During the 2023 Career Series, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students had the privilege of meeting Gustavo Padrino, the Community Engagement Manager at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Gustavo shared his journey from college to employment and explained how he found his passion by making a difference for the neurodiverse community through the arts.
Despite majoring in Music and earning a bachelor’s degree, Gustavo discovered his true calling was not in this field. He was hired to work in the Broward Center for the Performing Arts finance department and was soon promoted to work across multiple departments. During this tenure, Gustavo participated in planning a sensory-inclusive program. He realized that he wanted to focus on making a difference for the neurodiverse community by providing accommodations for shows.
Gustavo’s passion for ensuring equal opportunities for theater enjoyment among individuals with disabilities compelled him to consider a career shift. He strongly believes that regardless of their abilities, everyone should have the chance to relish theater experiences. The aspect he cherishes the most about his job is the positive impact he has created by facilitating numerous individuals with disabilities and their families to participate in theater events together. The students of the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. extend their gratitude to Gustavo for sharing his story and insights about job opportunities available at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. His presentation has helped them think about their high school transition options.
Gustavo’s presentation on job prospects at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has been immensely valuable for the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students, who extend their heartfelt gratitude for his contribution. By sharing his story and insights, Gustavo has provided the students with valuable information to start contemplating their high school transition choices.