The 2016 main panel will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Waterman Theatre in Tyler Hall.
The panelists will be discussing questions related to the theme of this year’s event “Digital, Social, Mobile: How Media Trends Impact Theatre, Music, and Art.”
2016 Media Summit Moderator:
Sean McAllister (’01) co-hosts the highly popular lifestyle and entertainment news programs, “MORE” and “MORE Access” seen weekdays on FOX5 in Las Vegas.
Sean joined the FOX5 team in 2005 as a news producer and quickly transitioned into an executive producer role to launch the Emmy nominated “MORE” show which airs weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
His on-air career began out of necessity. Sean covered entertainment events in Las Vegas for the show he was producing and soon became a regular face on FOX5.
In October 2011, Sean was named co-host alongside FOX5’s Rachel Smith for the evening entertainment news magazine show, “MORE Access.” Airing weeknights at 6:30 p.m. Sean is often seen interviewing a-list celebrities on red carpets in Las Vegas and around the country.
Prior to his career in Las Vegas, Sean produced the morning newscast at WROC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Rochester, NY.
In 2001 Sean graduated from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
Many people are surprised to know that before Sean began his broadcasting career, he worked construction in his first job out of college.
2016 Media Summit Panelists:
George “Nick” Gianopoulos (’07) is the composer-in-residence for the Los Angeles-based symbiosis ensemble and concert series, “Music @ MiMoDa.” Gianopoulos is a native of Syracuse, NY, graduating from SUNY Oswego in 2007. Upon starting his education at SUNY Oswego, he immersed himself in the studies of classical music. Gianopoulos has returned to campus for the Alumni-in-Residence (AIR) program, working with students and faculty in the music department.
Gianopoulos’ music has been performed across the world in China, Israel, Spain, England, Greece and regular performances in Southern California. He has been commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic, The Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles, Tala Rasa, The Symbiosis Ensemble, The Helix Collective, The Akropolis Quintet and the Malkin-Trybeck Duo.
He has received awards from the American Viola Society, Boston Metro Opera and the Aurora Borealis Duo. Gianopoulos is now a resident of Los Angeles.
Diana Preisler (‘96) is the star of the Lifetime Television series “Pitch Slapped,” which was conceptualized by Preisler and is largely based on her work and reputation as a highly sought-after acappella performance coach.
Throughout the year, Preisler manages and performs around the world with her professional acappella band, Blue Jupiter. She is the voice on the Nickelodeon animated series, “Wallykazam!,” and the Oscar-nominated animated feature-film, “Chico and Rita.” In addition, Preisler is the voice behind hundreds of national ad campaigns for companies such as; Bank of America, Behr Paint and McDonald’s. Preisler can be heard as the announcing voice on MTV, HGTV, DIY Network and GAC networks.
When she isn’t lending her voice to Blue Jupiter, a Broadway show or a T.V. program, she is a co-producer of SingStrong. SingStrong is a international charity music festival in Washington D.C., New York City and Chicago.
Preisler holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre performance and directing from SUNY Oswego. At SUNY Oswego, she sang in the award-winning vocal ensemble, “State Singers” under the direction of Stan Gosek.
Mya Brown is a director, actor, playwright and visiting assistant professor in acting/directing and voice/diction at SUNY Oswego.
Brown earned her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in acting from West Virginia University. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in theatre from Jacksonville University.
Brown has performed onstage in over 30 professional and regional productions. She also has experience as a film and voiceover actor. She is fascinated by the increasing opportunities for stage productions due to the technological boom.
“I want to find a way to include, not exclude, technology in the theatre. It is another source of reaching young people, and theatre professionals must embrace and take advantage of its capabilities.”
Michael Yoon (‘00) is the communications manager for University Services at Princeton University. Yoon specializes in print design and illustration, offering design and communication consultation to seven non-academic departments within Princeton University.
Prior to working at Princeton, Yoon was the marketing and communications coordinator for SUNY Oswego’s Department of Campus Life. Here, he planned events such as Family and Friends Weekend as well as promoted opening weekend activities and other department initiatives.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in graphic design in May 2000. While at SUNY Oswego, he was actively involved in the department of music and Mu Beta Psi, national honorary musical fraternity. He also served as a student orientation leader for two summers.
Yoon now resides in Princeton, NJ.