University of the Ozarks theatre students are dispersing across the country this summer to take part in internships that promise to offer valuable experiences and networking opportunities.
According to Walton Professor of Theatre Bruce B. Brown, eight students from his program will be taking part in professional internship opportunities in venues stretching from New York to Texas.
"Our students are gearing up to tackle some very prestigious internships," said Brown. "These are great opportunities to expand and network in professional theatre."
Those theatre students include:
- Sandra Davis, who is headed to Bellport, N.Y, to serve as a general technician and stage carpenter at the Gateway Playhouse.
- John Davis, who will spend the summer in Richmond, Va., working as the assistant technical director of the Dogwood Dell Theatre, a 2,400 seat amphitheater owned and operated by the by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities and located in Byrd Park. He will supervise the carpenters in the scene shop and will be responsible for the load-in and load-out of their shows this season.
- Kady Holmes, who will spend the summer in Sandusky, Ohio, at Cedar Point Live Entertainment. She will work on the wardrobe crew and in the costume department where she will be responsible for maintaining the costumes for their many summer shows.
- Lynda Browder, who will work as a backstage hand at the Woodlawn Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. She will spend the summer constructing scenery and participating backstage, shifting scenery during the performances.
- Phoebe Randle, who will intern at the Silvermoon Children’s Theatre in Texarkana, Texas. She will serve as the assistant director and assistant technical director this summer. She will be responsible for directing, design, and organizations throughout the summer.
- Meghan Mansur, who has been hired as a general technician at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre in Winchester, Va. She will be on the shift crew during their musical productions.
- Lauren Charters, who will return to the Genesis Children’s Theatre in Plano, Texas, to head up their internship program and will serve as chief of staff. She will manage the internship program and the teaching/writing classes for kids ages 6-12.
- Darrick Conroy, who will return for his second season at the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival in Durant, Okla. He will work in the publicity department writing press releases and creating advertisements for the festivals’ many events and productions. He is also a teaching assistant for the children’s theatre and will perform in "Shrek the Musical."