Career Conversations with Alumni Artists Under 30(ish)

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Career Conversations with Alumni Artists Under 30(ish)

Thinking about pursuing a career in the arts? Join us for a new conversation series with recent(ish) graduates who are working in the arts professionally.

Presented by: The Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services
Admission: Free & open to Harvard Undergraduates. RSVPs required. RSVP through Crimson Careers.
Location: Office for the Arts (OFA), 74 Mt. Auburn Street / Office of Career Services (OCS), 54 Dunster Street

The Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services have teamed up for a series of one-hour conversations with recent alums working in the arts. Each session will focus on practical lessons and unique insights about succeeding in arts professions. The speakers are in their 20s and 30s, and each took a unique path to pursue careers in theater, dance, writing, film and more.

Series events

9/15, 3-4 PM: Meredith “Max” Hodges ’03, HBS ’10, executive director, Boston Ballet (Location: OFA)
9/22, 3:45-4:45 PM: Ryan Halprin ‘12, VP of Production at Lin Pictures (Location: OCS)
9/29, 4-5 PM: Alexander Berman ’10, screenwriter and filmmaker (Location: OFA)
10/6, 4-5 PM: Devi Lockwood ’14, poet and activist (Location: OFA)
10/13, 4-5 PM: Soman Chainani ’01, author of children’s trilogy The School for Good and Evil (Location: OCS)
10/20, 4-5 PM: Rick Kuperman ’11, director and choreographer (Location: OCS)
11/3, 4-5 PM: Madelyn Ho ’08, HMS ’18, dancer with Paul Taylor Dance Company (Location: OCS) Read Setting up as dancer and doctor by Truelian Lee '21 on the Harvard Arts Blog CANCELED. Please check back for rescheduled time. 
11/16, 4-5 PM: Elizabeth Mak ’12, theater designer (Location: OCS)

Limited to 20 students. Reservations are first come, first served. RSVP now!


Meredith “Max” Hodges ’03, HBS ’10 (Social Anthropology and Business, Winthrop House) joined Boston Ballet as Executive Director in 2014, and leads the company in partnership with Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. Hodges has a wide range of experience that combines both the not-for-profit arts and the for-profit management industries. Prior to joining Boston Ballet, she served as Executive Director of Gallim Dance, a New York-based contemporary dance company dedicated to performing original work by Artistic Director Andrea Miller, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. At the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Hodges worked in a variety of roles, most recently as a Project Director leading strategic development, membership, and technology initiatives. She has also worked as a Senior Associate Consultant with Bain & Company, consulting for clients in multiple industries, including private equity and consumer products.

Ryan Halprin ’12 (Neurobiology and Economics, Lowell House) is vice president of Production at Lin Pictures, supporting the development and production of the Lego movie universe. He was the 2012 recipient of the Jonathan Levy Award recognizing the most promising actor or actress at the University.

Alexander Berman ’10 (VES, Cabot House) is a filmmaker and screenwriter. His documentary about tank-riding reindeer herders Songs from the Tundra won the Grand Jury Prize at the Provincetown International Film Festival. He received an OFA Artist Development Fellowship in 2008. 

Devi Lockwood ’14 (Folklore and Mythology, Dudley House) is a poet, storyteller and touring cyclist who travels the world collecting stories about water and climate change. She received an OFA Artist Development Fellowship in 2013. 

Soman Chainani ’01 (English and American Literature, Lowell House) is a writer and lmmaker known for his bestselling children’s book series The School for Good and Evil. The series sold more than 1.5 million copies, has been translated into 25 languages and will soon be a lm from Universal Pictures, with Chainani co-writing the screenplay.

Rick Kuperman ’11 (Psychology, Lowell House) and his brother Jeff form The Kuperman Brothers, a directing and choreography team for stage and screen. He received an OFA Artist Development Fellowship in 2011.

Madelyn Ho ’08, HMS ’18 (Chemical and Physical Biology, Leverett House) was a professional dancer with Paul Taylor Dance Company before attending Harvard Medical School. She received an OFA Artist Development Fellowship in 2007. 

Elizabeth Mak ’12 (Special Concentrator in Performance & Theater Arts, Cabot House) is a lighting, projection and set designer for theater. She was the 2012 recipient of the Louise Donovan Award recognizing outstanding behind-the-scenes work in the arts.