Guest Speakers Visit ELA

Whether in-person or virtual, ELA classrooms draw on the experience, insights, and advice of creatives in LA.

Guest speakers from 2019-2021 semesters include:

  • Performer Caroline Blaike, who holds a MSW degree and has worked as an ASL interpreter for Cardi B
  • Presley Cash, co-star of The Hollywood Complex (2011) who also appeared in Taylor Swift’s music video “Mean”
  • Lionsgate producer Aaron Edmonds, who recently worked on Janelle Monae’s Antebellum (2020)
  • Ramon Fernandez, actor in Marvel’s Iron Fist, NCIS Los Angeles, Madam Secretary, CSI Miami, Cold Case, and director of Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig (2015) and Conductor (2020)
  • curator, artist, and writer Meghan Gordon
  • Emmys backstage host Albert Lawrence, who has interviewed celebrities like Emilia Clarke, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Dolly Parton, and Oprah Winfrey
  • actor and author Robinne Lee
  • Onyx, pole performer, teacher, and social justice and vegan advocate
  • Matt Tyrnauer, director of Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009), Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017), Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017), Studio 54 (2018), Where’s My Roy Cohn? (2019), The Reagans (2020)
  • Carla Valderrama, author of This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories (2020)
  • NAOMIDROME creator Emily Whittemore
  • former NO Magazine co-publisher Ewa Wojciak

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