Visiting Artists

2016 Feb 25

Lecture & Demonstration: Akram Khan - CANCELLED

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

Akram KhanPresented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program and Learning from Performers, and Celebrity Series of Boston

Due to unexpected circumstances this event has been cancelled, as have Akram Kahn’s performances with Israel Galván February 27 and 28 presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston.

For more information about ticket refunds or exchanges for the performances, contact the Celebrity Series at 617.482.2595.

2016 Jan 20

actor, writer, producer AMY BRENNEMAN: “Plugging Into Good Stuff and Letting Go of Noise: Some Tips for Staying Sane in a Show Business Life”

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall 101

Amy Brenneman '86Presented by: Office for the Arts in association with the Harvard Alumni Association
Registration required. Register on the Wintersession registration page.
Admission Free: No Tickets Required; free and open to all Harvard affiliates and the public.

Amy Brenneman ’86 is an actor, writer and producer whose credits include the ABC police drama series “NYPD Blue” (1993-94), for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards, and the CBS series “Judging Amy” (1999-2005); currently she is starring in the HBO series “The Leftovers.” Her recent film credits include “Things You Can Tell By Just Looking at Her” (2000) and “The Jane Austen Book Club” (2007). During this talk/Q&A Brenneman will discuss balancing career and personal life, and managing the ups and downs of working in the entertainment industry.

2016 Jan 22

writer NELL SCOVELL: “A Way with Words”

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall 101

Presented by: Office for the Arts in association with the Harvard Alumni Association
Admission Free: No Tickets Required; free and open to all Harvard affiliates and the public. Registration is closed, but some seating may be available at the door starting 15 minutes prior to start time. Admission first come, first served, subject to venue capacity.
Blog post: Nell Scovell '82: Write now. Sleep later.

Nell Scovell '82—a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair and The New York Times, with TV credits that include “The Simpsons,” “Monk,” “NCIS,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and her own hit series “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”—says that “what you do with words determines what words do to others; they can be arranged to educate, inspire, and entertain. And you can do all three at once.” Scovell will discuss how to jump between literary genres including journalism, book writing, screenplays, speechwriting and television, each form having its own set of structural rules and stylistic demands. If you are interested in a broad range of writing that includes both fiction and non-fiction, prose and dialogue, this discussion will challenge you to try new genres and expand the way you express yourself.

2016 Jan 21

pediatrician and TV writer NEAL BAER: “Private and Public Storytelling: How to Use Digital and Traditional Technologies for Social Change”

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall 101

Neal Baer EdM ’79, AM ’82, M ’95Presented by: Office for the Arts in association with the Harvard Alumni Association
Admission Free: No Tickets Required; free and open to all Harvard affiliates and the public. Registration is closed and event is at capacity, but some seating may be available at the door starting 15 minutes prior to start time. Admission first come, first served, subject to venue capacity.
Read "Liberal arts poster child" on the Harvard Arts Blog>

Neal Baer EdM ’79, AM ’82, M ’95 is a pediatrician and television writer who combines his passion for medicine and storytelling to challenge audiences’ views on a spectrum of social and political topics. His credits include the TV series “Under the Dome,” “ER” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” and he is the founder of Global Media Center for Social Impact, which uses new media to promote health initiatives around the world. Baer will discuss how compelling stories have the power to transform popular culture and catalyze social change in such areas as health, immigration, racial justice, America’s prison crisis, the environment, LGBT/gender equality, education, reproductive health and rights, and more.

2016 Jan 21

director, writer and President of Directors Guild of America PARIS BARCLAY: “The Men and Women in the Mirror: Reflections on How the Commercial Artist Can and Will Change the World”

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall 101

Paris Barclay ’79Presented by: Office for the Arts in association with the Harvard Alumni Association
Admission Free: No Tickets Required; free and open to all Harvard affiliates and the public. Registration is closed, but some seating may be available at the door starting 15 minutes prior to start time. Admission first come, first served, subject to venue capacity.

Paris Barclay ’79 is President of the Directors Guild of America, the first African-American and first openly gay President in the history of the Guild. He also served on the Guild’s Western Directors Council and co-chaired the Diversity Task Force, whose mission is to encourage the employment of women and minority directors to networks and studios. He will discuss how the power of popular media and storytelling can change perceptions about race, gender, sexual orientation and other aspects of identity in society.

2016 Jan 21

a conversation with composer JEANINE TESORI

1:00pm

Location: 

Sever 113, Harvard Yard

Jeanine TesoriPresented by: Learning From Performers
Admission Free: No Tickets Required; free and open to all Harvard affiliates and the public. Registration is closed, but some seating may be available at the door starting 15 minutes prior to start time. Admission first come, first served, subject to venue capacity.

Jeanine Tesori is the 2015 Tony Award-winning composer of “Fun Home” (which also won a Tony for Best Musical), as well as the musicals “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2002), “Caroline, or Change” (2004) and “Violet” (1997), which was nominated for seven Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding New Musical, and won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and a Special Obie Citation for Tesori’s music. Tesori will discuss her career during this conversation/Q&A presented by OFA Leaning From Performers in association with Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage Company, which is presenting “Violet” January 9-February 6 at the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston’s South End.

2015 Dec 09

President and CEO, LA Philharmonic, DEBORAH BORDA

2:00pm

Location: 

Office of Career Services, 54 Dunster St.

Deborah BordaPresented by: Learning From Performers and the Office of Career Services
Free and open to Harvard students only; RSVP to the Office of Career Services

Deborah Borda's career has been distinguished by her creative leadership, commitment to innovation, and progressive outlook on the role of orchestras in the 21st century. The first arts executive to join the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence, Borda will discuss her almost 15-year tenure at the helm of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sharing the challenges and rewards of managing the largest symphonic organization in the United States.

2015 Oct 30

"The Art of Beatboxing: Jam and Performance"

7:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Arts @29 Garden, 29 Garden St. (at Chauncy St.)

clockwise from top left: RICH McKEOWN, CHESNEY SNOW, DHARNI, ALEMPresented by: Learning From Performers
Tickets: Admission free (tickets or RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
How to get tickets: Admission Free: No Tickets Required
Related event: 4-6 PM: Beatboxing Workshop (participants welcome; no previous experience required.)

Illuminating one of the most neglected musical genres, Chesney Snow (actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter) and Rich McKeown (President, KoolKidz Television & Publishing LLC) return to Harvard for a beatboxing workshop/conversation and performance. Last year, Snow and McKeown—executive producers of the documentary “American Beatboxer” American Beatboxer—were joined by director Manauvaskar Kublall to screen the film, which highlights the growing beatboxing scene in the U.S. This year, their focus is on the international community. Joining them will be Alem, the world beatbox champion; Dharni, the two-time Grand Beatbox Battle champion; and Pepouni, the creator of swissbeatbox.com, one of the foremost beatboxing channels. Together they will host the workshop, discuss the art of beatboxing, and participate in a jam & performance afterwards.

2015 Oct 30

"The Art of Beatboxing: Workshop"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Arts @ 29 Garden St.

clockwise from top left: RICH McKEOWN, CHESNEY SNOW, DHARNI, ALEMPresented by: Learning From Performers
Tickets: Admission free (tickets or RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
How to get tickets: Admission Free: No Tickets Required
Beatboxing Workshop: participants welcome; no previous experience required.
Related event: Beatbox Jam and Performance at 7:30 PM

Illuminating one of the most neglected musical genres, Chesney Snow (actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter) and Rich McKeown (President, KoolKidz Television & Publishing LLC) return to Harvard for a beatboxing workshop/conversation and performance. Last year, Snow and McKeown—executive producers of the documentary “American Beatboxer” American Beatboxer—were joined by director Manauvaskar Kublall to screen the film, which highlights the growing beatboxing scene in the U.S. This year, their focus is on the international community. Joining them will be Alem, the world beatbox champion; Dharni, the two-time Grand Beatbox Battle champion; and Pepouni, the creator of swissbeatbox.com, one of the foremost beatboxing channels. Together they will host the workshop, discuss the art of beatboxing, and participate in a jam & performance afterwards.

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