Harvardwood News Feed


Harvardwood Highlights

Alumni Profiles


  • Upcoming events

    Harvardwood Heads To... An intimate summer musical salon

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 08:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    LAM House in New York, NY

    We would like to to invite you to two intimate musical evenings on June 25th and 26th at a lovely townhouse in Greenwich Village by one of New York's finest new string quartets, Quartet121.

    Alongside conductor Kelly KaWai Lam, they will be presenting a varied program of contemporary music, including the US premiere of the Goldilocks Quartet by Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, and works by Caroline Shaw and Olga Neuwirth.

    Doors will open at 7:45 pm and music will begin promptly at 8:15!

    Suggested donation is $30 each, $55 for a pair and $20 for students. Every dollar given will support us in our educational and professional goals. Space is limited. A reception will follow and we hope you will stay and enjoy a glass of wine with us!

    Harvardwood Salon: Cort Cass AB '03 (ABC Studios VP, Drama Development)

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    On the evening of June 25th, attend an intimate dinner with ABC Studios' VP of Drama Development, Cort Cass AB '03 (BlackishAmerican HousewifeSpeechless)! 

    Attendees will cover their own food & drink at dinner

    The Harvardwood Salon Series gives attendees the unique opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with the featured guest in an intimate setting. Salons are only open to Harvardwood Members & Friends. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how you may attend.

    Cort Cass AB '03
    (VP of Drama Development, ABC Studios)

    HeadshotCass.jpgCort Cass is a Vice President of Drama Development at ABC Studios. He previously served as Vice President of Comedy Development at ABC Studios and has spent the last 15 years in various positions within the company. In these positions Mr. Cass develops and oversees series across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. For ABC Network he shepherded Emmy and Golden Globe nominee BLACKISH as well as AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, SPEECHLESS, and the upcoming, yet-to-be-named Cobie Smulders drama. On the streaming side, he is currently shepherding THE BOOK OF ENCHANTMENT fantasy series based on Disney’s Villains franchise for Disney’s streaming platform (premiering 2021) and a JOHN GRISHAM multiverse project for Hulu based on his books. Previous series credits include HAPPY ENDINGS, DOWNWARD DOG, TROPHY WIFE, HELLO LADIES, THE MAYOR, and GRANDFATHERED among many others.

    Mr. Cass recruited many of the studio’s biggest talent deals including: Kenya Barris (BLACKISH, GROWNISH), Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (SMILF, HELLO LADIES, TROPHY WIFE), Simon Rich (MAN SEEKING WOMAN, MIRACLE WORKERS), James Griffiths (BLACKISH), Randall Einhorn (THE MICK), and Danny Chun (GRANDFATHERED, SPEECHLESS).

    Mr. Cass began his tenure at ABC Studios in 2004 as an assistant/ coordinator in both the comedy and drama departments and was promoted to manager in 2007. He previously worked at Creative Artists Agency. Mr. Cass started his career as an author, publishing THE REDHEAD HANDBOOK and THE BLONDE BIBLE for publishing house Blue Mountain Arts. He graduated from Harvard College in 2003, where he developed deep relationships with the comedy community as a member of The Harvard Lampoon. His annual BEEFSTEAK charity dinner raises $20k for the LA FOOD BANK. He currently resides in Sherman Oaks with his fiancée and 6-year-old daughter.

    If you're interested in attending this Harvardwood Salon, please read the information below carefully and follow the steps.

    1) You must be a dues-current Harvardwood Member or Friend. Not a member

    2) Complete this brief interest form so we can learn more about you and your interest in attending this event. Please log in to access the form. The deadline for the interest form is June 17, 2019.

    3) You will be contacted by the Directors of Harvardwood Salons. If it is possible for you to attend, the Directors will send you the link to RSVPIf not, you will be placed on a waitlist. Capacity is extremely limited, and priority for future Salon registrations will be given to people who have previously been waitlisted in order to ensure equitable distribution among the membership.

    This is a restricted event, and advance and approved registration completed per the steps above is required. Due to extremely limited capacity, no walk-ins will be admitted; anyone who is not registered will be turned away at the door.

    We appreciate you waiting to be contacted by the Directors. Please read this page carefully to make sure your question can't be answered by information here before reaching out with any email inquiries.

    Harvardwood Heads To... The Opening Reception for 'Double X'

    Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York, NY

    Please join us for the opening reception of Double X, that will take place Thursday, June 27th 5–7 p.m. RSVP at ecfa@ecfa.com to attend.

    Ethan Cohen Gallery is pleased to present Double X, a group exhibition of ten female artists with distinct artistic practices. Bringing together female artists from variegated cultural backgrounds and ages, Double X seeks to analyze gendered categorizations and initiate a conversation regarding female representation in art and the world beyond.

    The phenomenon of “all-women” exhibitions is rather new to art history, but its connotation has shifted dramatically in this short time. The urge to include more female artists in the broader narrative of contemporary art is clear and undeniable. The feminist art group Guerilla Girls pointed out the problem of underrepresented female artists a sharp 30 years ago with their piece “Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?” Yet, the problem remains unresolved, and recent studies tell of serious societal and political barriers that prevent women from entering major institutions today.

    According to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, even though 51% of visual artists active today are women, only 13.7% of living artists represented by galleries in Europe and North America are women, and only 12.6% of artists represented in major U.S. museum collections are women. An attempt to counteract this situation often falls into the crisis of categorization. “All-women” exhibitions may be even more discriminatory and biased than one where gender isn’t considered at all.

    Art strives to question such categorizations but needs them in order for art to remain a legitimate social force. This is the lens that the gallery uses in presenting an all-women exhibition. What is it that one can sense in purely feminine artwork? Should this concept even rightfully exist anymore? What does art lack in its narrative, being a male-dominated environment? These and many other questions arise when thinking about the binary structure that becomes visible the moment one wants to dismiss it. The 58th Venice Biennale emphasized the importance of including female artists, yet other minorities that hold non-binary gender identities seemed to be left aside. Might our categorizations foster exclusion and reduction? And further, how does our perception of art change upon learning the gender of the artist?

    This group exhibition calls on narratives such as that of François Ozon’s 2002 film, Eight Women, which depicts the convergence of eight women from varying circumstances who seek common ground while maintaining pride in their distinctions. Gender identity can both bring us together and highlight our differences, urging us to critically examine the purpose and implications of such labels. Featured in this exhibition is the work of ten artists who identify as women. By presenting these artists under the same roof, we ask viewers to question the cohesion of their messages and decide for themselves what it is that truly binds them together.

    Full list of artists:

    Belkıs Balpınar

    Mina Cheon

    Joan Lebold Cohen

    Li Daiyun

    Bian Hong

    Yayoi Kusama

    Sarah Letovsky

    Jeannie Motherwell

    Ana Haixin Wang

    Jeannie Weissglass


  • Enter your script in our annual Writers Competition

    Writers, it's that time of year again! The annual Harvardwood Writers Competition is now open for submissions through July 31, 2019.

    We're accepting feature screenplays, original TV pilots, and shorts (<30pp), and all writers are eligible to submit their scripts, as long as they are Full Members of Harvardwood. The Harvardwood Writers Competition (HWC) was founded in 2006 with the aim of recognizing superior work by Harvard writers and giving these talented individuals the opportunity to gain industry exposure. View the list of past HWC winners.

    Continue reading →

    ENDS JUNE 28th: Bid to win a one-on-one lunch with an entertainment VIP!

    START BIDDING: Harvardwood's Summer 2019 VIP Lunch auction is LIVE now through Friday, June 28th!

    We're auctioning off one-on-one lunches with amazing Harvard entertainment VIPs: Albert Cheng MBA '97 (COO & Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios), Jon Goldman AB '87 (Managing Partner, Skybound), Jenette Kahn AB '68 (Co-Founder, Double Nickel Entertainment), and Keri Putnam AB '87 (CEO, Sundance Institute).


    Please read the auction rules and guidelines before placing any bid on a VIP lunch. Bidding ends at 11am on Friday, June 28th, but Harvardwood members get a special perk: one extra hour of bidding from 11am-12pm! If you aren’t a current Harvardwood member, this is a great time to join or renew your membership.

    Continue reading →

  • Issue 173 | June 2019


    Continue reading →

    Issue 172 | May 2019


    Continue reading →
Calendar Programs Jobs & Career Development