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  • Harvardwood Presents in partnership with DeeperDive: DeeperDive Seminar Series Fall 2021

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 05:30 PM - PDT · $75.00 USD

    5:30pm PST / 8:30 EST September 29 through October 27.

    This is a five-week seminar.

    Harvardwood, in partnership with DeeperDive.org, is excited to announce an exclusive survey course for full members on Religious Literacy in Writing for Fall 2021.

    This five-week training aims to elucidate the following: What is religious literacy? In what ways is religious literacy an important tool for storytelling? What steps can content creators and producers take towards incorporating it into their work?

    Religion appears in the stories we tell constantly. From cinematic references to iconography to characters, the chances of writing a script that completely omits religion is borderline impossible; characters are always moving through real or imagined societies in which religious institutions and ideas affect even nonbelievers. In addition, film and television may well be the primary platform where individuals encounter religions other than their own.

    This course, presented by Jason Hoezel and Lindsey Smith, will provide the background for participants to create more nuanced, non-stereotypical narratives about religion at any phase of a project. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of recognition for completion of coursework.

    DeeperDive is the first social impact partnership and consulting firm specializing in religious literacy in entertainment media. Spearheaded by Harvard Divinity School alumni and fellows, DeeperDive advises public, private and nonprofit organizations seeking to improve internal diversity and social responsibility strategy, evaluates media content using HDS’ Religious Literacy Project metrics, and offers specialized media executive’s education for social impact storytelling.

    Each one-hour seminar will take place via Zoom on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm PT from September 29 through October 27, 2021.

    Recordings will be made available upon request if members cannot make each week in person.

    Spaces are limited (20), so don’t wait to reserve your spot today! 

    Cost to members: $60 

    Cost to non-members: $75 


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $60.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Support Group for Entertainment Professionals

    Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM - PDT

    11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

    Virtually join other performing arts and entertainment industry professionals from across the country to discuss the ups and downs of navigating and working in the industry. This 6-week group is a way to connect with others in the community and reflect on participating in this unique, dynamic and challenging industry. This supportive space will allow you to share and listen with others going through similar experiences and give you a chance to build community and discuss coping strategies. 

    Please note that this is not a psychotherapy group and does not provide mental health treatment. If you are in need of mental health support, please reach out to The Actors Fund: actorsfund.org/MentalHealth

    This group is open to performing arts and entertainment professionals currently residing in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

    Recurrence: The Entertainment Support Group meets Thursdays from 11 am-12:30pmPST /2 pm–3:30 pm ET starting September 23.

    More info HERE

  • 5:00pm PST / 8:00pm EST

    Join Harvardwood for a conversation with Partner Amy Retzinger and TV Coordinator Anne Sawyier from Verve Talent and Literary Agency

    About the Speakers

    Amy Retzinger joined Verve in 2012 as a Partner and is responsible for crafting their television strategy and building the television team at Verve, and in 2014 was featured on Variety’s Women’s Impact Report. Retzinger has continued to be a force in the advocacy space, internally leading numerous initiatives to address diversity and environmental practices, as well as serving as an ambassador for the ReFrame initiative of Women In Film over the last few years

    Representing a diverse roster of clients that reflects her passion for seeing women behind the camera, Retzinger’s clients have achieved a number of industry firsts, guided by her representation, guidance and tenacity; most recently director Hanelle Culpepper made history as the first African-American woman to helm a Star Trek pilot episode in the iconic franchise’s 50-year history.

    Retzinger graduated from Harvard and worked for a short time in television documentary production in Boston, where she traveled the world, learned Malay, and lived on an oil rig.

    Retzinger works with Hanelle Culpepper (Star Trek: Picard, Kung Fu), Tamra Davis (High School Musical: The Musical, 13), Rob Hardy (Raising Kanan, All American), Tanya Wexler (Buffaloed, Jolt), Academy-Award nominee Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, Captain Marvel), Tricia Brock (Dummy, Florida Man), Gigi Saul Guerrero (Culture Shock), Sarah Watson (The Bold Type) and iconic director Howard Deutch (Pretty In Pink, The Miller Boys).


    Anne Sawyier is a coordinator on the TV Team at Verve. Born in Chicago, she earned her AB in art history and Arabic at Harvard, an MSt from Oxford in art history, and an MFA in film producing from the American Film Institute. After a variety of internships, she worked at Anonymous Content, Skydance, and Annapurna. After being an executive at Annapurna for about a year and a half, she made the transition to representation at Verve in the beginning of 2020. She focuses on literary and international talent.


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... How to Job Search During a Pandemic, Part 1

    Tuesday, October 05, 2021 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    Are you interested in learning how to navigate your job search during a pandemic? Do you need to discuss challenges the pandemic has burdened you with as a job seeker? If so, you're in the right place! 

    In How to Job Search During a Pandemic, Part 1 you will: 

    • Review important points to consider before initiating a job search amid these unprecedented times 
    • Discuss areas where you should be focusing your energy and how to manage your time  
    • Take a deeper dive into prioritizing your wants and needs

    Please Note: This workshop series is not sequential. Participants can take Parts 1 and 2 in any order. For more information on Part 2, click here. 

    More info HERE.

  • 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST

    This gathering will take place the first Tuesday of each month!

    In response to the troubling rise of violence and hostility against members of the AAPI community, The Actors Fund is offering a monthly virtual gathering for Asian American and Pacific Islander performing arts and entertainment professionals to come together for supportive conversation. Together they will explore how to balance and navigate everyone's feelings and support and celebrate the group's resilience.

    PREREQUISITE: 

    Free and confidential to all performing arts and entertainment industry professionals nationwide that are part of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

    More info HERE.

  • This is an 8-week course.

    Workshop Objectives: 

    The course will introduce you to the professional practices necessary to book work across multiple audition-types (film, tv, commercials, and voice over). This will include what’s needed to actually get the audition (headshots, resumes, demo reels, agents and managers) as well as what you need to do once the audition sides and script get sent to you. 

    We will cover in-person and self-tape (the preferred and most common audition medium post-pandemic) techniques that will set your audition apart from the rest. You’ll learn how to analyze a script and character, how to make strong choices unique to you, and how to tailor a performance based off notes from Casting. By the end of this course, you will have the foundational knowledge of what it takes to create a successful audition.

    *15 student limit, all classes will be via Zoom*

    About the Instructor

    Abraham is an actor and filmmaker from New York City. On camera he can be seen acting on hit TV shows such as BET’s “Boomerang," NBC’s "Aquarius,"  “The Carmichael Show," FX’s "The People Vs. OJ," HBO's "The Boring Life of Jacqueline," and CBS's "NCIS" & "The Young & the Restless." 

    He’s done voice overs for video-games such as “Fallout," “Starfield," and “FIFA 2020”. He has dubbed movies for Netflix, is cast as a regular ADR talent for the Epix series “Godfather of Harlem” starring Forrest Whitaker, “The Good Fight," and has voice matched Rick Ross for the Sony Pictures film “Superfly”. 

    In the on-camera commercial world, Abraham has played the lead in four major nationwide campaigns for healthcare.org, Truth, and Travelocity. 

    His producing work can be seen in film festival shorts such as "Da Capo ," which stars “Grey's Anatomy” alumni Moe Irvin and premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2017. In addition, Abraham has also cast a series of United States Postal Service marketing ads.

    He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters Degree in Filmmaking and New Media from the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles.

    Class Schedule

    10/5/21, (6pm - 8pm) Class 1: Introduction class and materials overview: Please bring headshots, resumes, and reels. We will also overview LA Casting, Actors Access, and Backstage, and how to self submit.

    10/12/21, (6pm-8pm) Class 2: Bring back acting materials with notes addressed. We will discuss type casting, branding, goal setting, and the current industry climate. 

    10/19/21, (6pm-8pm) Class 3: How to audition for commercials: wardrobe, reading copy, improv, partner reads, and interview style auditions. *Possible Guest appearance*

    10/26/21, (6pm-8pm) Class 4: Voiceovers Part 1-Auditioning for voice overs (radio commercials, audiobooks, video-games, dubbing, and loop groups) plus a crash course on DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation).

    11/3/21, (6pm-8pm) Class 5: Voiceovers Part 2-Listen to homework recordings and provide in class feedback.

    11/10/21, 6pm-8pm Class 6: Theatrical auditions, how to cold read, and script analysis.

    11/17/21, (6pm-8pm) Class 7: Audition night- Please bring a piece of prepared text, anything you feel you’re right for or have auditioned for in the past, plus more script analysis tools.

    12/1/21, (6pm-8pm) Class 8: Your self tape setup! And Audition night callbacks via Zoom.

    Office Hours: Flexible, by request & appointment only, please email — [email protected]


    This 8-week course is offered at $320. Applicants will be able to refund their purchase within the first 7 days. 

    The first 10 applicants will only pay $300 as an Early Bird Special!

    Early Bird Registration: HERE

    Registration: HERE 

  • 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    Today’s employment climate is more competitive than ever and there are many people out there competing for the best jobs available. As a result, the first step to a successful job search is to effectively communicate your talent and skillset to hiring managers

    What will you do to set yourself apart?  

    About Job Search Seminar:
    This is a 4-unit series that covers the main areas all individuals who are actively pursuing a job search should consider. See below for all unit topics: 

    Interested participants only need to register once via zoom to access all 4 units. 

    More info HERE

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Black Entertainment Professionals Gathering

    Wednesday, October 06, 2021 at 12:00 PM - PDT

    12:00pm PST /3:00pm EST

    This is a recurring event on the first Wednesday of every month.

    With all the highs and lows of 2020, one thing that stood out was the need for friendship and supportive community. Realizing the very real and ever-present challenges faced by Black people, The Actors Fund continues its efforts to provide support by offering recurring gatherings for Black professionals to talk, laugh, grieve and celebrate their unique and shared experiences as Black people in entertainment.

    Focusing on healing and affirmation and offered via Zoom at 12 pm PT, these gatherings will be facilitated by Black mental health professionals from the L.A. office. 

    More info HERE

  • 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

    Virtually join other performing arts and entertainment industry professionals from across the country to discuss the ups and downs of navigating and working in the industry. This 6-week group is a way to connect with others in the community and reflect on participating in this unique, dynamic and challenging industry. This supportive space will allow you to share and listen with others going through similar experiences and give you a chance to build community and discuss coping strategies. 

    Please note that this is not a psychotherapy group and does not provide mental health treatment. If you are in need of mental health support, please reach out to The Actors Fund: actorsfund.org/MentalHealth

    This group is open to performing arts and entertainment professionals currently residing in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

    Recurrence: The Entertainment Support Group meets Thursdays from 11 am-12:30pmPST /2 pm–3:30 pm ET starting September 23.

    More info HERE

  • 6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST

    Join Harvardwood for a conversation with Nancy Cotton, Executive Vice President, Head of Scripted programming for EPIX

    Nancy Cotton is Executive Vice President, Head of Scripted Programming for EPIX, overseeing development and production of all original scripted series on the network. Since joining EPIX in February 2018, Cotton has greenlit and overseen the network’s growing slate of scripted originals. Series launched under her purview include Godfather of Harlem, starring and produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos); DC origin story Pennyworth, from Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon (Gotham), and War of the Worlds, created by Howard Overman and starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern, all three of which recently aired second seasons. Cotton also shepherded the Ed Burns (Brothers McMullen) half-hour Bridge and Tunnel, which recently received a season two greenlight.

    Cotton’s most recent series include Chapelwaite, based on the Stephen King short story Jerusalem’s Lot and starring Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, as well as upcoming western Billy the Kid from Michael Hirst (Tudors, Vikings) and Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, Halo), and From, produced by the Russo Brothers, the Midnight Radio team, and Jack Bender (Lost).

    During Cotton’s tenure, EPIX’s roster of original scripted series also includes limited series Belgravia, created by Julian Fellowes, critically acclaimed Get Shorty starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano, and Perpetual Grace, LTD,  starring Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, Jacki Weaver, and Jimmi Simpson, and created and executive produced by Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris.

    Prior to joining EPIX, Cotton was President, Heyday TV USA. Working with David Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity, Marriage Story), she oversaw series targeted for broadcast, cable, and streaming, including drama series The Inbetween from showrunner Moira Kirland, which ran for one season on NBC. At Heyday TV, Cotton also had projects in development with Emmy and Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier, Oscar-nominated writer Richard LaGravenese, Oscar-nominated director Jamie Donoughue, and celebrated actor Patrick Dempsey.

    From 2007-2016, Cotton was Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs at Fox 21 Television Studios (formerly Fox Television Studios). She developed and oversaw the award-winning and critically acclaimed drama The Americans (FX), the Emmy-nominated series The Killing (AMC and Netflix), and Queen of the South (USA). She also developed The Chi (Showtime), written by Emmy award winner Lena Waithe, as well as Veena Sud’s Seven Seconds (Netflix), starring Oscar-winner Regina King. In addition, she oversaw The Comedians (FX), starring multi-award winning actors Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, Oscar-winner Holly Hunter’s Emmy-nominated Saving Grace (TNT), and Emmy-nominated The Riches (FX), starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.

    Prior to FTVS, Cotton was head of television for Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions where she executive produced broadcast series including Kevin Hill (UPN), starring Taye Diggs, Clubhouse (CBS), starring Dean Cain, Mare Winningham and Christopher Lloyd, and Complete Savages (ABC), co-created by The Simpsons writers Mike Scully and Julie Thacker Scully. Cotton also executive produced the acclaimed 10-part documentary series Carrier (PBS), which followed the US Navy’s nuclear aircraft supercarrier USS Nimitz on its six-month tour to the Persian Gulf in 2005.

    Cotton was Vice President of Programming for Mandalay Television, where she produced Young Americans (WB), starring Kate Bosworth and Ian Sommerholder, and worked on Jeremy Piven vehicle Cupid (ABC), created by Rob Thomas. Before Mandalay, Cotton was Director, Drama Series at ABC, and oversaw numerous series including David Kelley’s award-winning The Practice. Cotton began her television career as an assistant in the television literary department at The William Morris Agency.

    Cotton currently serves on the board of directors of the “I Have A Dream Foundation, Los Angeles as well as the advisory board of LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy).


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

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    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
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