio Art! I’m also President of Marymount’s film club; the Cinemaniacs, as well as a Peer Leader! I grew up in Colorado, so I’m always trying to find the best nature spots in New York. I also love watching movies, listening to music, painting picture of my cat, and I will always enjoy a good nap! 

  • Major/Minor: Double Major in Musical Theatre and Writing for the Stage

    Hey! I’m Lain and I am a Musical Theatre and Writing for the Stage Major at Marymount! I’ve lived my whole life in Snellville, Georgia, but as soon as I came to New York, I knew it was where I needed to be. I’m also the assistant head writer of Dead Rabbits Society, the sketch comedy group at Marymount, so definitely check out our shows this semester! So excited to be a Peer Leader!

  • Major/Minor: Double Major in Theatre Arts with concentration in Directing and Psychology, minor in Drama Therapy

    Hi everyone! My name is Liv White (they/them/theirs) and I’m from Southington, Connecticut, but very happy to be living in the city! I’m a double major in Theatre Arts (Directing concentration) and Psychology, with a minor in Drama Therapy. Catch me participating in the MMC student directed/written play festivals! Outside of school, I am on the board of the directors for a social activist group. Just here to help, and excited to meet everyone!

  • Major/Minor: Major in Media Production and Public Relations

    I’m a junior studying Media Production and Public Relations from Lexington, Massachusetts. I’m involved in the Marvel club and a fun fact about me is I’m really into k-pop (and a bit of c-pop)! My favorite group is WayV.