Randall Conrad
Web Content Originator
1116 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington MA 02420
voice 781.674.2926 | cell 781.424.6771
randall@calliope.org

Summary       

§         Seasoned, versatile Senior Writer/Editor for web and print

§         Very familiar with public education, grant-making, nonprofits

§         Rich background in art, humanities, and public media

§         Long experience in web publishing for major commercial firms

Education       

Université de Paris, General Curriculum
Columbia, M.A., cum laude. Romance Languages and Literatures
Harvard, B.A., magna cum laude. Phi Beta Kappa

 

Senior Writer and Editor for Web and Print

 

Clients have ranged from Fortune Fifty IT leaders to startups and nonprofits – including: Adobe; Compaq / Hewlett-Packard; Converse; Rare Media Well Done; Silver Burdett & Ginn; the Thoreau Institute at Walden; Think! Interactive Design; and the Walden Woods Project.

 

§         Years of creative experience delivering powerful web and print communications

§         Practical experience as a chief editor for Fortune Fifty technology leaders

§         Executive speechwriting – PowerPoint presentations – Intranet site development

§         Video & multimedia scripts, testimonials, print pieces

Web Writer and Editor – Nonprofit Organizations

Information Architect / Writer / Web Editor
Calliope.org, a nonprofit multimedia resource.

§         Repurposed research archives of this award-winning educational media company into an information-rich web site with appeal to multiple audiences. Tailored access and navigation to multiple learning styles.

§    Enhanced history, literature, and popular culture topics for students and teachers with curriculum builders and interdisciplinary links.

Follen.org, a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

§         Developed downloadable information resources on social concerns, history, philosophy, and spiritual directions

§         Currently originating web pages presenting social justice information

§         Organizing a large public forum, with movie premiere, on “Rights in Wartime“

Successful Foundation Grant Proposal Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

§         Free Lance

o        U.S. DOE Office of Special Education Programs – Grant Proposal Editor, CAST, Inc.

o        Mass. Foundation for the Humanities, Mass. DOE, Kresge Foundation – Challenge Grant Proposal Co-Writer, Walden Woods Project

§         Calliope Film Resources

o        NEH – Planning Grant, documentary

o        NEH – Scripting Grants, documentary and dramatic programs; Production Grant, dramatic program

o        Five New England humanities foundations – Production Proposals

o    American Friends Service Committee, Episcopal Church Coalition for Human Needs, Polaroid Foundation, G.H. Shaw Foundation – Production Proposals

Other Media Experience - TV and Video

Director / Writer / Co-Producer
"A Little Rebellion Now and Then": Prologue to the Constitution.

§         Alternative history: Social origins of the federal Constitution

§         "It should be seen by millions throughout the country."
 -James MacGregor Burns, historian

§         I also re-purposed my research and writing for wider uses in public education, including university and community forums, an annotated narrative, a website with a downloadable curriculum builder for teachers, an adult-education course taught at UMass Boston, and studies in scholarly publications.

 

Co-Director / Writer / Producer
The Dozens. Dramatic feature film.

§         "A searing, unsentimental indictment of a society which neglects its working-class women and thereby limits their potential."
-Linda Gross, L.A. Times

§         "As a portrait, it is powerful." -Janet Maslin, New York Times

§         Grand Prize, Best Dramatic Film, Sundance Festival, 1982.

 

Director / Writer / Producer
Cutting Up Old Touches.

§        Portrait of an ex-prisoner, now a prisoners' rights advocate..

§         "Evokes Hemingway at times.“ -David Denby, Boston Phoenix

§         Boston premiere: Institute of Contemporary Art.

 

Writer

Classroom Videos including The Brooklyn Bridge for Silver, Burdett Ginn.

§         Short video script for sixth-graders about the most heroic engineering feat of the era.

Writer
The Man Most Alive: Conductor from Concord.

§         Script for a public television biography of the American philosopher and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Writer
Ben Hecht: A Life On The Front Page.

§         Script for a public television biography of the American journalist and playwright. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Writer
The Regulators.

§         Script for a historical television drama based on a true story of Shays' Rebellion. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Full-Time Media Teaching

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
-Filmmaking (Department Head)

Tufts University           
-Art History

Part-Time Media and HistoryTeaching

Boston University, School of Public Communication           
-Filmmaking

M.I.T., Department of Humanities
-History of Cinema

University of Massachusetts, Boston, Extension School
-American History: Shays' Rebellion and the Federal Constitution

Awards and Fellowships

Grand Prize, Best Dramatic Film, Sundance Festival

American Film & Video Festival

C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle (twice)

Governor's Commendation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Artist's Fellowship (twice), The Artists' Foundation

Fulbright Fellowship

Conferences

§         American Literary Association. Panelist-presenter. 2002 Conference, Long Beach, CA.

§         Independent Feature Film. Panelist. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, sponsored by the Massachusetts Film Office.

§         Independent Feature Production. Organizer and moderator. Boston.

§         Conference supported by the Massachusetts Arts Council.

§         The Independent Feature Project. Steering Committee Member. Founding Conference, New York City.

§         U.S. Conference for an Alternative Cinema. Delegate of Boston Film/Video Foundation. Bard College.

Nonprofit Service and Program Administration

§         Calliope.org  Co-founding Principal and Webmaster. A nonprofit multimedia producer and web publisher celebrating 25 years in arts, humanities and public education.

§         Boston Film/Video Foundation. Co-Founding Board Member. President and Chairman, 1980-81. A nonprofit regional center for independent film, video and performance art, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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