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“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!


“Week 3 Update” from Elizabeth Barrett

In Carpentry, Green Show, Internship, Scenic Design, Scenic Paint, Scenic Painting, Scenic Props, Uncategorized, Welding on April 18, 2017 at 11:33 PM


This week I started working on the construction of Merry Wives of Windsor. The shop works at a staggered pace with different productions being built simultaneously. We are currently constructing Merry Wives alongside Beauty and the Beast and it has been intriguing to see both being built alongside each other. Throughout this process, as a scenic carpentry intern, I have been able to work alongside different carpenters as we move from project to project. Construction techniques vary depending on each person, thus I have gained many tips and advice from each person I work with. The Merry Wives set uses the beautiful Lizzie theater as inspiration and builds on to that with more doorways and embellishments. Despite my continued struggle to insure everything is square, I am proud of the work I have done this week on the construction of the main doorway for Merry Wives. It is satisfying to construct something that gets to belong onstage alongside the work of extremely talented carpenters, designers, and theatre artists.

This week I also attended the Hip-Hop Open Mic night at the Black Swan. It was an amazing event and a good introduction to the Ashland community. Everyone involved was incredibly warm and welcoming and those performing at the open mic all shared wonderful work. The performers read stories, performed songs they had written, and read poetry. It was a wonderful way to connect with the OSF community outside of the main theatres. I look forward to going again on May 8th!

“‘weeding’ the design” from Rachael Smith-Ferri

In Costume Crafts/Tech, Internship, Uncategorized, Wardrobe on March 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM


This week The Odyssey was in fittings. As such, there was not as much sewing that I was able to assist with, but there was quite a lot of fabric preparation. Depending on the type of yardage and how it was to be used, the preparation process varied slightly. Most fabrics got their cut edges overlocked and all pieces were labeled with the show, actor, role, and draper they belong to. If the fabrics were to be dry cleaned, they were labeled with any special dry cleaning instructions and put into a basket to be taken over to the dry cleaning facilities. Fabrics that could be cleaned normally were washed and dried in the shop. Once dried or returned from the dry cleaners, the fabric was ironed (if appropriate) and rolled onto a tube so that it was ready for the cutter/draper to cut out the appropriate pattern.
It has been very interesting to observe the vast array of yardages and the highly organized fashion necessary to keep track of each piece of yardage and how it is supposed to be prepared. The most exciting preparation method I was introduced to was the London shrink. The cutter I was assisting explained that the wool being prepared needed to be pre-shrunk slightly before being cut and assembled, but as it was going to be made up into a suit, it was very important that it keep its flexibility. Using the London shrink method would ensure it would not shrink too much and lose its malleability, and consisted of rolling the yardage in damp muslin and a tarp. It was allowed to sit for four hours, unwrapped, and the process was completed by allowing it to air dry.
In the dye shop this week I assisted the resident painter/dyer in altering a digital image in Photoshop that a designer wanted adhered to a piece of yardage. I learned about the importance of calibrating your computer screen and printer, as well as some of the basic tools in Photoshop. After the design was approved, it was printed on heat transfer paper, and I spent a number of glorious hours ‘weeding’ the design (in this case meticulously hand-cutting out the part of the design that was desired from the background) and then using the heat press to adhere the resulting images to the appropriate places on the yardage.

“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.

“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.

“Diversity Again?” from Amelia Burke-Holt

In Amelia Burke-Holt, Internship, Props on February 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

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I have two big passions in life. Feminism/queer theory and building cool things for the theater. I’ve been able to study both of them in college, as a theater major and gender, sexuality and women’s studies minor. When arriving at OSF, it was pretty obvious to me I would be learning a lot about theater, but I had no idea how much my social justice brain would be stimulated as well. Going into my first FAIR Forum specifically themed around diversity, I was less than thrilled. Coming from an academic environment where I’m used to discussing diversity at length every day, I was prepared to not learn about anything new. I was pleasantly surprised. Three hours later when I left the meeting to go back to the prop shop, my social justice brain would couldn’t get off the topic. Talking to a fellow FAIR participant the next day we both experienced the need for the conversation to continue, after the meeting had come to a close.

In the discussion, I was familiar with all of the terms we had discussed, however the group brought up points of view I had never considered before. Coming from a feminist and queer theory background, I’ve explored them at length, and through intersectionality, explored other issues such as race through their lenses. What interested me particularly in this FAIR Forum, was hearing people’s experience the other way around; looking at women’s and queer issues through the lens of race. As in many aspects of life, it is important to recognize where you can be a teacher, and when its most important to sit back and listen. The subject of diversity especially demands this, as we all have different, valuable experiences and ways to look at the world.

“ETC, Oh My!” from Kate McFarland

In Internship, Kate McFarland, Lighting Design on January 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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Word of the week: Learning

Working in the lighting department is incredible. I don’t want to overuse that word and make it seem meaningless. It’s only been a week or so and the experience is just that: INCREDIBLE.  I must have had some preconceived notion of what interning at OSF would be like.  If I did I honestly can’t remember what I thought it would be like, because the experience I’m having now is so amazing.

The highlight so far, is participating in ETC training.  This past Thursday and Friday a representative from ETC flew out to walk us through the new software that just got released.  Being able to sit in on this seemingly once in a lifetime training was such a valuable experience. I was able to sit there and take part, take notes, and even ask questions if I wanted. I can think of other experiences I’ve had where being the intern meant you were to sit quietly and watch, NOT ask questions.

We’re approaching the first tech process of the season and this is another experience I very much want to be a part of. The fact that my supervisors are so willing to let me sit in on tech is just another reason why OSF is such a great place to be learning and building my skills.  Having the chance to meet and talk to professional designers is an invaluable opportunity I look forward to taking advantage of as well.

“What a Surprise” from Amelia Burke-Holt

In Amelia Burke-Holt, Internship, Props on January 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

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My first few days at OSF felt like I was back to the first week of college, something I was not too thrilled about. Being an introvert I am not a big fan of crowds, and feel uncomfortable doing ‘get to know you’ type of activities. I was pleased to see though, how friendly and welcoming everyone at OSF has been my first few days. Very little have I felt pressured to go out and get to know people, because they have come to me. I was also impressed by the variety of people I met and how people who worked in various areas at OSF all mixed together. In my high school theater, there was always the attitude that actors and technicians didn’t mingle, mostly due to difference in interests and personality. In college theater, this feeling wasn’t as universal, but I still found most of my friendships with others involved in scenery. I was pleasantly surprised then, to join a group of people expecting them all to belong to one department because of how well they seemed to know each other, to find a mix of all different interests.

Outside of the variety of people I spoke to on my first day at OSF, I have not spent much time with people outside the department I am working in, however every time someone walks through the shop, before they go I hear ‘Oh, have you met our intern yet?’ Overall, I have found the experience I dreaded of meeting new people in a new place to be surprisingly painless, and I look forward to getting to know more people as I explore all OSF has to offer me.

“I’m Here!” from Kate McFarland

In Internship, Kate McFarland, Lighting Design on January 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

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Word of the Week: Welcome

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a part of OSF for almost a week now. It seems like so much longer because I feel like I’m a part of the family and the community there.  Thinking back to my first day, I was somewhat nervous and feeling stressed about starting a new chapter of my life at such a grand place as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. After meeting my colleagues, and the members of the lighting department I felt so welcome and at home. This is a place I’ve been dreaming of getting to since 8th grade. I’ve seen many shows, taken many a trip to Ashland, been a “Semmie” at the 2008 Summer Seminar for High School Juniors, applied to and studied at Southern Oregon University in the theater department, and finally the time came for me to apply for an internship.  When I got the call saying I was being offered an internship in the lighting department, I immediately accepted, but I at the time I don’t think it really hit me what I was being offered, what I had just accepted. It wasn’t until a day or two later that it really sunk in that I was going to be interning at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This is a big deal. It’s proof that I can work to make my dreams and goals come true.  It’s amazing to think about the work I’ve put in over many years to get here. And now, it’s all paying off.

Authority, Power and Influence from Shaun Franks

In Green Task Froce, Internship, Shaun Franks on July 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Last week’s FAIR forum was very inspirational. The overall message was about more than just our experience here at OSF; it was about life. Where do we feel we have authority? Where do we feel we have power? Where do we feel we have influence? Although we were asked in the context of OSF, after debriefing I felt like we were really being taught that all of these concepts originate within ourselves.

I met with Alison Carey last week and we discussed the climate change survey that will be going out to the company. I’m really excited about it even though it is a fairly long survey. Who knows the impact of asking questions about the climate? This survey has the potential of going nationwide though TCG (theatre talk I don’t really know because I have no idea what the acronym stands for). Depending on the results of the survey, TCG might begin administering it throughout theaters across the country.

The past month at OSF I’ve been doing a lot of research on the Green Task Force and the sustainable practices within the company. I’ve only begin to scratch the surface and plan to continue my education through a more active approach. Yesterday, after the administration meeting, I scheduled time to meet with multiple individuals both internal and external to the organization to begin conversations on what they believe should be worked on.

Today, I met with Alison Carey, and multiple professionals across the country including TCG to discuss the creation of an Eco-theatre journal. I’m really excited about the future of theatre and hope to see it become greener as time goes on.

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