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Winter 2011
Josh Robbins
Media Arts
Jamie Perillo
t has been a long journey for
Josh Robbins. But he appears
to f inally have arrived at the
place he was meant to be.
“It’s funny, in a way, that I’m
teaching,” Robbins said. “My fa-
ther was a professor and I wanted
to specif ically avoid following in his
footsteps, but here I am.”
Robbins’ path has led him
around the country. From attending graduate school at the
University of Southern California, to doing professional
coverage of scripts in New York, to teaching high school in
Hawaii, Robbins’ life has been far from uneventful. But now,
Robbins is back where it all started, in New York, ready to
teach Marist students how to take advantage of the media
and work successfully in the competitive industry.
Robbins currently teaches Writing for the Media, Art
of Film, Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting. His
methods serve to help students get a better
grasp on the f ield they wish to enter.
Robbins actually encourages his students to
watch a lot of television, view a lot of movies,
or listen to a lot of radio. Seems easy enough,
right? But there is a catch.
“You want to get away from just being a
member of the audience and start experi-
encing media as a professional-in-training,”
Robbins said. It is these tactics that make
class with Robbins interesting.
“He’s a college teacher that we can re-
late to,” Alex Resnick, ‘10, said. “He’s been
around the block within the f ilm industry
and knows his stuff.”
Resnick, a radio/tv/f ilm major, is just one of the many stu-
dents Robbins positively inf luenced. Robbins puts emphasis
on practice and suggests that students take advantage of the
time at college to make mistakes and learn from them.
“A lot of jobs in the communications f ields can be high-
pressure in that your mistakes can be very costly,” said
Robbins. “So get out there and do a lot now and learn while
the stakes are still relatively low.”
or Jamie Perillo, fashion has always been part of the
“Starting in elementary school and throughout high
school, I did a lot of f ine arts and jewelry making,” Perillo
said. “My mom taught me how to sew when I was little and
I always liked doing things with my hands, so I knew what I
wanted to do after high school.”
After high school, Perillo attended the Fashion Institute of
Technology in New York City, where she majored in Fashion
Design. After graduating from F.I.T., Perillo worked in New
York City for about 10 years, working for well-known de-
signers Josie Natori and Carole Hochman, as well as licensed
collections of Esprit, Jockey, Oscar De La Renta and Lauren
by Ralph Lauren.
“As a professional, the f irst time you see your designs in the
stores is a huge accomplishment,” Perillo said. “When you see
your f irst real collection that you work on from start to f inish
is in stores that is a really memorable moment.”
After the birth of her daughter, Perillo moved back from
the city into the local area in order to be closer to family.
“I found Marist and it seemed like a good f it,” Perillo said.
Some of the courses Perillo teaches include Apparel
Development I, Apparel Development II, and Design Studio
“She’s taught us everything we are going to need for the
next four years,” Alexandra Kibbe,
‘13, one of Perillo’s students, said.
“She’s taught us kind of a concrete
foundation for our whole career here
at Marist.”
Along with preparing her stu-
dents for their careers at Marist
and thereafter, Perillo helps her
students improve their work by
working with them individually.
“She works with everyone on
their own project and is really good
at taking you through your project and
slowing down the process,” Amy Ferro, ‘13, said.
For the f inal project in her Apparel Development II class,
students were required to use recycled materials, such as old
garments, plastic bags, or CDs to make a wearable and sale-
able garment.
“The challenge is to make something very high-end,”
Perillo said. “One of my students said that they were at a
junkyard and started ripping apart an old car. They took
apart the convertible cover and the vinyl from the seats so
we’ ll see how it goes.” -VINCENT GINARDI, ‘11
photo courtesy of Jamie Perillo