Sarah Curran

Sarah Curran

Interim Executive Director

Sarah Curran is an arts consultant and curator who recently served as the Consulting Curator for the Experimental Performance Initiative (eXp) at the University of Chicago. Her broad arts knowledge covers music, theater, dance, contemporary performance, visual arts, and film. Sarah’s curatorial practice includes fostering interdisciplinary work and socially responsive programming. From 2017 until 2019, Sarah served as the Director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, known for its adventurous programming and academic integration. She simultaneously served as Managing Director of Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) a low-residency Master’s degree program offering artist-centered curatorial training in time-based art. Prior to her time at Wesleyan, Sarah spent eight years with Stanford Arts as the Director of Programming and Partnerships, and then as the first Associate Director of the Stanford Arts Institute. She has worked with The Tribeca Film Festival, Martha Graham Dance Company, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School. Sarah holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an AB from Princeton University, and certificates in Curatorial Practice in Performance from Wesleyan University and management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

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Laura Norton

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Laura Norton joined the University of Chicago Presents team in June 2021. Through her previous experiences at institutions like Tanglewood Music Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Laura has pursued opportunities in various aspects of the music industry, including marketing, arts administration, and student services. Experienced in both digital and traditional marketing, Laura enjoys occupying the intersection of creativity and strategy that marketing embodies. With an educational background in flute performance, Laura also enjoys teaching private lessons. As both a performer and private teacher, Laura values highlighting works by living composers of diverse backgrounds. 

Claire Snarski

Claire Snarski

Graphic Design Specialist
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Jessica Wolfe

Director of Production and Education

Jessica Wolfe joined University of Chicago Presents in January 2020 after five years of serving as Managing Director for contemporary chamber group, Fifth House Ensemble. With a decade of experience in arts administration, music, and education, Jessica thrives in connecting communities through the transformative power of shared musical experiences. Serving as an arts ambassador, Jessica completed a fellowship with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2016, where she implemented projects in communities not previously connected to the arts. In addition to her role with University of Chicago Presents, Jessica enjoys teaching a studio of bass students and serves as the Managing Director for New Music Chicago’s 2021 Ear Taxi Festival.