Friday, January 3, 2020

Emilia Klayn (GSAS ’08), the Voice of the Bulgarian Award-winning Short Film “Tasks of the Day”


Emilia Klayn
Credit: Tuk-Tam
Emilia Klayn has leveraged her passion for cinema, literature, the arts, culture, and media into a career in voiceover work, acting, interpreting and translating. She voiced the Bulgarian submission for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film this year, “Задачи за деня/Tasks of the Day” which won the IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival in 2019.

Emilia also works in the communications industry in Bulgaria, in corporate communications, public relations, public affairs, media relations, employer branding, event management, sponsorship and CSR. She is currently working as a Communications and Communities Manager for Tuk-Tam, the biggest community for Bulgarians who have studied and worked abroad. 

What did you study at NYU?

I graduated with an M.A. in French Studies and French from the Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture and the Institute of French Studies at the Graduate School of Art and Sciences, which is the most comprehensive American academic complex devoted to the culture of France. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of modern and contemporary France and francophone countries through the lenses of culture, language, literature, history, art and society.

Emilia Klayn: her story continues

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jennifer Sklias-Gahan (WSC '95), Actress, Writer and Filmmaker

Jennifer Sklias-Gahan

Jennifer Sklias-Gahan is an actor, writer and filmmaker. She is co-founder of the New York based production company 18 Bleecker Films; look out for three of their films in festivals now, Matilda  (BAFF winner for best short film 2019), Donut Shop and Data Management. Jennifer can be seen in the starring role of The Rise of Whore Betsy now streaming on Amazon Prime. She has two grown children (writer/director) James Rogers-Gahan and (singer/ songwriter) Stella Rose Gahan. Jennifer lives in New York City with her husband, David Gahan, singer/songwriter and frontman for the English band, Depeche Mode and their three cats Poseidon, Daisy and Duke.


What did you study at NYU?


I was a journalism major, minoring in politics with a concentration in Soviet foreign policy.  During my time at NYU, the Berlin Wall came down and my Soviet foreign policy professor said, “Well, looks like you all have become history majors overnight!”

Jennifer Sklias-Gahan: her story continues

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ivie Ani (CAS ’14), Music and Culture Expert, and 2019 MTV News Video Music Awards Aftershow Panelist


Ivie Ani
Photo credit: Olamide Studio
Ivie Ani, journalist and former Music Editor of Okayplayer, was featured as a panelist on the live 2019 MTV News Video Music Awards Aftershow and a judge at NYU's Got Talent. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Women in The World, The Village Voice, BBC, Teen Vogue, PAPER magazine, Complex magazine, Okayplayer, OkayAfrica, Grazia UK, and NYU’s Social and Cultural Analysis Journal. She has held positions at Facebook as a Trending News Content Curator, at BET Networks, and at Associated Press.

Ivie has done on-air commentary for BBC Radio, BET, Entertainment Tonight, Fox 5 NY, Genius, Hot 97, and Revolt TV, with more commentary that has been featured in Nylon, Tidal, Bustle, Racked, and more. She's been profiled in The Washington Post and APM Reports podcast and has appeared as a guest-host on Red Bull Radio.

Ivie Ani: her story continues

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fred Waitzkin (GSAS ’68), Author of “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” the Best-Selling Book that Became a Movie


Fred writingFred Waitzkin has written feature journalism, personal essays and reviews for numerous magazines including Esquire, Forbes, Outside Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

In 1984, Fred published Searching for Bobby Fischer, chronicling three years in his life with his chess prodigy son, Josh Waitzkin. The book became an internationally acclaimed best seller. In 1993 the movie version was released by Paramount and that same year was nominated for an Academy Award.

Fred is now a fiction writer and avid fishing captain. His wife, Bonnie, is an NYU alumna and attended Washington Square College while Fred completed his graduate work in English at GSAS.

Fred Waitzkin: his story continues