How to Combine Social Justice & The Performing Arts (No Fooling!) – Leese Walker ’91

Interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts and/or political activism?

Leese is the founder of Strike Anywhere, an education and performance ensemble that promotes free-thinking and greater social awareness through politically-charged original works. As a freelance artist, Leese’s work has included working with an experimental theatre company, performing Shakespearean roles, and playing the Lakota flute with the Wendy Osserman Dance Company.

A long-time core improvising actor with the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Leese also helped them adapt Soundpainting, the live-composing sign language, for theater. In addition to her work with Strike Anywhere, Leese is a freelance a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Manhattan’s Roundabout Theatre. A past member of the board of Directors for the Network of Ensemble Theatres, her work has been featured on NPR, Radio France and U.S. television.

Leese joined us via Skype for a conversation on Monday, April 1, 2013.  Please check back for an audio recording of the session.



Is there an MBA in your future? Check out Tuck!

Planning to pursue an MBA after finishing your Bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth? Curious about what an MBA program is?

The Tuck Admissions Office invites you to explore another part of campus and the possibility of a future in business.  Throughout the spring, they are offering opportunities to visit Tuck, interact with current students and talk to staff:

8:30 AM or 10:20 AM – Class Visit
12 PM – Lunch with Students
12:45 PM – Tour of Tuck
1:30 PM – Q&A with an Admissions Officer

The program is available every Monday and Tuesday through May, with a couple of exceptions.  Here are program dates:

March 26, 27
April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 23, 30
May 6, 7, 14, 20, 21

***To reserve a spot, or if you have any questions, please contact Gelsey Tolosa  (gelsey.a.tolosa<at>tuck<dot>dartmouth<dot>edu).

If you’re unable to attend but have questions about Tuck’s MBA program, don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions office.

They are looking forward to meeting you!

CAREER CONVERSATION with Joe LaBracio ’00 (Agent for United Talent Agency)

  • Career Services is hosting a Career Conversation via Skype with Talent Agent Joe LaBracio ’00
  • April 2 (Tues) @ 12:30 PM in the Career Services Workshop Room
  • 63 South Main Street (Bank of America Bldg), 2nd Floor
  • RSVP: 

Joe LaBracio ’00

Agent, United Talent Agency

Joe LaBracio is the co-head of the Alternative Television department at United Talent Agency (UTA), where he has played an integral role in building the agency’s international and cable television business, packaging over 100 cable and network television shows in the past year. LaBracio represents Emmy and Peabody-award winning executive producers, directors and production companies as well as several independent UK and European production companies. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Government and Italian, LaBracio began his television career doing a producer fellowship at ABC News Nightline. He cut the fellowship short to work as Ted Koppel’s assistant for two years before moving to Los Angeles to work at CBS where he was hired as an assistant to then Senior Vice President of Alternative Series Development. LaBracio was rapidly promoted through the ranks at CBS in 10 months and served as Director of Alternative Series Development, where he oversaw production on The Amazing Race, Big Brother, and Rock Star, among other shows before leaving to join CAA as an agent in 2006. He left CAA to join UTA in 2008. Several of the shows that he has helped to put together in the passed few years are: Catfish (MTV), The Great Food Truck Race (Food), Gloryhounds (special on Animal Planet), The American Baking Competition (coming to CBS in May), Preachers’ Daughters (Lifetime), Big Rig Bounty Hunters (History). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.  (Bio kindly submitted by Joe LaBracio’s office)

Joe LaBracio ’00 on DAEMA

United Talent Agency




1. Export-Import Bank of the United States – Public Affairs Specialist POST-GRAD
2. Council on Foreign Relations -Research Associates – POST-GRAD
3. Honduras – Health Education & Advocacy Liaisons- INTERNSHIP
4. Costa Rica – Center for Sustainable Development Studies – Program Intern, POST-GRAD
5. ‘Virtual’ Research INTERNSHIP, China Brief – The Jamestown Foundation
6. Switzerland – UN Watch – INTERN
7. China Market Research Group – 2-Year Business Analyst Program
8. JUNIORS – Fulbright Applications – Open MAY 1 – Various Abroad Opportunities
9.  Germany – Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center – INTERN
10. Conversation: CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Meeting Public Challenges from the Private Sector
Speaker:  Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of SEVEN (Social Equity Venture Fund)




1. Export-Import Bank of the United States – Public Affairs Specialist POST-GRAD:
The Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. This position is located in the Office of Communications-Public Affairs and is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. Activities include preparation of information on Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank’s export financing programs and policies to domestic and international news media, U.S. and foreign businesses, banks, federal/state/local government agencies, private organizations and groups, and the general public.
Deadline:  MARCH 27


2. Council on Foreign Relations-Research Associates – POST-GRAD
            1) Southeast Asia (DC); 2) Global Health (NY):
1)Support a CFR Fellow whose work examines U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia. Must have 1+ yr. of administrative and/or internship experience; 2) Support Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett, a highly sought after expert on many global health issues, including global health funding, HIV/AIDS, and biosecurity. Send Resume & Cover Letter (incl. position name in email) to Council on Foreign Relations Human Resources Office 58 E. 68th St., New York, NY 10065 FAX: (212) 434-9893

3. Honduras – Global Healing – Health Education & Advocacy Liaisons (HEAL)  – INTERNSHIP:
HEAL student internship provides advanced undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to experience pediatric medicine and community health at the Roatán Volunteer Pediatric Clinic (RVPC) in Roatán, Honduras. As part of the American and Honduran medical team, student interns play a key role in the daily operations of the RVPC. Outside of clinic, student interns volunteer with local community organizations and/or carry out their own community or public health projects. Send Resume & Cover Letter to


4. Costa Rica – Center for Sustainable Development Studies – Program Intern, POST-GRAD:
The School for Field Studies (SFS) is  nation’s largest field-based provider of environmental study abroad programs, the interns provide support in the areas of Research, Student Programming, and Operations. This includes program delivery, academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management and site maintenance. Mid-August 2013-August 2014.


5. ‘Virtual’ Research INTERNSHIP, China Brief – The Jamestown Foundation (DC)
Research and analyze a variety of foreign, defense, economic and policy issues related to China between 15-20 hrs @ week. Receive assignments, conduct research and analysis, and submit contributions via the Internet. Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is preferred. Interns work directly with the China Brief Editor, Peter Mattis. email a resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample to Peter Mattis: In the subject line, please indicate “Research Intern.”

6. Switzerland – UN Watch – INTERN:
UN Watch’s mission is to monitor the performance of the United Nations according to the yardstick of its Charter and to protect human rights for all.  Substantive intern responsibilities can include research and writing of reports, drafting correspondence, monitoring and reporting on meetings at the UN, attending and reporting on meetings with diplomats and UN officials, fact-checking and taking notes.  Preference is given to candidates who apply at least 6 months in advance.


7. China Market Research Group – 2-Year Business Analyst Program:
Learn and practice the skills necessary to perform top-tier market research and strategy consulting


8. JUNIORS – Fulbright Applications – Open MAY 1 – Various Abroad Opportunities:
Get started investigating Fulbright grants for 1) Study/Research (Business, Journalism, Sciences and Public Health and Creative/Performing Arts) ; 2) English Teaching Assistantships 3) Fulbright-mtvU (international musical culture); 4) Travel Grants (Italy, Germany, and Hungary)
Website: Preliminary campus deadline: July 1 – check with  !


9.  Germany – Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center – INTERN:
Internships should last at least 8 weeks. The Primate Center is part of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropologhy.  Please send your application at least 6 months in advance to:
Daniel Hanus  Phone: +49 (341) 3550 – 610


10.  CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Meeting Public Challenges from the Private Sector
Speaker:  Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of SEVEN (Social Equity Venture Fund) is a virtual non-profit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty)
THURSDAY, March 28, 1-2pm @ Haldeman 041
*R.S.V.P. to
Panera lunch provided

ALSO, see INTERNATIONAL Career Link at

**To schedule an Appointment with an Advisor, call Career Services at 646-2215




Careers In International Development & Entrepreneurship (3/28)

Are you interested in solving global public challenges — from health and economic development to poverty — through private-based solutions?

Attend this program and have a conversation with Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of  Seven (Social Equity Venture Fund), a virtual non-profit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty

Meeting Public Challenges from the Private Sector
THURSDAY, March 28, 1-2pm @ Haldeman 041
Lunch provided  (RSVP to

About  Michael Fairbanks was a U.S. Peace Corps teacher in Kenya (1979-1981). He has been a founder and chief executive in both the private and NGO sectors. A long-time angel investor in the life sciences, he is a founding board member of Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals, based in San Francisco, which is focused on solutions to heart disease; and a founding board member in Akagera Pharmaceuticals, which seeks a solution to Tuberculosis.

He has worked closely with two dozen heads of government in Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia; he is Senior Advisor since 2001 to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. He co–authored Harvard Business School’s book on business strategy in emerging markets, “Plowing the Sea, Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Advantage in Developing Nations,” and edited, “In The River They Swim, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty.”

He is a Director of the Rwanda Biomedical Board, which oversees that nation’s health care system, and the Akilah Institute for Women, Rwanda’s first women’s college. He is a citizen of the United States, the European Union (Ireland), and Rwanda.

Creative Arts Alumni Career Panel – March 29th @ 3:30 PM

Learn about the Career Paths of the following Alumni on the Creative Arts Career Panel on Fri, 3/29 @ 3:30 PM:

Nance Silliman ’95 ’96MALS – Artist/Gallery Owner @ Nuance Gallery

Nance Silliman, the owner of Nuance Gallery in Windsor, Vermont, is an accomplished artist and art educator. She has exhibited her oil and acrylic paintings, as well as prints, multi-media works, and charcoal and pastel drawings, in multiple locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Venues have included AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, Artful Things in Lebanon, Gallery 147 in Windsor, Black River Art Guild in Ludlow, Baker Berry Library and the Women’s Resource Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover, Twin Columns in Claremont, and West River Art in Rutland. Recent exhibitions include AVA Gallery members’ exhibition THE WAY WE WORK; Blue Angel Studio, Chester, Massachusetts; Hartland Public Library, Hartland, Vermont; and the Welcome Center in Guilford, Vermont. For 12 years, through 2010, Nancy Silliman was Assistant to the Director of Dartmouth’s Studio Art Exhibition Program. She holds a B.A. Degree and a Masters of Liberal Studies (MALS) from Dartmouth College. She is also a published poet and playwright whose work has been performed by such theater groups as The Parish Players and written about in the MALS quarterly publication. (Bio kindly submitted by Nance Silliman)

 Bradford Drazen ’90 – News Anchor @ NBC 

Brad Drazen ‘90 has had quite an eclectic career arc. After majoring in Drama and English at Dartmouth, he moved to New York to pursue an acting career.  He worked (periodically) in theater, commercials and independent films. His tour de force role was playing Greg in “The Real Live Brady Bunch” Off-Broadway.  He then moved to Los Angeles where he continued to work (a little less often) in theater, TV and film.

In 1997, Brad transitioned to the world of broadcast journalism, and he’s currently the morning news anchor and education correspondent for NBC Connecticut. Since arriving at the station in 2000, his assignments have run the gamut from crime and breaking news to presidential politics and sports. Brad has interviewed newsmakers ranging from governors and senators to Bill Cosby and Dr. Bill Petit ‘78. He has several won several awards for his work, including four Boston/New England Emmy Awards for writing, producing and feature reporting.

Brad is perhaps most proud of the work he’s done in the community over the past decade.  The opportunity to make a difference while working with organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way and Special Olympics is the most rewarding aspect of his job.

Brad also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA Anderson and has taught courses in marketing and communications at Central Connecticut State University and Eastern Connecticut State University. (Bio kindly submitted by Brad Drazen)

Paul Gross ’73 – Jeweler @ Designer Gold

Paul Gross discovered a passion for making jewelry when he stumbled into the Hopkins Center Student Workshops Jewelry Studio as a freshman in 1969.  He had never even taken an art course in high school, so finding that he had some artistic talent was a surprising revelation.  He worked as a student assistant in the Jewelry Studio all four years at Dartmouth, learning all aspects of his craft.  After 2 years teaching school in Lebanon, Paul decided to try goldsmithing as a profession, first working for The Goldsmith, Ltd in Chicago, then moving back to Hanover in 1976 and establishing his business in 1977.  Paul and his wife, Peggy Sadler, own Designer Gold in Hanover, where he has been making custom designed and limited edition jewelry for 36 years.  He was won several national and regional design awards for his jewelry. (Bio kindly submitted by Paul Gross)


Eli Burakian ’00 – Photographer @ Dartmouth College 

Eli Burakian joined the Office of Public Affairs at Dartmouth College in November 2011 as the official college photographer. Burakian says he never expected to come back to his alma mater as a full-time staff member but found the position to be the perfect fit.   While at Dartmouth, Burak majored in geography with a minor in earth sciences. Outside of class, he raced on the Alpine Development Ski Team, enjoyed the outdoors with the DOC, and hiked 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Eli previously worked as a freelance photographer; has co-photographed books; and now is responsible for the documentation of the College’s history through the visual medium of photography.  For further information, please consult the press release upon his hire. To learn more join us on Friday, March 29th @ 3:30 PM in the Career Services office.






This program is presented as part of the celebration of Dartmouth’s Year of the Arts initiative.

Google Hangout with Andrew Asnes ’87 – Entrepreneur/Theatrical Producer – March 28th @ 12:15 PM

Want to ‘hangout’ with a Broadway Producer?  Here’s your chance.  Career Services will be facilitating a Google Hangout with Andrew Asnes ’87 (see Bio below) on Thursday, March 28th @ 12:15 PM. If you’re on-campus, please RSVP & let us know you will stop by the Career Services Office to join.  If you’re off-campus, please contact Kate Yee ( to be added to the Google Hangout.

Mr. Asnes kindly submitted the following Biography (but, I am sure there is a great deal more he can tell us!):

Andrew Asnes is an entrepreneur and theatrical producer. As a producer he has a keen eye for projects with both commercial appeal and artistic viability. Mr. Asnes is drawn to projects that attract audiences on various levels from emotional power to cultural commentary to pure entertainment. For Broadway he has been a producer of SUPERIOR DONUTS, THE COLOR PURPLE MUSICAL, LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL and  ALL MY SONS, as well producing tours and international productions of THE COLOR PURPLE MUSICAL and LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL. He is currently producing a new musical comedy spoof titled 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL which is touring the US and planning for an Off-Broadway production.

His production company financed the Original Cast Album of LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL and has placed profitable investments in productions of Noel Coward’s BLITHE SPIRIT and DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

He is the Founder of, a website and technology tool for theatergoers to share their opinions of plays and musical and leverage the power of word-of-mouth as well as publisher of the upcoming book 1001 Broadway Fun Facts.  Previously Mr. Asnes was a principal dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance and performed in the Broadway productions of CONTACT, JUMPERS and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS as well as in several television programs and films. A Dartmouth graduate from the class of 1987, he states, “Had I not attended Dartmouth College, I would never have been a dancer.”

This program is presented as part of the celebration of Dartmouth’s Year of the Arts initiative

5 Ways to Build a Relationship with Your Professors

Even if graduate school is not in your plans, it’s important to create great relationships with your professors. Get to know a faculty member well and they can help answer questions on course material, advise you on opportunities to apply what you study in a job or profession, and — when the time comes — write you a recommendation for a new opportunity.

Here are five tips for relationship building — courtesy of the Undergraduate Dean’s office:

  1. Go to office hours when you don’t need to.
    Show them your level of interest in what you are studying.
  2. Give notice that you’ll be missing class in advance.
    If you are going to be out of town or have the flu, let your professor know that you’ll be missing class ahead of time. In some cases, you may be able to get notes from others.
  3. Ask about a final grade.
    Not sure why or how you ended up with the course grade you did on a transcript. Contact your faculty and ask to have a face-to-face conversation. If you did better than expected, find out what you did well. If your grade was lower than expected, it’s okay to ask why — just be careful not to play defense. Understand what happened.
  4. Pick up your final exam
    Aren’t you curious about how you did.
  5. Send a note to the professor thanking them.
    Whether you enjoyed a class, discovered a new discipline you never thought of before, changed your idea on what to major in or simply looked forward to your class everyday, say so. Who doesn’t love genuine positive feedback?Follow two or more of these steps and you’ll be well on your way to building strong relationships with your faculty!


Career Blitz: Arts


  1. Talent Scout – Axcess Talent, Inc. (Entry-Level)
  2. Program Coordinator – Virtual, Inc. (Entry-Level)
  3. Berkeley Repertory Theatre – Artistic, Administrative and Production Fellowships (POST-GRAD). DEADLINE:  April 1, 2013. 


  1. ArtSuite Intern – Winter, Spring & Summer (Upper Valley)
  2. American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) – Internship (Bethesda, MD).
  3. MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center – Arts Management Paid Internship.DEADLINE: March 15, 2013.
  4. Los Angeles-area museums and visual arts organizations: 
  5. Forza Films
  6. Studio Arts Center International Florence:
    1. Artisan Apprenticeship.
    2. Design Internship. 
    3. Museology Internship.
  7. Hire Culture



1.       Talent Scout – Axcess Talent, Inc. (Entry-Level) – Candidates would search the world for undiscovered talent for the music, film and television industry; scouting would be accomplished through a mixture of in-person and online media outlets.  Apply through LinkedIn (Job ID #4906635)
2.       Program Coordinator – Virtual, Inc. (Entry-Level) – Candidate will support the Client Services Team, focusing on member support and programs.  Apply through LinkedIn (Job ID #4915258)
3.       Berkeley Repertory Theatre – Artistic, Administrative and Production Fellowships (POST-GRAD). DEADLINE:  April 1, 2013.  Berkeley Rep provides a year-long fellowship program for serious-minded, highly motivated individuals ready to embark upon a professional theatre career. For more information:

1.       ArtSuite Intern – Winter, Spring & Summer (Upper Valley)ArtSuite brings Silicon Valley to the Upper Valley, with an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of new social media marketing in and beyond the Arts world. The organization is recruiting 4 part-time interns. Wanted: Candidates with Rock Star potential who see no limits and want to redefine the very meaning of Art! Contact O’Neill Cushman at .
2.       American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) – Internship (Bethesda, MD). The AATE internship program provides learning opportunities and on-the-job experience to college juniors/seniors, graduate students, and recent college graduates with a professional interest in arts and/or non-profit management. The summer internship will take place for 12 weeks, June through August 2013; start and end dates are negotiable. For more information:
3.       MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center – Arts Management Paid Internship.DEADLINE: March 15, 2013. An intensive twelve-week arts management internship course structured to integrate theoretical concepts and real-world experience. B-HIP runs in Summer and it combines an internship component with a seminar in arts management, talk-backs with the area’s leading arts professionals, and full participation in cultural events throughout Berkshire County (Western Massachusetts). For more information:
4.       Los Angeles-area museums and visual arts organizations: The Getty Foundation supports more than 100 internship positions at organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Students apply directly to the participating organizations. A list of all available positions will be posted in late March 2013 – check out:
5.       Forza Films – specializes in extreme sports video, still photography, mini camera cinematography, underwater & aerial cinematography. No jobs/internships listed; but if this is something you currently engage in – contact them to see if you can contribute to one of their projects.
6.       Studio Arts Center International Florence: SACI’s mission is to provide a unique, life-enhancing study-abroad experience in the center of Florence.



A. Artisan Apprenticeship. For advanced students, highly selective Artisan Apprenticeships are possible in the following areas: Book Binding & Paper Art, Weaving, Tailoring, Leather, Jewelry, and Ceramics.  For more information and how to apply:
B. Design Internship.  For advanced design students, highly selective design internships are possible in the following areas: Architecture, Communications, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Lighting Design, and Product Design.  For more information and how to apply:
C. Museology Internship. Internships are arranged in supervised situations for museology students who seek the experience of working in a museum department in order to learn about everyday problems that occur at a contemporary museum. For more information:

7.   Hire Culture – Massachusetts Cultural Council database for Arts and related internships & jobs.  Have you searched?


The Year of the Arts at Dartmouth – when was the last time you checked out what’s happening?  Get connected:

Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media (DAEMA) – have you signed up to stay connected?

Arts Career Fields on the Career Services website – check out the links for more information:

To book an appointment with a Career Advisor call:  603-646-2215


Winter, Spring, and Summer part-time, local, rewarding internships – ArtSuite

Winter, Spring, and Summer part-time, local, rewarding internships with ArtSuite

ArtSuite is a start-up with traction.  ArtSuite resides at the confluence of science, technology, and the arts.  It is developing a cutting edge social media concept, gaining significant notice in the arts.

Internship Program

ArtSuite brings Silicon Valley to the Upper Valley, with an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of new social media marketing in and beyond the Arts world. The organization is recruiting 4 part-time interns.

Wanted: Candidates with Rock Star potential who see no limits and want to redefine the very meaning of Art!

Interns will focus on one or more of the areas below, depending on their interest and abilities:

  • Social media marketing/branding/outreach (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+; timed social media engagement)
  • Blogging for social media content (weekly blog entries, strategic content for focused impact)
  • Market research (market-based feature set development)
  • Assistance in presentation development

Time Commitment:  4 to 5 hours per week – some days will be more, some less.  Organization is very flexible, and willing to work with individuals to make schedules work.

To Apply:  Submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to:  O’Neill Cushman <>. Include your Klout Score if you have one.