Jake Stepansky (ME!) graduated from Harvard in June 2017 and has spent the last three years working at the intersection of arts and education in the field of creative placemaking. As the operations manager of Austin, TX-based dance company Forklift Danceworks, Jake (still me) supported a team of choreographers who create large-scale dance performances alongside folks who typically wouldn’t think of themselves as dancers: trash collectors, firefighters, and lifeguards – to name a few. Most recently, Jake served as the operations and development manager of Portland, ME-based nonprofit Art At Work before returning to Cambridge to pursue a Master’s degree in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jake is the co-founder of JETco., a theatre company that creates extraordinary gatherings that inform and inspire. He’s also been writing for years – as a freelance writer for APAP’s semi-annual magazine Inside Arts, for the Harvard Arts Blog, and for * f u n *. He has worked as a production assistant and educator at the award-winning American Repertory Theater (ART) in Cambridge, MA, including work on the NYC-bound productions of Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 and Nice Fish, and as a director at the ART’s second stage, OBERON. He spends his free time reading, slacklining, dancing in his underwear, and eating icing straight from the jar.