Cultural Education and Artistic Views
As a presenting organization, the mission of Juniata Presents is to provide our constituents with access to high quality, performing artists. As an arm of an educational institution we strive to make these opportunities not only enjoyable, but also as an aid to expand cultural education and artistic viewpoints for our rural audiences and outreach participants. In an effort to give this audience a broader scope of the arts, the Series strives to provide a diverse mix of seven to eight different types of artistic performances, which offer outreach programs for all ages. The combination of these programs allows participants to experience the arts more abundantly through personal discovery in learning about a specific performance type. As a result, the community receives a broader perspective of performance and direct interaction with artists. Without Juniata Presents in the Huntingdon community, the only performing arts venue with comparable quality of art is in one of the neighboring counties. Juniata Presents is available to Juniata students at no cost and is affordable for staff and community members in order to support and bring attention to performance as a celebrated art form.
Jessie Sullivan is the Technical Director for the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. With a background in stage management, construction, welding, and electrics she has worked in both indoor and outdoor facilities at The ATA Theatre NY, Ashlawn Opera Festival VA, Trump Plaza NJ, The Hardrock Casino FL, and McCarter Theatre NJ. Having worked with a wide range of performance types-dance, opera, roadhouses, touring shows, and in house productions Jessie has specific training and experience in managing and overseeing venues with multiple performances and productions occurring concurrently.
Assistant Technical Director
Chris Howell is the Assistant Technical Director for the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. Chris has been employed at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA for the last seven years. He has experience with large and small events, arena shows, and both indoor and outdoor venues. Chris has specific experience with equipment set up, construction, audio setup, and video setup. Additionally, he is a member of I.A.T.S.E Local 636.
Sierra Mellish is the Juniata Associate for Juniata Presents. Sierra is currently a Senior studying Business Communication at Juniata College. She grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and has a passion for marketing, advertising, and event planning. Sierra currently serves as the President of Dance Ensemble and the President of her senior class. Over the years, she has worked as a Student Assistant to the Dean of Students, Event Planning Intern at Juniata College’s Events Office, and an Events Management Intern at Bucknell University’s Events Management Office. Sierra is currently a Marketing Intern for Juniata College as well as the Juniata Associate for the Juniata Presents Artist Series.