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Fellows' Arts Career Week
Special Event

Arts Careers Week

January 23, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Student Production season. This is an archived view.

Turn your passion for the arts into a career

22/23 Student Production

Interested in a career in the arts? Join us for one or all of the career sessions to hear from actors, filmmakers, visual artists and other professionals in the arts and entertainment industries.

All of the events below are free.

Symposium Schedule

Mon, Jan 23

4 - 5pm · Virtual
How to Prepare for the Real World with Aamirah Dastgir from Apple TV+

Learn how to build connections as a young professional, secure and prepare for interviews, build a personal brand and make a living.

6 - 7 pm · Virtual
Peek Inside the Blackbox of Recruiting With Joanna Giordano From Warner Bros. Discovery

Everyone needs this talk to understand the reality of recruiting for resumes, applications, and interviews. Joanna flips her experience around to be on your side as the job seeker so you can get inside the head of industry recruiters and computers. Then go forth, score an interview, and get in the door for your next opportunity.

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Tues, Jan 24

5 - 6 pm · Center for Professional Development at 63 South Main Street
Workshop: Build Your e-portfolio with the Center for Professional Development

Learn how to build connections as a young professional, secure and prepare for interviews, build a personal brand and make a living. Snacks will be provided. This event is in-person only.

The Center for Professional Development is located on the second floor of the Bank of America building at 63 South Main Street, Hanover, NH.

8 - 9 pm · Virtual
Fireside Chat on Marketing with Joseph Lezza from Warner Bros. Discovery

Learn what to expect as a marketing professional in the media industry.

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Wed, Jan 25

1 pm · Virtual
Career Opportunities at New London Barn Playhouse

Learn about the performing arts theater, their productions, education programs, summer camps and application process.

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3:30 pm · Virtual
Virtual Chat with Rafael Agustin (writer on Jane the Virgin)

Aspiring screenwriters: get career advice and learn about Rafael's perspective as a Latinx person working in TV/Film and his experience as a formerly undocumented American.

5 - 6:30 pm · Center for Professional Development at 63 South Main Street
Cultivating Connections for Creative Careers with the Center for Professional Development

Reveal hidden career opportunities through the power of networking! This is especially important for "creative" career sectors, where it's all about cultivating relationships. In this workshop, we will discuss some useful strategies for identifying networking contacts, the best ways to reach out, and how informational interviews can bring you real-world clarity, meaningful connections, and surprising career leads. We will also offer pointers for tuning up your resume and LinkedIn profiles. After the workshop, students are encouraged to switch resumes with one another and find interview buddies while enjoying good food. This event is in-person only. Remember to bring your laptop!

The Center for Professional Development is located on the second floor of the Bank of America building at 63 South Main Street, Hanover, NH.

8 pm · Virtual
Copywriting Workshop with Erin Carenzo

Hear from the award-winning journalist and copywriter on how to carve out a successful copywriting career.

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Thurs, Jan 26

5 - 6:30 pm · Gilman Auditorium, Hood Museum
Arts Careers and Social Entrepreneurship with Apple Hill

An intimate performance and panel discussion on creating meaningful, real-world impact through the arts. Following a short performance of Dana Lyn's piece, The Ceremony That Never Was, and a viewing of the series of paintings that inspired it, Lyn and Apple Hill discuss their mission-driven musical careers. Learn more >

7 - 8 pm · Virtual
The Power of Storytelling: Building an Audience with Christian Beck '24

From creating an award-winning documentary series to starting an organization that combines the power of storytelling and cancer advocacy and performing on American Idol, Beck '24 shares insights on how to build and engage an audience.

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8:30 - 9:30 pm · Virtual
Preparing for Hollywood: How to be a Working Actor

In a panel discussion led by Sara Mornell, President and creator of the Mornell Method and Sarah Nezamzadeh from Stride Management, get tips on how to make a living in Hollywood: from being your authentic self in front of the camera, to mastering the art of auditioning and presenting yourself to an agent. And find out what it's like to work as an agent in Hollywood.

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Fri, Jan 27

10:30 - 11:30 am · Virtual
Learn how the college can fund your unpaid student internship with the Centre for Social Impact

In this panel discussion, hear from Opening Act, an organization where students have successfully secured funding, and a student, Daniel, who received a grant to work with Opening Act. Learn about the funding opportunities available through the college and get insights on the application process from those who have been successful. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to explore how to make your internship dream a reality.

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12 - 1 pm · Virtual
Francisco Moreno on Being an Entrepreneur as a Visual Artist

Find out the dos and don'ts of how to become an entrepreneur as a visual artist, how to sign contracts with art galleries and more.

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3 - 4 pm · Virtual
Day in the life of an Actor with Jeremy Crittenden

The award-winning actor talks about his journey and the lessons that he learned along the way. 

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In collaboration with the Hood Museum of Art, the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth and the Center for Professional Development at Dartmouth.

Aamirah Dastgir is currently a Development Assistant at Apple TV+ where she supports two Creative Executives in the Scripted Programming Department. Prior to her time at Apple TV+, she worked in the TV Literary Department at United Talent Agency. She is passionate about South Asian representation and hopes to amplify lesser-known voices and talent in the entertainment space. Her favorite shows are Four Weddings and a Funeral, Ramy, Insecure and Suits. She has a BA in Media Studies from UC Berkeley as well as an MS in Communication Data Science from USC and an MA in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth. She enjoys boxing, snowboarding, word games and desserts (a huge fan of ice cream!).

Joanna Giordano D'04 is an HR veteran of 10+ years in recruitment at Warner Bros. Discovery (previously HBO etc.) as well as Citigroup recruiting for Financial Services. She has seen literally thousands of resumes and worked in many of the big recruitment systems. She has seen many worthy applicants repeat rookie mistakes for years because they never knew better.

Joseph Lezza is a writer and marketer at Warner Bros. Discovery in the metro New York area. He received his BA in Television and Media Arts from Rutgers University and, later, his MFA in creative writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. As a media professional, his work has been seen on such networks/platforms as HBO Max, CNN, NBC, VH1, & Lifetime. As a writer, he was a finalist for the 2021 Prize Americana in Prose as well as a nominee for 2020 Best of the Net Anthology. His forthcoming book, I'm Never Fine, is out February 2023 from Vine Leaves Press and was recently named among Buzzfeed's "24 Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books of 2023." His website is

The New London Barn Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously operating summer theaters in the country. Housed in a historic converted barn, the theater features professional Broadway actors alongside emerging young artists in an intimate, air-conditioned setting with no seat more than 30 feet from the stage. The Barn has received countless accolades, including the prestigious Moss Hart Award for Excellence in Professional Theater.

Rafael Agustin was a writer on the award-winning The CW show, Jane The Virgin, and is the author of the newly released comedic memoir, Illegally Yours (Grand Central Publishing), which was selected as a Barnes & Noble "Priority Title," as well as an Apple Books "Must Listen." Agustin serves as CEO of the Latino Film Institute (LFI), where he oversees the Youth Cinema Project, the annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), and LatinX in Animation. In 2018, LA Weekly named Agustin one of the 50 most essential people in Los Angeles. Also in 2018, the United Nations invited Agustin to speak at their 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Agustin received his BA and MA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television, is an alumnus of the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase, and is a Sundance Fellow for his TV family comedy, Illegal, based on his life as a formerly undocumented American.

Erin Carenzo is a former award-winning journalist, executive producer, creative director and copywriter and has led her creative teams to both Emmy and Promax Gold wins. She has over 25 years of experience producing creative campaigns for film and television studios, renowned B2C and B2B brands, and internationally known thought leaders. Erin has written, directed and produced multimedia content and promotions for Disney/ABC, Pixar, NBC, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Jim Henson Productions, The Ad Council, the Olympic Games, Safeway, Mattel and Lego for properties including Harry Potter, Looney Tunes, Disney Princess and Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign. She's also been the producer behind both live and on-demand experiences for thought leaders including Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Martha Beck and Dr. Andrew Weil, and co-produced the popular 21-Day Meditation series for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey.

Christian Beck '24 is a filmmaker, songwriter and pediatric cancer advocate. After creating a film for his sister, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of seven, Christian witnessed the power of narrative for pediatric patients. Inspired by this experience, he created the award-winning Heart-Throb documentary series, working with several patients like his sister to tell their stories. Recently, Christian received a Stamps Foundation Grant to launch VidsForKids, an organization founded with the mission to connect young filmmakers and pediatric patients for the shared goal of storytelling and cancer advocacy. Last fall, after receiving an Instagram direct message inviting him to audition for season 20 of American Idol, Christian auditioned on Zoom from his dorm room. Four weeks later, Christian was flown to Los Angeles to play an original song for the celebrity judges. At Dartmouth, Christian studies Film and Media Studies on the Pre-Health track and performs around campus in his band The Stripers with his two best friends.

As a transformational coach for artists looking to thrive, Sara Mornell has created a method that teaches how to stop acting. The Mornell Method brings acting training into the 21st century, effectively, creatively and realistically training actors like Gladiators for the arena that is Hollywood. Started in 2007, Mornell Studios became the hub for this new way of training that is ethical and realistic and teaches actors what it takes to book and work. Mornell skillfully helps remove the blocks that hold her clients back. She teaches people how to be in touch with their truest selves, stop acting, how to trust themselves, and how to navigate being an artist in this linear corporate world. Since 2016, she has worked with some of the top artists and hosts at Apple Music. Additionally, networks like NBC, OWN, ABC, Paramount, Apple TV and Disney call on her to build the bridge between the wants of the executives and needs of the artist. Mornell is known for effectively and quickly getting results without compromising the integrity of the work.

After transitioning from pharmaceuticals to fashion in her 20s, Sarah Nezamzadeh was offered a job at a boutique talent agency in Los Angeles which gave her her first taste in representation. She later went on to work at Greene & Associates Talent Agency who at the time represented the late Chadwick Boseman and Tessa Thompson amongst other talent and transitioned into management in 2017. Stride Management's client list includes Oscar Winner Nicolas Cage, Emmy nominee Mike O'Malley; as well as Young Hollywood talent including Emmy nominee Shannon Purser (Stranger Things), Josiah Cross (King Richard, A Thousand And One), Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians) and Emily Tosta (Mayans MC) among others.

Francisco Moreno is a visual artist who has led multiple solo exhibitions and has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Vice Magazine, Dallas Morning News and more. His works have also been exhibited in galleries around the country including the Dallas Museum of Art, The Power Station, Erin Cluley Gallery, Lawndale Art Centre, Blow Up Gallery, GelmaqQn Gallery, Concord Art Association, The Helen Day Art Centre, Sol Koffler Gallery and Rhode Island School of Design.

Jeremy Crittenden is an award-winning actor living in New York City. He has worked on TV shows like Star Trek: Discovery, The Expanse, Murdoch Mysteries, Taken and in live theatre all across North America, including Broadway. Currently, he's writing his first short film and working on creating fun, uplifting short-form content on Instagram (@jcritty) and TikTok (@hijcritty).

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