Last year, we introduced our new internship program in order to develop a way for people to get involved with our productions and classes in a hands on style. We offer internships in our education, stage management, sound and scenic building programs. We are currently taking applications for our upcoming year, and thought we’d let you know what some of our interns from this past year took away from the experience.
Robert and Taylor both took part in our education internship, assisting with classes in the spring and then lead teaching a week long summer camp, as well as assisting with the summer intensive program.
Angela was involved with the stage management internship, and acted as assistant stage manager for the main stage production of Godspell as well as stage manager for our spring education showcases.
All three of our interns have and will continue to take part in shows at the Playhouse following their internship: Taylor was in the production of The Comedy of Errors at The Underground, Angela is currently rehearsing for Spamalot, and Robert will be directing our holiday show, Peter Pan.
We asked them to reflect a bit on how their experience was and what they got out of it.
Robert: I found the Playhouse internship to be an incredible opportunity. It felt really tailored to me, my abilities and my experience- that is, I was given an amount of responsibility that actually challenged me and really was rewarding in a way I honestly hadn’t expected. I’ve felt nothing but welcomed, trusted and appreciated.
Angela: I really enjoyed learning more about the inside operations of a production. I enjoyed working with the very talented cast and crew of Godspell. It was rewarding to see a show progress from music rehearsals through the final performance.
Taylor: Learning ways to reach out to children’s strengths was invaluable. I also liked learning how that classroom setting works through being an assistant to seasoned instructors. Working with different age groups taught me a lot as well.
Q: What aspect of the internship was your favorite?
Taylor: My favorite part of the internship was getting to teach my own class, and apply what I learned.
Robert: If I had to pick a single element about my involvement with the Playhouse as a favorite it would be getting to meet and mold to an extent the truly dedicated and talented students.
Q: What advice would you give to future applicants?
Angela: Take advantage of every opportunity! It was a wonderful experience to meet the leaders throughout the Playhouse community and see them do what they do best.
Taylor: Enjoy learning alongside the kids. Some days are more stressful than others, but each day can be a new learning experience if you look for it.
Robert: Be proactive. The Playhouse and especially this program is ready to support you and your creativity and will respond in full to your efforts. If you are ready to learn, you will. If you are ready to work, you will be loved. They want you to succeed.
If you are interested in grabbing this great opportunity, please check out our website for the applicationand position descriptions. Applications for the fall and winter are due September 20th. New this year, we are adding a Dance Captain intern, who will assist with the choreography for our Children’s Theatre Series productions of The Little Mermaid and Hairspray.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sarah Diener at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are thrilled to be starting up round two of this exciting program, and hope that you’ll join us for a fantastic experience.