Internships and Senior Projects
Jack T. Lane
Louis Armstrong Theatre - Performing Arts Center
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Internships and Senior Projects
Senior projects and internships may be done in any area of theatre communications, and internships are available locally, regionally, and nationally for students in their senior year. These represent an advanced student's ability to design and pursue dramatic
studies in an independent and individual manner. The Senior Project normally takes the form of a major production assignment such as directing lighting, playwriting, or acting; while internships focus upon production technology and arts management within the context of a professional theatre organization. Students may do both an internship and a senior project, or more than one internship, depending upon their study plans and time-in-residence at the University.
Theatre and GVSU and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre announce an internship partnership agreement.
The Theatre Program at Grand Valley State University is proud to announce the establishment of a partnership with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Upper-level Theatre students will have the opportunity to intern at West Michigan’s largest community theatre in all areas of production and education. Kicking off the internship arrangement is Jill Zwarensteyn from Comstock Park. Jill has been seen on the GVSU stage in “The Vagina Monologues,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Fairy), and “Nickel and Dimed” (Melissa/Daughter/Customer). A senior theatre major, Jill just completed her first film a short entitled “Gold and Pharmaceuticals.” She will intern in the education area. Sarah McDowell interns in the directing area in the fall. She hails from Fenton, MI, and is a junior theatre major. She would like to become a director and a hair and makeup artist for the stage. Her recent accomplishments include stage managing for GVSU’s PS Series production of “Seven Passages: The Story of Gay Christians.” She is a state licensed cosmetologist and has been the hair artist for 8 shows at Grand Valley. She was also seen as Snout in the 2008 GV Shakespeare Festival’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” “This is a great opportunity for our students,” says Karen Libman, Associate Professor of Theatre. “By interning with Civic, our students will have a window into professional and community theatre, gain valuable experience, and be more marketable when they graduate. We are so lucky to have such a valuable resource so close to Grand Valley.”
Internships in recent years have included management positions with the Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck or the Circle Theatre in Grand Rapids; or even summer entertainment internships with Disney World in Florida. Typical senior projects have taken the form of directing or designing one-act plays, producing the annual program of student one-act plays, acting a leading role in a faculty-directed production, or writing a critical research paper on some aspect of theatre arts.
Both these activities require careful planning on the student's part during the junior year. You should locate and arrange internships several months in advance, after consulting with your academic advisor. Senior projects need to be scheduled before the academic year begins to ensure that your advisor is aware of the activity and that facilities are available.
Internships can carry as much as six semester credits on your course schedule, depending on the amount of time spent with the sponsoring organization; senior projects normally carry no more than three semester credits. If you wish to relocate to another city for a semester to pursue an internship, you should plan to take one additional semester to graduate; obviously, this is most conveniently done during the summer months.
Both these activities should provide a professional "cap" on the theatre student's undergraduate career, either by introducing you to "the business of show business" (the internship), or by allowing you to examine a major field of interest in some area of theatre
Following completion of the internship experience, you will be expected to submit a written report of your activities to your faculty advisor outlining the work you did and evaluating the experience.3/09/09
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