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2006 Participants

boston college arts council

Career Night for the Arts 2006
Wednesday, November 1
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
McMullen Museum, Devlin Hall

Shelagh Abate '97
Freelance Musician

Shelagh has long established an active and successful freelance career in both the classical and commercial arenas. Shelagh currently resides in New York, where she is a frequent performer in numerous Broadway pit orchestras, and concert stages. Shelagh was a member of the original Broadway orchestra for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Woman in White, and continues to be a repeated guest with The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sweet Charity, and the new Disney musical Mary Poppins. After graduating from Boston College in 1997, she received a Master's of Music from the University of Massachusetts, and went on for further study as the 2000 Valkenier Scholar at the New England Conservatory of Music. She is a founding member of the award-winning Triton Brass quintet, a brass quintet in residence here at Boston College. Shelagh currently holds the position of principal horn with Cleveland City Music, the Vermont Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, and Opera North Orchestras. She has performed on numerous occasions with various symphony orchestras such as the Boston Pops Orchestra. Shelagh has received several fellowships and distinguished honors such as a fellowship as principal horn of the National Repertory Orchestra. Shelagh is a regular member of The John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, based in Providence, RI, as well as the Greg Hopkins Nonet that performs regularly all over New England. Her horn playing can be heard on both of Trey Anastasio’s solo CD releases on Elektra Records, and she has most recently appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and the A&E network’s LIVE by Request with Barry Manilow. Shelagh has also performed with such artists as Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Olivia Newton John, and Linda Rondstat, Johnny Mathis, Jethro Tull, and Anne Murray.

Terry Byrne
Theater Critic/Actress

Terry Byrne is a theater critic and columnist for the Boston Herald. A former actress, stage manager and lighting designer, she turned to journalism to pay the rent. She has been with the Herald since 1985, where she has worked as Assistant Editor for the Sunday Magazine and Arts Editor before becoming theater critic in 1996. Her work has appeared in Boston Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Toronto Star and the Asbury Park Press. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College, where she was an adjunct lecturer for three years.

Bill Chisholm ’87
Studio Artist

Bill Chisholm majored in theater and worked as a freelance photographer from 1985-2003. His primary photography work was with models and actors for advertising clients. He furthered his fine art studies at the Museum of Fine Arts School, Montserrat College of Art and various other private art instuction. He is now working as a full time oil painter specializing in still life and portraiture. He exhibits in Boston at Jule's Place Gallery and various other galleries throughout the country.

Paul Daigneault '87

Through his work at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston he strives to create a positive working environment for Boston Theater artists. For SpeakEasy, Paul has produced thirty-six Boston Premieres since 1992. Directing credits: For SpeakEasy - Bat Boy, the Musical and Passion (2003 Elliot Norton Award, outstanding Director Small Company), A New Brain, Violet, Merrily We Roll Along, A Class Act, Songs for A New World, Floyd Collins, Jeffrey, and Love! Valour! Compassion. Regional: Grand Hotel, the Musical and Nine (The Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music), Blue Window (Boston College). Upcoming: Elegies (SpeakEasy), Wonderful Town (The Boston Conservatory). His 2003 Production of Bat Boy, the Musical ran for 105 performances and won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Production and the IRNE Award for Best Musical.

Hadijanto Djojo '97

After graduating from BC in 1997, he pursued a master's degree in architecture from RISD. For the past few years he has been working in architectural firms around Boston and recently held a position as an architectural designer at CBT. He has worked on variety of projects in scales and types both locally and internationally. Recently he was a team (local) member of the MFA Addition by Norman Foster.

Maureen Donovan '78
Museum Administrator/Curator

Maureen Donovan graduated from Boston College in 1978, majoring in Art History and English. A senior-year internship in the Department of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts focusing on exhibition planning and management peaked her interest in museum work and in having direct experience with works of art. After graduation, she began working in the Registrar’s Office at the Fogg Art Museum as a brief respite before applying to graduate school for an advanced degree in art history. Quickly realizing she had found her niche, she has spent the last twenty-eight years at the Harvard University Art Museums and today heads the division of Collection Management. She is responsible for managing the acquisitions, loans, exhibitions, inventory, exhibition design and installation, collections care and art handling of an active, teaching museum with over 250,000 works of art.

Kerry A. Dowling '87

Kerry A. Dowling is a member of Actor’s Equity living and working in Boston. She graduated from Boston College in 1987 with an undergraduate degree in English and Theater; she later returned to Boston College and earned her Masters in Finance in 2001. Kerry is Director of Leasing for a real estate development company, and also works as an actor and singer in and around Boston. Kerry has served as the Treasurer and is now Vice-Chairperson on the Board of SpeakEasy Stage Company.

Kerry has most recently been seen by Boston audiences as Edith in the critically acclaimed SpeakEasy Stage Company production of The Women at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Other Boston credits include the Elliot Norton and IRNE Award-winning Bat Boy: the Musical, Company(for which she won an IRNE Award,) Elegies: A Song Cycle, A New Brain, Triumph of Love, Floyd Collins, A Class Act, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Back to Bacharach, Putting it Together, Songs for a New World, (SpeakEasy), Into the Woods, (New Rep), A Man of No Importance, (Sugan/SpeakEasy), and Pal Joey (IRNE nomination/Stoneham Theater). Last fall Kerry was pleased to perform in the North Shore Music Theater benefit performance of Songs for a New World with Jason Robert Brown and Lauren Kennedy. Kerry has performed regionally as Rose in Gypsy, Reno in Anything Goes, Ilona in She Loves Me, and as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kerry was a long time member of the Boston cast of Nunsense and Nunsense II: The Second Coming, playing Reverend Mother, Sr. Hubert, and Sr. Robert Ann. Kerry has also performed as a featured soloist with the BGMC Chorus, and is featured on the recordings Oz and Beyond: the Music of Harold Arlen, and Razzle Dazzle: the Music of Kander and Ebb.

Dave Faleris '04

Dave Faleris has just finished his Master's of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied Trombone Performance with James Olin, Principal Trombonist of the Baltimore Symphony. Dave plays in the area as a regular member of the Bay Colony Brass and was recently appointed Assistant Principal in the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. In addition to performance, he has had works for brass ensemble, wind ensemble, and trombone choir performed in both Boston and Baltimore. His latest wind ensemble work, The Skies Above Lexington Market, is being performed as a part of Peabody’s 150th anniversary season. Dave has also had some experience in composing and recording commercially. He wrote music for XenoPsi Media to celebrate their 5th anniversary in 2002 and is currently working with Expressly Gourmet in San Diego.

Mathieu Gagne '93
Mathieu Gagné has been performing, directing, and teaching improvisation for seventeen years. His improvising performing career began with Boston College's (BA ’93) My Mother's Fleabag. He continued his career by directing, creating for, and performing with many noted theater companies such as ImprovBoston Mainstage, Boston Comedy Theatre, Two Guys Named Mat(t), Luv Boat, Misunderstood (A Rock Opera), Musical Improv Company, TheatreSports and Commedia dell'High School. Mat has developed his training studying with key members of The Upright Citizens Brigade, The Second City, The Annoyance Theatre, and Improv Olympic. Mat is currently performing weekly in ImprovBoston’s Mainstage cast and is also a Master Instructor in the ImprovBoston workshop program teaching both short and long-form improvisation.During his days, Mat is a Senior Vice President of Finance and Risk for eSecLending, a financial services firm in Boston. Mat has combined his business (MBA/MSF ’02) and theatre experience to create corporate training programs for ImprovBoston’s clients and teach improv workshops to various universities, corporate clients and non-profit organizations. He also acts as the ImprovBoston’s Director of Business Development.

Emily Hankle '03
Art History/Museum Studies
Emily Hankle graduated from BC in 2003 with a degree in Art History and Theology. After working for Catholic Charities for a year and volunteering at the Fogg Museum she got her foot in the “museum world” door thanks to fellow BC Alum and faculty. She is currently the Study Room Supervisor at the Fogg where she started as an Inventory Assistant in the Registrar’s office before moving to the Mongan Center (Prints, Drawings and Photographs). While at BC, Emily volunteered at the McMullen Museum for four years, and worked as a research assistant in the Art History Department. During her senior year she had an internship at Gallery NAGA where she realized she wanted to work in an art institution. She is completing the Museum Studies Certificate program at Tufts University.

Erin Haran '01
Arts Administrator
Erin Haran graduated from BC in 2001 with a degree in English. She is currently the Communications Corrdinator at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency committed to promoting the arts, sciences, and humanities in Massachusetts. Previously, Erin was Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While at BC, Erin was a member of the BC Dance Ensemble and the University Chorale. One of the highlights of Erin's BC experience was spending a semester studying in London, where she interned at the Royal Opera House.

Chuck Hogan '89
Chuck Hogan sold his first crime thriller at age 26, while working in a Boston video store. His most recent novel, Prince of Thieves (Scribner, 2004), won the Hammett Prize for "literary excellence in the field of crime-writing," and a film version is currently in production at Warner Brothers. His new novel, The Killing Moon (Scribner, 2007), about a corrupt police department with a stranglehold on a small town, and the one man who might make a difference, will be published in January. At Boston College, he majored in English and minored in Film. His short story, "The Marriage Privilege," was the first work of fiction commissioned by Boston College Magazine (Summer, 2006). He has also published two other novels The Blood Artist (1998) and The Standoff (1995), which was adapted to a screenplay by New Line Cinemas.

Rebecca Kowalski '98
Art Teacher
Bekki was a Studio Arts Major at Boston College during which time she developed a concentration in ceramics, and her senior project was an installation of over 200 raku masks. After graduating, she completed a year of service with the Marist Volunteer Program in Bronx, NY teaching Art Education to three hundred k-8 students at Sacred Heart Elementary/Middle School. She returned to Boston in 1999 to join the Lawrence Family Development Charter School. She developed and taught the school’s first k-8 art program to five hundred bilingual students. In September of 2004 Bekki accepted a position as the 7th-8th grade Art Teacher for the Randolph Community Middle School. In her first two years at RCMS, she has initiated winter and spring Fine Art Festivals and founded an after school mural club. Bekki has also served as the Director of Arts & Crafts at Camp Marist in Ossipee, NH since 1999.

Tim Lemire '89
Tim Lemire (B.A. English, 1989) is the author of the new career guide I'm An English Major -- Now What? How English Majors Can Find Happiness, Success, and a Real Job (Writer's Digest Books, 2006). He has worked as a newspaper editor, teacher, freelance writer and editor, and currently, he is a copywriter for Hasbro, Inc. He has an MFA degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan, and his writing has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Business Journal, The Writer magazine, and several other publications in print and online.

Amy McLaughlin Lemerande '97
Arts Administrator/Actress
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in the small town of Marshfield on the South Shore, Amy was the last of five siblings to attend Boston College where she majored in English and Theatre Arts. While at BC Amy performed in many productions at Robsham Theatre as well as spent the summer of 1996 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating in May 1997, Amy worked at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton where she taught theatre to disabled and terminally ill children for two years. She then attended Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island, and received her M.F.A. in Theatre Arts in May 2002. While at Trinity, Amy spent her summers teaching drama at Tufts Children’s Creative Arts Camp in Medford, MA. Upon graduating from Trinity, Amy joined Shenandoah Shakespeare in Staunton, VA, where she met her future husband and partner, Tyrus Lemerande. In 2003, Amy and Ty founded Knighthorse Theatre Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to students of all ages. Specializing in one and two person adaptations of Shakespeare, Knighthorse performs at schools, colleges, festivals and communities across the country and around the world. For a list of productions and workshops visit

Patricia Manalo '00
Dancer/Choreographer/Dance Instructor
Patricia Manalo Bochnak directs the Performing Arts Program at the Jordan Boys & Girls Club of Chelsea, and also teaches at Regis College and Boston College. An active dance educator, choreographer and dancer, Patricia currently performs with The Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble and recently danced for Audra Carabetta Company. She has also choreographed past Theater Department musical productions.

Patricia earned her BA from Boston College and was heavily involved in the arts at BC. While at BC, she was a member of the Dance Ensemble, on the board for the development of the Annual Arts Festival, a member of cultural dance groups, and a dancer and choreographer for the Theater Department. Upon graduation, she received her MA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught ballet, jazz, tap and creative movement at Topf Center for Dance Education, Teachers College Dance Program, Tufts University Children’s Theater, Columbia University Children’s Arts Camp and public schools throughout Boston and New York City. Patricia has worked with many companies, such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and American Ballet Theater, through City Center in New York City, to develop and implement education outreach programs for the companies. Her choreography has been showcased in New York City, Boston, and Dallas, TX. Patricia received her dance training in Texas at Top Hat Dance Centre, Denton Ballet, and Ballet Dallas. She has also trained in New York at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and New Dance Group. She has performed with Quintessence Ballet Company, Festival Ballet of North Texas, and Gotta Dance.

Michelle Miller '98
Michelle Miller graduated from Boston College in 1998 with a double major in Theater and Philosophy. During her summers Michelle continued her education in theater and music by performing and studying with the Abbey Theater, Dublin and Circle in The Square Theater School in New York. The first year post-graduation Michelle worked in development and education with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, teaching and directing at-risk and visually impaired children through their Inner-City Outreach Program. While in New York, Michelle has worn many hats as an actor, singer, writer and producer. She has been seen regionally in plays and musicals, both contemporary and classical and was a headlining singer for the New Haven Symphony. This December Michelle returns to Kansas City as the soloist for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. In New York Michelle has performed at Lincoln Center, The International Fringe Festival, off-Broadway, as well as her one-woman show. In addition, she can be heard on several recordings of up and coming musicals. As a founding member of AnyMinuteNow Productions she was a performer, producer and the Events Director. Michelle has since helped found and is the Vice Chair of ASTEP (Artists Striving To End ASTEP's mission is to mobilize the creativity and generosity of the artistic community to inspire positive change in impoverished youth around the world by empowering them through the arts. Programs have already touched communities in the US, South Africa, Peru, and India. Michelle is co-producer of ASTEP's monthly ArtCents concert series in New York, showcasing Broadway composers and performers and raising funds for programming.

Alexis Rizzuto ’92
Alexis graduated from BC in 1992 as an English major. There she had many formative experiences in her many English and Writing classes, such as meeting her future husband in her Freshman English class with Andrea Stover. After graduation, Alexis gained great perspective in the year that she spent volunteering with Catholic Charities Refugee Services in Hartford, CT. She then attended graduate school at Emerson College where she earned a MFA in Creative Nonfiction. During this time Ms. Rizzuto was published in the Beacon Street Review and won both the Editor’s Choice Award and the DuPrey Award for Nonfiction. After graduating, Alexis taught in several colleges in upstate New York including Syracuse University, before returning to Boston where she joined the publishing world working first for a literary agency and then for Da Capo Press in Cambridge. At Da Capo Press Alexis worked as a publisher with a specialization in nonfiction and edited two books, A Left-Hand Turn Around the World (2005) and the upcoming Mamarama (2007). Ms. Rizzuto also continued teaching at Grub St. Inc, an independent writing school. She currently teaches Memoir & Personal Essay and is consulting on The Memoir Project which works with elderly people to publish their stories.

Carolyn Rock '05
Arts Administration
Carolyn Rock, BC ’05 graduated with a major in History and minor in International Studies. Her interest in arts administration began at BC and continued to grow as she took an increasingly active role in the Arts Festival. She worked in various production and marketing roles all four years at BC, ultimately taking on the administrative assistant position for the Arts Council her senior year. Currently, Carolyn is in her second year working for the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education. In her new capacity as the Registrar, Carolyn helps manage the largest ballet school in North America.

Michael Rossi ’98 GA&S ‘99
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Rossi is a freelance filmmaker in Boston who has spent the last 5 years working in public television. Most recently he was Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for the film Building the Alaska Highway, produced for the series American Experience. He also worked as Assistant Editor for The War That Made America, a four-hour series about the French and Indian War, set for national broadcast in 2006.

Paul Shakespear '71
An English major at BC, Paul started painting full-time as his Scholar of the College project. Later Paul attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This past year Mr. Shakespear had his 12th solo show at the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston and his 4th solo show at Solomon Fine Art in Seattle. Paul’s work was included in the DeCordova Museum's survey exhibition Boston Painting, 1950-2000. Paul was also the Tanne Foundation Award recipient in 2001.

Jere Shea '87
Actor/Acting Coach/Arts Fundraiser
Jere Shea is currently working as an Individual Support Officer for the Museum of fine Arts, Boston soliciting Major Gifts in support of the MFA’s historic $500 Million Campaign. Jere has also worked as a consultant for Boson College’s Advancement Office focusing on Donor Communications and Administrative Strategy. As a Consultant and Coach, Jere has trained and advised actors from Broadway to Beacon Hill for over a decade. Shea has starred in several Broadway productions such as Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees and Stephen Sondheim’s Passion (Theater World Award, Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination). His Film and TV credits include Passion (PBS), Path to Paradise (HBO), Law and Order, Bill Cosby’s Cosby Mysteries, and A Season in Purgatory (CBS miniseries) with Brian Dennehy. Shea also starred with Donnie Wahlburg in the Boston based feature film Southie (Seattle Film Festival’s Best Film, 1998), and has narrated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He also appeared in the Nova/PBS documentary film The Most Dangerous Woman In America, fall 2004 and is currently developing screenplays. Mr. Shea, a former Special Advisor to Governor Paul Cellucci, also offers Speech and Presentation Skills Training to individuals in the world of business and politics. He has served on the faculty of Emerson College, and is a frequent guest lecturer at his alma mater, Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, and St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.

Mary Sherman ‘80
BA, Boston College; MFA, New York University
Mary Sherman is the director and founder of the Boston based TransCultural Exchange, a non-profit whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through high quality art projects, cultural exchanges and related educational programming. (visit

In addition, she has served as an artist-in-resident at institutions home and abroad such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan). She has taught at various institutions and currently teaches at Boston College and Northeastern University. She also has been invited to talk about contemporary art as a guest speaker, visiting lecturer and critic at numerous institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the University of Chicago. As an artist, her works have been exhibited widely both in the U.S. and abroad including at Harvard University; WUK Kunsthalle, Vienna; the London Biennale; and the Istituto Universitario d’Architettura di Venezia, Venice. She has curated shows for several museums such as the Trans Hudson Gallery (NY) and the Boston Center for the Arts and is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including from the Boston Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pilchuck School of Glass and the LEF Foundation. In addition, for nearly two decades, she has written about art for numerous national and international publications, including Art New England where she was also the regional reviews editor), The Chicago Sun-Times, ARTnews, WBUR and The Boston Globe.

Currently she is organizing the first American conference on International Opportunities in the Arts to take place in Boston, April 27-29, 2007.

Kevin Supples '85
Freelance Writer
Kevin received his MA in Nonfiction Writing at Emerson College in 1989. As a Boston-based freelance editor and writer, Kevin specializes in history, art, and cultural studies. He has contributed to many books, textbooks, magazines and CD-ROMS published by various houses, including Prentice Hall, Daris, Houghton Mifflin, and the National Geographic Society.

Toar Winter '93
Writer/Film Editor
Toar Winter is a writer/editor for Boston's biggest production house, National Boston, cutting everything from TV shows to spots to short films. His clients include all the major Boston advertising agencies, and his most recent work has been writing and developing spots for ESPN and HBO. Upon graduating from Boston College in 1993, Toar began his career at ad firm Hill, Holliday in their broadcast department. While there, he was introduced to AVID's non-linear editing system, and in 1996 National came calling. He has been a full-time editor ever since, promoted to Senior Creative in 1998. In 1999, Toar and fellow BC alum Chris Clancy (CSOM '93) self-published the controversial coffee table book Get Stoned and Read This Book under the pseudonym Gordon G. Gourd. Despite initial market hesitation, the book is in its fourth printing, with over 30,000 copies sold. The book has led to other independent ventures, including a feature film and a high-end printing business.



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