CV

EDUCATION
New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE – May 2017
Bachelor of Arts in Theater; Bachelor of Arts in Literature, GPA: 3.85
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA – December 2013; May 2011
Coursework in Latin, Old English, and Calculus II; Intensive workshop in Latin Verse Composition
Community High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA – May 2013
Top 5% of Class; National Honors Society; GPA: 3.925

PUBLICATIONS
Laura Waltje (2017). Towards. In: SDP, Chicago, IL: Second Draft Press
Laura Waltje (2017). Flesh and Bone. In: SDP, Chicago, IL: Second Draft Press
Laura Waltje (2016). I am a Box in the Basement Woman. In: Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Electra Street
Laura Waltje (2015). Transmission. In: Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Electra Street
Laura Waltje (2015). Sundays. In: Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Electra Street
Laura Waltje (2015). What Remains When Your Name is Forgotten, In: Rose Water Magazine, Web.
Laura Waltje (2015). So I Wonder, Is This Not The Future, In: Rose Water Magazine, Web.
Laura Waltje (2015). Unwanted Attention, In: Rose Water Magazine, Web.
Laura Waltje (2013). Rain Dance. In: Glass Bottom Boat, Ann Arbor, Mi: Red Beard Press
Laura Waltje (2010). The Blank Man. In: Knock on Sky, Ann Arbor, Mi: Red Beard Press

EXHIBITIONS
2017    Solo Exhibition, “Secrets and Silence,” The Cube, Abu Dhabi
2016    Group Exhibition, The Project Space, Abu Dhabi

COLLECTIONS
Baby Ant Print Archive, Abu Dhabi, UAE
NYUAD Chapbook and Art Book Archive, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Private Collection, Ann Arbor, MI
Private Collection, New York, NY
Private Collection, Chicago, IL
Private Collection, Denton, TX

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
NYUAD Writing Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE                                       
November 2016-Present
Peer Writing Tutor

  • Tutoring and providing editorial on essays, creative writing, and CVs for undergraduate students at NYUAD
  • Planning events for a reading series to encourage a culture of writing on campus
  • Running social media presence for the writing center including a facebook page and curating music playlists on spotify to raise visibility and make the writing center more engaging and approachable

Swing Dance Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE                                                        
August 2013-Present
Instructor and Coordinator

  • Tracked all financial information and managed petty cash fund
  • Running social media activity and promoting lessons and events
  • Booking space

NYUAD Creative Writing Club “Headless,” Abu Dhabi, UAE          
January 2015-May 2015
President

  • Organizing weekly gatherings of students to foster community building and encourage a local and lively creative writing scene
  • Working with the leadership team to create annual budget

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
NYUAD Visual Arts - Woodshop, Abu Dhabi, UAE                              
October 2016-Present
Student Assistant

  • Organizing and maintaining a clean and orderly working space
  • Teaching students the introductory skills necessary to safely use the tools in the woodshop; Grading tests and entering the data to create a list of community members trained to safely access the space
  • Sharpening various blades, particularly chisels
  • Running social media and community outreach to make the woodshop more engaging and approachable for students with varying skill levels

Tessler Literary Agency, New York, USA                                                      
June-August 2016
Literary Intern

  • Providing editorial feedback for authors on their pitches, queries, and drafts; advising the agent, Michelle Tessler, on whether to accept a query
  • Analyzing contracts for discrepancies and errors
  • Completing other clerical work such as filing, sending out letters and compensation, cashing checks and answering mail, archiving research

Crest Garden Center, New York, USA                                                            
June-August 2016
Garden Associate

  • Meeting Sales Goals; unloading and organizing orders and deliveries
  • Tending to indoor and outdoor plants; arranging and designing plant displays

Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany                                                                  
February-May 2016
Intern

  • Researched contacts, art supplies, and contexts for artists and their installations; Filed and archived records
  • Compiled funding requests; Designed and produced informational packets using InDesign for governmental agencies and other possible funders

Symphony Space, New York, USA                                                                
June-August 2015
Literary Intern

  • Compiling and updating contact lists of actors, authors, contributors, and other members of the community and completing other clerical work such as filing, sending out letters and compensation, archiving research
  • Coordinating and preparing refreshments, snacks, and backstage meals
  • Preparing scripts and editing and proofreading scripts, letters, and copy and researching subjects, stories, writers, and context for upcoming and potential events

Zoukak, Abu Dhabi, UAE                                                                   
October-November 2014
Sound Designer; Actor

  • Communicating daily with directors to produce sound and music design and logistical plans; presenting at weekly design meetings with senior designers and producers
  • Designing soundscapes, foley, accompaniment, music in collaboration with a team and effectively interweaving independent design with an overarching vision

Theater Mitu, New York, USA; Abu Dhabi, UAE                                          
May-August 2014
Intern

  • Compiling sets of research and data on the theatrical events and forecasting important productions
  • Preparing and presenting preproduction research for ongoing and upcoming theatrical works
  • Encouraging theatrical and collaborative relationships between ongoing and potential company members with clients and partners through email and phone
  • Setting up a database to create an accurate and complete record of company affiliates

House of Arts, Al Ain, UAE                                                                                    
January-May 2013
Social Media and Publications Intern

  • Designing the new website featuring full catalogue of events and services
  • Supervising and improving the book layout for an anniversary collection; Negotiating the publication
  • Establishing a social media presence through engagement with Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr
  • Training staff in the maintenance and upkeep of the website

 

LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT                                                      
Second Draft Press, Chicago, USA                                                           
August 2016-Present
Co-Founder

  • Editing a monthly literary magazine highlighting the voices of queer and POC poets
  • Publishing ad mailing out the monthly literary magazine
  • Running social media presence on Facebook and Instagram
  • Creating and updating seconddraftpress.com and second draft press’s etsy store
  • Fulfilling orders and keeping a database of subscribers

Anchorage Society, Abu Dhabi, UAE                                                                 
August 2016-Present
Chairperson

  • Maintaining LGBTQIA+ visibility on campus
  • Scheduling and promoting event series to provide different entry points for community members with varying levels of familiarity with queer people and queer theory
  • Hosting weekly gatherings to create a sense of community and support for queer students at NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Facilitating one-on-one peer advice for queer and questioning students
  • Programing a series of faculty talks and lectures on queer theory
  • Organizing a bi-weekly screening series for queer film and media
  • Hosting a monthly dinner to encourage dialogue between queer members of the community of all ages
  • Assisting with the creation of an LGBTQIA+ mentorship program
  • Creating an official Trans-student housing process in collaboration with the Associate Dean of Student Life and with Residential Education

Ich Bin Ein Berliner, Berlin, Germany                                                    
January 2016-Present
Senior Producer

  • Conducting interviews; generating and designing podcast
  • Promoting the podcast through digital web presence; event management

Shout Alone Theater Company “The Tribe,” New York, USA                    
November 2016
Stage Manager and Lighting Designer

  • Supervising the logistical aspects of a production; operating under high pressure
  • Organizing sound cues into QLab and calling the show
  • Generating a comprehensive and detailed lighting design at short notice

The Gazelle, Abu Dhabi, UAE                                                                                
Arts Center Reporter                                                                                       
August 2016-Present

  • Directing the creation of a new department for a student publication
  • Conducting interviews; generating and designing podcasts to feature student artists for a larger platform

Creative Editor                                                                                          
January 2015-May 2015

  • Directing the creation of a new department for a student publication
  • Conducting interviews; generating and designing podcasts to feature student artists for a larger platform

NYUAD Story Telling Club “Shahrzad,” Abu Dhabi, UAE               
January 2015-May 2015
President

  • Organizing fortnightly gatherings of students to foster community building and encourage a local and lively creative writing scene
  • Working with the leadership team to create annual budget

NYUAD Creative Writing Club “Headless,” Abu Dhabi, UAE           
August 2014-May 2015
President

  • Provide tutoring to small groups of students; creating and leading prompts for a non-academic weekly creative writing club
  • Tracked all financial information and managed petty cash fund

REAL AD, New York, USA; Abu Dhabi, UAE                                                
May-August 2014
Song Writer; Actor

  • Writing and improvising songs and sketches; Choreographic dance numbers
  • Leading group work in creation process; performing in completed production

NYUAD Senior Thesis Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE                                                              
Sound Designer, “FEMME”                                                                        
January 2015-May 2015

  • Balancing full-time academic course load with 20 hours of extracurricular work per week
  • Designing a comprehensive sound design with a collaborative vision and based in textual analysis

Sound and Lighting Designer, “Reclamation”                                                  
January 2015-May 2015

  • Designing a soundscape and musical elements of a production to emphasize and call attention to the important themes
  • Generating a comprehensive and detailed lighting design

Stage Manager and Sound Designer, “The Farewell Experiment”                 
November 2013-May 2014

  • Designing a comprehensive sound design in accordance with a collaborative vision
  • Supervising the logistical aspects of a student production; operating under high pressure

Community Ensemble Theater, Ann Arbor, USA                           
September 2009-May 2013
Student Technical Director; Stage Manager; Lighting Designer; Set Designer; House Manager; Business Manager

  • Supervised teams of 60 students in the creation and execution of collaborative theater pieces
  • Tracked all financial information and managed petty cash fund
  • Designed lighting and sets for student productions


SKILLS
German, English - Native Fluency; 6 years of Latin; PC and Mac Literate; MS Excel, Word, & PowerPoint; Protools & Logic Pro; Pages; InDesign; QLab; Valid Drivers License; Clarinet