As a graduating senior and former intern at multiple regional theaters, my review of these two articles leads to three action items you should consider when starting a career as a theatre maker.
- Find a Passion Community. Find your people, your niche community, your home. Locate the city you feel at home in and what theatre excites you the most. Put yourself near the work you love and find others that are driven by that same passion.
- Establish Yourself. Get your hands dirty and do some work. Don't worry if it isn't exactly the job you want to be doing, every one has to start somewhere. Find what you can and make yourself indispensable.
- Stay Connected. Meet people. Theatre is about who you know, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Once you meet the artists you want to work with, cultivate those relationships and keep them going. Go to coffee, lunch, a show, anything to keep that communication line open.
I am a Northwestern senior majoring in Theatre and in the Integrated Marketing Communications program. I previously ran the nation's largest student theatre company for two years and have worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Redmoon Theater. I will be working at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ, next year as their Producing/Casting Intern.
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