September 26, 2014

Contact:

Karin Leuthy

kleuthy@mainemedia.edu

207.236.8581, ext. 335

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rockport, Maine—September 17, 2014—Maine Media Workshops + College (MMW + C) announces two new hires that have joined the non-profit as key members of the year-round staff. Recently, the school officially named Tawny Bradley as the full-time director of filmmaking programs after she successfully took on this position as interim manager during the busy summer months. In addition to programming all film workshops at MMW+C, Bradley will also chair the Independent Film Certificate Program (IFCP), helping to build it into a successful model for longer-term study opportunities at MMW+C.

Rachel McDonald became the new full-time gallery manager this month and will be overseeing events and exhibits both at the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, as well as the MMW + C Gallery in Rockport. Prior to taking on her new role at MMW+C, McDonald worked as the program manager at Common Street Arts, a non-profit arts gallery in Waterville. She also played an active role in the Portland art scene, where she worked at the Portland Museum of Art and volunteered at the Space Gallery. McDonald graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in both Visual Arts and Art History. 

Bradley moved to Rockport from England, where she spent the last three years working with Creative Skillset in London developing industry standards and qualifications for the creative media sectors in a bid to bridge skills gaps and develop new entry routes into industry. She also spent four seasons working with the Sheffield Doc/Fest coordinating master classes, sessions, pitching opportunities and major events such as an international transmedia lab and the annual Crossover Summit. Bradley holds an International Business degree and a minor in Entertainment Management from Johnson & Wales University and an MA in Management of the Creative and Cultural Industries from the University of Sheffield in England. 

“Both Tawny and Rachel have a great range of experience and skill sets that they bring to our film and gallery programs at MMW + C,” said Elizabeth Greenberg, Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Maine Media Workshops and College. “We are excited to have them onboard, and I look forward to benefiting from the fresh perspectives I’m sure they’ll offer us as we continue to improve our immersive workshops and longer-term programming in filmmaking, photography, writing and the book arts.”

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Background: Maine Media Workshops + College (mainemedia.edu): Founded in 1973, Maine Media Workshops + College is a non-profit, non-traditional school that provides experiential education for students of all skill levels in film, photography, writing, multimedia and design. From one and two-day skill-building workshops to one-week and multi-week immersions, Maine Media’s workshops spark creativity and lead to self-discovery through intense, hands-on learning with top-of-the-line gear. Its long-term programs—including 12-week intensives, one-year professional certificates and three-year MFA degrees for graduate students—fully prepare attendees to work and succeed in their fields.