Rachel Pantazis graduates this December from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire; this summer, she joined the Education and Community Programs Department as an intern. This week, we look back on her eight weeks in the office, and forward to her (obviously) brilliant career as a theater professional. Our first post this week is from the half-way point in Rachel’s internship…let’s go back in time…
On my first day here, I arrived after a frustrating search for a parking spot at Alewife Station and a two-hour car ride stuck in traffic from New Hampshire (See attached traffic selfie). I arrived and was immediately given scripts to read for the A.R.T. 14-15 season. As an English Major, I don’t think I could have been happier reading on my first day of work.
In New Hampshire, I had never really heard of the American Repertory Theater until I started applying for summer internships. I had even been to a show at OBERON in 2011 and didn’t realize it was affiliated with the A.R.T. or Harvard [Editor’s Note: um, yeah, that happens a lot…]! I went to see Prometheus Bound at OBERON because Gavin Creel was in it and my friend was obsessed with the revival of Hair. A contact from the Boston Lyric Opera sent me the link to apply as an intern here and I was accepted in March after a phone call interview. As I hugged Gavin Creel’s shirtless body in 2011, I didn’t realize that I was hugging my future… in a weird, unassociated kind of way.
On my first day at the A.R.T., I met up with Brendan Shea, Academic and Community Programs Manager at the A.R.T. I started reading the materials for Finding Neverland, went on a tour of the theater, met staff from other departments, and then headed on my merry way home to New Hampshire feeling full of theatrical and educational experience! For the first couple of weeks I read materials for the upcoming shows including O.P.C., Father Comes Home from the Wars, and Finding Neverland. I was asked to reflect on the materials, discuss them with the other Education Intern, and edit some materials for use in Brendan’s summer camps. More recently I have begun assisting on marketing materials and outreach for the A.R.T.’s winter children’s show, The Light Princess. We are working on a performance of the show specifically meant for children on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Since I have experience working with children on the autism spectrum and have been to trainings in Assistive Technology, Brendan hoped I would have the proper vocabulary to take on this marketing job. However, I was more worried about mastering Adobe InDesign! After a few hours of struggling with copying and pasting, I was able to make flyers, social stories, and character guide drafts for the production staff!
So far, working here has been really great! I’ve been able to sit in on a couple Finding Neverland rehearsals, I’ve been exposed to publishing software that I can now put on my resume, AND I met the lovely Laura Michelle Kelly! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to add more skills to my resume soon so that I can really take this inc
redible opportunity for a ride!
Keep up with the A.R.T. Tumblr this week for more from Rachel before she— gasp— leaves us this Thursday for bigger and better things.