Having just over eight years of experience working in arts and cultural institutions, Makayla Santiago- Froebel serves as the Arts Marketing Specialist for Chautauqua Institution’s Opera and Theater Companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Music Business and a Bachelor of Art in Arts Administration with a concentration in Communication from the State University at Fredonia. She also holds a Master of Science in Communication & Leadership, Non-Profit Organizational Behavior from Canisius College. In addition, she holds the Diversity & Inclusion Certification from Cornell University and is excited to infuse all she has learned into decision-making and communication strategies.
With a passion for lifting the voices of those so often left unheard, Makayla founded the Chatty Carmens podcast in 2020 with a simple vision, that female-identifying change-makers of color deserve a platform to share their stories.
She previously worked at Chautauqua, with roles in dance and ticketing operations. In addition, her tenure includes communications and development experience from Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY, Center for Elder Law & Justice, Frank Lloyd Wright’s The Martin House, Canisius College, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, and serving as house manager and ticketing agent for SUNY Fredonia’s Rockefeller Arts Center. She is currently serving as a board member for the Create Change Project in Dunkirk.
Originally from the Bronx, Makayla identifies as Nuyorican. She lives in Fredonia with her spouse, Eric, and their sheepadoodle, Paxton.