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Karissa Schaefer

Karissa Schaefer, Living Arts Editor

Karissa Schaefer (She/Her) is a junior journalism major from Long Island, NY. She is also minoring in psychology and publishing. This is her fourth semester writing for The Beacon and she serves as the Living Arts Editor. She loves the world of entertainment and Schweppes ginger ale.
Latest from Karissa Schaefer
Alex Disenhof on the set of Alice.

Emerson students, both past and present, litter the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

January 20, 2022

The chances of spotting an Emerson alum in the entertainment industry are high, and the 2022 Sundance Film Festival—taking place Jan. 20 to 30—is no different.  Among the many alumni with featured...

The artwork for SEVENTEEN

17 again: alum relives her last year of high school in new podcast

January 20, 2022

Seventeen is an age that resonates with many—an age full of friendships, appearances, and emotional ups and downs—and that’s no different for Laura Leigh Abby ‘07, the creator of a new podcast...

Dancing the night away, Kaytranada style

Dancing the night away, Kaytranada style

January 9, 2022

A disco ball, blinding colorful lights, and a non-stop flow of dancing and R&B represent the perfect concoction for DJ Kaytranada’s Dec. 9 set at Boston’s House of Blues.  This concert was...

James P.W. Martin 13 posing with his new anthology, Eggplant Emoji Volume 1.

‘Laughter is medicine’: alum published comedic short story anthology

November 18, 2021

Labeled as “humor for the culturally refined” and promising to subvert expectations—Eggplant Emoji Volume 1, a new collection of comedic short stories from an Emerson alum, was released last month.  The...

Grammy Award-winning composer, bassist, and vocalist esperanza spalding.

Opera ‘Iphigenia’ world premiere at Cutler Majestic Theatre Nov. 12 and 13

November 12, 2021

“Iphigenia,” an opera inspired by the Greek myth of the same name, will be making its world premiere at the Cutler Majestic Theater on Nov. 12 and 13, transforming the traditional tale to fit a contemporary...

The main characters of the Million Dollar Quartet.

Tony winning musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ hits Boston this weekend for three shows

October 28, 2021

The Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” which chronicles a real-life recording session with rock ‘n’ roll legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins,...

The Girlie Project performing their comedy show, Alaina.

Comedy troupe, The Girlie Project, performs hilarious rendition of ‘Annie’ called ‘Alaina’

October 28, 2021

Most people are familiar with the classic story of “Annie”—an orphan girl who is selected to live with rich man Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks who eventually adopts her. But how about this: instead...

WILLOW performing her new album.

11 years later, I’m still whipping my hair to Willow

October 21, 2021

In 2011, I vividly remember using my iPod touch voice memos to record WILLOW’s “21st Century Girl” off YouTube. I’d repeatedly replay it, singing along while on my trampoline. Now, 10 years later,...

Still from Sky Hopinkas “Maɬni–towards the ocean, towards the shore.”

‘Bright Lights Film Series’ hosts first in person event since pandemic

October 14, 2021

After 18 months of Zoom screenings and discussions, Emerson’s “Bright Lights Film Series” hosted its first in-person event since Mar. 12, 2020 on Oct. 8 with a screening of “Maɬni–towards the...

From left to right: Stephen Colbert, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi ’00, and Ballard C. Boyd ’03 at the Emmys

Three Emerson alums win Emmy awards

September 30, 2021

Three Emerson alums, two of whom had won previously, took home trophies at the 2021 Emmy Awards on Sept. 19 for their behind-the-scenes work in television.  Randy Barbato ‘82, Joe Celli ‘91, and...

Amanda Richards 10 and Dawn Steinberg 82 worked on the Fantasy Island Reboot.

Emerson alums help create “Fantasy Island” reboot

September 23, 2021

Two Emerson alumni—who graduated the college nearly 30 years apart—found themselves collaborating in Sony’s casting department to bring Fox’s reboot of the 1970s show “Fantasy Island” to life. While...

Two NBS members at the fall 2021 org fair.

Student organizations return to in-person gatherings

September 16, 2021

After 18 months of only using Zoom, student organizations are once again filling theaters, staging scenes for film sets, and collaborating with each other to create art. The true on-campus experience can...

Anum Hussain, one of the founders of Below the Fold.

Emerson alum creates daily newsletter

September 9, 2021

In 2020, Anum Hussain ‘13 launched Below the Fold, a free daily newsletter determined to catch stories that fall in between the cracks of mainstream media outlets. Below the Fold aims to do just as the...

Art by Lucia Thorne

The 10 songs that got me through my first year at Emerson

May 24, 2021

One of my favorite ways to connect with people is through music. During my first year at Emerson, I discovered so many great new songs that are part of my daily playlist now, many of which I first heard...

Three weed dealers––Jamie, Alex, and John––who spoke with The Beacon on the condition of anonymity, discussed their life as dealers on campus and how it impacts their customers.

Let’s Be Really Blunt: Student dealers on what it’s like being “The Plug”

May 1, 2021

College students, often overwhelmed by the pressures of schoolwork, social life, and on-campus extracurricular commitments, not to mention jobs, have increasingly turned to weed as an outlet for their...

Police restrict the south campus gate at Boğaziçi University in Turkey.

Protesting for educational freedom, Free Literature is getting support from Emerson’s Professor Swanson

April 15, 2021

A group titled “Free Literature” (Serbest Yazın in Turkish), made up of students from Boğaziçi University in Turkey, have been protesting for educational freedom for over 70 days. To expand their...

8 ways to enjoy Boston’s spring season safe from COVID-19

8 ways to enjoy Boston’s spring season safe from COVID-19

April 5, 2021

Although spring in New England is typically a long, dreadful month with no break, the warm weather springing up in Boston over the past few weeks allowed students to get some much-needed fresh air. Now,...

Documentary subject of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” Joe Exotic

Ten binge-worthy shows that got us through the pandemic

March 17, 2021

Since the COVID-19 lockdowns began about a year ago, we’ve been given a plethora of TV shows to binge on streaming platforms. Whether it was a show returning for a new season, a brand new series, or...

AMC Boston Common 19

Movie theaters are becoming a thing of the past, for better or for worse

March 9, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic came the closing of movie theaters everywhere. This changed the way people consume movies, going from sitting in front of the big screen with a huge bucket of warm buttered popcorn,...

Britney Spears

New documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’ released, reviving discussion of conservatorship

February 28, 2021

The New York Times’ “Framing Britney Spears” Hulu documentary was released on Feb. 5, of this year, yet Britney Spears has remained in a conservatorship since January 2008. Devoted fans are pushing...

Still from Disneys Raya and the Last Dragon

Ryn Soorholtz ’16 serves as production coordinator on Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

February 23, 2021

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” takes viewers on an epic journey through the eyes of lone warrior, Raya, as she tracks down the last dragon to help her stop an evil force...

The Big Scary S Word post-screening virtual discussion and Q&A

‘The Big Scary ‘S’ Word’ documents American socialism at Bright Lights Emerson film series

February 7, 2021

A public school teacher and a former Marine turned to socialism due to their financial struggles in a documentary directed by Yael Bridge. The Big Scary “S” Word documents the American socialist movement...

Plastic Hearts: Why Miley Cyrus is the musical chameleon of Gen Z

“Plastic Hearts:” Why Miley Cyrus is the musical chameleon of Gen Z

January 31, 2021

Gen-Z follows Miley Cyrus through it all. From living a double life on screen as Hannah Montana to a Tiktok trend where fans do whatever Cyrus comments. Throughout her career, fans appreciate her authenticity...

Video games are the modern form of storytelling

Video games are the modern form of storytelling

January 20, 2021

Video games have been around since the 1950s, bringing forth old-school classic computer games like “Tennis for Two” and “Spacewar.” Since then, video games are continuously proving to be the newest...

A worker dispensing salt along the Washington and Boylston Street intersection.

11 ways to celebrate the holiday season COVID-free

December 22, 2020

Decorating, family time, movies, shopping, and holiday food are just a few hallmarks of the holiday season. But in a normal year, no one has to account for a global pandemic while mapping out their December...

Emerson Mystic celebrating Halloween 2019

Emerson Mystic hosts virtual event to celebrate Gaelic festival ‘Samhain’

October 31, 2020

This year, Emerson Mystic, an organization dedicated to anything “witchy,” offered a dorm-safe alternative to the traditional Samhain bonfires and celebrations. Students put their creative skills to...

Katie Lacadie, a senior writing literature and publishing major, was one of two students to have their manuscript selected by Undergraduate Students for Publishing. Her manuscript, along with senior Clarah Grossmans, will be published in December of this year.

Pub Club announces semesterly student manuscript winners

October 28, 2020

Come December, Emerson students will be able to read about a medieval woman who fights societal constraints in the name of friendship and a love story in reverse—each written by fellow students handpicked...

The Media Art Gallery opened an exhibition for the first time since Covid-19 forced the schools closure in March.

Emerson Contemporary debuts new blog, fall exhibit amid pandemic

October 14, 2020

Six months after the pandemic shuttered its operations, Emerson Contemporary, the college’s visual arts platform, is back with a new blog and in-person exhibit. Emerson Contemporary’s fall theme is...

Members of Kappa Gamma Chi opted out of recruitment this semester.

Fraternity and Sorority Life navigate the semester under COVID-19 regulations

October 6, 2020

Fall is typically the peak semester for fraternity and sorority life on campus, who usually welcome a new member class through recruitment events. But this year, as yet another consequence of the COVID-19...

Oujia boards were banned from the Charlesgate hotel in 1990 because of the psychological effect they had on students.

Getting ‘ghosted’ at Emerson? It’s more common than you think.

September 24, 2020

While working a lighting call on “Follies” in the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Greg Crafts ‘03 remembers being pushed to the edge of the top balcony by a ghost.  “I literally felt a hand in the...

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