CEO & Co-Founder
Co-founder Burke Brewer is an accomplished seamstress, musician, disability employment consultant, and multiple entrepreneur born and raised in Knoxville, TN. Burke holds a BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling from The University of Tennessee, and as CEO of Modern Studio is responsible for the oversight and mission of organization. An avid seamstress, Burke created Modern Seamstress in 2015 to empower women to love their bodies and delight in dressing their bodies through the timeless art of garment sewing. Modern Seamstress offers sewing classes, custom garments, and special collections to women of all skill levels, ages, and sizes, while encouraging women to create more and consume less.
As a professional counselor, Burke is CEO of Work Matters, LLC, a disability employment counseling firm whose team offers career counseling and job placement support for youth and adults with physical and mental disabilities across East Tennessee. Burke frequently combines her background in counseling with her love of creative pursuits, writing about the benefits of creative hobbies on wellness and self-esteem, as well as female entrepreneurship on her personal website.
Modern Studio is a unique endeavor that includes Burke’s love of the creative community, with her love of music and entrepreneurship. As an accomplished vocal soloist, children’s choir director, and musician, Burke is eager to provide a space for musicians and artists to be appreciated for their talent and skill, and encourage the community to once again support the arts.
Victor Agreda, Jr.
Creative Director & Co-Founder
Blogger turned Editor-in-Chief, Victor Agreda boasts more than 10 years experience in the media and content marketing field. Victor has managed DownloadSquad, Engadget Spanish, Autoblog Spanish, launched DIYLife, and grew The Unofficial Apple Weblog for AOL by over 300%. As a trusted leader, Victor managed a team across the world, and provided trusted reviews and coverage of Apple products upholding the highest journalistic standards, with a monthly audience of over 3 million. During his time at TUAW, Victor tested thousands of apps, and worked closely with developers and innovators in the technology field.
Victor holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (English) as well as Watkins in Nashville (Film Editing). His love of film encouraged him to start Superpixel in 1999, a successful multimedia production studio. Victor has since created content for television and the web, and has been a speaker at SXSW and 360 Intersect, and has been interviewed on BBC Radio and Fox Business News. Since 2013, Victor has also been WATE’s Tech Expert.
Victor’s passion lies in storytelling and empowering local businesses and individuals in the region. He hopes to bring together Knoxville businesses and creatives, in order to make Knoxville more inclusive and creator-friendly. Victor lives in Fountain City, and has two children, Belle (14), and Weston (12). He’s performed magic and comedy for Mayor Rogero and Ashley Capps, and is a mentor for this year’s MediaWorks program at the Knoxville Entrepreneurial Center.
Founder of KPAX
Carolyn Corley is an actor, director and certified project manager (PMP) who channels her professional skills into myriad outlets. Her mild-mannered alter ego is a project controls analyst at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor, where she oversees long-term planning, and develops and tracks schedules for facility maintenance and upgrade projects. As a freelancer, she also provides operational support to several area non-profits, including the Oak Ridge Chapter of the U.S. Women in Nuclear, Circle Modern Dance, and Tennessee State Company.
Carolyn was born in Maryland, grown in New Mexico and now thrives in East Tennessee. She made her acting debut in Knoxville in 2008 as Chrissy in Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” with the Wild Thyme Players. She has since performed in stage, TV, and film productions with numerous companies including Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Tennessee Stage Company, Jupiter Entertainment and NolPix Media.
Carolyn created the Knoxville Performing Arts Exchange in order to provide a stable, affordable venue to local performing arts groups in Knoxville. Learn more here.
Founder of Knoxville Music Warehouse
We are so excited to announce Kent Oglesby as our resident live music genius and booker extraordinaire. Kent is a native of Knoxville, TN and launched The Knoxville Music Warehouse in 2013. Knoxville Music Warehouse is the best way to follow the local music scene, learn about new local talent, find information about local shows, and hear bands before you see them. Kent is also one of the masterminds behind the wildly popular concert series, Knoxville Secret Shows.
We are thrilled to be partnering with Kent to bring something truly unique to the Knoxville music scene. As Knoxville’s best listening room, Modern Studio will offer a space for musicians to showcase their talents and skills without competing for audience attention. In addition to offering all ages shows, potluck concerts, as well as superior artist hospitality, we’ll be working hard to elevate the culture for music that deserves to be heard.
Kent is busy booking shows beginning January 2017, and would love to hear from you if you’re interested in performing at Modern Studio: firstname.lastname@example.org