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“Juneteenth” from Elena Barberia

In Education, Green Show, Internship, Uncategorized on July 13, 2018 at 7:29 AM


Monday started off with the OSF Juneteenth celebration–a holiday recognizing and celebrating the end of slavery in the United States, specifically in Texas. Our celebration was primarily about advocacy, education and funding for African American education, and recognizing the celebratory nature of such a monumental event. Throughout the day, there were various events free to the public, where we asked only for donations to fund African American students’ attendance at OSF’s Summer Seminar for High School Juniors. In the morning, there was a “roundtable discussion” entitled: Black Joy and Pain: Why be an Ally? In order to gain a full experience, I participated in many of the activities during the day, and sitting in on and listening to the discussion was crucial to my personal education and process of self-discovery–something that I’ll talk about later. Later, there was a reading of Plantation by Kevin Douglas in a black box theatre owned by the company for smaller-scale performances and staged readings. In this space was also a tribute to an actor who recently passed away and who was an advocate for African American education while he was at OSF, G. Valmont Thomas. Finally, the day concluded with a Variety Show on the Green Show stage, situated outside of the Elizabethan and Thomas theatres. In the early afternoon, I worked a shift at the merchandise table and got to meet some really fantastic women during my shift. Overall, it was a celebratory and educational day, and I’m glad I got to take part in it.


“On Being Authoritative” from Josephine Czarnecki

In Assistantship, Directing, Internship, Uncategorized on July 9, 2018 at 7:25 AM

12417976_10207147773847036_622534980095405991_nSomeone I’ve met in the company at OSF has started me thinking about what it means to be passive, aggressive, or authoritative in the theatre business. One of my greatest flaws, personally, is feeling like I deserve to take up space in the world– physically (standing close to the action), or verbally (speaking up when I have an idea… what if it’s dumb?). Maybe I should blame the patriarchy… but it’s still something I contend with, especially as a woman in society, especially as a woman fight choreographer, and also especially as an intern. I am always aware of trying to make sure I don’t consume too much space, which in my head is a Nice Thing To Do, but my friend has pointed out the detriment of this thinking: what if it’s true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease? (I hate metaphors). People who are nice are often looked over, people who are demanding oft have their demands met; it’s a certain level of power. I guess it’s all back to that Machiavellian concept of being feared versus loved– and what if Machiavelli is right, and the divas get the biggest roles despite, or worse, because of their attitudes?

People in the past have said to me “People take you seriously when you’re in charge?” or “How can you know anything about fighting, you’re so small” but my fear is whether a harsher attitude on my part would command respect, or just elicit distaste for a bossy bitch.

So my friend asked me “Do you think I should be more distant, or like, authoritative? Would I get bigger roles if I seemed like someone who would turn down small ones?” And I said “But even if that’s how the world really does work– do you want to be part of that? Do we want to further this culture where these attitudes are rewarded? Isn’t it worth trying to change that paradigm entirely?”

But is that even possible?

“Future” from Sarah Grulikowski

In Assistantship, Internship, Lighting, Lighting Design, Uncategorized on June 22, 2018 at 6:02 AM
IMG_3488Moving out of Midterms and back into my normal schedule makes me so appreciative for the free time in my schedule. Not starting laundry at midnight or staying up as late to do homework is quite the gift; I don’t even mind working outside in the rain (it’s actually rather beautiful).
This week Ashland, Oregon weather has really come to fruition. Days will be 50 in the morning, 80 mid-day, and then thunderstorms and pouring rain from the afternoon into the evening. When other family and friends from out of state as how the weather is, I like to describe it as the angsty teenager who hasn’t yet decided who they want to be yet, and that’s okay. Often I’ll find myself pausing briefly in my work to look up outside at the rain; being from Southern California, constant, or truly pouring rain is still a somewhat new experience for me. Furthermore, rain happening in a beautiful theater space, where I’m learning so often makes for quite the cathartic experience.
Also, our normal FAIR Forum time was moved, and I’ve been able to add some time to my technician hours. This is exciting for me, even if I’m only adding some three hours to my schedule. Previously during my FAIR experience I expressed a great internal desire to spend more time at OSF, so, being able to extend that time even by a little bit has made me even more excited for the time I get to spend as the Lighting Technology Intern. Moreover, I’ve also been able to extend my time at OSF, by invitation from my supervisor. Up until my supervisor asked about my potential desire to extend, I had been wrestling with determining the best time to ask about my future options, and was therefore incredibly flattered and excited to think that my supervisor has enjoyed my work enough to ask me to stay, should I want to.


Needless to say, I very much want to and am in process of determining the best time for me to return to repeat my experience and learn more. I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned from this session to my next internship and continue to strive to learn, grow and improve. My life feels as though things are coming together and working out, which is an awesome feeling I’m grateful to have. Until next time!  

“A Day at the (Haunted) Lake” from Grace Heller

In Administration, Assistantship, Company Management, Internship, Uncategorized on June 18, 2018 at 5:49 AM


It is really, really hot in Ashland. Especially for a born and raised Seattlite who has never lived in a place where she can’t see water and where the temperature only regularly gets above 70 degrees 1.5 months out of the year. On Memorial Day I was feeling a little homesick landlocked, but that also happened to be the same day of the IATC BBQ at Lake Emigrant. A few FAIR folks and I decided to go, just for a little while to see what was going on.

When we got there I was shocked, but also so happy, because right next to Ashland is a beautiful lake. Actually it’s not that beautiful but I missed the sight of water so much that at that point it was pretty much the most amazing thing I had ever seen. Fun fact about Lake Emigrant that I learned: it’s a reservoir so it’s man made. Apparently when the area was flooded to create said reservoir it covered a tiny “town” called Klamath Junction which consisted of two services stations, a few houses, a dance hall and a cemetery. So not only is there a downed town underneath this lake, which already gives off a very haunted vibe, but there’s a cemetery. This lake is like double haunted with a 50% chance of lake zombies.

None of this stopped me from going swimming however; neither did the kind of gross water. It was hot out and I was at a lake with my friends; it felt like home. I felt sort of weird going swimming and wearing just a swimsuit at what was technically a “work event,” but then again nothing here at OSF is exactly like it is anywhere else. Also there was shaved ice and it was delicious.

“OSF Archives – 5/5 Stars ” from Grace Heller

In Administration, Archives, Audience Development, Company Management, Costume Crafts/Tech, Education, Internship, Uncategorized on June 4, 2018 at 7:29 AM

IMG_1468Working at OSF you are constantly surrounded by the festivals history. People have worked here for 5, 10, 15, 20+ years and have seen/worked on hundreds of productions. I have now seen a total of 9 different shows here and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I want to travel back in time and see all these iconic shows that everyone is always talking about, and thanks to the OSF archive I can.

The OSF archives has a recorded collection of hundreds of productions throughout the years. They started filming the shows for understudies to watch and learn from, but recently they have started legitimately videotaping the shows with high quality cameras. The archives also house thousands of photos, playbills, and basically the entire history of OSF all in one small room below the Thomas Theatre.

Currently OSF is in the middle of the Henriad. This involves producing the Shakespeare plays Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Richard II happened 2016, Henry IV (both parts) in 2017, and Henry V is happening now, in 2018. I have seen Henry V 3 times now cause it’s freaking amazing. And it’s extra cool because the ensemble from Henry IV LAST year makes up most of the cast of Henry V THIS year. Basically I love Henry V and was super upset I missed the prequel last year. Turns out a lot of other interns felt the same way I did, and because of the archives we didn’t have to miss out on seeing this show just because we weren’t here last year!

Last Monday (our day off) we grabbed some coffee, navigated our way to the Thomas basement and sat in front of a tiny computer screen for 3 hours to experience this show. I didn’t get the same feeling I would have from sitting in the audience obviously, but I definitely got some context on what everyone is always talking about. And I got to see how the cast changed and grew throughout this whole 3 year process.

Now I have a list of shows I want to go back and watch and the people in the archives are completely wonderful and totally supportive of this. Basically it’s theatre/shakespeare nerd Netflix and I’m going to take advantage of it for as long as I can.

“So Near, So Far, So In-Between” from Sarah Grulikowski

In Internship, Lighting, Lighting Design, Technical Direction, Uncategorized on June 1, 2018 at 7:24 AM
IMG_3844It’s week two and time is flying by! Each week, all of OSF’s FAIR participants meet up to check in, fellowship, hear good advice, and all kinds of other good stuff. At the past few meetings, a lot of the more experienced participants have been speaking about finding their next work, or working to determine what they’re going to do after their FAIR work: stay at OSF, go back home, find other work…Needless to say, it’s all very inspiring! To be surrounded by equally passionate, oftentimes more successful folks who aren’t afraid to mentor or help lift you up is an amazing experience.
On the other hand, though, are the moments when people share about difficulties in their work. The open, respectful, and entirely supportive nature of the FAIR Forum is an amazing thing, and it’s sense of camaraderie lends itself to sharing, and sometimes, hashing out difficult moments in one’s work. While this is a really awesome, positive thing – to maintain an environment wherein folks can share and work through both positive and negative experiences – becoming more aware of others’ negative experiences made me weary of my own. To a small extent, I would become a bit paranoid regarding my potential upcoming rough patch; I love working at OSF and didn’t want to fail or be a hindrance to a process I’m lucky and grateful to be a part of. Sometimes I’d wonder if I was living in a bit of a state of ignorance, if my negative experience was coming down the pipe, or maybe had already happened, and I’d missed it. It seemed unlikely to be constantly enjoying a work environment where I was asking so many questions and was learning so much. Nonetheless, I continued, and am still hesitantly waiting for a moment I won’t enjoy.
Like I mentioned above, during these conversations, people would talk about wrapping up their experiences and their next steps. During Week Two, I was already wondering where my path would take me. Being a first year student at the university down the street, Southern Oregon University (SOU) I’m eighteen and aware that those who continue in the program or get hired at OSF after their first experience are rarely as young as I. So, I started to wonder: Hearing of all of my peers’ successes, job offers, and better established careers, I became focused on, and sometimes insecure of, what my next move could be. Would I try to return to OSF? Would I complete the next four years of college without more experience at OSF? Had my theatrical career “peaked” early, and I’d be messing up or missing my chance? All of these things and more, I wondered, but tried not to dwell on. As I move forward into my next steps, I focus on learning and enjoying my time while I have it. Better to focus on the good things I can control than the unknown things, which I can’t.

“Making a (small) impact” from Grace Heller

In Administration, Company Management, Internship, Uncategorized on May 18, 2018 at 7:48 AM

FAIR blog #4 photoWorking in an administrative department my main goal most of the time is to keep the wheels of my department and this organization turning. I deal mostly in day-to-day tasks, putting out fires wherever they pop up and taking care of things that need to happen. This is why I was so surprised when I was pulled onto a project that very much will have a real impact on this organization.

We are currently in the process of hiring at least two new Company Management Associates for our department, people who will work directly under the Company Manager to coordinate all the travel, housing, and whatever else might come up for all our artists and company members. Originally I was asked if I would like to shadow these people as they went on their various OSF interviews, of course I said yes. It was the chance to basically go through a trial job interview at an organization I will most likely be applying to in the future. Obviously I wouldn’t have any say in who gets hired, but I would get to watch the whole process from start to finish.

Then on Saturday I got called into work because my supervisor “wanted my help” with the interview questions. When I got there and asked what exactly she wanted me to do she said, “Write them.” I’m 20 years old and have been through exactly two job interviews in my life, one to get the job that I currently have. I was shocked that this responsibility, crafting questions where the answers determine who ends up working here, was handed to me.

After the candidates all went through the process we had a short debrief with the entire Company Management staff. Of course I was there, I sit in on all our department meetings. But after everyone had gone around and shared their thoughts they all turned to me. After all I had attended all the interviews with all the different departments, I had spent around 5 hours total with all of them, and because of that I got to share my opinion.

I’m not saying or even thinking that I played a massive role in the hiring of two people in this organization. But I am constantly grateful for the trust that is placed on me within my department, and throughout all of OSF. I’m grateful for the opportunity to observe processes like this, and I’m grateful for the people that I work with. There are times when I doubt myself and think that maybe I’m not quiet good enough to be here, but not one person working at OSF has ever made me feel that way.

“Pickle Week” from Ariel Quenell-Silverstein

In Assistantship, Costume Crafts/Tech, Internship, Uncategorized, Wardrobe on May 7, 2018 at 6:08 AM
IMG_6082So Oklahoma tech started this week and while I’m not in tech the shop is still a flurry of activity to get the last push of pieces out the door and finish up notes. It was also pickle week which is a shop tradition and I’m always down for management to give me a variety of pickles. As we don’t have any fittings this week it’s mostly been a ton of organizing and returns.
Over the weekend some other FAIR folk and myself were able to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and headed to Medford for a trader joes adventure. We also went to go see chappaquiddick and had a lively discussion after on the films short fallings. Like come on a lot of shots of a woman suffering to show the depth of male character.
Today I went to my first OWL meeting with Sarah out at the production meeting and it was so great I felt like the whole group was really passionate and had some great ideas especially with addressing Othello’s effect on the audience and what we can do for victims of intimate partner abuse or assault who are viewing the show. I absolutely will be continuing to go to OWL meetings in the future. I also got the great news that two of my pieces were accepted for a juried art exhibition up in Portland so I’ll be driving back and forth a bit to get those installed and attend the opening.
I think that’s about all for this week? OH! My girlfriend is moving here on the 21st and I’m so hyped both to see her and take her to the Oklahoma opening and for her to get to see my work in Othello. I have attached a photo of some tech pickles.

“The Deep End” from Josephine Czarnecki

In Internship, Uncategorized on April 24, 2018 at 1:54 PM

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This is my first week at OSF through the FAIR program, and has certainly been intimidating. I have interned before, at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, for stage combat, but the choreographer there had never had an intern and didn’t know quite what to do with me. I spent most of my time shadowing and taking notes from the corner—still very useful to me, as I had never been involved in a completely professional production nor seen or worked with any other fight choreographer. I took a lot of notes and asked a lot of questions, but had little involvement in his process as it happened.

So far, things have been different with Toppo in my first week. Since OSF has such an epic reputation here and everywhere else, and I am easily intimidated by people, I spent a lot of time getting worked up and nervous over nothing. So far, however, my experience with OSF actors, stage management and directors and other staff has been only that they are extremely kind. I think it helps that Toppo has such a positive reputation, and people seem to genuinely find it cool that there is an intern for this position (is there normally? How often has there been? So far I’ve only heard of one other, also apparently a woman, and I’m proud to have an association with this other mysteriously cool person).

And much more useful than my previous interning experience, I am expected to follow Topp onto the stage and be a part of the process of figuring out the best way to tell the story through violence. It seems like a little thing, but not being sequestered to a corner means a lot to me, and since I will be interning for what appears to be about the next six months, or as long as he is building fights, I’m excited at the prospect of being actually involved. Not only that, but Toppo has promised “I will throw you in the deep end— not until I think you’re ready, but when I do, I’ll throw you in the deep end” and I’m thoroughly stoked at the prospect.


“Aerialists and Giant Flowers” from Elizabeth Barrett

In Assistantship, Carpentry, Internship, Scenic Design, Scenic Paint, Scenic Painting, Scenic Props, Technical Direction, Uncategorized on May 23, 2017 at 6:08 AM


This week was incredibly busy as we approached tech week for the Elizabethan productions. This means the shop was split between installing pieces in the Lizzy and constructing finishing touches back at the shop. I spent a lot of my time working on the mechanical marvels that are The Merry Wives flowers that bloom mid-production. This has been a crossover between the properties department and scenic carpentry and everyone had been involved. Thus, I have been able to work alongside OSF’s talented prop’s department making human sized flowers bloom.

This weekend I attended at Aerialist showcase at The Le Cirque Center. Several OSF employees are Aerialist’s and showcased their work at the scene shop party in April. I was amazed by their performances so I attended another one yesterday. I love how many artists in OSF branch out for their specific fields through venues like The Le Cirque Center, The Open Mic Night, and Midnight Projects. It allows theater artists, who almost always have more than one specialty, the ability to continue to grow in all areas they are passionate about. This specific performance had over 12 Aerialists demonstrate acrobatic skills on silks, ropes, hoops, and bars. It was mildly terrifying to watch them in the air doing acrobatic tricks and suddenly dropping and catching themselves at the last moment. I would highly recommend going to see a show there!

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