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  • Harvardwood Masterclass: Shakespeare for Actors with Ian Hersey EdM '07

    Monday, July 13, 2020 at 03:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD

    Whether you are preparing for auditions, brushing up your basics, or just dipping your toe in the water of Shakespeare, come learn a dynamic and visceral approach to Shakespeare’s text. Through group exercises and individual work, you will learn foolproof tools with which to approach Shakespeare’s text. As we isolate the tools, you can put them into your actor’s “toolbox” and have them at your disposal for auditions, rehearsals, and performances. 

    hersey.jpgIan 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. 


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  • Harvardwood Social Impact: A Conversation with Jennifer Gottesfeld MPP '19

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 04:00 PM - PDT · $5.00 USD
    Zoom

    In the next engagement of Harvardwood's Social Impact Entertainment series, we speak with Jennifer Gottesfeld MPP '19 from Participant Media. Participant Media is a B Corp certified film production company founded in 2004 by Jeffrey Skoll dedicated to entertainment intended to spur social change. The company has produced, financed, or co-produced over 100 films. Its films have been nominated for 73 Academy Awards, and have won 18, including Best Picture for Green Book and Spotlight.

    Jennifer Gottesfeld MPP '19

    IMG_1956_(1).jpgJennifer Gottesfeld works at the intersection of social impact and entertainment. Currently an impact strategist at the production company Participant Media, Jenn thinks about how to use film and television as a vehicle for culture shift. Additionally, as a Creative Executive in Film Independent's Project Involve fellowship, she is thinking about how to intentionally integrate social impact messaging into the fabric of storytelling. Jenn has spent her career working on systemic change in areas like health, civic engagement, and equity with a strong focus on human-centered design. She has worked in film, government, non-profits, and the private sector trying to achieve these ends doing everything from working on Partners In Health's Ebola response in West Africa to improving corporate social responsibility at Goldman Sachs to producing tutorial videos with Resistance School to train people running for office. Jenn is originally from LA, though spent most of the last decade away and only recently returned. She holds a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from UCLA. She is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher. 


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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Anti-Racism 101 with the HCSC

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 01:00 PM - PDT
    Zoom

    What exactly is Anti-Racism?  How do you engage in awkward conversations? How do you progress from ally to anti-racist in this movement towards diversity, equity and inclusion? Join us as our Anti-Racism committee launches its premier virtual event with DEI facilitators Tracie Jones and Andy Riemer, who will provide insight and aid in navigating through these changing times.

    After Anti-Racism 101, we will schedule three follow-up events (TBA) taking place concurrently, inviting attendees to dive deeper into their anti-racist practice. These events will be in the form of three racial-affinity spaces: Black-identifying folks, People of Color who do not identify as Black, and white-identifying folks. In these groups, participants will be invited to engage in facilitated discussions to examine and discuss how racism and anti-Blackness have shaped their lived experiences in the past, and especially in this moment. We recognize that we all have complex, intersecting identities, and we believe there is value in discussing the similarities and differences within each of these various groups.

    Tracie Jones (she/her/hers) is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, HGSE, where she works on the schools strategic initiatives for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and also facilitates diversity programming for students, staff, and faculty. While at HGSE she developed and launched the Equity and Inclusion Fellows Program, which is in its 4th year. She is a member of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council at Harvard University and teaches a Diversity Management class at the Harvard Extension School. Outside of Harvard University she facilitates diversity workshops and provides consulting for schools, non-profits and extended day learning programs.

    Andy Riemer (he/him/his) is an Associate at SidePorch working with values-driven organizations across complex systems to take on humanity's biggest challenges. This continues his career of driving impact through the principles of equity and inclusion. As an independent consultant, Andy worked for various non-profits, foundations, and corporations to measure impact, create strategic growth, as well as consult on mental health and diversity initiatives. Previously, Andy has worked at education and entertainment organizations, such as Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Education Week, developing mission-driven change through scale, research, and optimal partnerships. He has also founded a mental health start-up and briefly played professional soccer. He holds an Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology (Harvard Graduate School of Education) and a B.A. in Psychology (Georgetown University).

  • Harvardwood Presents: Scott Weinger AB '98 (Actor, FULLER HOUSE)

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 02:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD
    Zoom

    Scott_Fuller_House_Hi_Res_Headshot.jpgEasily one of the most recognizable faces and voices in Hollywood, Scott Weinger AB '98 has been in entertainment since a toy commercial at age 8. He was a series regular on the hit ABC TV show Full House and provided the voice of Disney’s Aladdin in the original feature film, sequels, and TV series. After graduating from Harvard, Scott transitioned to writing and producing TV shows (Galavant, Black-ish). For the past five seasons he has reprised the role of Steve Hale in the hit Netflix series, Fuller House. He and his wife Rina have a 9-year-old son.


    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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    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

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  • Harvardwood Presents: Jonathan Eirich AB '03 (President of Film, Rideback)

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 02:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD
    Zoom

    We're excited to welcome Rideback's President of Film, Jonathan Eirich AB '03, who is a BAFTA and Golden-Globe-nominated producer. Rideback, formerly known as Lin Pictures until 2018, produces premium film and television content for global audiences, including the live-action box office hit Aladdin for Disney; the highly-acclaimed The Two Popes for Netflix; and the hit sequel IT: Chapter 2 for New Line. Rideback additionally develops television series for network, cable and OTT, and recently produced the Fox series Lethal Weapon, based on the hit feature film franchise.

    Jonathan Eirich AB '03 (Producer)

    Jonathan_Eirich_headshot.JPGJonathan Eirich is President of Film for Rideback, the film and television company known for producing tentpole live-action and animated content for global audiences. 

    Eirich is a BAFTA and Golden-Globe-nominated producer who has overseen production for live-action films such as Disney’s billion-dollar box office hit Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie; Netflix’s Death Note, directed by Adam Wingard; and the Netflix three-time Oscar-nominated film The Two Popes, directed by Oscar-nominated Fernando Meirelles. In 2019, Aladdin became the second-highest grossing live-action musical film of all time.

    Before joining the Rideback team in 2015, Eirich spent nine years as a development and production executive at DreamWorks Studios, most recently as Senior Vice President where he oversaw the Steven Spielberg-directed and Oscar-nominated Bridge of Spies. Some of his previous films at the studio include Need for Speed, Transformers 2, I Am Number Four, and the 2011 Oscar-nominated The Help.

    Prior to becoming a senior executive at the studio, Eirich was the creative assistant to Chairman Stacey Snider during her transition from Universal Studios to DreamWorks in 2006, after spending a year at Creative Artists Agency. His first jobs in the industry included an internship at Gold Circle Films during the production of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and working as production assistant on the initial episodes of the hit TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Eirich attended Harvard University where he majored in Literature and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003.


    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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  • How do you write a good one-hour drama pilot that sells? Learn from one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful writers: series creator and producer Thania St. John AB '83! In this two-hour class, Thania will break down in detail how to craft a strong one-hour drama script.

    Thania St. John AB '83

    Thania_St._John.jpgStarting her television career on the iconic 21 Jump Street, Thania St. John went on to create two network TV series of her own and to write and produce over twenty popular and award-winning dramas such as Roswell, Huff, Eureka, Drop Dead Diva, Grimm, Chicago Fire, Covert Affairs and Project Blue Book. She has written over two dozen pilots for broadcast as well as premium networks.

    Currently teaching two TV writing classes at AFI and a Sundance Co//ab pilot writing intensive, Thania has also guest-lectured at UCLA, USC, NYU and Ithaca College, and led seminars at the Rio de Janeiro Film and Television Festival and numerous WGA and Harvardwood-sponsored events. She also has a private consultancy for script and portfolio building.

    Thania earned an AB in American History and Filmmaking from Harvard University and an MFA in Film and Television Production from UCLA. She’s served two terms on the Board of Directors of the WGA, West and is a founding officer of the WGA PAC.


    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   $10.00 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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  • Harvardwood Salon with TV Lit Manager Zadoc Angell AB '03 (Echo Lake Entertainment)

    Wednesday, August 05, 2020 at 07:30 PM - PDT
    Zoom in Los Angeles, CA

    Attend an intimate talk with Zadoc Angell AB '03, TV Literary Manager and Partner at Echo Lake Entertainment. Ask questions about his past and present as an agent, manager, and pilot-writing teacher at UCLA. Limited to 12 attendees, this event is not to be missed!

    $10/attendee

    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.

    angell.pngZadoc Angell AB '03
    (TV Lit Manager & Partner, Echo Lake Entertainment)

    Zadoc Angell began his career as a TV Literary Agent at Paradigm, where he worked for seven years. Transitioning to TV Literary Management five years ago, Zadoc joined forces with manager Dave Brown and grew a team of literary managers which they brought with them to Echo Lake in 2013. 

    Angell's journey to Hollywood is not a conventional one. Growing up on a 400-acre dairy farm in rural upstate New York, Zadoc and his sister Amy were integral to his parents' family-run business. The son of a minister and a local politician, Angell pursued his academic and creative endeavors to Harvard University, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual & Environmental Studies: Film.

    In addition to being a full-time manager, Angell teaches classes in pilot writing at UCLA. Check out Angell's recent Final Draft interview here. In 2019, Zadoc was honored as one of Variety's New Leaders—and the only literary manager—in the Agents, Managers & Lawyers category.


    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 August 1, 2020.

    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.

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