Thursday, July 16, 2015

Meet our 2015 Woodward Interns!

by Alexandra Scordato 
Marketing Intern



Each summer the staff of Westport Country Playhouse welcomes a group of aspiring theater professionals to join them in numerous areas of production and management during the dynamic season. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, this year there are nine excited interns coming from all over the country to work in marketing, development, stage management, scenic painting and general production. All of us are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to learn how an excellent regional theater operates. (Click here to learn more about how you can help support the Woodward Internship Program.)



Angela Alvarez, Scenic Painting Intern
University of Michigan, 2015

Why do you love theater?
Theater is a kind of storytelling that demands the utmost of care from all involved, and with each show, a new family is built. With every production, I love the opportunity to create tangible, emotional, and, ultimately, temporary expressions for audiences to enjoy.

Why did you choose WCP?
WCP is the best of both worlds; it allows its artists to work from the historical, adorable, and idyllic Connecticut, with all of the benefits of being a short train ride away from the cultural hub that is New York City. I was excited at the chance to tiptoe my way into the city.

Fun Fact about yourself
I have a black and white tuxedo cat named Malibu (after the rum, not the city).



Alexander Garnett, General Production/Props Intern
East Carolina University, 2016

Why do you love theater?
Theater is an art form that is always evolving and the energy of live performance is a rare experience only felt in theatre today.

Why did you choose WCP?
I have heard many great things about the Playhouse from previous interns and wanted to experience what they had before.

Fun Fact about yourself
I wear short shorts if it’s too hot, because regular shorts just don't cut it. My power level is over 9000!!






Katherine Hustmyre, Stage Management Intern
Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 2014

Why do you love theater?
I am a part of something on a daily basis that has the power to change people's lives.  An art form that is a living, breathing, piece of work and not something tangible.  It fills me with joy and purpose to know this is what I do for a living.

Why did you choose WCP?
I have been looking at WCP for a few years now, and I have wanted to work here the whole time!  I always respected the mission of WCP, and the work that is produced here.  I wanted to be a part of such an influential theater, and I can't believe I am here!  I feel so very lucky to be a Woodward Intern of 2015.

Fun Fact about yourself
I love to tap dance.



Kathryn Marshall, Development Intern
Temple University, 2015

Why do you love theater?
I love theater because it connects people in beautiful ways and explores the human condition.

Why did you choose WCP?
I chose WCP because it seemed like such a welcoming community when I came up to see a show in the fall. Also, a friend interned here a few years ago and loved it.

Fun Fact about yourself
I've traveled to Japan!







Emily Mazelin, Stage Management Intern
Greensboro College, 2016

Why do you love theater?
I love theater because it is an art form that thrives on variety, process, and collaboration. Theater (be it a show, an acting exercise, or a conversation between designers) can mirror the best and worst versions of persons and society, inspire and condemn, entertain and educate. Theater is about the creation of reality, and every person involved - behind-the-scenes, onstage, or in the audience - communally experiences a creative endeavor within that reality that can affect them both as individuals and as a group. There is a nugget of truth in even the most absurd theater, and the process of any theatrical endeavor offers an opportunity for growth for anyone willing to engage it. I love being a part of that incredible force.


Why did you choose WCP?
The Playhouse's mission to "enlighten, enrich, and engage a diverse community..." resonated on my heartstrings, and I immediately knew I had to help create art within an organization whose values so closely resemble my own. Add in its New England location, high profile, educational seminars, and the professional hands-on experience in my field, and you could not wish for a better internship program!

Fun Fact about yourself
I also have a passion for spoken word, comedy, and magic!



Nick Newsam, General Production/Carpentry Intern
Murray State University, December 2015

Why do you love theater?
For some of us theater is all we have. My entire life has been consumed by it and I literally can't think of anything else I could be doing with my life. Theater has opened so many doors for me and looking back at where I started…I can't wait to see where I'm going. And I'm not even half way there yet!

Why did you choose WCP?
Out of all of the companies I interviewed with at the Southeastern Theater Conference, Westport Country Playhouse was the only one that made me feel like they actually wanted to talk with me. They produce such quality theater and were literally the nicest people I met at the conference. All of my friends agreed, WCP was our top pick and I'm still grateful that they chose me.

Fun Fact about yourself
I'm secretly a cat. If you scratch my back you're probably my new best friend. I've also memorized the majority of Hocus Pocus. No shame.



Alexandra Scordato, Marketing Intern
Skidmore College, 2015

Why do you love theater?
The feeling of watching a live performance that you had a part in creating is intoxicating, and there is no other feeling like it.

Why did you choose WCP?       
My family and I have been going to the Playhouse ever since we moved to Westport, and when I really started to think about theater as a career, I knew I wanted to work here. Not only is Westport Country Playhouse one of the most prestigious regional theaters in the country, it is run by a group of talented and caring professionals.                                 
            
Fun Fact about yourself
I'm a big science fiction and fantasy nerd. Valar Morghulis. 



Brooke Thomas, General Production/Wardrobe Intern
Arkansas State University, 2016

Why do you love theater?
The sense of community I get from working with other theater people is unlike any other feeling. There's no place I feel more accepted and valued.

Why did you choose WCP?
The environment is so welcoming and informative. The staff is just as excited to be there as the fresh-faced interns. It was my first choice when researching internships.

Fun Fact about yourself
In high school, I won the international title for sewing a button at the International Thespian Festival. 32 seconds.




Laura Wilson, Company Management Intern
Rider University, December 2015

Why do you love theater?
I truly believe it has the power to change lives- it certainly did for me!

Why did you choose WCP?
I was very excited to work at a theater with such a rich history.  I specifically wanted to come here for the company management internship because I knew I would be interacting with extremely talented and passionate artists and administrators.  I am truly grateful to be having this experience.

Fun Fact about yourself
I like cheese.  All kinds of cheese.

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