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An Intern’s Perspective
By Hannah Miller
June 15, 2017
Grab program in right hand, grab insert in left hand, open program to first page, insert flyer, set aside, repeat, repeat 1,000 times. Being an intern can mean doing a lot of tedious jobs. The kind of jobs that don’t take much work, but they fill an exceedingly large amount of time. Interns everywhere are accustomed to being given the various, sundry jobs that help the company run smoothly. However, being an intern in a theatre can be a very different experience, and the Old Creamery Theatre is no exception to the rule.
The Old Creamery Theatre has three interns for the summer all covering different areas of work. I am working as the marketing intern. I will be writing blogs, doing posts on social media, making videos, sending out press releases, etc. Brennan Urbi is the acting intern for the summer. He can currently be seen performing in Gruff! The Three Billy Goats Musical until July 1, 2017. Along with acting, he is also working as the assistant stage manager for Million Dollar Quartet, helping build sets, find props, house managing, assisting with tech, doing laundry, doing dishes, etc. Kat Merriman is working as the technical intern. She is assisting with building sets, making and finding props, a little bit of sound work, and her favorite task: painting the sets. Everyday can be a different list of tasks for all three of us. Working in a theatre means there is no guarantee about what each day will bring. However, the fast and always changing pace in the theatre is what keeps us coming back for more.
Every intern brings in a very different set of qualifications and previous work experience. Brennan just finished his first year at Roosevelt University in Chicago. This is his first internship, but he is excited to start applying his studies to the internship. This is Kat’s third summer internship in a theatre. She just graduated from Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas with her associates degree and next she will be attending the University of Texas in the spring. Prior to this summer internship, I have done four separate service-learning projects for different businesses and two different internships. The importance of taking advantage of internship experiences while in school cannot be understated. Internships give you direction and opportunities to network, while learning from the influential people in your field.
Working as an intern at a theatre means that there is always something going on. There is always a show to promote, preparation for the next show, or sets to build. Working as an intern gives the three of us the unique opportunity to fill in the gaps wherever necessary and learn the business from the ground up. Some days, that means doing all the tedious work like laundry, dishes, program filling, or updating the calendar with over 200 individual events. However, that also means that we get to see what every job in the theatre deals with. We can learn the business from the ground up by sitting in on meetings, hearing rehearsals, managing a small section of the theatre, or bringing in new ideas to help the Old Creamery Theatre change and improve for the future. The three of us are in for one crazy busy summer, but such a daunting task has never seemed more exhilarating.