One Week

Posted 22 November 2010 12:00 AM by Maria Vivas, All Star Intern

One week. It only took one week for the All Star Interns to not only learn about the various business aspects of theatre, but also to have a clear focus of our lives. As an All Star Intern, I was amazed by how much our weekly intensive helped focus my life in the performing arts, and outside of the theatre. Being a senior in high school, life has been pretty hectic and we never have enough time to reflect and focus. With the guidance of theatre expert Akiba Abaka I discovered my goal in the arts, and a renewed sense of self. After each class I left the Shubert Theatre, and walked out into the bustle of Boston with a clear and open mind.

One of the most helpful parts of the intensive was our mission statement writing. To a high school student, writing a mission statement for yourself as an artist seems daunting. Akiba outlined the steps of drafting our mission statements through discussions and activities. By the final class each intern had a clear statement about what they want to accomplish as an artist. I felt that the mission statement drafting helped me find a clear focus through the chaos of school, college search, and other activities. In my opinion the mission statement writing was more of a soul search than anything else. The unparalleled experience at the Aspects of Theatre intensive has helped me both inside and outside of the theatre.

Week One: Aspects of Theatre

This intensive provided training for all aspects of theatre and what it takes to produce and implement a night at the theatre: front of house operations, backstage management, lighting and sound design and stage management. Interns devised their plans toward creating a repertory company of their own. This week culminated in a Fun Friday workshop including a presentation from All * Stars.

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