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12/03/2009

Introducing Our New Marketing Coordinator

Karina Kacala is a familiar, yet new, addition to the First Person staff. As Marketing Coordinator, Karina is only halfway through her second day on th6923_174469769675_513854675_3858082_4933830_n1e job. However, she is already acquainted with the First Person community, having served as this year’s Volunteer Coordinator for our Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art.

While many of you met Karina during the Festival, we still have a lot to learn about her. Rather than make her submit a boring biography, First Person staff members threw a few questions her way…

Dan: What are you most excited about doing here with us?

Karina: New First Person programming will be taking place over the coming months and I’m very excited about promoting these ventures to the First Person community and beyond. (Yes, I’m being purposefully cryptic. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!)

Eva: What is your favorite memoir?

Karina: I love Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. In a similar vein, Art Spiegelman’s Maus is another favorite.

Dan: What would the title of your memoir be and why?

Karina: It would have to be something that captures my background as a singer but also all the other random stuff that I’ve done over the years… something like, Off the Beat or Singing Out of Range.

Eva: What was your favorite festival memory this year?

Karina: My favorite memory wasn’t one specific thing; it was seeing the volunteers have a great time. For instance, we had a few volunteers from Central High School, ranging from freshmen to seniors. Volunteering for the Festival was a way they could fulfill a community service requirement for graduation. I was a little surprised at how engaged they were by topics as diverse as animals, William Kunstler, and the Philly Complaint Choir. I even think they were surprised themselves! I also loved seeing the volunteers enjoy hanging out with each other and start forming their own community within First Person Arts. A bunch of us even went out for karaoke after the Volunteer Appreciation Party! Overall, the volunteers having fun made my job even more meaningful.

Nick: What are your top three favorite films (documentary or otherwise)?

Karina: This is really hard so I’m going to cheat and turn it into two questions. For movies overall, I’ll choose Annie Hall, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Usual Suspects. Favorite documentaries are Rize, Grey Gardens and Grizzly Man.

Cathy: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Karina: I’m pretty dorky, to be honest. I knit, do crosswords, write about food on my blog (kitchenplay). But I also love going out dancing.  That makes me a little less dorky, right?

Nick: What is your go-to snack food?

Karina: Well, when I’m being healthy, I dig yogurt (cherry, preferably) and Luna bars. When I’m feeling less than healthy, I go for Oreos and/or Nacho Cheese Doritos. Love. Them.

MEET Karina at one of our upcoming First Person Arts events in 2010 and ask her a few questions of your own! For a schedule of events, go to our Events Calendar.

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Overdoing it at Fringe Arts (Tickets on sale Dec. 3)
  • Date: December 18, 2018
  • Time: 8 PM
  • Venue: FringeArts
  • Location: 140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106