All the World's a Stage

Ilana Walder-Biesanz '14, Research Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

A college graduate at 19, Ilana was the first Olin student to be named a Gates-Cambridge Scholar: This led her to Cambridge University, where she persued a Masters in European Literature and Culture, with a focus on theater and opera studies. After touring Europe, performing in more than a dozen plays, completeing her Masters and turning down an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, she accepted a Fulbright Scholarship and spent the 2014-2015 academic year studying the use of technology in theater and opera at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Germany. She returned to the tech world in 2015 as an Associate Product Manager for Yahoo.