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“Getting Comfy” from Kayla Jackson

In Internship on June 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Admin Hallway

As I am getting more comfortable here, I am noticing the different ways people act with one another. While I imagined my first time in a business setting to be very cut throat and strict, I am happy to say that this is not the case at all. It is a joy to sit at the end of the hall and listen all day to the muffled voices behind office doors that more than often end in laughter. It is clear to me that these people here live in a very special culture where work is not work. It is life. This does not mean they all overwork so much that they have no life (although I am constantly impressed by how much people here put in the extra effort to be great) but rather they do not come to “work” as much as they come to just another part of their life.

The sense of community here is much greater than other theatre settings I have found myself in. I have been in many environments where everybody is there to build themselves up and eventually surpass their colleagues. OSF stands apart from these places in the fact that no one is trying to outdo each other. They all work together to strive for the same overall goals. Someone working here can take comfort in the fact that no one is waiting for them to make the wrong move and can therefore work in peace and reach their highest level of excellence. I hope I can always be in this type of environment.


“Models and Sarcophagi” from Randy Wong-Westbrooke

In Assistantship on June 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM


Last week in the studio I completed a ¼” Bowmer model box and we’ll hopefully find some other opportunities to get me back in there when I’m not needed in the paint shop. It was so great to get back into model building having not done it for about six months. It really got me thinking about the upcoming designs I have for my senior year at Ithaca College. First is Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka and then Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Rick Anderson showed me the software he used to fabricate complex model pieces on the printer and if I can figure out how to use within the next year, I really ought to explore the resources at Cornell University right across town in Ithaca to see what 3D printing equipment they have in their architecture department and see if I can utilize it! Rick’s recommendation to learn more CAD software is daunting, but it will make me more marketable so I might as well get the student deals while I still can!

This week I’m back in the paint shop and all of our forces went towards painting the two sarcophagus’s for Antony & Cleopatra. A lot of meticulous work was put into them taping them out, applying reeds to add dimension, gold leafing, and painting the multiple colors in a particular pattern. We got the point where everything was covered by the end of the work-day on Tuesday and I can say that they still looked amazing at the preview that evening. Going to the preview in the Elizabethan Theatre and seeing the half-timbering made me want to go back to London. The last show I saw during my semester there was Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe. I stood in the queue for two hours to get a returns ticket and paid five pounds to be a groundling right at the foot of the stage. The show went on even with consistent rain and I was prepared to outlast another Shakespeare in the rain, but being in Row L meant my seat was dry! The rain did clear up anyway and it was incredibly satisfying to see some of the work I’ve done finally be onstage.

“Keeping Up” from Kayla Jackson

In Internship on June 23, 2015 at 3:09 PM

June 10th - Edited

Get your project in by the deadline. Don’t forget about the meeting we have tomorrow. By the way, we need this article ASAP. You need me for a week in New York? Sure! Oh yeah, lunchtime is a thing, isn’t it. Remember to exercise at least 60 minutes a day. Don’t skip breakfast; it’s the most important meal of the day. (And my favorite) make sure you get a good night’s sleep!

I am very happy to be an intern. Why? Because I am still learning and growing. I look around the OSF campus every day and wonder to myself, “How on Earth do they do it all?” It is not that I wouldn’t survive the crazy workload that they go through every day, but at this point in my life, “to survive” would have a meaning along the lines of “to remain alive.” Whether or not I would be functional shall remain a mystery (hint: I wouldn’t.)

In college, we are used to staying up all hours of the night to finish the 15 page paper we just started. Then, we turn it in at 8am the next morning and go back to our dorm room to sleep until our next class. College is a sprint. The workforce is a marathon. Sometimes it can be frustrating to not be able to just stay up all night finish everything because I know the next morning, there will be a brand new list of assignments to start and I will not have the energy to do them. I like the college lifestyle, but the fact is I need to get used to the real world and know that life is a marathon, not a sprint. I am learning that here. I am learning by example as I watch the employees here juggle 100 things at once and still have the ability to greet each other with smiles and laughter and look like they actually got enough sleep last night. This my goal.

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