Laura Elena Fortes

Assistant Director, Programs

Laura Elena Fortes has vast experience developing and implementing hybrid projects with nationally and internationally recognized cultural organizations. Laura's primary areas of departmental responsibilities include overseeing the undergraduate Major and Minor programs, marketing and recruitment for undergraduate and graduate programs, and fundraising. Laura is the Editor of Orature, an Interview-Based Project, housed within the Department of Performance Studies. 

Laura has served on various university committees including the University Leadership Honors Course Nominating Committee, led by Dean Robert Cameron, and the Tisch School of the Arts Web Committee, led by Dean Allyson Green. She has served as an Alternate Representative on the Administrative Management Council and has been nominated for the Tisch School of the Arts Give-A-Violet Award. 

Additionally, Laura teaches writing workshops for high school students entering the college admissions process. A working artist, Laura works across mediums exploring ideas of space, scale, and time through visual storytelling. Her work is included in gallery and museum collections and exhibitions, and she is commissioned for private and public projects, from large-scale outdoor installations to textile design. 


New York University

Master of Arts

New York, New York


University of Pennsylvania 

Bachelor of Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania