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Meet the Team

We’re thrilled that you’re considering spending the next few years of your life with us at Pratt. We truly believe it’s a remarkable place, but don’t just take our word for it.

Dive into our website and, if you can, pay us a visit in person. If you’re hungry for more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 718.636.3514 or drop us a line at

Our admissions counselors (yep, the friendly folks below) are here with open arms and smiles to assist you. And, if you’d like to put a face to the name, join us at one of our campus events or catch us in a city near you. We can’t wait to connect!

Natalie Capannelli

Director of Admissions (she/her)

BFA Painting, Kent State University ‘04
MFA Painting and Drawing, Pratt Institute ‘08

Favorite thing about Pratt:
I love Pratt’s tight knit community I enjoyed as a student and now as a professional—both creatively and personally!

Rory Sommers

Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions (she/they)

BA Art History, Sarah Lawrence College ‘09
MA Art & Archaeology, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne ‘11

Favorite thing about Pratt:
Exploring the sculpture garden on a sunny spring day

Tricia Hughes

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions (she/her)

BA English, Siena College ‘11
MS School Counseling, Sage Graduate School ‘13

Favorite thing about Pratt:
Pratt’s community radiates passion and kindness. I love being a part of a place where everyone can embrace who they are, share their passions, and feel truly welcomed.

Kelly McCarthy

Assistant Director of Visitor Services (she/her)

BA Psychology, Hofstra University ‘21

Favorite thing about Pratt:
The students by far! The students here at Pratt are all so unique and make this place what it is. (Also the cats).