About Us


To present performing and media arts that engage, energize, and transform the diverse cultural life of the University and San Diego.


To develop more empathetic students and community members that are better prepared to engage in the world around them through their participation in high quality artistic programs that broaden thinking and awareness, deepen understanding, and encourage new dialogues across UC San Diego and the community.

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Welcome to the 2018–19 ArtPower Season

We are proud to be celebrating ArtPower’s 15th anniversary in the 2018–19 season! We have learned so much in the past 15 years, and we are still growing and still discovering meaningful ways to connect our students and the community to the best artists in the world. Inspired by the UC San Diego campus, which encourages us all to break from the ordinary, we strive to continue to bring you performing arts experiences that are filled with innovation and that broaden our awareness of worlds beyond our own.

As part of our anniversary celebration, we are elated to be able to expand our dance series to include evenings by four diverse choreographers who bring vastly different movement styles and sources of inspiration to the stage. This season we embark on a four year-long celebration of Beethoven’s legacy with a String Quartet Cycle to mark his sestercentennial in 2020. The Global Music series takes us across the African continent, highlighting artists whose work reflects some of the rich traditions that continue to influence American culture. Our Special Events tackle timely issues facing our country, such as gun violence and flaws in the criminal justice system. And woven through many of our series are important stories of seminal figures in black history and dispatches from the black experience in America.

The ArtPower staff and I love bringing the work of a wide variety of talented people to you every year, and we are sincerely grateful to the many people who support this program. You have helped us make these past 15 years of incredible performing arts possible, and we look forward to many more seasons together with you!

See you in the theater,
Jordan Peimer
Executive Director, ArtPower at UC San Diego


UC San Diego was founded on the principles of excellence, affordability and access—a vision we are committed to upholding and ideals that epitomize ArtPower. Now in its 15th year, ArtPower continues to showcase a diverse group of emerging and international artists who define our barrier-breaking, innovative spirit. The arts are a dynamic part of UC San Diego’s transformative interdisciplinary environment, inspiring our creativity, raising cultural awareness, and promoting a sense of belonging. Thank you for supporting ArtPower and the UC San Diego community.   


Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor, UC San Diego



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Molly Clark, Associate Director of Artistic Planning & Education

Molly is the main liaison for visiting ArtPower artists, ensuring that their experience is a fulfilling and smooth one. She uses her passion for the performing arts while assisting the executive director in planning the multi-arts season. She believes deeply in providing access to the arts to those young and old and is thrilled to be able to develop meaningful engagement programs to connect artists to students on campus and in the community.


Carolena Deutsch-Garcia, Associate Director of Development

Carolena has the privilege of working with ArtPower’s patrons and corporate sponsors. She has a passion for connecting donors and institutions with meaningful funding opportunities and experiences. Through ArtPower’s progressive multi-arts season and and its robust student engagement programs, she is helping to cultivate ArtPower’s next generation of arts patrons!

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Sean Nash, Box Office Manager

Originally from the Washington state, Sean has 10 years of box office management experience, most recently at The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA. He has a combined total of over 16 year’s experience in the customer service industry, including previous jobs with The Walt Disney Company, Expedia.com and Cirque Du Soleil.  

Jordan Peimer, Executive Director

Executive Director for ArtPower at UC San Diego, Jordan Peimer leads a team which oversees a multi-arts season devoted to performance, engagement, and residencies. He is responsible for all aspects of the development, production, and presentation of ArtPower’s public programs and artistic and educational residences.

Prior to his arrival at ArtPower, Peimer was vice president and director of programs at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He is recipient of a 2000 fellowship from the American Jewish Committee, and a 2001 fellowship from the California Presenters Initiative of The James Irvine Foundation, out of which he curated Zeitgeist: The Harry and Belle Krupnick International Jewish Arts Festival—Los Angeles’, and possibly America’s, first international festival of Jewish performing arts. He also completed a seven-year long series examining the arts of Jewish Latin America.

Peimer was an artistic co-director at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. As executive producer for Jezebel Productions, he also developed and curated Friday Nights at The Getty for The J. Paul Getty Center. He created DanceWest, the West Coast regional choreographic platform for the Paris’ Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, for which he sat on the Conseil Artistique.

Peimer is an avid tea drinker preferring black tea from Arunachal Pradesh and Nilgiri. Among his favorite authors are Salman Rushdie, Doris Lessing, Joseph Conrad, and AS Byatt. He is partial to subtitled cinema and Kaiju, Japanese monster movies.

Kathryn Sturch, Production Manager

As the Production Manager for ArtPower, Kathryn draws on over 30 years of experience in professional and academic theater to ensure that the ArtPower artists have everything they need during their visit; from sound, lights, and instruments, to meals, housing, and transportation. Previously, she worked as a lighting technician on approximately 100 productions for the La Jolla Playhouse, 150 productions for UC San Diego Theatre and Dance, and as a stagehand and spotlight operator for over 300 rock concerts.

She is pleased to be part of the ArtPower team, helping to provide diverse performing arts experiences to UC San Diego  students and the broader community.

Joanna Szu, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Joanna brings to ArtPower over a decade of marketing and communications experience—specifically within performing arts and higher education. At ArtPower she is responsible for all marketing and PR, leads the the student marketing team, and oversees the university box office.


Get to know the students behind ArtPower at UC San Diego who work with the staff to market, manage, and produce our events.

Yasmeen Ahmed, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2021 | Major: International Business | Minor: Digital Video and Film Production

Born in the United States, grown and raised in Egypt, and been to over 25 countries, Yasmeen has always had an unconditional love for learning about other cultures and traveling the world. This is what shaped her passion for studying international business. Throughout high school, she was a member of the National Art Honor Society and engaged in countless projects to promote art in her community. When she came to UCSD, she wanted to pursue something new in art, which is why she chose to learn more about video and film production. One day Yasmeen hopes to combine her passion for business and marketing with her creativity and artistic skills.

Justin Bascos, Senior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2018 | Major: Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction | Minor: Ethnic Students and Political Science

Born an ocean away in the Philippines, and having lived in a variety of places like Pennsylvania and California, Justin has had a diverse upbringing that continues to inform his choice in aesthetics, politics, and hobbies. Minoring in Ethnic Studies and having interned at the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center, Justin understands the power visuality and performance can have when we create ideas about people unlike ourselves. This is why he is excited to be a part of a team and program that strives to bridge different worlds using art. During his time in ArtPower, he hopes to create community and encourage folks to learn about other cultures through the artists that guard and continue these traditions. Apart from art, Justin enjoys going out to nature adventures, watching music videos, reading, and eating food! In the future, he aims to be a UX/UI designer working in educational technology.

Glen Carlise, Production Assistant
Class of 2018 | Major: Computer Science

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Nirupama Cemballi, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2020 | Major: Economics | Minor: Business

Nirupama’s interest in films and appreciation for culture springs from early exposure while growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Watching a movie every Friday night was a must in her family so Nirupama’s fascination for South Indian film developed. Whether it is Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, or English music she enjoys it all. On campus, Nirupama is actively involved in Project RISHI and SangamSD with the hopes of making a difference in rural Indian villages and spreading culture. She is eager to continue exploring various cultures in film, dance, and music through ArtPower. 

Eunice Chan, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2020 | Major: Cognitive Science | Minor: Computer Science

I was born and raised in the Bay Area but I love San Diego and its wonderful weather. In college, I’ve began to develop my passion for photography, mostly just taking pictures of the places I’ve been, the foods I eat, and my friends. In school, I’ve really began to dig deep into my interests by investing in side projects that utilize UX design, graphic design, and interaction design. If I’m not doing any of these things, I’m probably most definitely listening to k-pop, specifically BTS.

Rebecca Chan, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2021 | Major: Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM) | Minor: Urban Studies and Planning

I’m from the 626 area, but was born in Vietnam. Ggrowing up, I have always loved expressing my creativity through schoolwork and most recently through hobbies, such as, calligraphy and a bit of line art (mainly of flowers). I never truly realized my passion for the arts and design until taking some Visual Arts and Theater Design courses at UCSD. This internship is the perfect stepping stone for me to immerse myself in an inspiring artistic community, while being exposed to new perspectives and learning new skills.

Amber Chen, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2019 | Major: Management Science | Minor: Accounting

Growing up in Fremont, California, Amber developed her love for arts in the form of dance, piano, and choir. In high school, she took a publications course for her high school yearbook where she learned photography and how to use Adobe programs. Since then, she has continued to pursue her creative side through marketing and content creation. In her spare time you can find her at the gym or in bed binge-watching YouTube or Netflix. On rare occasions she might explore with her camera! Through ArtPower, she hopes to go back to her roots in performing arts and better understand what art entails through different outlets and different people.

Julianne Chen, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2020 | Major: Cognitive Science (Clinical Aspects of Cognition) and Music Performance (Cello Emphasis)

Having been exposed to the arts as a child, Julianne is very passionate about the arts and her life would be incomplete without them. She was classically trained in piano and cello from a young age, and she also loves photography and brush calligraphy. In her spare time, Julianne enjoys crafting, traveling, listening to new music, and snacking! Here at UCSD, Julianne is involved in Daughters of Triton, the premier all-female a cappella group, and Initiative for Music Education and Mentorship, an organization that reaches out to local schools to enrich their music programs.

Tiffany Do, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2021 | Major: Cognitive Science, Design & Interaction | Minor: Design, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Japanese Studies

Tiffany developed a keen interest in the arts and other cultures through observance of her own heritage as well as foreign film, literature, and music. She is continually amazed by art’s diversity and impact and is thus delighted to assist ArtPower in celebrating art with the community. In the future, Tiffany aspires to work on educational technology as a user experience designer. A proponent of STEM and former engineering major, she found design to be an exciting interdisciplinary field in which she can combine her passions for technology and the arts. These days, you can find her indulging in Japanese ’80s city pop, design articles, or Southeast Asian films.

Alexis Eubank, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2018 | Major: Dance | Minor: Cognitive Science

Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Alexis found her love for dance at a young age. As her passion grew, she began to appreciate the arts as a whole. Combined with her love for social justice, she hopes to make small changes to make the world more equitable through the arts. She believes that the arts is a way for everyone to connect and bond in community. In her free time she likes to watch movies and eat green mint chocolate chip ice cream. Her favorite saying is “The comeback is better than the setback” and she adores Kehlani. 

Yong-Yi Hu, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2021 | Major: International Business

Yong-Yi grew up in the 626 (San Gabriel Valley), where her mom forced her into her first ballet class at the age of ten. From then on, she fell hopelessly in love with the arts, expanding her repertoire to include theatre, Chinese folk dance, modern, jazz, character, and more. She now spends her time doing wushu and lion dance, and hopes to share her passion for the arts whilst getting to improve her photography and marketing skills.

Carole Huang, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2021 | Major: Cognitive Science (Design & Interaction) | Minor: Environmental Studies and Business

I love spending countless hours dancing away in music festivals and spending time outdoors through hikes and strolls to feel more in tune with myself and the world. I am deeply passionate about giving back and I love connecting with people over our favorite coffee shop to talk about literally anything and everything!

Adrean Hwamin Lee, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2019 | Major: Psychology | Minor: Business

I was born and raised in South Korea and moved to the States in 2013 for studying abroad. I’m an international student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business. Living in a foreign country is sometimes challenging, but definitely fun and worth to try. Making any type of relationship has been my main interest so that I want to pursue marketing and public relations after graduation. Apart from school stuff, I love to take and edit photos, travel all around (especially deserts), and bake sweet things. I also like to sing and currently in Duly Noted which is a co-ed a cappella club in UCSD! Working as a marketing intern in ArtPower, I would love to experience and introduce the beauty of arts.

Emily Pettitt, Production Assistant
Class of 2020 | Major: Physiology & Neuroscience, Cognitive Science | Minor: Dance

Emily grew up in the vibrant city of San Jose, just a quick BART trip away from huge art and technological hubs such as downtown San Jose and San Francisco. Homeschooled for her entire adolescent life, she was able to dedicate her time to a multitude of extracurricular activities in a variety of fields, including independent lab research and dance. She had the privilege of dancing under Mark Foehringer at the Conservatory of Contemporary Dance Arts all throughout high school, which helped cultivate her passion to preserve the arts in our society. Here at UCSD she is currently pursuing a B.S. in physiology and neuroscience, with a second major in cognitive science. She adamantly believes there is a place in our society for both STEM and the arts, and that everyone should have the opportunity to be exposed to both. She is thrilled to be working for ArtPower, and excited for the chance to continue to help promote the arts in our community here. In her spare time Emily strives to do anything creative, whether it be dancing, attending FOOSH practice, trying to self-teach herself guitar, or cartooning her experiences on campus.

Brian Salvanera, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2020 | Major: Theatre | Minor: Critical Gender Studies

in Montebello, a town nestled between East L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley, Brian has grown up understanding the importance of appreciating what other cultures and perspectives can bring to a community. His passion for the arts and performance began when he joined his high school’s dance team and has since then trained in many styles of dance, including contemporary, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and other urban styles. More recently, he has been a part of competitive urban dance team Sleepless Collective starting his second year in San Diego. It is with this passion and appreciation that he hopes to work with ArtPower in making diverse and enriching art accessible to UCSD students. He is also the president of UCSD’s Korean American Student Association for the 2018–19 year.

Lara Sanli, Production Assistant 
Class of 2021 | Major: International Studies-Political Science | Minor: Dance

As a lifelong dancer, Lara deeply appreciates the arts. She has been studying ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary dance since she was four year old, and is currently pursuing a dance minor here at UC San Diego. Lara hopes that her position as Production Assistant for ArtPower will further expose her to the energy and inner workings of the art world. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, books, and small coffee shops. She is also a writer for the student newspaper, The Guardian, and a copy editor for the undergraduate research journal, Circuit.

Kelsey Schoenberg, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2019 | Major: Speculative Design and Philosophy 

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Sara Wang, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2020 | Major: International Business | Minor: Visual Arts Photo, Design

Sara is a San Diego native born and raised in a small retirement community, which incidentally reflects on her dismal athletic and driving abilities. Her alarming amount of time spent online soon translated to her love for visuals, art history trivia and memorable ad campaigns. Following an astonishingly terrible performance as Ghost #2 in her elementary school production of the Scottish play, Sara decided it would be best for everyone if she forever stayed on the other side of stage. Regardless, she is beyond ecstatic to make her grand re-entrance to the world of the higher and performing arts through her work at ArtPower. Though she seeks a career in non-profit projects such as global water accessibility, one of her greatest passions is studying the intersection between human emotion and creativity.

ArtPower supports the academic and career development of UC San Diego students through a variety of student assistant positions in programming, event management, marketing, production, and community outreach. For more information, email artpower@ucsd.edu.


ArtPower Arts Administrative Internship (UCSD Students Only)

ArtPower at UC San Diego builds creative experiences in music, dance, film, exhibition and food for our collective pleasure and inspiration. We engage diverse audiences through vibrant, challenging, multi-disciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists. Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower provides exciting opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue between artists, students, scholars, and the community.

1. To create co-curricular opportunities in the performing arts and film that foster learning and self-discovery, as well as personal and professional skill development.
2. To supplement and enhance the academic investigation of our students through collaborative explorations in the performing arts and film.
3. To add to the artistic and cultural life of the La Jolla and San Diego communities.


    • Assist in managing social media and editorial calendar by proactively creating quality content
    • Assist in conceptualizing marketing strategies for wide selection of global artists
    • Build strategic partnerships with on/off campus organizations and community partners
    • Learn to take lead design and development of layouts for marketing materials
    • Assist with design of event programs, posters, web graphics, and other marketing collateral as needed
    • Compile outreach databases and develop press releases
    • Assist in data analytics efforts
    • Research and write educator study for K-12 and UC San Diego student engagement events
    • Assist in coordination of events for performances and student engagement
    • Represent ArtPower brand at performances, on/off campus tabling events, and classroom/student org performance
    • Mandatory attendance to at least 4 ArtPower events/student engagement events per quarter
    • Usher guests to their respective locations during performances
    • Scan tickets and ID’s for analytical purposes
    • Assist in development and donor relations
    • Other administrative duties as assigned


  • Open to all majors
  • Must pay UC San Diego Student Services feeds for each quarter working
  • Vested interest in the arts
  • Must be a team player and flourish in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Open to constructive criticism and feedback
  • Eager to learn and willing to help others
  • Strong copywriting and copyediting background
  • Graphic design, photography/video, marketing experience is a plus

Send your cover letter and resume to joanna@ucsd.edu.
Apply by November 29.
Start date: Winter Quarter, January 7, 2019


*This is an unpaid internship. 

ArtPower’s Speaker Series Student Advisory Committee (UCSD Students Only)

ArtPower is excited to initiate a speaker series during the 2018–19 multi-arts season after hearing directly from students that there was a need for more non-academic speaker events that address the diverse interests of the campus community. As part of the development of this series ArtPower will work with a student advisory committee to curate, plan, and promote speaker events that will occur in the Winter and/or Spring quarters of the 2018–19 academic year. ArtPower looks forward to bringing speakers that resonate with students and inspire the campus community with your help!

Student Advisory Committee Roles & Responsibilities

Student Advisory Committee Application

TICKET SALES: 858.534.TIXS (8497)

Molly Clark, Associate Director of Artistic Planning & Education
moclark@ucsd.edu / 858.534.0499

Carolena Deutsch-Garcia, Associate Director of Development
carolena@ucsd.edu / 858.534.7657

Kathryn Sturch, Production Manager

Joanna Szu, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
joanna@ucsd.edu / 858.822.3199


ArtPower at UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0029
La Jolla, CA 92093-0029

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