Summer Job Spotlight: Education Intern at Live Arts Theater
Alexandra Pitman is a fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is double majoring in Drama and Studio Art (Printmaking). She is currently a member of the UVA Studio Arts Board and interns at New City Arts Initiative. Over the summer she interned at Live Arts, a nonprofit forging theater and community.
- Location: Charlottesville
- Organization: Live Arts Theater
- Position: Education Intern
- Duration: 9 weeks
- Internship Search: Professor Recommendation
Can you describe the duties of the internship and some special project you worked on?
Live Arts has summer theatre camps for kids and teens that range from a week to four weeks long. I helped plan and run these camps under the supervision of Mike Long, Director of Education at Live Arts. As an Education Intern, I carried out administrative tasks related to the camps prior to their starting. This often meant that I was working on the camp schedules, managing camp registration and finances, and sending out logistical information about the camps. Once the camps began, I opened the building and helped set up, and I worked at check-in. I enjoyed the fast-paced environment!
I also was able to try out camp counseling for a week. Particularly through this experience, I saw the impact that theatre can have on children as a creative outlet. I really appreciated the efforts of Live Arts to be inclusive and work on bringing more youth to a place traditionally geared towards adults. During the second half of my time at Live Arts, I was on the costuming team and also got to work directly with the campers. I was in charge of costuming one of the three youth production camps. This meant pulling, building, and buying approximately twenty costumes. I collaborated with UVA costume grad Cee-Cee Swalling and costume designer Tricia Emlet, both of whom had so much valuable knowledge to share.
What did you learn?
Through this internship, I was able to improve skills such as communication, time management, event planning, and collaboration. I was introduced to marketing and fundraising for non-profits, which included computing data related to scholarships and grants. I also learned about technical things such as box office sales through the Salesforce platform, Google Drive, updating the Live Arts website, and taking costume measurements. I even had the chance to operate a spotlight for one of the shows, which was really fun!
I want to thank my professor Denise Stewart for organizing the VTA Career Jumpstart and connecting me with Bree Luck, Producing Artistic Director at Live Arts. Mike was also incredibly supportive, and I found all of the Live Arts staff to be kind and energetic. Because of these inspiring people, I was able to find fun and engaging work doing something I enjoy. Above all, I learned that I want to work in a creative industry making change on the community level, where it matters most.
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