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  • Harvardwood Masterclass: Working with Shakespeare #2

    Monday, September 21, 2020 at 04:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD
    Zoom

    Working with Couplets: Attendees should come prepared with two lines of Shakespearean verse. Only two lines! Must be verse, no prose, but no need for rhyming couplets. Any two consecutive lines of Shakespearean verse will do! We’ll approach each line with a variety of tools and learn how to use the tools in action.

    Ian Hersey EdM '07 has performed on stage, film and television; including a recent critically acclaimed performance of Nick Bottom at The Shakespeare Theater of NJ. He was assistant director to Dan Sullivan on Cymbeline and James MacDonald on King Lear both at The Public. He’s directed various Shakespeare plays at Stella Adler, The Atlantic School and NYU Grad Acting. Shakespeare Text/Dialogue Coaching credits include The Old Globe, The Public, Juilliard, Williamstown, Shakespeare on the Sound, 52nd Street Project, and The Flea. At The Public, he was the Shakespeare Initiative Associate.

    Ian holds a master’s in education from Harvard University, and has taught at Brown, Barnard, The Atlantic, New World, SUNY Purchase, The Actors Center, The Public, R.Evolucion Latina and The Shakespeare Society, as well as prisons, community centers and other institutions. He received a Fox Foundation Fellowship and studied with Ron Van Lieu, Lloyd Richards, Olympia Dukakis and Earle Gister among others. 


    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!

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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Career Spotlight Series: Writing for TV Animation

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM - PDT
    Zoom

    Story Editor Jeff Trammell ("Craig of the Creek") and Staff Writer Kate Tsang (HBO Max’s "Adventure Time: Distant Lands") outline the differences between writing for board-driven and script-driven tv animation, as well as give us a little insight into their careers.

    Please Note: Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.

    Entry to this online event is first come, first served.

    Jeff Trammell is the Head Writer of the Emmy nominated series, “Craig of the Creek” on Cartoon Network. Since moving to Los Angeles in October of 2015 for the Nickelodeon Writing Program, Jeff has written on over a dozen shows, including Disney’s “The Owl House” and “Amphibia”, Nickelodeon’s “Glitch Techs”, and more. He was also a consultant on Season Three of Cartoon Network’s “Infinity Train”.

    Kate Tsang is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. She's created awesome shorts (So You’ve Grown Attached, Welcome to Doozy) and written for fantastic shows including Adventure Time: Distant Lands and the Emmy-nominated Steven Universe Future. Kate recently wrote and directed her first feature film, Marvelous and the Black Hole, starring Miya Cech and Rhea Perlman. 

     

  • Harvardwood Presents: Your Story & Your Pitch with Margot Leitman

    Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 04:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD
    Zoom

    Your personal story is an invaluable part of both a strong pitch and a general meeting. Join us as bestselling author, Margot Leitman and storytelling instructor, shares practical tips and methods to improve the content, delivery and emotional impact of your personal anecdotes. 

    Please come prepared with your personal story! We will have time for Margot to help a few volunteers from the audience to hone their personal stories right on the spot. Your story can either be the introduction to a pitch, or the story you tell when an exec asks, “So tell me about yourself?"

    margot-lietman-curry-B46A3903.jpgMARGOT LEITMAN is the author of the best-selling book LongStory Short: the Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need, What’s Your Story? Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase. She has written for DreamWorks TV, the Hallmark Channel, and the Pixl Network and worked for "This American Life" as the West Coast story scout. She is the founder of the storytelling program at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre and is a five-time winner of the Moth Storyslam and a winner of the Moth Grandslam, receiving the first ever score of a perfect 10. She travels all over the world teaching people to tell their stories. 


    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!

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  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Geffen's INSIDE THE BOX feat. David Kwong AB '02

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 06:00 PM - PDT through November 08, 2020
    Online

    Inside the Box takes us into the exhilarating world of games with New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong AB '02. Twenty-four guests will have a front-row seat to an entirely interactive show of puzzles, while David regales them with stories of the most extraordinary puzzle-makers throughout history. This incredibly smart and wildly entertaining event is filled with wordplay, multi-layered games, and surprises that will leave your mind blown. Log on, put on your thinking caps, and join in the fun.

    Run of show: 09.29.2020 – 11.08.2020

    Intimidated by puzzles? Don’t be! David Kwong has designed these games to be fun and enjoyable at any skill level. Ticket holders will be emailed a PDF packet of materials one week in advance, which must be printed prior to showtime. David will guide the audience through these materials during the show.

    This production will use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Audience members will “check-in” to their show up to 30 minutes ahead of curtain, and may be asked to interact with David as well as share their video at all times.

    The show will begin once everyone is in the Zoom theater. Some puzzles will require volunteers, while others will involve the “Zoom grid” in which everyone gets a chance to participate. Along the way, David will unveil clues that ultimately reveal a special surprise at the climax of the show.

    Tickets on sale September 15 at 12 pm (PDT). Sign up to be notified HERE.


    With his expertise in enigmas and illusions, David Kwong delights and challenges audiences around the world with his intellectual brand of magic. A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for the New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. Kwong was the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show Blindspot. He was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film Now You See Me. Other films Kwong has worked on include The Imitation GameMission Impossible: Rogue NationProject Power, and The House with a Clock in its Walls. A TED Talk favorite, Kwong regularly speaks to companies, demonstrating the principles of illusion and the science of why your brain is fooled. Kwong’s book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success was published by Harper Business. After 125 sold-out performances in New York, Kwong’s one-man show, The Enigmatist, will premiere in Los Angeles in 2021 at Geffen Playhouse. Kwong is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied the history of magic.

  • Anti-Racism in Hollywood: A Talk with Andrew Coles AB '09 (The Mission Entertainment)

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM - PDT · $5.00 USD
    Zoom

    Harvardwood is partnering with the Harvard Club of Southern California on a series of entertainment-industry conversations around anti-racism and what Hollywood needs to reflect upon to create systemic change. The aim is to provide the Harvard community with opportunities to hear from experts, participate in workshops to recognize one's own complicity, and engage with one another over these issues.

    Please join us for a conversation with Andrew Coles of The Mission Entertainment for a discussion on the development process: how film and television projects are greenlit and cast, and how to amplify diverse voices and avoid the either/or mentality of profit over representation. The conversation will be moderated by Daniel C. Rogers AB '12.

    Andrew Coles AB '09

    Andrew C. Coles is an activist, manager, producer, curator + DJ - he currently serves as the Founder & CEO of The Mission Entertainment. Upon graduating from Harvard with a degree in African-American studies, he moved to LA and began working at CAA before going to Overbrook Entertainment where he worked under Franklin Leonard (founder of The Black List), first as his assistant then junior executive. From Overbrook he relocated to New York to run development for Scott Rudin Productions, working across film, TV and theatre. In 2013, Andrew created The Mission Entertainment – a management + production company whose purpose and philosophical foundation lies in serving as advocates for storytellers that have been traditionally overlooked, undervalued and underrepresented. With a childhood dream of becoming a civil rights criminal defense attorney, Andrew has married his passions for storytelling + social justice advocacy through working in the entertainment industry – helping to create images that are truly representative of the world we live in.

    On the production side, Andrew C. Coles most recently served as Producer of Universal’s Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas’s and written by Lena Waithe. Andrew also serves as Executive Producer of BET’s Twenties, which was just renewed for a second season. Andrew partnered with Lena on You Ain’t Got These, her recently released sneaker culture docu-series with Boardwalk Pictures (Chef’s Table) for Jeffrey Katzenberg + Meg Whitman’s Quibi, which just premiered in the Spring of 2020. Andrew is currently involved with several projects in various stages of production set for release in 2021.

    Daniel C. Rogers AB '12

    Daniel Christopher “D.C.” Rogers was born and raised in Lompoc, CA, the son of a rocket engineer and brother to three over-achieving sisters. His feature film script Stardust won the 2019 Harvardwood Writers Competition. Daniel was most recently a staff writer on the second season of the CW drama In the Dark. He currently has a series in development with Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door Productions, in addition to a separate series with director Anya Adams (black•ishThe Good Place) and writer/producer Julia Bicknell (The Haunting of Bly Manor13 Reasons Why) attached. Daniel holds an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC and a BA in English from Harvard College. A classically trained baritone, SAG Award-winning actor, and reformed pre-law student, Daniel resides in West Hollywood, CA.


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  • When sexual violence appears on screen, what problems do we have with these portrayals? And have these issues with representation changed in the wake of #MeToo?

    I_May_Destroy_You_.jpegFrom A Streetcar Named Desire to Saturday Night Fever, The Evil Dead to Game of Thrones, rape has long been a staple ‘plot point’ in film and TV narratives. But given how frequently sexual violence is experienced by real-life individuals, don’t these portrayals deserve to be more nuanced and realistic in their depiction of victims and survivors? 

    More recent TV series like Unbelievable, I May Destroy You (pictured to right: Michaele Cole, series creator and actor), and even the long-running Law and Order: Special Victims Unit have started to break new ground in exploring the complexity around consent and sexual coercion. But what does the future hold? 

    DC_US_cover_final.JPGAuthor and activist Winnie M. Li AB ’00 leads this open discussion on the ethics of representing sexual violence on-screen.  

    (You can read Winnie’s take on I May Destroy You here, her Guardian piece on the film industry here, and her LA Review of Books interview about her novel Dark Chapter here.)

    Winnie M. Li AB '00

    IMG_9929_LR_final.jpgWinnie M. Li is an author and activist.  She worked as a film producer in London before her career was disrupted, at the age of twenty-nine, by a stranger rape.  This prompted a long period of recovery, followed by a change of career. Ultimately, Winnie decided to focus on addressing the issue of sexual assault through the media, the arts, and academia. 

    Her debut novel, DARK CHAPTER, is winner of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, nominated for an Edgar Award, and has been translated into ten languages.  Inspired by her own assault, it explores a rape and its aftermath from the perspective of both victim and perpetrator.  Winnie is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Clear Lines, the UK’s first-ever festival addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. Her PhD research at the London School of Economics explores media engagement by rape survivors as a form of activism. Winnie has appeared in The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Irish Times, BBC World News, Sky News, and TEDx London. She has an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, in recognition of her writing and advocacy. 

    Twitter: @winniemli
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winniemli
    Instagram: winniemli


    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!

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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Hollywood Now 2020

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 07:00 PM - PDT · $5.00 USD
    Zoom & Hio

    Hollywood Now returns for 2020 virtually!

    Join the top entertainment schools in the country as we rub proverbial elbows, exchange ideas, and make things happen at the annual event using the platform Hio. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your network of creatives, executives, agents and lawyers to include passionate and driven alumni from USC, NYU, AFI, UCLA, LMU, Northwestern, DKA, Southwestern, Harvard, Emerson, Chapman, and CalArts. Join us as we have one on one and small group conversations all done through the Hio app that you can download on your phone or use on your desktop.

    When you purchase a ticket, you'll receive an email to download the Hio app and create an account. A day or 2 before the event, you will receive an email with Zoom info for introductions as well as a Hio desktop link to the event.

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  • Harvardwood Presents: How to Launch an Audiobook with Author John Wasowicz MPA '88

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 05:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD
    Zoom

    Your questions about writing, narrating, scoring, recording, producing, and marketing an audiobook will be answered by John Adam Wasowicz MPA '88, author of the upcoming novel Slaters Lane and two previous Mo Katz mysteries. Slaters Lane is a mystery about a murder that’s committed in Alexandria, VA in April 2020—in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.  John will be joined by the team of independent artists who created the audio version of Slaters Lane.  

    The program will be moderated by NPR newscaster Nora Raum.  Confirmed panelists include Nicole Lacroix, on-air host of Classical WETA in Washington, D.C., who narrated Slaters Lane; James Jacobs, a WETA host and composer, whose music is heard in the audiobook; and Matt Lynch, who engineered the project.In addition, Journalist Derek McGinty, who narrated the second Mo Katz audiobook Jones Point, has been invited to join our virtual audience to comment on his experiences providing narration in the pre-pandemic environment. 

    Don’t miss your chance to learn the ins and outs of audiobooks and sign up today! You can also purchase an advance copy of Slaters Lane (instructions below), and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Harvardwood!

    To obtain a copy of Slaters Lane signed by the author, narrator, and composer, go to One More Page Books in Arlington, VA. Search for Slaters Lane. Specify if you want the book mailed to you or if you’ll pick it up (if you live in the D.C. area). The audiobook will be available for online purchase from all audiobook retailers at the time of the event and from One More Page Books via Libro.fm. 


    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

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