Hiatt sponsors Lunch & Learn with Alumni in the Arts during Bernstein Festival (4/26)

Apr. 03, 2013

Do you want to pursue a career in the creative arts? Take advantage of free food and an opportunity to speak with Brandeis alumni who are pursuing diverse arts-related careers of interest to you and fellow classmates. Learn how they got to where they are, and get advice for your own career path at this special luncheon, part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts.

Event Details

Lunch & Learn with Brandeis Alumni in the Arts
Sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center & the Festival Planning Committee
Friday, April 26, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Geller Lounge, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Alumni guests will represent an array of career paths and interest areas, including: art history, museums and galleries, curation, fundraising and nonprofit management, theater and performing arts, music performance and management, and more. Students of all majors and class years are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited. RSVP is required to reserve your seat (and lunch!). RSVP: B.hired > Events > Workshops

Attending Alumni Guests & Bios

Click on their names to be directed to their LinkedIn profiles.

Yarden Abukasis '09
Co-Founder/Curatorial Director, SITEBoston

yardenYarden Abukasis '09 is co-founder and curatorial director of SITEboston, a nomadic pop-up gallery to launch in September 2013. She also works as independent curator, and has recently begun the blog On-Site, which discusses site-specific projects both locally and internationally. Prior to founding SITEboston, Yarden worked for the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Pucker Gallery, and most recently as Gallery Manager at 13Forest Gallery in Arlington.

Yarden has a Master’s in International Museum Studies from the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. She also holds a BA in Anthropology and Art History, with honors, from Brandeis University. Her Master’s work focused on the curatorial of contemporary art where she wrote her thesis ‘The Graying State of Site-Specific Art and Practice: Globalization, Biennialization and the Curatorial Turn’. She is currently mulling over the concept of iterations and multiple conceptions of installation work and how these practices speak to site-specificity (or don’t) and parallel/compliment/correspond to the growing experience economy business format.

Nicholas A. Brown '10
Music Specialist, Library of Congress

nickNicholas A. Brown '10 has served as a music specialist/concert producer for the Library of Congress' Music Division since May 2012. An active conductor, musicologist and arts administrator, he is the founder and music director of The Irving Fine Society, a performance organization that honors the founder of the Brandeis School of the Creative Arts. A native Bostonian, Brown has previously worked in the Office of the President & Provost at Harvard University and as an intern in the Office of the First Lady at The White House. He performs as a chorister with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir.

Brown received an M.Mus in Musicology from King's College London as well as a B.A. in Music (Conducting Performance) and History from Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Brown was assistant conductor and ensemble manager of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, University Choir and Chamber Choir. He served as Assistant Concert Manager for the Department of Music and organized the first international tour of a Brandeis student ensemble to Germany and Austria in 2008. Learn more at www.nicholasalexanderbrown.com.

Lauren Elias '10
Managing Director/Co-Founder, Hub Theatre Company of Boston

laurenLauren graduated from Brandeis University in 2010 with a BA in Theatre Arts. Her Boston area credits include Actor #3 in Lebensraum with Hub Theatre Company of Boston, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Best Actress in a Play, Small/Fringe - BroadwayWorld Boston) directed by Paula Plum and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom with Happy Medium Theatre, Heart and Dagger's Polaroid Stories (Ensemble-IRNE Award Nominee), SpeakEasy Stage's workshop production of The Blue Room (Emma) directed by Paula Plum, Boston Actors Theatre's Soul Fight (Executive Assistant/Ensemble), Amazing Things' The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Lin-EMACT DASH Award Nominee), Commonwealth Shakespeare's Othello (u/s Emilia), and Brandeis Theatre Co's Love's Labours Lost (Moth) directed by Steve Maler. Regional credits include Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Act 2 Theater and AlphaNYC Theatre Company. Lauren has also worked in theatre as a producer, grant-writer and dog-trainer. When she is not on or around the stage, Lauren can be found working with all things furry, fuzzy and feathery. Lauren is the managing director and co-founder of Hub Theatre Company of Boston and a proud Equity Membership Candidate.

Josh Kantor '94
Organist, Boston Red Sox

kantorJosh Kantor has been the organist for Boston Red Sox baseball games at Fenway Park for the past eleven seasons. He has played organ at Symphony Hall and the TD Garden in Boston, and on ESPN television broadcasts. Josh plays organ, piano, and accordion with the bands Jim's Big Ego, the Split Squad, and the Baseball Project. He has performed with indie artists Ben Gibbard, Robyn Hitchcock, Chuck Prophet, Jon Langford, and Erin McKeown, and with members of Blondie, R.E.M., Roxy Music, the Mountain Goats, Yo La Tengo, the Dream Syndicate, the Fleshtones, Drivin' 'N' Cryin', the Posies, and many others. Josh is also a library assistant at Harvard University's Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library. While at Brandeis, he earned a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, and was active in bands and as an accompanist for scripted and improvised theatrical productions.