Aunrèe J. Houston ’00 fondly reflects on his time at Oswego as he glances at a photo of his Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony displayed on his desk. As a student he created his own production company, and today, he serves as the director of marketing operations for programming sales at HBO and works as an empowerment life coach under his branded company, Aunrèe Jac.
When Houston first graduated, he struggled to find his next steps. He was determined to work on Broadway but needed a reliable job. His godmother, a former vice president at HBO, encouraged him to join the company’s temp pool. He enjoyed his experience and was able to excel and grow within the company. In his current position, he and his team ensures that HBO Original Programming and the HBO brand is promoted throughout the world.
Houston studied drama therapy at NYU Steinhardt. The program combines theatrical methods and psychology to support mental health and positive transformation. He applies his knowledge to his role as an empowerment life coach. He works to empower his clients to live positively, progressively, beautifully, spiritually and dynamically—a philosophy better known as the Aunrèe Aesthetic.
When Houston is looking for guidance, Mark Cole ’73, former professor and chair of the theatre department, comes to mind. “He inspired me to be regal, sophisticated and resilient,” said Houston. “He inspired me to follow my dreams, exercise my talents, challenge myself and truly enjoy my life.”