Posts Tagged ‘Internship’

“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.



“Getting Comfy” from Kayla Jackson

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

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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

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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.

“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.

What Not to Wear from Regina Morones

In Audience Development, Internship, Regina Morones on June 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Regina Morones 6.27This week, I had a great time exploring the OSF Costume Rental Shop with Evelyn Carr and Michael Leon from the hair and wig department. We were given a tour of their vast array of costumes and accessories. They have costumes that range from Roman to modern as well as an extensive selection of Medieval and Renaissance period costumes. These costumes are highly sought after by theatre companies and film studios throughout the US. Recently, various costumes from OSF’s Costume Rentals were featured in Game of Desks, a Game of Thrones spoof on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Saturday Night Live also uses costumes from the rental shop for many of their sketches. I was excited to learn that OSF costumes have been worn by many celebrities.

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To my surprise, after our tour we were invited to try on any costume we liked! Each one of us picked out the most elaborate costume we could find and accessorized with an elaborate headdress of our choice. It was so much fun to not only try on a costume but also take on the personality that each costume brought out in us. These elaborate costumes definitely brought out our silly, playful and royal sensibilities. If you want to get an up-close look of the amazing artistry that goes into costumes for the festival, I recommend visiting Emily at the OSF Costume Rentals Shop.

Green Task Force Preparation from Shaun Franks

In Green Task Froce, Internship, Shaun Franks on June 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

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This week I met with Katie Gomez about what to cover at the next Green Task Force meeting. We talked about the various projects were beginning to work on including the OSF timeline for sustainable practices. I found it interesting that the first mention of anything sustainability related began in 1986, the year I was born, with the executive director bringing up recycling. OSF has come a long way from just recycling but it would be great to document all that has been implemented.

The Green Task Force will meet tomorrow and we will be discussing the mission, the long-range plan, as well as a climate change survey that will be administered to the staff and volunteers. The email has traditionally went out only to people who have declared themselves as part of the green task force but this time I’m going to send an email to everyone so that the entire company can be aware of the meeting and what is currently being discussed.

I’m really looking forward to seeing with what the group comes up with; I think it’s critical for everyone on the green task force to feel like they have contributed to the process. The future of environmental responsibility at OSF will be a critical discussion because the budget for 2014 is currently being prepared and the next long-range plan is not far behind.

Last night was my three-year anniversary, my wife and I attended the Heart of Robin Hood, it was great to celebrate our special day at OSF.

Opening Weekend from Shaun Franks

In Green Task Froce, Internship, Shaun Franks on June 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I’ve had some amazing experiences this past week, OSF connects people from all walks of life and I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of these amazing people. I’m very surprised by how many people are in interested in sustainability. I’ve already had many conversations where I introduce myself as the green task force intern and people immediately begin telling me what they’ve done in their departments or ideas they have to improve them.

It’s very clear that I need to meet with Sharifa and begin discussing next steps. I’ve already begun working with Alison Carey on a climate change survey from Yale that can be distributed throughout OSF staff, interns, and volunteers. I think we should be ready to get the survey out as soon as the green task force meets again. I’d also like to see the Green Show utilized as a place to showcase OSF’s value of environmental responsibility. I’ll also be working with Katie Gomez on getting the agenda prepared for the next green task force meeting as well as establishing a more accessible time and place for all company members.

I’d really like to schedule a meeting with Cynthia Rider a Bill Rauch in order to see what direction they’d like to see the green task force take. A “grass-roots” approach to environmental responsibility is vital to implementing change within an organization but without “grass top” support it’s harder to incorporate.

Shaun Franks

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