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"Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of Drama and Film" - April 3, 2013 (Register only for one ticket type)

Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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In person at Freshfields at 601 Lexington Avenue, New York Ended Free  
In person at Yale in Room 317, Linsly-Chittenden Hall Ended Free  
Webinar (Streaming Video and Audio - instructions will be emailed before the event) Ended Free  

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“Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of Drama and Film” on April 3, 2013


This event is the seventh in a series covering different professions and will feature panelists from three different roles within Drama and Film. The concept is to have experienced practitioners provide candid views of their profession to help Yale students and alumni pursuing or contemplating a career in Drama and Film make thoughtful career decisions. All three of the panelists and the moderator are either Yale graduates or Yale affiliated.


These career panels started during the 2011 – 2012 academic year. The legal, investment banking, medical, and consulting professions have been featured either once or twice since then. Entrepreneurism will be featured on April 17. Future panel professions being considered include education, government, and non-profit organizations.


This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including Yale Undergraduate Career Services, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).


The panel discussion will be held simultaneously in New York City and at Yale, with panelists at both locations. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference with audiences  at both locations. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a webinar (streaming video and audio) for those who cannot attend in person.



April 3, 2013 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST

(The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from 5:30 pm to 6 pm to answer additional questions.)



         Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?

         What are some of the different careers within Drama and Film and how are they different?

         How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?

         What are the myths versus the realities?

         What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?

         What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?

         If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?



Amy Herzog – Playwright  

Victoria Nolan - Managing Director of the Yale Repertory Theater and Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Drama 

Ira Sachs - Film Director


Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners


Locations and Webinar:

New York Location: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 601 Lexington Avenue, NYC

Yale Location: Room 317, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

Webinar: Streaming Video and Conference call



Please register for only one venue (New York, New Haven or the Webinar)



Amy Herzog - Playwright


Amy Herzog is a highly regarded playwright. Amy Herzog’s plays include Belleville (currently at New York Theatre Workshop), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; John Gassner Award Nomination; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center), and The Wendy Play (ACT, San Francisco). She has had readings and workshops at Steppenwolf, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Stage and Film, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center, among others. 

 She has received commissions from the Yale Rep, Steppenwolf, and Playwrights Horizons. Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and the Helen Merrill. She is an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group, and the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab.  

She has taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr and Yale.  Amy graduated with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.


Victoria Nolan - Managing Director, Yale Repertory Theater and Deputy Dean of the YaleSchool of Drama


Victoria joined Yale in 1993. She is Professor (Adjunct) on the faculty of the School of Drama where she teaches courses in Theater Management. Previously Ms. Nolan led Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) as Managing Director where she is credited with having stabilized the theater's finances through the retirement of debt and the establishment of both working capital reserves and endowment funds.

From 1981 to 1988 she was Associate Managing Director at Baltimore's Center Stage. Her association with Center Stage began in 1978 when she was selected by Theatre Communications Group as one of seven national fellows in performing arts management funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Exxon Corporation and the William Donner Foundation. Her other experiences include work at the Loeb Drama Center of Harvard University; TAG Foundation, a management organization producing off-Broadway modern dance festivals; and at the Ram Island Dance Company in Portland, Maine, where she was Managing Director.

She has served on negotiating team for national labor contracts with the League of Resident Theatres; has been an on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts; and served on foundation review boards including AT&T Foundation, The Heinz Family Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and Metropolitan Life Foundation.

She completed nine years as trustee of Theatre Communications Group in New York where she was treasurer for many years. She is a senior fellow at Yale's Saybrook College and has served on various local committees including the Greater New Haven Arts Industry Coalition, the Connecticut Cultural Alliance, and the Chamber of Commerce Cluster Committee.

She was the 2005 recipient of the Elm/Ivy Award given jointly by Yale University and the City of New Haven for distinguished service to the community and the 2000 recipient of the Betsy L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Award from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.


Ira Sachs - Film Director 

Ira Sachs is a an accomplished film director. His latest film, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Best Director, has been called a "front runner for best American film of the year" (Village Voice), as well as "exquisitely, even thrillingly authentic" (A.O. Scott, New York Times). It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Teddy Award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

Sachs’ previous work includes MARRIED LIFE, with Chris Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan and Patricia Clarkson, THE DELTA, and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning FORTY SHADES OF BLUE.  His short film, Last Address, honoring a group of NYC artists who died of AIDS, has been included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA. 

An Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Film at NYU, Sachs is also the founder of the monthly arts series, Queer/Art/Film, as well as Queer/Art/Mentorship, a program that pairs and supports mentorship between queer working artists in NYC. Ira is a graduate of Yale College.


Peter Young (Moderator)

Mr. Young is President and a Managing Director of Young & Partners, a leading investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. Young & Partners was founded in 1996 and is lead by a group of Managing Directors, all of whom were previously heads of their industry groups at major firms such as Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Dresner Bank, Schroders, and Salomon Brothers.

Prior to 1996, Mr. Young was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers.  Mr. Young has been an investment banker serving the chemical and pharma industries for twenty six years assisting a wide variety of chemical and life science companies on a global basis with regard to mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and capital raising.

Early in his career while with Bain & Co., Mr. Young provided strategic advice to major chemical and life science companies. He was also a senior member of J.H. Whitney & Co. the venture capital firm.

Mr. Young received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar with Highest Distinction), an M.S. in Accounting from the New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.   


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