Visiting Artists

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.... Read more about writer NELL SCOVELL: “A Way with Words”

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

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.... Read more about 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”

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.... Read more about a conversation with composer JEANINE TESORI

2015 Nov 11

a conversation with director RACHEL CHAVKIN and composer/writer DAVE MALLOY

6:30pm

Location: 

Loeb Drama Center, Room C, 64 Brattle St.

Presented by: Learning From Performers and American Repertory Theater
Admission free and open to Harvard students only

Rachel Chavkin and Dave Malloy have collaborated on a number of original theater productions, including the critically acclaimed and immersively staged electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre...

Read more about a conversation with director RACHEL CHAVKIN and composer/writer DAVE MALLOY
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.... Read more about President and CEO, LA Philharmonic, DEBORAH BORDA

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.... Read more about "The Art of Beatboxing: Jam and Performance"

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.... Read more about "The Art of Beatboxing: Workshop"

2015 Nov 20

violinist ROBERT MEALY

4:00pm

Location: 

The Memorial Church, Harvard Yard

Robert MealyPresented by: Learning From Performers
Tickets: Free and open to observers (tickets or RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity). 
Location map: The Memorial Church, Harvard Yard

One of America's most prominent historical string players, Robert Mealy will lead a master class for members of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra (Phoebe Carrai, Director), which he co-founded with Dr. Murray Somerville (Gund University Organist and Choirmaster, 1990-2003) during his time teaching at the university.... Read more about violinist ROBERT MEALY

2015 Nov 16

poet/singer-songwriter ALICIA JO RABINS

7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Hillel, Rosovsky Hall, 52 Mt. Auburn St.

Alicia Jo RabinsPresented by: Harvard Hillel, in association with Learning from Performers, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Woodberry Poetry Room at Lamont Library and Harvard Divinity School.
Tickets: Free (tickets or RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity).
Location: Harvard Hillel, Rosovsky Hall

Harvard Hillel, in association with Learning from Performers, the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Woodberry Poetry Room at Lamont Library, presents Divinity School: A Reading and Musical Performance” featuring Alicia Jo Rabins. Introduced by Elisa New, Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, the event will include a reading by Rabins of her poetry collection Divinity School, and a performance of songs from her new recording “Open the Ground” with her band Girls in Trouble, whose music is inspired by stories of women in the Bible.... Read more about poet/singer-songwriter ALICIA JO RABINS

2015 Nov 13

pianist GEORGE CABLES

4:00pm

Location: 

Leverett House Theatre, Mill St. (between Plympton & DeWolfe streets)

Pianist George CablesPresented by: Learning From Performers
Tickets: Free (tickets or RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity).
Venue: Leverett House Theatre (between Plympton and DeWolfe streets) Entrance on Mill Street (map)

A “player’s player,” Cables will discuss his career during a conversation moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. “Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists,” Victor L. Schermer has written in All About Jazz. “Everyone, that is, except George Cables. Exceptional in every way, he is yet a team player. He sees himself as part of the rhythm section, and has always emphasized the group over the soloist.”

Mr. Cables' residency is supported by the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Fund.

... Read more about pianist GEORGE CABLES

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