BabsonARTS Conversations and Speakers

Conversations and Speakers

BabsonARTS conversations showcase dynamic speakers ranging from prominent arts leaders to literary luminaries. They discuss their work and share their insights, engaging with the audience in an intimate setting.

Ian Drazen

Arts and Business Conversation
Ian Drazen ’04: Film Producer 
Friday, September 24, 11:00 A.M. (EST)
Sorenson Upper Lobby
Moderated by Yashna Agarwal '22 and Hazel Kevlihan '23

FREE with Registration

After graduating Babson College in 2004, Ian Drazen started working for companies such as IBM and Morgan Stanley.  But he decided to leave his budding career on Wall Street to pursue a career that would provide a creative outlet.  He attended the American Film Institute where he received a Master of Fine Arts and has now gone on to develop and produce numerous films and television shows.  Most recently he developed, produced, and wrote for the animated series MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED for Cartoon Network and is currently developing and producing SONIC PRIME for Netflix based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise.  Join Ian for an informative talk on the different types of jobs in the entertainment industry, the shared skills and mindset of a producer and serial entrepreneur, and the typical career path to becoming a producer.

Ian Drazen
After graduating from Babson College in 2004, Ian started working in strategy and change consulting for IBM Business Consulting Services focused on the financial services sector. He left IBM to work for Morgan Stanley in derivatives trading spending time in their offices in New York, Tokyo and Sydney. Ian then decided to leave his budding career on Wall Street to pursue a career that would provide a creative outlet. He attended the American Film Institute where he received a Masters of Fine Arts. For his graduation thesis project Ian produced the short film DIRTY LAUNDRY that played at dozens of international film festivals and received awards from the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), as well as being on the short list for the Student Academy Awards. Ian worked briefly for Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B during post-production on WORLD WAR Z and the filming of 12 YEARS A SLAVE and worked for the production company Pretty Pictures during the development of THE DANISH GIRL. Ian worked for Gersh Agency in the Motion Picture Literary Department and brought several new writers and directors into the agency who have gone on to develop and produce numerous films and televisions shows. After leaving Gersh Ian began producing animated television series. Most recently he developed and produced and wrote for the animated series MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED for Cartoon Network based on the MegaMan video game franchise and is currently developing and producing SONIC PRIME for Netflix based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise. 

Erica Lawless


Erica Leung Lawless, Advancement in the Arts
Arts and Business Conversation
Friday, October 15, 11:00 A.M. (EST)
Sorenson Upper Lobby
Moderated by Leslie Chiu, Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts

FREE with Registration

Erica Leung Lawless is a Senior Individual Giving Officer for Celebrity Series of Boston, a performing arts presenting organization with 80 plus years of bringing artists who inspire and enrich the Greater Boston community.  She has spent the past six years at Celebrity Series, doubling the annual fund through new digital strategies, implementing a culture of data driven fundraising, and growing the major gifts and board programs.  Erica will share her career path, the unique aspects of advancement in the arts, and the profound impact of internships on her journey.  Join us as we continue our connected series to highlight critical roles in arts organizations that draw heavily on the skills and mindset taught at Babson.

Erica Leung Lawless
Erica Leung Lawless is the Senior Individual Giving Officer for Celebrity Series of Boston, a performing arts presenting organization with 80+ years of bringing artists who inspire and enrich the Greater Boston community. She has spent the past six years at Celebrity Series, doubling the annual fund through new digital strategies, implementing a culture of data driven fundraising, and growing the major gifts and board programs. Prior to Celebrity Series, she worked at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera in front facing and patron oriented roles. Currently, she sits on the board for Women in Development, Greater Boston as a co-chair for the Programs Committee. She received her MS from Boston University in Arts Administration with a focus on fundraising and her BS in Piano Performance from Lee University. She is an avid baker and enjoys hiking with her husband, and fluffy dog, Gizmo. www.celebrityseries.org

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DLUX Puppets Residency Event 
Arts and Business Conversation
Friday, October 22, 11:00 A.M. (EST)
Sorenson Upper Lobby
Moderated by Professor Beth Wynstra

FREE with Registration

Derek and Lauren Lux know a lot about building a business from the ground up, turning their passion for performing and puppetry into a thriving company that continues to grow. Join Derek and Lauren, Co-founders of DLUX Puppets, for a discussion about turning your passion into a business and what they’ve learned on their journey.

DLUX Puppets is a Las Vegas based production company that specializes in puppetry and puppetry related services for Film, Television, Music Videos, Advertising, and Theatre from creating custom puppets, to producing digital content, to performing innovative multimedia stage shows.  Founder and Artistic Director Derek Lux is an award-winning puppet designer, puppet builder, puppeteer, singer, and actor.  He has built puppets for television, music videos, short films, and theater.  Lauren Lux is the Education Director and Co-founder of DLUX Puppets.  With a degree in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, Lauren has an extensive background in the performing arts working as a professional actress, singer, and voice over artist.   Artists’ Website:  https://www.dluxpuppets.com/

During their four-day residency DLUX Puppets will be visiting classes, hosting workshops, and performing.  For information on other offerings during the residency, go to https://www.babson.edu/student-life/babsonarts/workshops/ and https://www.babson.edu/student-life/babsonarts/theater/

DLUX Puppets/Derek and Lauren Lux
Derek Lux – Derek is an award-winning puppet designer, puppet builder, puppeteer, singer, and actor.  He’s designed and bult puppets for television, music videos, short films, and theater.  Derek received the Los Angeles Stage Alliance 2013 Ovation Honor Award (for Puppet Design) for his work in Shrek the Musical.  In 2016, he played the title role in a reimagined workshop of Sweeney Todd at the famous O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut as part of the National Puppetry Conference.  As a puppeteer, he has worked with educational companies Class Dojo and World Scientists.  For a combined 6 years, Derek was onstage in the principle cast of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in history.  Derek is Founder and Artistic Director for DLUX Puppets.

Lauren Lux – Lauren is the Education Director and Co-founder of DLUX Puppets.  She has been a classroom teacher of the year nominee.  She is a certified Mindfulness educator, a Positive Discipline in the Classroom Trainer, and has her Masters in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction.  With a degree in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, Lauren has an extensive background in the performing arts working as a professional actress, singer, and voice over artist.

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