Five University of the Ozarks theatre majors gained meaningful experience and skills this summer through internships at various thespian venues around the country.
Daniel Hall of Sherwood, Ark.; Mason Clough of Arlington, Texas; Ben Howard of Searcy, Ark.; Lacye Day of Oologah, Okla.; and Ethan Lubera of Siloam Springs, Ark., all took part in professional theatre internships over the summer.
Each of the students gave a presentation about their summer experiences to other theatre majors and their professors during a class period last week.
Rebecca Bailey, assistant professor of theatre, said summer internships are a major part of the learning experience and that it is beneficial for other students to hear first-hand about what their classmates have done.
“Professional internships in theatre allow our students to sharpen the skills they have developed at Ozarks, introduce them to new ideas and methods, and most importantly connect them with their future colleagues,” Bailey said. “When these young professionals step into their positions, they find moments when the work they have been generating at school is both reinforced and challenged. By sharing their successes and struggles with their fellow classmates, we both learn as a department and inspire our underclass to seek out new opportunities.”
Hall, a senior, spent his summer working at the McLeod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, Ill., where he worked on sets for performances such as “Jungle Book,” “9 to 5” and “Mamma Mia” and honed his welding skills.
Clough, a junior, worked in lighting design for the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, N.C.
Howard, a junior, served a 12-week internship with the Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, Mass. He worked as a general technician, rotating between various departments.
Day, a junior theatre and psychology major, served as a paints apprentice for the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y., where she worked on several sets, including a production of “Xanadu.”
Lubera, a junior, worked as a camp counselor and technical theatre activity head for the Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine, Lubera worked with youth ages 8 to 16 and led the scene crew for the camp’s productions.