Julie Cohen PRESIDENT & CEO
Julie Cohen is the first alumnus of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute to serve as OAI’s president. Originally from Tulsa, she attended OSAI as a photography student, where she studied with French photographer Bernard Plossu. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, she worked as a staff member for U.S. Senator David Boren, then earned a juris doctorate from the Tulane School of Law. Prior to coming to OAI, Cohen worked as a federal court law clerk, as an attorney for a Wall Street law firm, and as the director of landscaping at the University of Oklahoma. Cohen has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations. She has been the president of OAI since 2007.
Emily Claudé VICE PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Emily was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. While she spent a few years in Boston after graduation, she still calls Norman her home. Emily’s artistic experience is well rounded, studying dance, film, photography, and acting at various times of her life. And she prides herself on a well-rounded employment history as well, having worked in retail, accounting, architecture, and healthcare. But she found her true calling when she began working at the Oklahoma Arts Institute in 2005. She delights in creating educational opportunities for Oklahoma’s artists and is gratified to see such tremendous talent each year. When not at Quartz Mountain, Emily and her husband spend free time doting on their two dogs and baby girl.
Maggie Boyett DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
A fifth generation Oklahoman, Maggie inherited her good looks and good humor from a melting pot of relocated Indian chiefs, illegal immigrants, Christian missionaries and working-class arts educators. Maggie is a life-long dancer and spent three pivotal summers at Quartz Mountain in 2008, `09 and `10. After graduating from the OU School of Dance, she returned to the Summer Arts Institute as a counselor and eventually joined the OAI administrative team in 2015. In addition to her work at the Arts Institute, Maggie continues her "dancerly” pursuits as a part-time instructor and choreographer. She recently moved into the Classen Ten-Penn neighborhood of Oklahoma City where most of her free time is spent scheming up home improvement projects, eating Thai food and singing classic country standards to her dog and cat.
Shana Gibelyou DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
A native of Ponca City, Shana Gibelyou holds a bachelor’s degree in dance management from Oklahoma City University, where she graduated magna cum laude and received the “Outstanding Graduating Senior in Dance Management” award. As a dancer, Shana is an experienced performer, teacher, choreographer, and adjudicator. She has performed at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Wiesbaden, Germany and has performed and taught ballroom, Latin, swing, and country dance at the largest ballroom studio in Oklahoma City. She is also experienced in aerial dance. Shana is the co-founder of a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and medical care to over 200 orphans in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She has visited the orphanage ten times over the past ten years. Shana has a 3-year-old daughter, Elise Joy, who is already exploring her artistic talents – she loves to color, sing, dance, and do gymnastics. Shana attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain for three years as a modern dancer in high school. This year marks Shana’s 15th summer as a staff member of the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
Carson Misner DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM OPERATIONS
A lifelong resident of Oklahoma, Carson’s involvement with the arts has been long-lasting and diverse. By first grade, he was already an award-winning artist and sand art master. While attending Sapulpa High School, Carson was a percussionist for the honor band and a member of the drumline. Carson went on to graduate summa cum laude with honors from Oklahoma Baptist University, and performed in a number of stage productions while at OBU, ranging from opera to sketch comedy. For two years, he was head script writer for Campus Activities Board, where he helped produce up to four shows per year. Carson also studied private voice under the direction of Dr. Louima Lilite. Currently, he enjoys singing on the Civic Center stage with the Canterbury Choral Society and on the karaoke stage with his boisterous friends.
Anne Ezzell Peters DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Anne grew up in Enid, a small town in northwest Oklahoma. She practiced drawing during most classes in school until eventually graduating from the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art. She tried on a variety of occupations, including cupcake decorator, banker, and loan processor, before joining the staff at the Oklahoma Arts Institute in 2013. She has been thankful to work at OAI every day since. Anne uses her regret at never auditioning for OSAI as motivation to reach new potential students across the state. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Adam, and son, Everett, where her free time is spent on home improvement, cooking, and toddler wrangling.
Lindsey Bryan OFFICE MANAGER & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Lindsey was raised in the rural town of Hennessey, Oklahoma. After graduating from Hennessey High School in 2003, she went on to graduate summa cum laude with honors from Oklahoma State University in 2006. Lindsey holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State in human development and family sciences, and a minor in religious studies. After college graduation, she worked for several non-profit organizations including the Muscular Dystrophy Association followed by serving for four years as the executive director of Project Transformation, a summer literacy program dedicated to increasing literacy among first through sixth graders. In December 2013, Lindsey left Project Transformation to pursue entrepreneurship and currently runs two e-commerce businesses in her spare time. Lindsey greatly enjoys reading, catching up on her favorite TV shows, serving as a youth mentor in Switch at Life.Church NW, traveling (especially to Colorado), and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite things include spending time with her nieces and nephews, chocolate, and anything Harry Potter.
Alexandra Robinson PUBLIC RELATIONS & DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
A Minnesotan by birth and an Oklahoman by choice, Alex is excited to join the amazing OAI team! A passionate musician, arts administrator, and teacher, she began her musical studies at age nine and hasn’t stopped since. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the tiny Midwestern Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and earned her Master of Music in Bassoon Performance at the University of Oklahoma. As a musician, she has appeared on stages from Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Center to Vienna’s Konzerthaus to Oklahoma City’s own Civic Center Music Hall. As an administrator and orchestra manager, she has served in orchestral operations for programs including the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan and Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Alex enjoys going on vintage record-buying benders and playing guitar for anyone who will listen.