Weekend of Women+

Weekend of Women+

The first ever Weekend of Women+ event was held in January 2020 at UNCSA.

This multi-day event presented by the School of Design & Production (D&P) brought together successful professional women+ from across the D&P represented professions for a weekend of programs and workshops designed to serve the entire student body.

The weekend provided opportunities to learn about and develop strategies to address the unique challenges facing women+ of varied identities today through discussion, networking and workshops.

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 24

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Guests meet with classes as arranged
Location: Various D&P classrooms
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Guest Campus Tour
Location: Start in D&P Conference Room
4:30 - 6 p.m.

Panel Discussion*
Location: Freedman Theatre
This event will be livestreamed on the Design & Production Facebook page

7:30 - 9 p.m.

Discussion Groups
Location: Library, various rooms

* events open to UNCSA campus community (other events are specific to Design & Production students)

Saturday, January 25

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Art & Making Workshops
Location: Various D&P classrooms

2 - 4 p.m.

Reception & Exhibition*
Location: D&P Building

* events open to UNCSA campus community (other events are specific to Design & Production students)


Guest Speakers

Christina Benvegnu - Key Production Assistant & Stage Manager


Christina Benvegnu has worked as a freelancer in televisionand film for the past three years. Her television credits include: "Orange Is The New Black," "The Tick," "Red Oaks," "The Punisher," "Jessica Jones," "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Code" and "FBIs Most Wanted." Her film credits include: "Once Upon a Time in Staten Island," "Hustlers," "The Sun is also a Star," "21 Bridges," "In The Heights" and "Respect." Prior to her film and television work, Christina was a stage manager for eight years, spending two of those years as a full-time swing stage manager for Emursive & Punchdrunk’s groundbreaking show "Sleep No More." Theatre companies she has collaborated with include: The Workshop Theater, Shakespeare & Company, New London Barn Playhouse, Mountain View Playhouse and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Christina is currently working on CBS’ "The Good Fight" for their fourth season. She holds an M.F.A. from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.


Julia Buerkle - Scenic Artist



Roma Flowers - Lighting & Projection Designer


Roma Flowers, a lighting, projection and video designer has designed for theatre, concert and dance productions for over thirty years. Roma is a recipient of the prestigious New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award, the KOI-USA Knight of Illumination Award and was nominated for the Houston Press Lighting Design Award. She has designed for such diverse performing artists as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, DanceExchange, the Doug Elkins Dance Company and Doug Varone Dance. Roma is currently a faculty member of Texas Christian University’s School for Classical & Contemporary Dance in Fort Worth, Texas.


Herita Jones - Make Up Artist/CEO Cosmetic Design

Herita Jones is a freelance makeup artist and owner of Cosmetic Face Design (CFD) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her 20-year career began at a retail cosmetic counter, advanced quickly into working with model, production companies and the film industry. Herita has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies, television networks, magazines, celebrities, film and cosmetic surgeons. This has resulted in an Emmy nomination and other professional accolades for makeup including beauty, ageing and medical camouflage techniques. Herita still continues to sharpen her skills and strives to use cosmetics to help people enhance their look for personal and professional use, and for camera.


Kami Leslie - Live Entertainment Producer


Kami Leslie was born in Brazil, grew-up in France and has spent the past 20 years travelling the world for work and passion. She holds a masters in Chinese Language and Culture from the Aix-en-Provence University France and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Kami has been involved in the arts and entertainment industry since she was a young child model and actress working for commercials with Coca Cola, Porsche and Stella Artois, among others. 

At the age of 21, Kami made her first trip to China. Since that first visit she has dedicated her life to the research and development to international collaboration, communication and best practices through theatre, the performing arts and associated pedagogical methods. 

Kami has worked extensively in both profit and non-profit organizations as a producer, executive director and general manager for live performances, live entertainment productions, and events as well as an educator and professor for educational programs training youth, teachers and tertiary students around the globe.

Molly Maginnis - Costume Designer


Molly Maginnis studied painting at Washington University in St Louis and received her M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in Costume Design. Molly has designed costumes for theatre, ballet, opera, commercials, television and film since 1976. Notable films include: "Broadcast News," "As Good as it Gets," "Sister Act," "Role Models" and "The Bucket List." Molly has been nominated for BAFTA and ACE Awards, and has won a CDG Award for Outstanding Costume’s for "SMASH." She has taught at the University of California San Diego and continues to work on her paintings.

Cricket Myers - Sound Designer


Cricket Myers is a Los Angeles-based sound designer. In 2011, Cricket received a Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination for her design of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo." She has been nominated for 23 Ovation Awards. In 2018, she was honored to receive the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. Cricket serves on the Ovation Rules Committee, was a founding Board Member and West Coast Rep of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and was elected to the Western Board of United Scenic Artists Local 829 in 2017. Cricket also serves as the Western Trustee to the Local Union Executive Board of USA.


Aimee Plant - Props Artisan


Aimee Plant is a freelance prop artisan in the greater Chicagoland Area. After graduating from San Francisco State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Drama (Technical Theatre) and Creative Writing, she had the opportunity to work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville and ten summers at the Santa Fe Opera. She currently works as an artisan at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL and in her limited free time is Author/Curator of the fake food blog, Fake 'N Bake and runs a (tiny) greeting card business called Prop Tart Studios.



Kristen Robinson - Freelance Set Designer


Kristen Robinson is a New York City-based set designer. Her work ranges from site-specific installations to outdoor Shakespeare. Selected credits include "In the Green" at LCT3, [PORTO] at WP Theater; "Heart of Darkness" at Baryshnikov Arts Center; "Minor Character" at Under the Radar Festival; "Everybody Black," "The Thin Place" and Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville; "Miller, Mississippi" at Long Wharf Theatre; "Familiar" at Steppenwolf Theatre; "A Flea in Her Ear" at Westport Country Playhouse and "Ethel" at Alliance Theatre. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Purchase College. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her M.F.A. from Yale University. Kristen is a proud member of USA829.


Nicola Rossini - Executive Producer, Founder of Harriet B's Daughters

(She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs)

As a Coach and Consultant, Nicola Rossini sees the dreams of a person or team and helps formulate a plan to success. As an Executive Producer, she focuses on bringing the right teams together, supporting their strengths and removing the obstacles to success, often acting as an authenticity catalyst, freeing the voices of her team members whether they are focused on creative content, controls, engineering or software and focusing work on a collaborative whole. From 2017-19 the Blue Sky Studio at Universal Creative was her home, following stints with the teams delivering Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Motiongate at Dubai Parks and Resorts, The China Mobile/China Telecom Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and well over 20 years of production projects from theatre and opera to branding and pop ups. She has been fortunate to ride chaos as teammate with several historic TEA & IAAPA member groups including The Hettema Group, Mycotoo, BRC Imagination Arts and Thinkwell Group, as well as serving as consultant and sharpshooter to several more through her own Riding Chaos, LLC.    



Karen Walcott - Production Supervisor


Karen Walcott has been working in the entertainment industry for almost 20 years. She has had the great fortune to work in over 60 New York City venues, including theatre, concert halls, museums and event spaces. She is strongly committed to diversity and worker safety in the production world. She received her M.F.A. in Technical Design & Production from Yale School of Drama, and currently works as the production supervisor for The Apollo.