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John Valadez, 2019 MFA in Film

John Valadez, filmmaker and the director of the Documentary Film program at Michigan State University, has been making and engaged with film for over 25…

Samuél Lopez-Barrantes, 2020 MFA in Writing

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamt of living in Paris,” explains writer, musician, and VCFA alumnx Samuél Lopez-Barrantes ('20). Lopez-Barrantes currently lives and…

Yerania Del Orbe, 2020 MFA in Film

Yerania Del Orbe's short film LA SANTERA was an official selection in the 2020 Lady Filmmakers Festival and semifinalist in the Flickers' Rhode Island International…

Hafid Abdelmoula, 2019 MFA in Film

Writer-Director Hafid Abdelmoula won Best Feature Film in the 2021 Santa Fe Film Festival for BROKEN GAIETE. The film grew from his thesis work in…

Alla Kovgan, 2020 MFA in Film

Alla Kovgan is a Boston-based filmmaker, born in Moscow, Russia. Her films have been presented worldwide. Since 1999, Alla has been involved with interdisciplinary collaborations,…

Sarah Flood-Baumann, 2016 MFA in Graphic Design

Graphic Design alumnx Sarah Flood-Baumann (’16) is the recipient of the 2020 PRINT Editor’s Choice Award for her design package, “No Justice, No Peace,” for Louisville…

Sandra Nickel, 2012 MFA in WCYA

Only a few months into 2021, Writing for Children & Young Adults alumnx Sandra Nickel has already received numerous accolades for her recent nonfiction picture…

Nadia Martinez, 2022 MFA in Visual Art

We recently interviewed current student Nadia Martinez on her choice to come to VCFA, and what her experience has been like in the Visual Art…

Shelagh C. Shapiro, 2003 MFA in Writing

Writing alumnx Shelagh Shapiro ('03) has been engaged in conversations about craft on the air and on the page for decades. Shapiro is the host…

Lori Steel, 2012 MFA in WCYA

Writing for Children & Young Adults alumnx and literary agent Lori Steel has had a long career in all aspects of books—a career that eventually…