Archive for the ‘Alumni Profile’ Category

Kimberly Michaud

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

Since 1999, Kimberly Michaud has been the owner of Kimberly A. Michaud Interiors, an interior design firm that specializes in healthcare, education, government, and church design nationwide. She has also designed interior spaces for homes, hair salons and spas, libraries, and recently Polaris’s new visiting center and its manufacturing plant for all-terrain vehicles.

Lua Faragher

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

In 2013 Lua joined Connie Vernich Interior Design in Nashville as a Junior Designer before starting her own company, Lua Moore Interiors, in 2014. She is known for her beautiful hand rendering techniques and specializes in new construction design and renovations.

Erika Thompson

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

In 2016 Erika Thompson was named a finalist in the Nashville Lifestyles ‘Best Up and Coming Designer’ category. She is now a Senior Interior Designer at JL Design, an Interior Design firm in Nashville, TN.

Taylor Mesa

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

After graduating from Watkins Taylor worked for Peggy Newman Designs before going to IDA. IDA is an award winning design firm specializing in hospitality and high-end senior living. As a Project Manager she focuses on space planning, interior architecture, and seeing projects through the Construction Administration phase.

Alexa Sullivant

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

Alexa  has done work for  Third Man Records, First Platoon, Climb Nashville, Nashville’s Dead, Nashville Scene, and Dolly Parton. She is currently a Graphic Designer at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. She also does a lot of animal rescue work, and makes flyers/posters PSAs for rescue groups. (

Katherine Bonaccorso

Posted on: March 4th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

After graduation Katie moved to Los Angeles where she worked for comedian Max Amini as well as doing market research for upcoming films at Screen Engine LLC and freelancing as a production assistant.
Currently she works for TMZ as a guest coordinator on TMZ Live, putting viewers from home and celebrities on the show via Skype & Facetime.

Emma Nitz

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

Emma Nitz is a freelance screenwriter based in Nashville, TN. In 2015, she traveled to Guatemala with Actuality Media and produced a short documentary titled “Cooking for the Guatemalan Dream”. She is the second Watkins film student to be invited by the Writers Guild Initiative to participate in the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship for her feature “The Gathering Place”. She achieved First Alternate for the fellowship in 2016.

Ben Frank

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by Jenna Maurice

Ben is an award-winning motion graphics designer & animator with a strong background in print and web design. During his time working for CMT he was a lead designer on a complete re-brand of the company. He  now lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and their two crazy dogs. He currently works as a Sr. Motion Designer/Animator for CNN International.

Claudio M. Rojas

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Jenna Maurice

Claudio is a filmmaker and educator who is based in Costa Rica. He is a member of the jury for the PROARTES Award 2015 in the video production category (a national award given by the Costa Rican Government to young videographers and filmmakers who need funding). In 2009 he participated in a project to create a local cable tv station for the city of Orotina in Alajuela, Costa Rica. He has been the director and producer for short films as well as tv shows airing in Costa Rica, and has worked on major motion pictures, including: The Last Castle (Dreamworks LLC) and Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Lionsgate – Visceral Pictures).

Riley Miller

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Jenna Maurice

Riley is based in New York at Josh Held Design. She has worked on major projects including the Theater Renovation at Madison Square Garden, a $1M renovation of the Presidential Suite at the Dream Hotel Downtown NY, and the Living Room Bar at the W Hotel in Times Square.