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Mariele Fluegeman

Grants Coordinator
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Mariele came to Elevate with a lifelong passion for the arts and social justice. Prior to joining the Elevate team, they apprenticed at various theaters around the country to learn the craft of dramaturgy. At their most recent position as a literary fellow with the American Shakespeare Center, they honed their research and writing skills while supporting a nascent new play development program. Through dramaturgy, Mariele has sought to advocate for voices and stories that need to be heard. They are thrilled to continue advocating for those voices through the world of grant writing.

Mariele is a current member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. They earned their BA in Dramatic Arts and English from Centre College, where they graduated cum laude.

A recent transplant to the DC area, Mariele enjoys finding a good cup of tea, going to the theater, and stumbling upon atmospheric places to write poetry.

What is your hidden talent?

I can play the piano.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I am a semicolon. I think it fits into my aesthetic as a Jane Austen hero with an Elizabethan flare.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

I try to be careful with my grammar opinions, since I think grammar policing can be used to exclude people due to class, education, or cultural differences. Did I construct that sentence to show that I proudly use the Oxford comma? Yes.

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