LEAP Student Highlight – Shannon McMullan



As we begin gearing up for the spring semester, we’re excited to welcome the incoming Spring 2018 cohort, on-campus and online! One thing we pride ourselves on at the LEAP Institute for the Arts is our diverse and immensely interesting group of students, whose backgrounds continue to impress and surprise! It just goes to show that the arts are far-reaching and important, while the arts management field is gaining more importance in this time of creative growth and innovation!

Meet Shannon – she’s one of our incoming online students based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA in Dance from Texas State University, San Marcos. She hit the road for New York City shortly after graduation and quickly gained a spot dancing with the company Dances by Isadora. I had the pleasure of speaking with Shannon about her experience as a dancer and why she chose to continue her education at the LEAP Institute for the Arts. She explained,

“Isadora Duncan is considered ‘the Mother of Modern Dance.’ The Duncan technique is historical, with styles and repertoire being passed down through lineage so I am considered a fifth-generation Duncan dancer. Though I love to dance, I cannot fully support myself as a dancer. Therefore, I am also a Research and Development Coordinator at Thornton Tomasetti – a structural engineering firm in New York, which is, of course, not my true passion. I went to an interview recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the person in HR told me that if I wanted to be in the arts industry, I needed a master’s and it just sort of clicked. I knew I didn’t want an MFA so I started looking for programs and found LEAP. The price was right, the flexibility was what I needed, the coursework seemed relevant to my interests – it seemed to be exactly what I wanted, and what I needed.”

Shannon was also accepted at Goldsmith University in London but recently decided to go with the LEAP Institute for the Arts. And we are happy to have her in the program!

You can check out Shannon’s website to learn more about Duncan and Shannon! Cheers to the upcoming semester, Shannon!