“Seriously Creative in a Commercial World” with Ryan Scott Oliver
In a class designed for anyone who makes art of any kind (and also for the actors who are thinking about it), composer-librettist Ryan Scott Oliver discusses what it means to be creative: from the idea (What are you making?), the cause (Why are you making this? After years and maybe boredom, why are you still making this?), to planning and structuring your process, going about the process itself (Experience. Imagination. Above all, research!), and then what to do with the material once you’ve completed an initial draft (getting feedback, organizing presentations, revising/rewriting) and of course, at last, pitching and selling your projects in our commercial world. RSO will also discuss his own process and his own career with a Q&A throughout. This comprehensive seminar is designed for serious creatives and anyone who is interested in being seriously creative.
“Actor Therapy at Harvard” with Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver
Actor Therapy New York comes to Cambridge! Since 2012, Actor Therapy has served over 300 musical theater performers, exploring audition technique, cabaret/performance technique, the actor’s audition “book” and repertoire building, text interpretation, with an emphasis on the student’s personal experience and how that may strengthen and or weaken the performer’s work in front of an audience. Some students will have the opportunity to sing and receive feedback.
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave Allston, MA 02134
Join us on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 for a slide lecture with artist Cheyenne Rudolph. Rudolph’s work blends functional ceramic objects with campy performances and satirical videos. Her absurd domestic scenarios illustrate and challenge stereotypical assumptions about gender roles, proper etiquette, and cultural expectations.
Presented by: Learning From Performers Tickets: Admission free (tickets/RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
A two-time Tony Award nominee for his roles in the musicals “The Full Monty” (2000–01) and “Oklahoma!” (2002) and a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award nominee for the 2003 HBO miniseries “Angels in America,” Patrick Wilson will lead a master class for Harvard undergraduate vocalists. Read more about actor/vocalist PATRICK WILSON
Award-winning architect Frank Gehry GSD ’57 ArD ‘00 is the recipient of the 2016 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust at a ceremony hosted by actor and Master of the Arts at Harvard John Lithgow ’67 ArD ‘05, who will moderate a discussion with the honoree. Presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard’s Learning From Performers program and the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, this is the official opening event for ARTS FIRST, Harvard University’s annual festival showcasing student and faculty creativity in the arts, April 28-May 1. Read more about Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Architect FRANK GEHRY
Presented by: Learning From Performers Admission: Free and open to the public (tickets/RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
New York Voices—comprising Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinham, Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian—are known for their close-knit vocals, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral and big band to an intimate trio line-up. With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected. Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before—Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer—they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come. They will lead a master class with Harvard undergraduate singers, co-sponsored by Harvard’s vocal harmony group VoxJazz. Read more about a master class with NEW YORK VOICES
Presented by: Learning From Performers ADMISSION: Free and open to the public (tickets or RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served subject to venue capacity. VENUE: Farkas Hall Studio, 10-12 Holyoke St.
Brian Lowdermilk is a musical theater composer whose work is “dynamic and diverse, appealing to many facets of human emotion” (Catherine Duffy, Bargain Theatreland, UK). His songs—many with lyrics by his writing partner, Kait Kerrigan—have been recorded and performed internationally, and Lowdermilk-Kerrigan’s musicals have been produced and developed at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club and Primary Stages, among other regional theaters, festivals and venues. He will conduct a master class with Harvard undergraduate performers. Read more about a master class with composer BRIAN LOWDERMILK
Rufus Reid, whose “luscious sound and buoyant swing can levitate an ensemble clear off the bandstand” (The New Yorker), is the 2016 Harvard Jazz Master in Residence. He has toured and recorded with Nancy Wilson, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell and countless others, and his recording “Quiet Pride—the Elizabeth Catlett Project” (Motema Music), earned two GRAMMY nominations in 2015. Equally known as an exceptional educator, Reid co-founded the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University. He will discuss his career and creative process during a conversation moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. Read more about a conversation with composer/bassist RUFUS REID