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boston college arts council

Career Night for the Arts 2003

In conjunction with “Careers in the Arts Night,” the Arts Council also hosted two additional career events on the following day. In the morning, Sean Flahaven '95, presented Breaking Into the Business. He discussed his experiences as a musician, writer, and producer in New York theatre, including strategies for finding career opportunities in unusual ways. In the afternoon, in Creative Writer Tells All, Tim Lemire '89 spoke about his career path as a writer and editor.

Shelagh Abate '97
A native of Long Island, NY, Shelagh Abate graduated from Boston College in 1997 with a Music Major. She received a Masters of Music from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and further studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. Shelagh currently holds the position of principal horn with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the New Bedford Symphony and The Opera North Orchestra, and has worked on many occasions with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Utah Symphony Orchestra, as well as most orchestras in the New England area. Shelagh has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has served as principal horn of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO. A recipient of the 2000 Coleman Award as a member of the Paragon Winds, Shelagh also founded a chamber music ensemble - The Triton Brass Quintet - now in residence here at Boston College. This ensemble was just honored as the top prize winner of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition this past May. Shelagh serves on the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College as a private horn instructor. Her commercial experience includes performances and recordings with such artists as Joni Mitchell, Trey Anasasio, Brian Wilson, Barry Manilow, Olivia Newton John, and Linda Rondstat, as well as a regular spot with the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, which performs regularly out of Providence, RI.

Sharon Bazarian '78
Freelance Photographer
Sharon received her B.A. in Political Science in 1978. Following her graduation, she attended workshops and seminars at the New England School of Photography, and Kodak. Her clients include Brigham and Women's Hospital, New Balance, Converse, and Holland and Knight. Sharon also covers Boston area radio stations, WSKS, WBCN, WBMX, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate functions. She is a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and was also a past president of the Watertown Boys and Girls Club. Sharon has also participated on the Board of Directors for the Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts.

Susan Breen '91
Painter, Art Editor
Susan Breen is a painter, represented by Woodward Gallery in New York City, and is Art Editor of the literary magazine Post Road. She lives in Black Rock, Connecticut.

Mike Civille '94
Director, Producer
Michael Civille worked in the New York City independent film industry for two years before writing, producing, and directing his debut feature, The Deer & The Cheetah, from 1998 through 2000. He is currently directing a short film entitled "After June," and is writing and directing another feature, Seven Islands, to be produced in 2005-2006. He has been a featured guest at the Boston Film & Video Foundation's "Meet the Directors" series and his work has appeared at the McMullen Museum of Art. Mike lives in Boston and teaches film production, editing, and screenwriting at Boston College, the New York Film Academy, and the Grub Street writing center. 

Paul Daigneault '87
Stage Director, Producing Artistic Director

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.

Sean Flahaven '95
Musician, Composer, Conductor, Arts Journalist, Arts Administrator

Sean Patrick Flahaven is a producer, writer, composer, conductor, and orchestrator based in New York City. He is currently Managing Director of the Melting Pot Theatre Company, an award-winning, off-Broadway company; Executive Director of the New Voices Workshop, a musical theatre writers' collaborative organization; and a board member of PS Classics records. His work has been performed in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Delaware, Chicago, and at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. As a musician, he has worked on the development and original productions of dozens of new musicals. He has also been an arts journalist for ten years, with over 200 articles published in Show Music, The Sondheim Review,, and elsewhere. A native of Minnesota, he received degrees in English and Music with multiple honors from Boston College; an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College. He now teaches at both NYU-Tisch and Brooklyn College.

Heather Leavell '95
Museum Administrator, As Curator of Education at Stonehurst: The Robert Treat Paine Estate

Heather Leavell is responsible for creating, promoting and implementing programs and exhibits for visitors of all ages to raise awareness of Stonehurst as a valuable educational resource for a local and national community. She received her BA in art history from Boston College in 1995 and her MA in art history and museum studies from Tufts University in 2001. She has worked at numerous area museums including the Tufts University Art Gallery, the Addison Gallery of American Art and the National Heritage Museum in a variety of art educational and curatorial capacities. Stonehurst is a famous Shingle Style house created by renowned American designers, H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted. Stonehurst collections include original Victorian furnishings, paintings, decorative arts and the Paine family archives.

Sarah LeDoux '03
Film Editor

As a student at BC, Sarah became the Technical supervisor for the Salmanovitz Program as well as a TA for Digital Nonlinear Editing. In addition she worked for film companies in Boston and Providence while starting up her own production company, Playground Pictures. Since graduating from BC in May of 2003, Sarah attended New York Film Academy's Harvard summer session and has maintained her production company, producing, filming and editing documentaries, music videos and promotional spots for local businesses. She currently works for both Cambridge Documentary Films as a Technical Engineer and Assistant Editor, and Etoile Productions (out of Boston College) as an Editor and Sound Engineer. Recently, Etoile Production sent Sarah as part of a team to film an anti-Mafia documentary in Sicily. Currently Sarah has four short documentaries, one feature and one promotional video in post-production. She is also the newest member of Women in Film and Video/ New England, an organization dedicated to supporting women's voice in film.

Tim Lemire '89
Writer, Editor

Tim Lemire is currently a writer for an Intranet site of Fidelity Investments, Boston. Previously, he was an editor at the TAB Community Newspapers, where he still contributes book-related features. Tim graduated from Boston College in 1989 with a BA in English and in 1996 he graduated from the University of Michigan's MFA program in Creative Fiction Writing.

Jere Shea '87
Actor, Instructor, Consultant

Jere Shea has trained and advised actors from Broadway to Boston for over a decade. Shea has starred in several Broadway productions such as Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees and Stephen Sondheim's Passion (Tony Award Nomination, Theater World Award). His Film and TV credits include "Passion" (PBS), "Path to Paradise" (HBO), "Law & Order," Bill Cosby's "Cosby Mysteries," and "A Season in Purgatory" (CBS miniseries) with Brian Denehy. 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 can also be seen in the upcoming Nova/PBS documentary film TYPHOID MARY in fall 2004 and is currently at work on his first screenplay. Mr. Shea, a former Special Advisor to Governor Paul Cellucci, also offers Speech Coaching and Presentation Skills Training to individuals in the world of business and politics. He is on the faculties of Emerson College and the College of the Holy Cross.

Megan Carroll Shea '89
Arts Attorney

Megan Carroll Shea received her Juris Doctorem from Boston College Law School in 1992. Megan worked in intellectual property, corporate, tax, and probate law at one of Boston's oldest law firms. She also has prosecutorial experience in criminal law and procedure, and has clerked for several Massachusetts judges. In addition to her legal experience, Megan has a lifelong personal involvement in the arts. A classically trained ballet dancer, she has performed, directed, and choreographed for various dance and theater groups. She most recently performed with the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble and The Margot Parsons Dance Company. Her commitment to the arts is also shown in her support for artists and arts organizations throughout the U.S. Megan primarily represents non-profit arts organizations, individual fine and performing artists, agents, managers, producers, cultural lecturers, screenwriters, authors, arts patrons, foundations, and charitable trusts.

Karen Stein '96
Senior Graphic Designer

Karen Stein graduated from Boston College in 1996 with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. After spending a couple years working for an international creative consultancy based out of London, she returned to Boston, eventually to find her way to Harvard University Press. There she first became interested in Graphic Design, eventually finishing the Graphic Design Certificate program at Massachusetts College of Art. During that same time, she began working for Lindsay Hill Design, a small graphic design studio in Charlestown, where her projects have included brochures, corporate identity, logos, signage, magazines, and advertisements. She also does freelance work for several clients.

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 (SOM '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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