The following post was written by Marketing Intern Noelle McCabe.
All season long, we have heard from many of our interns in our Professional Arts Training Program (PATP) about their experiences in their individual internships. The current intern class of 2016 work within a variety of the Rep’s departments, including Artistic Casting, Artistic Literary, Costumes, Development, Education, Lighting Design, Marketing and Communications, Production Management, Props, Scenic Art (Paint), and Stage Management. Although these departments can sometimes feel somewhat far from one another (our administrative and production offices are on two different wings of the building), interns make many opportunities to come together both in and outside the Rep!
In a theatre city as thriving and exciting as Seattle, interns are encouraged to explore theatres and arts organizations all over town. With many pay-what-you-can and industry tickets available, in our spare time we are able to see the wide variety of talented artists within our community. One week, we may be offered deeply discounted tickets to a large-scale musical; the next we may check out a local dance company’s experimental performance or a smaller theatre company’s presentation of a new work, or even the opening of a new exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. The talent and the ticket deals are endless!
At the Rep, as many interns as are available (that aren’t a part of a show that night) try to hang out before opening nights. We have a tradition of going to Dick’s Drive-In for a fun and affordable pre-show dinner and hang-out. Opening nights are a thrilling time – we are all reminded of just how many people come together to make a show happen.
Many staff members and Seattle theatre artists attend opening nights, so it’s a great time to celebrate the start of another excellent show with all of the talented people involved as well as the Seattle theatre community as a whole. For opening night of Come From Away, the interns had the pleasure of meeting Beverley Bass, the first female commercial pilot whose life story is featured in the show.
Besides opening nights, interns at the Rep meet weekly for seminars to learn about the many facets of working in a regional theatre. These workshops are each run by a different member of Seattle Rep’s staff and highlight a different department or focus within the organization. So far this year we’ve had seminars with our Managing and Artistic Directors about running Seattle Rep, our Director of Development about the world of fundraising, our Education Director about the Creative Facilitation Model of teaching using theatre techniques and concepts, Rep scenic artists about techniques for painting for the stage, and more.
Outside of our work at the Rep, we interns try to hang out as much as we can in our limited spare time! We check out local happy hours, celebrate each other’s birthdays, and have dinner parties. Our Casting Intern Mike has a great family chili recipe and invited us all over to his place for dinner one night. On another evening, Production Management Intern Komo hosted a board game night at her apartment. Yesterday, a few of us went on a hike on Tiger Mountain (only a 30 minute drive – a great way to celebrate President’s Day!).
It is incredibly special to be able to work and play with a group of people in a similar place in their artistic lives. We have grown close during our time at the Rep. Some of us will be staying in Seattle for the foreseeable future, others will be moving on to their next opportunity elsewhere. But no matter what, we have had some great times together, and our PATP experience will not soon be forgotten.