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Carla Thomas McGinnis

2012, Arts Management, MA


Prior to attending the George Mason University Arts Management Program, Carla Thomas McGinnis graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Women Studies and African American Studies, and worked as the Living History Project Coordinator and Oral Historian at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI.

Following her graduation from Mason’s Arts Management Master’s Program in 2013, Carla pioneered an Arts and Humanities Program designed to increase student academic performance, and served as the drama instructor at the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Carla earned a certification with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Changing Education Through the Arts program.

Carla also served as the National Civil War Project manager at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, where she forged a groundbreaking partnership between four universities and five theater companies around the country, which brought them together to create new curricula and theatrical productions in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

Currently, she is developing a startup nonprofit organization, Shared World Art Project, which works with young artists to bring to life museum exhibitions through the use of theatre.   She is also currently working as the program specialist in the Office of External Affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Photo credit: Carla J. Thomas McGinnis (The Mountaintop Directing Fellow), Holly Bass (poet/performer), Marty Rouse (Human Rights Campaign National Field Director), Allyson Criner Brown (Teaching for Change Associate Director) and Abdul Ali (journalist/guest moderator) during ͞The Baton Passes On: After The Mountaintop,͟a post-show panel discussion on Civil Rights as part of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of The Mountaintop. Photo by Ryan Maxwell.

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