For Undergraduates

Want to make art? Reach out to one of these staff members or student organizations to help you find your way! For a comprehensive list of all the creative writing, dance, drama and music co-curricular organizations active this semester, visit TheHub@HarvardCollege.

The Office for the Arts at Harvard
General inquiries, funding, administrative support, guest artists, free workshops, advocacy, and all around one-stop shopping.
         Jack Megan, Director
         Alicia Anstead, Associate Director of Programs
         Stephanie Troisi, Student Services Coordinator

Creative Writing
Curricular:
         Darcy Frey, Director of Creative Writing, English Department
         Lauren Bimmler, Undergraduate Program Administrator, English Department
Co-curricular:
         The Harvard Advocate
         The Harvard Crimson
         The Harvard Lampoon
         Tuesday Magazine
Academic Study: Poetry reading/events, Christina Davis, Curator, Woodbury Poetry Room
Literary Publications: Chloe Garcia Roberts, Managing Editor, Harvard Review

Dance
Curricular:
         Kirsten Leonard, Administrative Manager, Harvard Dance Center
         Elizabeth Epsen, Communications and Programs Manager, Harvard Dance Center
Co-curricular:
         Harvard Ballet Company
         Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company
         Ghungroo (South Asian Association)

Drama
Curricular Courses: Debra Levine, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Theater, Dance & Media
Curricular Productions (including Design and Tech): James Stanley, Producing Artistic Director, Theater, Dance & Media
Co-curricular (Artistic, Administrative, Design, & Tech):
         Dana Knox, Production Coordinator for College Theater, Office for the Arts
         Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC)
Academic Study: Matt Wittman, Curator, Harvard Theater Collection
Professional Internships: Ryan McKittrick, Director of Artistic Programs, American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)

Film
Curricular:
         Matt Saunders, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Art, Film and Visual Studies
         Paula Soares, Manager of Academic Program, Art, Film, and Visual Studies
         Joana Pimenta, Interim Director of the Film Study Center and Director of Graduate Study for Critical Media Practice
Co-curricular:
         Harvard College Film Festival
         Harvard Undergraduate Filmmakers Association       
Academic Study: Harvard Film Archive

Music
Curricular: Nancy Shafman, Director of Administration, Harvard Music Department
Co-curricular:
         Andy Clark, Director of Choral Activity
         Mark Olson, Director of Band and Wind Ensemble
         Federico Cortese, Director of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra
         Allen Feinstein, Director of the Harvard Pops Ensemble and Hasty Pudding Band
         Yosvany Terry, Director of Jazz Ensembles
Academic Study: Loeb Music Library

Studio Arts
Curricular:
         Matt Saunders, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Art, Film and Visual Studies
         Paula Soares, Manager of Academic Program, Art, Film, and Visual Studies
Co-curricular:
         Ceramics Program, Kathy King, Director
         Harvard Undergraduate Student Art Collective
         Harvard Studio Art Society ​​​​​​
         Harvard Undergraduate Art Club
         Harvard Undergraduate Design Collective
Academic Study: Harvard University Art Museums, Jeanne Burke, Staff

ARTS FIRST Festival
Interested in being part of Harvard’s annual arts festival?
         Marin Orlosky, Arts First Coordinator

Boston Symphony Orchestra logoBSO update

Please note: Tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which are typically available to undergraduates through the OFA, are on hiatus because of Covid-19. We are leaving info about the BSO tickets program on our website to honor the program and to assure undergrads that—as soon as it's safe— we will resume distributing free tickets. The BSO is featuring many virtual events so you can still listen to quality classical music. Enjoy the music. We look forward to sending you to Symphony Hall again when it's safe. 

Learn about the BSO tickets at OFA

Thanks to gift from the late Harvard Professor Arthur Maass, undergraduate students at Harvard can receive free tickets to selected performances by the BSO. Professor Maass was a long-time subscriber and patron of the BSO with his membership beginning in 1946. Upon his passing, a provision in his estate plans dictated that funds were to be made available to supply tickets to Harvard undergraduates.

Once the OFA reopens (when it's safe to do so), the standard policy for claiming tickets is as follows:

  • BSO tickets will be made available approximately one week in advance of any given concert, depending on ticket availability from the BSO box office.
  • Notification of available performances and ticket quantities is published in The Beat, Harvard's weekly arts digest (subscribe here), distributed each Thursday of the academic year. Tickets will be available for pick-up on the day and time stated in the listing, usually on Friday afternoons at 74 Mt. Auburn St.
    • Tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis and must be picked up in person. Lines form early (sometimes up to 2 hours before distribution begins!)
    • Please wait quietly and in an orderly manner until distribution time begins. 
    • To receive tickets, students must show a valid Harvard undergraduate student ID. Limit is typically wo tickets per ID, suject to change. (Occasionally students are permitted to four tickets, pending BSO availability.)
    • Students who receive tickets must wait two weeks after the BSO performance date before they are again eligible to participate in the program.

This opportunity is available to Harvard undergraduates only. Sign up for The Beat for the latest on concert dates and availability of free BSO tickets.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston