Randall Conrad, M.A.
• Writer
1116 Massachusetts Ave. •  Lexington MA 02420
781-674-2926  •  [email protected]



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

Senior Writer/Editor - Voice, Web, & Print

Some Clients: Adobe | BioQuest Venture Leasing | Compaq | CAST | Converse | NovaSoft | Rare Media Well Done | Shiva | Silver Burdett & Ginn | Thoreau Institute | Think! Interactive Design | Walden Woods Project


Consulting Researcher / Writer


2004 to present – Higganum Hill Books, Inc.


Researcher, editor/writing helper, fact- and quote-checker, and publicity originator.


Originated “Directions 2000” series for this independent publisher and edited:

2003 - 2006 – Learning Centers for Children, Inc. (dyslexia remediation tutoring)        

Research, case statements, proposal writing, PowerPoint presentations, monthly newsletter via e-mail, web site materials


2003 – Body1, Inc. – Public and professional healthcare information for web sites       

Interviews (SARS Interview with Stephen Zinner, M.D.), Medical Professional articles, procedure descriptions, symptomatologies


1998-2001 — Smithsonian Institution — National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

As a contract consultant with Rare Media Well Done, a museum conceptualization company, I worked with a team that produced the Media Master Plan for the Smithsonian's ultimate Mall museum, which opened in 2004. Shared responsibilities included:

1996-2000 – Think! Interactive Design

Full-Time Teaching

School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston 1971-1976
-Film Department Head, 1975-1976

Tufts University
-Art History: the French Surrealist movement (multi-media)
-Art History: World Cinema

Part-Time Teaching

Boston University,
School of Public Communication 1980-1983

Department of Humanities 1980-1983
-History of Cinema

            University of Massachusetts, Boston, Extension School 1988
-American History: Shays' Rebellion and the Federal Constitution

Writer for Independent TV and Video

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.

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.

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

Director / Co-Writer / Co-Producer

"'A Little Rebellion Now and Then': Prologue to the Constitution."
Awards •  C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle •  American Film and Video Festival

Co-Director / Writer / Producer

"The Dozens." Dramatic feature film.
Grand Prize - Best Dramatic Film: Sundance Festival
Other Awards  •  C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle  •  Athens, Houston, Rutgers Festivals

Director / Writer / Producer

"Cutting Up Old Touches." Documentary.
Premiere: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Classroom Videos
including: "The Brooklyn Bridge" — Silver, Burdett Ginn. Short video script for sixth-graders about the most heroic engineering feat of the era.

Scholarly Publications (selected)


"'I Heard a Very Loud Sound…': Thoreau Processes the Spectacle of Sudden, Violent Death"
        – ATQ 19:2 (June 2005)

"Realizing Resistance: Thoreau and the First of August, 1846, at Walden"
        – The Concord Saunterer, v. 12/13 (2004/2005)

"Indexing a Classic: Thoreau's Fully Annotated Walden"
Key Words (American Society of Indexers), 12:4 Oct.-Dec. 2004

"'A Sylvan Appearance': An Instance of Woodplay in The Maine Words" – TSB 233 (Fall 2000)

"A Lot in the Woods: Results of the First Annual Thoreau Pun Survey" – TSB 231 (Spring 2000)

"A Captain with the Insurgents: Jason Parmenter of Bernardston" in Martin Kaufman, ed., Shays' Rebellion: Selected Essays (Westfield MA: Institute for Mass. Studies, 1987)

 Book Reviews (selected)

Alan D. Hodder, Thoreau’s Ecstatic Witness – Thoreau Society Bulletin 241 (Fall 2002)

Elizabeth Witherell, ed., Collected Essays and Poems of Thoreau – Thoreau Society Bulletin 238 (Winter 2001)

Michael West, Transcendental Wordplay – Thoreau Society Bulletin 231 (Spring 2000)

William Cain, ed., Oxford Companion to Thoreau – Thoreau Society Bulletin 233 (Summer 2001)

Film Studies and Interviews (selected)

"Totem and Taboo in the Lone Star State: A Second Look at John Sayles's Lone Star" (in press)

An Unspeakable Betrayal: Selected Writings of Luis Buñuel. Review. Cineaste, 25:4 (2001)

"No Blacks or Whites: The Making of Buñuel's 'Young One'" - Cineaste, 20:3 (1994)

"Mystery and Melodrama: A Conversation with Georges Franju" - Film Quarterly, 35:2 (1981-82)

"'I am Not a Producer!': A Conversation with Serge Silberman" - Film Quarterly, 33:1 (1979)

Awards, Fellowships, Affiliations and Service

Grand Prize, Sundance Film Festival
Red Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival
C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle
London, Florence, Thessaloniki, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals
Governor's Commendation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Artist's Fellowship (twice), The Artists' Foundation
Project Completion Award, The Artists' Foundation
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (declined)
Fulbright Fellowship
National Endowment for the Humanities, Media Division, grant award panelist
Thoreau Society and Emerson Society
° Scottish Rite Mason



Université de Lyon (France), Panelist-presenter (invited), 2009 Conference.

Thoreau Society. Panelist-presenter. 2004 Annual Gathering, Concord, MA.

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

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

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.

Service and Program Administration

Calliope Film Resources.
Treasurer, 1977-present. A nonprofit producer and distributor of programs in arts, humanities and public education.

Boston Film/Video Foundation.
Founding Board Member, 1976. 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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