Last month, we bid farewell to one of our Education Interns, Rachel Pantazis. As she embarks on an amazing (final!) semester at school, we wish her all the best…and look forward to having her back at the theater soon!
Last Christmas, I received a Moleskine notebook from my Secret Santa. Being an English major, I was very proud of this gift and have used it to document my year. On my trip to Chile, I used this notebook to write poetry about the museums I visited. It was poetry that exhibited my outside understanding of the Chilean oppression under the Pinochet regime. I also used this Moleskine in my sketching class to practice drawing cone shaped objects and shadows from oddly shaped fruit bowls. But before any of that, I used this Moleskine to document my “2014 Bucket List.” On the top of my list was: “Get an internship in Boston.” I owe my time at the American Repertory Theater this summer to my written goal.
I didn’t realize how much my written goal had helped me until the intern breakfast with Diane Borger and Diane Paulus. At this breakfast, I met many students from Harvard, Stanford, the greater Boston area, and even from Australia! Diane Paulus walked in wearing sweatpants, her hair still wet from morning prep, and asked us all to write down where we were from, our major, and finish the sentences “I am the one who” and “In ten years I will be.” You could tell that everyone was ambitious with their answers, wanting to stand out and show A.R.T. devotion; But the hardest part was the “In ten years I will be” sentence. Diane wanted us all to be affirmative in this statement, not vague or wishful. Being college students in debt with ambitious plans makes everything after school seem wishful! I remember saying:
“My name is Rachel Pantazis and I am an English Major at Plymouth State University in northern New Hampshire. I am the one who wore red lipstick to the intern breakfast and got it all over my bagel. *Giggles* In ten years I will be in graduate school, I will be working in media marketing, and/or I will be playwriting.”
Diane went on to give us this motivational speech about how it is important we all got to know one another because “you never know who might be famous” (LOL), and how all of the students in the room were the future of theater. Hearing her speech taught me that it is okay to be in college debt and ambitious. If you sit around feeling sorry for yourself instead of putting yourself out there with affirmation, you won’t get the affirmation back. In our icebreakers with Diane, it was difficult to say, “I will be” instead of “I hope I will be,” but I remembered my Moleskine notebook and how my goal to get an internship in Boston was an “I will be” instead of an “I hope.” Being sure about my dreams before had helped me to get where I was sitting right then, with strawberry cream cheese on a lipstick stained bagel.
I have really enjoyed my time here at the American Repertory Theater. I’ve learned that this is the kind of environment I never knew I hoped for. It’s a theater within an academic setting that continues to push boundaries and reaches out to its community for growth. I’ve gotten to assist in the study guide for Finding Neverland, archival posts on Facebook, I spent time at the 826 with the students who performed at The Strand, and I’ve gotten to share my experience with students hoping to collaborate with the A.R.T. in different areas. Besides the fact that I’m grateful to say I have worked here, I have donated to the theatre to become a member and can get discount student tickets to their shows now! I will definitely be back to see O.P.C. (Eve Ensler) and Father Comes Home from the Wars (Suzan-Lori Parks) in the winter!
Thank you to Brendan Shea for giving me this opportunity and for putting me one step closer to learning what I want to do with my post-college life! Thank you to both Brendan Shea and Joel Zayac for putting up with my Adobe InDesign questions and for helping me to gain the skills to put that on my resume! Hurray job skills! Thank you, American Repertory Theater!
No, thank YOU! Thank you for spending your summer with us.
Learn more about the A.R.T.’s Education and Community Programs at americanrepertorytheater.org/community.