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2004 Participants

boston college arts council

Career Night for the Arts 2004

Jacquie Barnaby, '96

After graduating from BC in 1996, Jacquie attended the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University, under three fellowships - one from BC, and two from NYU. As a graduate student, while working on her thesis, Jacquie worked as an independent bookseller, an events coordinator, and publisher's assistant. Living first in New York City, then Chicago, and finally returning to Boston hoping to make a better living, she remained in publishing specifically for academic and trade publications.

Several years ago, Jacquie gave her publishing work to focus on her poetry and music. She took another job as a bookseller, and eventually left that role to devote her time to raising her daughter and performing music exclusively. She now lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband and daughter, and is a rising artist in the New York and New England areas. She has performed at places such as The Cutting Room and The Bitter End in NYC, and Cambridge's own wonderful Club Passim. Her debut CD, Washington Square, will be released this winter.

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, and 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. Additionally, Sharon is a patron of the McMullen Museum, and Parish Council Director at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church.

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.

Katie Chambers, ‘03
Gallery Administrator

Immediately following her graduation from BC in May 2003 with a degree in Art History, Katie taught drawing and painting at a summer day camp. Once the season was complete, she returned to her initial goal of seeking fulltime work at a museum. Her search, however, quickly expanded to include gallery work as well. Though it was not the path she had originally expected to take, she discovered an excellent opportunity at Francesca Anderson Fine Art, a gallery in Lexington, MA. It has been and continues to be a wonderful experience for Katie. She serves as the Gallery Assistant playing a major role in the daily operations of the gallery, participating in curatorial work including show design and construction as well as artist relations. Katie now looks forward to continuing a career in the gallery world and hopes to some day open her own gallery.

Maureen Donovan, ‘78
Registrar, Harvard University Art Museums

Maureen Donovan graduated from Boston College in 1978, summa cum laude, with a double major in Art History and English. A senior-year internship in the Department of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that dealt directly with exhibition planning and management peaked her interest in museum work and in being in direct contact with works of art. After graduation, she took a job in the Registrar’s Office at the Fogg Art Museum as a brief respite before applying to graduate school in art history. Quickly realizing she’d found her niche, she has spent the last 26 years in collection management, with primary responsibility for acquisitions, incoming and outgoing loans, traveling exhibitions and collections care. Today she presides over a department of twelve individuals that continues to grow in response to a major inventory, bar-coding and digital imaging project and manages an active collection of nearly 200,000 works of art.

Sean Patrick 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 award-winning, off-Broadway Melting Pot Theatre Company; Executive Director of IN ONE Musical Theatre, a writers' collaborative; and a board member of PS Classics Inc. 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 premieres 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 NYU-Tisch and Brooklyn College.

Erin Haran, '01
Communications and Arts Administration

Erin graduated from BC in 2001 with a degree in English. While on campus, she was a member of the BC Dance Ensemble, and the University Chorale. Following graduation, Erin worked at New England Conservatory of Music as an Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. There, her work planning alumni programs and events, and contributing to the school's magazine and web site, helped Erin transition to her current role in communications at the Massachusetts Cultural Council. At the MCC, Erin promotes the state arts agency's programs and services through media relations, special events, and managing content for the agency's extensive web site. She also continues to take dance at Boston Ballet.

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 B.A. in English and in 1996 he graduated from the University of Michigan's MFA program in Creative Fiction Writing.

Michele Meek, '94
Filmmaker, Writer, Entrepreneur

Michele Meek pioneered the development of, the premiere magazine and resource for indie filmmaking in the northeast in 1997. Soon after, she founded, an international community for buying and selling over 50,000 independent, educational and hard-to-find films. She received the 2000 Image Award for Vision and Excellence by Women in Film & Video New England. Her entrepreneurial successes have been lauded in Inc. Magazine, National Public Radio, and The Boston Globe and she has spoken on numerous panels including the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture, Convergence at Tribeca, Global Entertainment Network Summit. In addition, she has continued to pursue several creative endeavors. She received the Duprey Screenwriting Award for her short script "One More Shot" at Emerson College where she earned her MFA in writing. She co-produced the movie version of the script as part of the compilation video "Boxer Shorts" awarded 1996 Best Video Award at the Temecula Valley Film Festival. Currently, she is in pre-production on a short film that she has written and will direct in the spring of 2005. She has written extensively on film and travel in leading publications such as MovieMaker Magazine, the Independent Film & Video Monthly, WHERE Magazine, and indieWIRE. Her poems have been published in the New Press Literary Quarterly, Hawaii Pacific Review, Stylus, and Beacon Street Review

Michael Rossi, ’98, GSA&S ‘99
Documentary Filmmaker

Michael Rossi is a freelance filmmaker in Boston who has spent the last four years working in public television. Most recently, he was Associate Producer and Assistant Editor of two documentary films set for national broadcast in 2005: The War That Made America, a four-hour series about the French and Indian War, and Building the Alaska Highway, produced for the series "American Experience." Michael’s career at PBS began in the Educational Programming & Outreach department at WGBH-TV in Boston. He has done a variety of freelance production work on feature films, television shows, music videos, and commercials in the Boston area. Michael’s research background is equally diverse; he has conducted archival film and photograph research for various documentary films, as well as historical research for public art proposals and litigation cases. Michael completed the five-year B.A./M.A. program in history at Boston College in 1999. His first film, East Boston: A Changing Community, is included in the curriculum for the course “History of Boston” at Boston College, and he has been a guest lecturer for the Black Studies course “Eyes on the Prize.” His current project is a two-hour documentary on the California Gold Rush.

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.

Karen Stein, ‘96
Senior Graphic Designer

Karen Stein graduated from Boston College in 1996 with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. She went on to graduate from the Massachusetts College of Art Graphic Design Certificate program in 2002. She is currently working as Senior Designer at Lindsay Hill Design, a small studio in Charlestown. Prior to Lindsay Hill Design, Karen worked at Harvard University Press and London-based Breakthrough International Group. Karen has been with Lindsay Hill Design for over four years except for an interim period when she worked at Graphique de France, an international publishing company. Awards for her recent work have included the 2004 Pensions & Investments Eddy Award, 2003 PSCA Signature Award and the 2003 NAGC Blue Pencil Award.

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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