This week’s Spotlight features Manager Eliza Orleans. Eliza joined CFAR after receiving her MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama. She draws on eight years of experience in arts and community organizations, with expertise in management, strategic planning, education and operations. Click here to read her full biography.

First and last name
Eliza Orleans.

What is your role at CFAR?

What do you enjoy most about your role?
Working with such passionate, mission-driven clients.

What are three words you would use to describe CFAR?
Supportive, engaging, and creative.

What motivates you to go to work?
The staff. Everyone at CFAR is welcoming, curious, and passionate about their work. It’s a wonderful environment to be a part of.

What has been your favorite memory at CFAR?
Chatting with my CFAR-designated buddy before my first day. (Shout out to Daphnie Pierre!)

What is your favorite thing about working at CFAR?
The variety of projects I get to work on. Each one is consistently teaching me new things.

In five words or less, what advice would you give for others in your profession?
Keep learning all the time.

What book are you currently reading right now?
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee.

What is your favorite book/podcast?
I listen to The Ezra Klein Show for learning and Poog for laughing.

If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
How to be a pastry chef.

What is one thing—industry-related or not—you learned in the last month?
There is such a thing as a rhubarb margarita, and it is delicious.

What is one thing that made you smile recently?
The spring weather.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would it be and why?
I feel fortunate to have incredible mentors, both professionally and informally through family and friends.

How do you define success?
Being able to learn or try something new.

What inspires you?
Random acts of kindness.