A Non-Linear Education Path: Alumni Spotlight Series

The Alumni Spotlight Series introduces you to Emerson grads who are following their passions, changing the world, and making waves in their industries. Want to be featured? Email us! 


Lillian Lee

Publishing & Writing (MA) 2017

I am a theatre artist with a passion for history, literature, and theatre. Currently, I am working as the Grants/Administrator and Archivist with Berkshire Theatre Group and am glad to be contributing to a field that I am passionate about. My non-linear education path helped to shape and refine my sense of self and opened the door for my dream job.


Describe your career path since graduation.

Upon graduation from Emerson I began working with Berkshire Theatre Group. Initially, I started as the Project Archivist, a summer position, but was invited to stay on full time as the Grants Administrator/Archivist.


Why did you choose to attend Emerson?

I had always wanted to live in Boston and believed that Emerson would help me to get a better sense of the literary world from a practical/business perspective. I’d done a lot of work with the theory/criticism side of English and wanted a more well-rounded foundation.


Tell us about your Emerson experience.

I was able to work two internships, which gave me invaluable first-hand experiences in Editing and Publicity. The classes challenged me because they were outside of my comfort zone, but I learned far more than I expected. I also had the chance to be a Research Assistant for an amazing professor, Adele Lee, and got to get some copyediting experience, which was wonderful!


Describe Emerson in 3 words.

Focused, challenging, welcoming


Describe your most memorable experience with Emerson’s faculty.

My most memorable experience was having the chance to be DeWitt Henry’s Teaching / Research Assistant during his final semester at Emerson College. To have the chance to observe such a wonderful scholar and professor and learn from him was unbelievable.


What was the best thing about living in Boston? How did you take advantage of our urban campus?

I took full advantage of living in Boston! I lived off-campus and would often walk the 3.4 miles to campus during the summer months. I used the free admission offered by Emerson to see The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at least once a month, and took full advantage of the Boston Theatre District to see as many shows as possible. I also discovered how convenient it is to be able to have multiple restaurants deliver to you at 3am when you’re desperately trying to finish that 15-page paper due in 6 hours.


Tell us about a memorable project / internship that you worked on as a student.

Working as the Editorial Intern for Art New England Magazine allowed me to blend my theatrical background with my Publishing degree, and renewed my passion to explore the literary side of theatre.


How did Emerson help you get to where you are today? 

My two internships were the most valuable experiences because it allowed me to utilize what I’d been learning in my classes, and fully develop the skills that I’d been taught. Having the background in editing/research from Emerson definitely helped me to secure my current position with Berkshire Theatre Group.