In this issue:
- Director's Notes
- Message from Allison
- Featured Member Posting: Office Manager / Executive Assistant (Lab Rate Productions) - LA
- Get a year of FREE membership—HOST A SUMMER INTERN - LA & NY
- Summer interns, need housing? Sign up for the housing lottery by May 15th!
- Seeking a 2015 Harvardwood Summer Internship Program volunteer - LA
- Reunite with Harvardwood on Commencement Weekend - Cambridge
- Save the date: Harvardwood Writers Program—TV Pilot Reading - NY
- Harvardwood Artist Showcase: Adrian Diamond '11 | Actor, Writer, & Director
- Industry Successes
- New Members' Welcome
- Profile: Dan Goor '97 (Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Calendar & Notes
- Share your crowdfunding projects & other arts/media/entertainment work with Harvardwood!
The Harvardwood Summer Internship Program is kicking off early next month, and it offers two great opportunities for alumni members, especially those in Los Angeles, to get INVOLVED with Harvardwood! See below for more details on how to volunteer with HSIP. And if you can't volunteer, perhaps you can still help out by offering up a futon, couch, or spare bedroom for our industrious summer interns! HSIP hosts receive one year of free membership to Harvardwood.
Also, I'm excited to return to Harvard at the end of this month for my college reunion, and I hope to see many of you at our annual Harvardwood Reunion Mixer! As usual, we'll be at Charlie's Kitchen on the Friday afternoon after Commencement—please RSVP here to see old friends and make new connections in Cambridge!
Message from Allison
Spring is in full swing, and our New York Chapter is hosting TWO can't-miss events this month: IN PLAIN SIGHT—Homoerotic Art in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum and EAST MEETS WEST at CARMA with JENNIFER 8 LEE '99 (foodies especially will love this one). Now that the weather is nice, come out and socialize with fellow Harvardwood NYC members!
And current students heading to LA or NY for summer internships, you've got two weeks (until May 15th) to sign up for the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program's housing lottery!
Finally, check out this month's Member Profile featuring Dan Goor below—and watch the Season 2 Finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Sunday, May 17th at 8:30 pm/7:30 pm Central on Fox!
Small, congenial (and very fun) office needs an Office Manager/Executive Assistant to oversee staff of 4 and assist the CEO and President with travel, organization, and generally keep the office running smoothly. The company also has a non-profit Foundation closely tied to its brand.
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant and have elemental office management skills, including a basic understanding of California labor laws, benefit management and accounts payable/receivable. Must be smart, engaged and possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and written and comfortable dealing with the public. He/she should be able to juggle multiple projects, be attentive to detail, organization and follow-through and have excellent Word, Excel and Outlook skills.
What's an easy way to get a year of free Harvardwood membership? Host an intern this summer in Los Angeles or New York!
Harvardwood seeks accommodations hosts for the 2015 Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP) participants. The HSIP provides a list of summer internship opportunities in the arts, media, and entertainment to interested Harvard students. Because several of these internships are unpaid, many HSIP participants are in need of free or discounted accommodations to help defray the costs of accepting these opportunities.
So if you have a spare couch, futon, sleeping bag, or room(s) you can provide to a student or students (either free or discounted) for an extended period of time this summer (most internships run from mid-June to early August), complete this brief form. In addition to our undying gratitude, you will receive a free year of Full Membership to Harvardwood and you will be invited to attend special HSIP activities. Hosts are NOT expected to provide transportation, meals, entertainment, etc.
If you are interning and/or working in any facet of entertainment this summer, let us know! Most arts, media, and entertainment companies are still accepting applications for summer internships, so you're not too late if you haven't applied yet.
If you have applied for and received an internship, please fill out the HSIP participant form so we may invite you to HSIP events and activities. You do not have to have an internship that was listed on the HSIP list of opportunities. All summer interns affiliated with Harvard University can participate! In addition to being eligible for all HSIP activities, you will also have the opportunity to enter our HSIP housing lottery for the summer—just make sure you sign up by May 15th to be eligible. If you sign up after that date, you can still participate in HSIP this summer, but you will not be considered for the housing lottery. If you have any questions, get in touch!
Harvardwood is looking for an energetic volunteer to assist the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program Director in producing this career development program for current Harvard students. This summer, the volunteer will coordinate career-related activities throughout the summer for participating students and companies in NYC and LA (and/or other cities in which there is critical mass). This is a great stepping stone for a recent graduate who is interested in building up his/her professional network and joining the Harvardwood Board of Directors in future.
If you'd like to help out with HSIP this summer, please email the HSIP Directors with subject line "HSIP VOLUNTEER" and a brief paragraph describing your interest and background. Thank you!
Every year, Harvardwood hosts a mixer during Harvard's Commencement/Reunion Weekend. On Friday, May 29th, members of Harvardwood's Boston/On-Campus Chapter and visitors returning to Cambridge for Reunions will gather at Charlie's Kitchen, the Harvard Square institution, to meet and mingle from 2-4pm in the afternoon. This event is FREE and open to all alums & guests—just RSVP here so we have a headcount!
The Harvardwood Writers Program - TV (NYC) invites you to a reading of three sitcom pilots written by emerging writers from the HWP Fall 2014 TV Writing Module: Anusha Deshpande, Hillary Berkowitz Nussbaum, and Ying Li. A cast of actors will bring to life this trio of original scripts, each of which offers up its own comedic take on themes of friendship, self-discovery, and life in NYC. Admission is free—additional details & RSVP here.
Harvardwood Artist Showcase: Adrian Diamond '11 | Actor, Writer, & Director
Before Harvard, Adrian starred in the LA musical production of Disney’s “The Lion King” for which he was the youngest cast member to receive an NAACP Theatre award nomination for Best Actor in a leading role. In addition to doing various commercials, he also had the pleasure of singing in the season three finale of “The West Wing.” At Harvard Adrian concentrated in Social Studies and traveled the world breaking hearts with the Harvard Din & Tonics, the best all-male signature jazz a cappella group there is, dammit. Recently, he created a webseries called “Open Mikers” with two fellow writer-directors which has just launched!
Harvardwood extends a hearty congratulations to Rich Battista MBA '90, who was named President of People and Entertainment Weekly, as well as Executive Vice President of Time Inc. last month.
Paula Brancato has been awarded the Tampa Review's 2015 Danahy Fiction Prize for her short story "Executive Spa." She has also been awarded the 2015 Booth Poetry Prize for her poem "The only time I ever cried at the gym."
Mark Saltveit '83 appeared on ESPN SportsCenter discussing his upcoming book Controlled Chaos: Chip Kelly's Football Revolution, which comes out in July from Diversion Books. Meanwhile, a documentary film on Saltveit's World Palindrome Championship was released, and the filmmaker completed a kickstarter campaign to expand it into a feature film culminating in March, 2017's World Palindrome Championship II.
The Furuya Sisters performed the very last concert held at Steinway Hall last November and released a live concert DVD and CD entitled “Furuya Sisters Live at Steinway Hall: Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Kreisler Piano Trios.” The Furuya Sisters Trio operates their own concert series in the Tri State Area of NY/CT/NJ. Their current Spring 2015 Season features Tchaikovsky and Mozart Piano Trios. Their still-upcoming concerts include May 9th, Saturday in Nyack, NY; May 15th, Friday in South Salem, NY; June 5th, Friday at The National Opera Center in New York City; and June 27th, Saturday in Paramus, NJ. They have received superlative accolades from Hollywood legends like Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland and Kirk Douglas; from historic pianists like Alicia De Larrocha, Gyorgy Sandor, and Damon Denton; and from international figures like Jacques Chirac, King of Spain Don Juan Carlos, and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh. The Furuya Sisters concert information, all year-around, is at http://www.FuruyaSisters.com.
New Members' Welcome
Harvardwood warmly welcomes all members who joined the organization over the past month, including:
- David Aguilar, College, LA
- Carrie Bierman, College, NY
- Jeremy Blatter, Faculty, Boston/On-Campus
- Alex Booth, College, NY
- Emily Yifan Chang, College, Boston/On-Campus
- Georgine Edwards, College, NY
- Joey Kim, College, Boston/On-Campus
- Dylan MarcAurele, College, Boston/On-Campus
- Sam Perwin, College, NY
- Anjali Raghunathan, College, Boston/On-Campus
- Georgi Stirtz, College, Boston/On-Campus
- Rachel Stromberg, College, Boston/On-Campus
- Arthur Wrubel, GSD, NY
- Connie Yan, College, Boston/On-Campus
Have questions about your Harvardwood membership and how to make the most of it? Or suggestions for events, programs, and activities that would interest you? Please contact Lano Williams and Donna Mandosa, our Directors of Membership Experience, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Profile: Dan Goor '97 (Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
By Dayna Wilkinson
“When I went to college I wanted to be a doctor and a comedian—like my idol Jonathan Miller, from the British comedy revue Beyond the Fringe.”
Dan’s twin interests can be traced back to his upbringing in Bethesda, Maryland down the street from the National Institutes of Health. “I’ve always been very interested in science and molecular biology,” he says. “I grew up with it—my Dad and everyone around us worked at NIH. Scientists describe what they do as stories, and I think that fostered my fascination with storytelling.”
His appetite for comedy emerged early. “My brother was a really talented pianist--he’s four years older. While he’d practice, I’d read Woody Allen short stories to him. We got hold of a video camera and spent hours making up sketch comedy routines and cracking each other up. We imitated what made us laugh on TV--Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, televangelists...”
His brother enrolled in Juilliard’s pre-college program and went to high school at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights. “I was exceptionally jealous,” Dan admits. Four years later, Dan, 14, had the same chance to board with a family and attend Saint Ann’s. He didn’t hesitate. “I lived on the top floor of the family’s brownstone and there were very few rules.” He did a lot of comedy and improvisation at Saint Ann’s, but most of his writing was serious. “I think I was scared to try to write something funny and then have it not be funny.”
Although Dan entered Harvard with a concentration in biochemistry, he didn’t see it as a career steppingstone. “I wanted to treat college as an end in itself. I was fortunate to have this wonderful oasis where my job was to learn and also to do extra-curricular activities with cool, interesting people” like his friends Charlie Grandy ‘97 and Mike Schur ’97.
Dan appeared in nine Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club productions as well as experimental, improvisational and movement-based theater while at Harvard. As a senior, he received the Jonathan Levy Prize as the most promising actor at the University (“I think there was a sampling error.”) He was bound for medical school when he was invited to apply for an Eliot House travel grant. “At the end of a year of traveling around the world, I still intended to go to medical school but very much hoped it wouldn’t happen.”
During that year, his friends Charlie and Mike were writing in New York, Mike at Saturday Night Live. “Charlie had been my college writing partner,” Dan says. “When I got back from my year abroad I had four weeks before med school started. I asked Charlie if I could join him in preparing a [writing sample] packet for Saturday Night Live. It was truly a terrible packet.” Fortunately they learned The Daily Show had openings. “We wrote three pages of jokes and two weeks later we were hired there.”
After three years at The Daily Show, Charlie and Dan went their separate ways. “I made a conscious decision to stay in New York. Naively, I didn’t understand that for every opportunity in New York there were fifty in Los Angeles.”
After a year on Last Call with Carson Daly, Dan went on staff at Late Night with Conan O’Brien. “The show was very writer-driven and even junior writers got to produce the pieces they wrote. On top of that, we were doing 180 episodes a year so it was a great training ground.”
After four years, Dan wanted to write longer-form comedy. He moved to L.A. to work on an untitled new show created by Mike Schur with Greg Daniels ’85. He started out by spending several months at The Office. “It was a wonderful apprenticeship in an all-star writers’ room,” Dan says. “I learned the Mike Schur-Greg Daniels vocabulary for breaking stories.”
The new show was Parks and Recreation; by the end of the second season Dan was largely running the room when Mike wasn’t there. “Mike and I had a shorthand partly because of The Office and partly because we’d known each other since our time doing plays in college.” Dan became an Executive Producer on Parks and Recreation in 2012.
During the show’s third season, Dan wrote Family Practice, a comedy series pilot that wasn’t picked up. During the fifth season, Dan recalls, “Mike said ‘hey, if you’re thinking about writing a new show, I’d like to do it with you.’ Very quickly we got onto the idea for a comedy about a detective squad in an outer borough NYPD police station.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a skilled detective and prankster as he clashes with his by-the-book commanding officer (Andre Braugher). The show has been praised for its wit, originality and outstanding ensemble cast.
“Our amazing casting director Allison Jones not only found people who met our character descriptions, she also introduced us to the funniest, best people she knew,” Dan says. “When we met with Andy Samberg he immediately understood who the lead character was—‘a Comedy McNulty from The Wire.’
“We’d talked to Andre Braugher on Skype but hadn’t heard him read a word of our writing. At the table read, the first time he opened his mouth, everyone laughed. That was when I finally relaxed and thought “this could really work.”
The show not only worked, it scored a major upset its first season by beating Big Bang Theory, Girls, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation to win the 2014 Golden Globe as best TV comedy. (Andy Samberg won as best TV comedy actor.)
“If you watch the season two finale—and you should—you’ll be excited for season three,” Dan says. “I know I am.” As for his post-Brooklyn Nine-Nine plans? “I’d like to write another show, or write a movie. But a long period of hibernation first would be nice.”
Asked whether he has any advice for aspiring TV comedy writers, Dan offers the following:
“Write all the time. Rewrite. Edit. Watch a ton of comedy. Make comedy videos with like-minded people and put them on the web--they could become your calling card.
“It’s not necessary, but I think it’s useful to perform. Do improv to learn how to say ‘yes’ to other people’s ideas and not be precious about your own.
“Finally, when you’re trying to develop stories, take off your critic’s hat and just write.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s season two finale is Sunday, May 17th at 8:30 pm/7:30 pm Central on Fox.
Dayna Wilkinson is a proud New Yorker currently living, working and writing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
FEATURED EVENT: EAST MEETS WEST at CARMA with JENNIFER 8 LEE '99 - Tuesday, May 26th
Two Chinese-born New Yorkers, one with a degree in Philosophy, the other in Medicine, had a dream of two cultures merged in one. The result is CARMA: Eastern cuisine with a Western flair. Newly opened in the West Village, CARMA serves a distinctive Taiwan-based cuisine with strong American and European influences. With a signature menu created by the Executive Chef of Taiwan's renowned Din Tai Fung in collaboration with TAO, the cuisine of CARMA features artfully balanced and locally sourced ingredients. For this Harvardwood evening, CARMA is putting together a special 8 course tasting menu with wine--we'll be posting the full menu below as soon as the final choices have been made. Introducing and commenting on the menu will be Jennifer 8 Lee '99, an authority on Chinese food and the ways Chinese food has been transformed in America, and the author of the New York Times best-seller The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. Get tickets to this EXCLUSIVE event asap!
Harvardwood 2015 Reunion Mixer - Friday, May 29th
Every year, Harvardwood hosts a mixer during Harvard's Commencement/Reunion Weekend. On Friday, May 29th, members of Harvardwood's Boston/On-Campus Chapter and visitors returning to Cambridge for Reunions will gather at Charlie's Kitchen, the Harvard Square institution, to meet and mingle from 2-4pm in the afternoon. Cash bar. This event is free to attend. Just RSVP here so that we have a headcount!
C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Music in the New Millennium - Tuesday, May 5th
This panel addresses the question as to why, with music accessibility and consumption at all time highs, music revenue and royalties are at all time lows. Our experts will discuss the history of music distribution from retail outlets, to the inception of Napster to the present; and how content creators (and artists) are paid, the applicable laws and legislation, and the present and future landscape for creating and selling music.
Harvardwood Heads To... the LA Games Conference - Wednesday, May 6th
The LA Games Conference is an annual, one-day event that brings together game industry leaders from the fields of design, development, marketing, finance, film and education. Join Harvard alum and industry leaders for a day of invigorating discussions at the beautiful Roosevelt Hotel.
- Harvard alums can get a 25% discount to the LA Games Conference with discount code ALUM25
- Students can attend for $50 using the discount code PCHS50 (must show ID at the door)
Sci-Fest LA is the only festival of its kind on the planet. Unlike the "cons" or fan gatherings, Sci-Fest LA is passionately dedicated to the creation of NEW Sci-Fi content. This year, in addition to our stage shows, we have initiated two new Sci-Fi short fiction contests: THE ROSWELL AWARD (for adult Sci-Fi writers from around the globe) and THE TOMORROW PRIZE (for LA County High School Students). All funds raised at the presentation ceremony for the Tomorrow Prize will be awarded to the winner's high school science department. Info: www.Sci-FestLA.com. Last year, we floated astronauts in space and figured out how to make an live actor's face grow out of an elastic wall. This year, we have to create a giant space bug, create a renegade cyborg and rip somebody’s head off. We can’t wait!
Harvardwood Heads To... USC Games Demo Day - Tuesday, May 12th
Join Harvard alum and game industry leaders as we view and play the capstone projects from USC Games Program, representing the next generation of game development. These projects showcase the collaboration among film, media, writing, animation and production departments in the game industry. This event is FREE, but you must register in advance—read on here!
C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Legal Basics for Creative Businesses - Wednesday, May 13th
Join CLA and attorney Scott Hervey to learn about some of the basic legal issues involved in starting and operating a small business. Topics to be discussed include:
- Selecting an appropriate business structure, including pitfalls to avoid in connection with each type of entity;
- Employees and independent contractors;
- Intellectual property issues involved in forming a new entity, including naming the business and protecting its copyrights; and
- Protecting yourself with enforceable contracts.
C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Branding for Creative Businesses - Tuesday, May 19th
Are you planning to embark on a new business venture? Do you have an idea for a really great name for a product or service? Join CLA and attorney Jesse Saivar for a discussion of the essential legal and business concerns that creative artists need to consider when establishing and protecting their brands. This workshop will provide an overview of trademarks--what they are, what they mean, and ways they can help you create a strong brand identity. The program will include an introduction to trademark selection and registration, including practical tips for filing a trademark application; an overview of the spectrum of distinctiveness; and a discussion of methods to enforce trademark rights.
ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest is a three-day event which will take place in Los Angeles at the Burbank Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, May 29-31, 2015. It was started by a group of writers to help other writers meet the people they need to know for their careers to move forward. More than 40 classes are presented each year, and this year our line-up is better than ever! You can also pitch your screenplay to approximately 120 film/television executives and agents. More than 80 writers have had their projects optioned, been hired for writing assignments, or have signed with agents or managers. Harvardwood members receive a special $50 discount!
Harvardwood Heads To... The 2015 HCSC Annual Dinner and Awards - Sunday, May 31st
The intrigue, the suspense . . . Who is behind that gold masque? Could it be a classmate from your days at Harvard, a current colleague? You’ll never know until you come to the annual Harvard Club award dinner. This year the dinner will be like no other. Come in your favorite disguise as the theme is “Masquerade.” That’s right, wear your favorite masque to the gala, and have fun figuring out who that mystery person is. Dressing in disguise is optional. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of three highly regarded members of our local community: Lucy Jones, PhD, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Dr. Albert Chang, AB’63. Musical entertainment will be provided in addition to good food and great company!
New York City
Harvardwood Heads To... The BELLE of BELFAST - ongoing through June 7th
The BELLE of BELFAST by Nate Rufus Edelman, directed by Claudia Weill '69, is running through June 7th at the DR2 theatre off Union Square in NY, a production of The Irish Repertory Theatre. In 1985 Belfast, Anne Malloy drinks and smokes her days away with her curry chip-addicted best mate. But when she turns for comfort to her parish priest, she discovers her troubles have just begun. A wry and bittersweet portrait of a girl and a city at war. Tickets $70, but $20 DISCOUNT if you use the code IRISHREP through May 3rd. Additional info and reviews here.
Andrew Carnegie—with whose gift the Nyack Library Carnegie Room was built in 1903—invited Tchaikovsky to the USA to open Carnegie Hall in May 1891. Tchaikovsky was amazed at his popularity in the US: “I am convinced that I am ten times more famous in America than in Europe” (April 30, 1891). About Andrew Carnegie, Tchaikovsky wrote: “This arch-millionaire is very kind to me, and constantly talks of an engagement for next year…” (May 8, 1891). Experience all this history vicariously with many nice people at the Furuya Sisters' performance of great classical works in Nyack!
The Furuya Sisters are equally loved by the legendary figures—like Joan Fontaine, Kirk Douglas, Olivia de Havilland, and Jacques Chirac (see http://www.FuruyaSisters.com/legends.htm)—as they are by concert-goers. Commenting on the Sisters' pre-season performance on March 22, 2015, one audience member wrote: "It felt as if I was experiencing the music so vividly that I was inside the mind of the composer. You conveyed a feeling of deep expression, of exaltation comparable to sacred music in a great cathedral." Legendary Actor Billy Gray tells everyone: "I'm a big fan of these sisters. You can't go wrong at one of their concerts they come to play. You'll be happy you went!"
For most of history, gays have been "invisible", and this has led to the ironic result that the halls of our major art museums are lined with countless art works with homoerotic content that has gone unnoticed (at least consciously) and unacknowledged. This tour will explore the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, revealing hidden and not so hidden homoerotic subtexts in artistic treasures from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance to the masters of the 20th Century. We'll learn about famous pieces, from Michelangelo's Cupid to Picasso's Gertrude Stein, as well as less-known artists and works that are often overlooked. We'll explore fascinating forms and representations of homosexuality from non-Western cultures as well. Whether you're straight or gay, you'll never look at the Met in quite the same way again! RSVP for this tour before space runs out!
Harvardwood Heads To... Maker Faire Bay Area - Saturday, May 16th
The Maker Movement is bringing sweeping changes to our economy, schools and community organizations. Showcasing projects integrating 3D printing, wearable technologies, interactive systems and traditional crafts, the MakerFaire is “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth”. Join Harvard alum and other innovators at the 10th Annual MakerFaire Bay Area!
Harvardwood Heads To... Workshop: Intro to the Film Business - Saturday, May 2nd
Interested in a career in the growing Georgia film industry, but don't know where to start or fit in? This class walks you through the basic duties, responsibilities, and hierarchy of each department working on a film set, introduces you to basic production lingo, and offers advise on how your past work experience, hobbies, or natural abilities may be a transitioning entry point. Long hours, a strong work ethic, and a good attitude are needed to survive as a freelancer, and this class can help you determine whether you have the ability, talent, and discipline to succeed in this industry. Limit of 50 students.
Harvardwood Heads To... The PA Academy - Saturday, May 16th
Georgia Production Partnership, in association with the Atlanta Film Festival and Production Consultants & Equipment (PC&E), are proud to present The PA Academy. This two-day, bootcamp-style Production Assistant workshop is perfect for those just starting their career as a PA as well as those looking to advance their knowledge of what it takes to succeed as an office or on-set production assistant working on commercials, industrials, music videos, independent films, television series and studio features. Catered hot lunch and craft services provided. Space LIMITED.
Share your crowdfunding projects & other arts/media/entertainment work with Harvardwood!
Your Harvardwood membership gives you access to a very active community of professionals in the arts, media, and entertainment. Make the most of it by broadcasting your work—whether you're inviting the community to your latest play or promoting your crowdfunding campaign for a documentary—on our website. Members who visit this page can find out how to:
- Publish to Harvardwood's official Facebook page
- Make an announcement in the "Industry Successes" section of the Highlights (THIS publication)
- Post an event to the Harvardwood calendar
- Share a video or work of art (that will appear in the Weekly newsletter)
- Join the Harvardwood member directories
- Use the members-only Bulletin Board forums for discussions, announcements, etc.
That's just a small sampling of the resources provided by Harvardwood, so visit the Members page and explore!
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