"Internships"

Behind-the-Scenes of "Robin Hood" at Puppet Showplace

DIVING INTO THE "PUPPET WORLD"
by Guest Blogger: Sarah Goone, Artistic Intern

Puppet Showplace intern, Sarah Goone shares her experience working with Artist in Residence Brad Shur on his new production of "Robin Hood." The show premiered this January as part of the theater's "New Year, New Shows" series, an annual event that showcases new work by local artists.  VIEW SHOW CALENDAR

Sarah Goone, Artistic Intern at Puppet Showplace
Hello! My name is Sarah Goone and I am currently the Artistic Intern at Puppet Showplace Theatre for about 7 weeks this winter. I kicked off the season on literally the first day of the year at First Night, where I first met Roxie, who’s acting as my supervisor while I’m at Puppet Showplace, and many other amazing people from the theater and from other puppet theaters. It was a crazy, long first day, but I knew right away that I was in the right place.

Robin's clothes on the clothes line made by Sarah in "Robin Hood" by Brad Shur
Right after the crazy First Night, I started working with Brad Shur on his original production, "Robin Hood." My first assignment was to design and sew tiny clothing items to go on a clothesline in the "Robin Hood" set. I was very grateful that he gave me so much freedom to do so. I am very experienced in sewing but have never made a pattern before, and Brad just told me to try something out and see what I could do. I worked for the day on some little knickers, a few shirts, and a few pairs of socks. It really was not that difficult, and I was pretty happy with what I had come up with, as was Brad.

Guard costume built by Sarah for "Robin Hood" by Brad Shur
After that, he just kept giving me a lot of projects to either completely construct props by myself, or to help prime and sand different props and scenery items that were in the process of being built. My favorite project was to completely re-sew the Guard’s costume because it again challenged my patterning skills, but this time for an actual puppet to wear. It also was a very challenging knit fabric to work with, so finishing the costume felt like I had really accomplished something great. 

Maid Marion's mask, details painted by Sarah for "Robin Hood" by Brad Shur
When I saw one of his shows on the opening weekend, it was so exciting to point out all the things I had made to my roommates who came to see the show with me. I never thought, going into the internship, that I’d be able to say I helped build the set and even got to mend and create some costumes!

Overall, I had an amazing time working with Brad, and enjoyed the times when we’d both be working in the same space so he could tell me about how he got into puppetry, which is very similar to how I did, and he gave me some neat insights into the “puppet world”.  -Sarah

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A NOTE FROM OUR INTERN

Education Outreach Intern Krista shares her experience this summer




Finding the right internship can be hard, but I managed to spend the summer at a workplace that was engaging and fun!  The Puppet Showplace Theatre (PST) has been providing entertainment and educational opportunities to the community for 38 years now, and I am happy to have been involved in that process.

As an Intern for the Puppet Showplace Theatre, I worked on a variety of projects including assisting with puppetry camps and workshops, reaching out to schools and summer camps, ushering the shows, and generally lending a hand where it was needed.  With such a wide range of responsibilities, I had something new to look forward to every day.  When assisting with classes, I enjoyed interacting with the kids and helping to plan activities.  In reaching out to school and camp groups I gained many office and computer skills.  When ushering the shows, I helped theatre run smoothly and got to watch a new artist perform every week for free!

At the Puppet Showplace Theatre, I really enjoyed learning about how a non-profit organization operates.  The performing arts are definitely important to me, and I value PST’s dedication to providing a variety of educational opportunities to the community.  Their performances, workshops for students, and classes for educators are all focused on sharing knowledge about puppets and performing.   As an Education Outreach intern, my main objective was to establish and maintain new relationships with educators in the community. 

Lastly, one of my favorite things about working at PST was the atmosphere.  For me, the idea of working alone in a cubicle is not an agreeable one.  However, office and computer skills come in handy in nearly any line of work. Whether it be communicating via email, blogging, creating spreadsheets, or keeping files in order; where better to gain experience with the basics than in a colorful environment?  The walls are painted brightly and puppets are displayed throughout the lobby.  I was always welcome to try out puppets, to create a new display board, or to participate in events like the Puppet Slam.  I definitely did not want an internship where I would be ignored.  At PST I felt that the staff encouraged me to be involved and if I needed assistance, were glad to answer any questions.

So if you are interested in an internship that is enriching and entertaining, I wholeheartedly recommend applying to the Puppet Showplace Theatre.  They are now accepting applications for the Fall.  For more information about internships, Click Here.

-Krista, Education Outreach Intern Summer 2012