August 2020 Entrepreneur Panel
Join us for our first virtual entrepreneur event
All Stuyvesant alumni are invited to attend our fourth virtual panel discussion. We are glad to extend this networking opportunity to Stuyvesant alumni, students, and friends. The event will be held on Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. EDT via Zoom.
Those who attend will be able to hear your fellow Stuyvesant alumni discuss their entrepreneurial journey and ask questions on their paths.
The panelists include:
- Malcolm Barrett ’98
- Josh Klapper ’98
- Telly Leung ’98
- Eugene Young ’02
- Sandy Liang ’09
SHSAA Director Alice Kim ’98 will serve as moderator.
Tickets are available now for $5 for dues-paying members, and $25 for all other alumni. You can purchase a ticket plus membership at the discounted rate of $50.
Please note: You MUST log into MyStuy to purchase a member ticket.
Current Stuyvesant students can join this event for free. Please email us at [email protected] for details on how to join.
Panelists and Moderator Bios
Malcolm Barrett ’98 is an entertainment multi-hyphenate who has been making his way as an actor, producer, writer and musician for over two decades. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he spent his upbringing excelling at math and science, reading before transitioning into the arts and community activism. The latter part of Barrett’s New York years were spent as a a spoken word poet, joining the Nuyorican National Team and co-producing the Spoken Word Almanac Project, as well as being a teaching artist and tutor in math, writing and acting at Harlem Overheard while also attending NYU (where he met Brandon Scott aka Icarus V., forming the group ‘Verbal & Icarus,’ releasing two albums including their latest, FUN HOUSE) steadily working in television and theatre. At 18, he was the youngest cast member in the first national tour of the Pulitzer-prize winning play W;T, before permanently moving to LA and pursuing an acting career. His most recent credits include fan favorite programs, ‘Lem’ in BETTER OFF TED, “Hoover” in PREACHER, “Rufus Carlin” in TIMELESS and “Seth” in THE BOYS. He has been a founder and artistic director of two different non-profit theatre companies. Currently he is the co-artistic director of Ammunition Theatre Company which was ‘born out of a desire to accelerate representation in the arts, explore the meaning of identity in an ever-changing America, and shift mainstream storytelling towards diverse perspectives.’ As well as increase community engagement through philanthropy and volunteering. As Co-A.D., his award-winning company has overseen 5 years of productions as well as expanded their producer reach outside of the company with works like the Stage Raw Awards, the Pass The Mic festival and the virtual festival NAKED. He has three Ovation nominations (ensemble, lead, playwriting for an original play) including an Ovation award win for Lead Actor. He can next be seen in Robert Deniro’s “Comeback Trail” and the critically-acclaimed, Emmy-award winning series, “Genius: Aretha” as Aretha Franklin’s first husband, Ted White. Website: ammotheatre.com, verbal-icarus.com | Twitter: @malcolmbarrett | Instagram: @verbalberappin
Josh Klapper ’98 founded La Fenêtre wines (now TIMBRE Winery) in 2005. Klapper was brought up in Manhattan and though he always had an unquenchable thirst for learning, he decided not to pursue college immediately after high school. Starting his professional serving career at New York institutions, such as Coco Pazzo, Klapper soon found himself amidst the elite at Café Boulud at just nineteen. Throughout his three years at Café Boulud, Klapper became adept at blind tasting, learned the art of food and wine pairing and was exposed to the most venerated winemakers and vintages in the world. He was integral to the opening team for DB Bistro Moderne, where his skillset was further expanded.
After a brief time at Columbia University, Klapper moved west in 2001 and matriculated to USC’s Marshall School of Business. While at university, he was part of the opening team for one of Los Angeles’ most acclaimed restaurants, Sona, where he eventually became their Wine Director. The breadth, depth, and quality of the cellar was nationally recognized and earned Sona a coveted Grand Award from Wine Spectator in 2006. In 2005, Klapper made the leap to start making his own wines under the brand La Fenêtre, and was mentored by Jim Clendenen, Bob Lindquist, and Jim Adelman. In 2008, he took over all winemaking duties for his brand. In 2009, Klapper introduced A Cote, La Fenêtre’s sister label, through which he released wines that are meant for everyday drinking. La Fenêtre was changed to TIMBRE Winery with the release of the 2012 single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir offerings.
Josh currently lives in Arroyo Grande, California with his wife Chiasa and two children, Lily and Alex. Website: www.timbrewinery.com
Telly Leung ’98 is a New York City native, Broadway performer, recording artist, producer, & theater arts teacher and a proud Stuyvesant High School graduate. His Broadway & national touring credits include Aladdin in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway, In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei & Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song. In 2010, he starred as Angel in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Regionally, he’s performed at Philadelphia Theater Company, Pittsburgh CLO, The St. Louis MUNY, Dallas Theater Center, The Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C., North Carolina Theater, and North Shore Musical Theater. Television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on “Glee”, as well as his guest star appearances on “Instinct”, “Odd Mom Out,” “Deadbeat” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Telly is featured as a coach for the Jimmy Awards in the PBS documentary, “Broadway or Bust”. He can be heard on many original Broadway cast recordings and has released two solo albums – I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016) – on The Yellow Sound Label. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. He has taught master classes and courses at American universities like NYU, Nazareth College, The University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon and Point Park and has been a guest teacher at drama programs all over the world, from Edinburgh to Tokyo. Website: www.tellyleung.com | Twitter: @tellyleung | Instagram: @tellyleung
Eugene Young ’02 is a proud Stuyvesant alum, and as a student performed in several SING!’s, as well as well as working on the Spectator, the SU, and the debate team. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the National Theatre Institute, and has lived in Austin, Seoul, New York City and Los Angeles pursuing a career as a playwright and actor. His television credits include “Veep” (HBO), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Revenge” (ABC), and “Unforgettable” (CBS). On the stage, Eugene recently appeared in the world premiere production of Qui Nguyen’s ‘Revenge Song’ at the Geffen Playhouse as well as the the world premiere of ‘Poor Yella Rednecks’ at South Coast Rep. Other theater credits include ‘Cardinal’ (Second Stage), ‘Alice is Slasherland’ (Vampire Cowboys), as well as the operas ‘La Bohème’, ‘Turandot’, and ‘Carmina Burana’ at Lincoln Center New York City Opera. He will be seen next in the Amazon Studios’ feature film ‘BLISS’ directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth), as well as the NYC co-world premiere of “Poor Yella Rednecks” at Manhattan Theatre Club here in New York. You can find him on IG @eugeyoung.
Sandy Liang ’09 is a New York based-and-bred designer who draws energy and inspiration for her collections from the magnetism of childhood memory and unsung neighborhood spirit, from chefs in aprons smoking behind restaurant doors to grandmothers shuffling on Canal Street in wide-leg printed pants. Liang grew up in Bayside, Queens, and after briefly attending Rhode Island School of Design for architecture, transferred to Parsons to study fashion design. She founded her company immediately upon graduating, and began to develop what she says she could just see and feel from
As a designer, her roots are firmly in outerwear, the structure, materiality and identity of which has informed her work since her first collection ten seasons ago. With elevated detailing and beautiful fabrics (leather, shearling, mink and more), Liang explores the memories of comfort from winter coats on the school playground, her first impressions of silhouette and color from 90s brands that she saw on the street in New York as a kid, and the wit of cartoon-y, playful influences. Each collection builds on the last, with thoughtfulness and consistency that is uncommon in a young brand. As she develops new offerings in ready-to-wear, building on shirting and knits, her attention to layerable quality and material remains. Liang innovates within the range of emotionality that inspires her, and is very much a biographical designer.
Liang’s process has a rare, local focus. She works intimately with a small team in a renovated studio space that was once a storage room for her father’s restaurant two blocks away, where he still works. She names pieces after family and friends, and develops custom prints–like a fruit print with hidden lighters–that wink at the everyday in New York. Her designed memories have their own luxury, longevity and wit, are enjoyable to observe, sumptuous to touch yet easy to appreciate. Website: www.sandyliang.info | Instagram: @sandyliang
Alice Kim ’98 is an investment banker turned fashion executive for almost two decades, holding various positions in merchandising, buying and wholesale working at the likes of Shopbop (subsidiary of Amazon), Diane von Furstenberg and Prada. Alice is currently working on her own start-up fashion company called PerfectDD.
Alice serves on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and has helped to plan her class’s 5-, 10-, 15-, and 20-year reunions. Alice is passionate to enhance the Stuyvesant Community, especially on StuyPrep and Diversity initiatives, enhancing career advancement for students and alumni through the alumni network, and organizing events. Website: www.perfectdd.com | Instagram: @perfectdd
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