An Introduction to Drama and Dance Internships
Students seeking to gain practical experience starting their first year on campus are an integral part of the Department of Drama and Dance productions. The departmental production program is designed to allow students at different levels of development to explore and further extend their skills in different theatrical styles – from musicals and contemporary plays to Shakespearian plays and dance concerts.A wide-range of hands-on experiences and activities are available to students, such as working on back stage crews, production construction crews, designing, as well as performing. These experiences prepare students for internships with professional performing arts companies. The performing arts consist of a wide range of companies offering numerous internship opportunities for our students. Given the variety of opportunities available, it is important to recognize how they differ in the professional experiences they provide for students.
Many theater and dance companies provide college students with internships where they gain hands-on experience in performance, as well as different aspects of theatrical and dance production, such as design, and production technology. Other types of internships, which offer opportunities in casting, marketing, producing and publicizing, give students a deeper understanding of the business aspects of theatrical and dance productions.
The department provides updates on the availability of internships through poowabah.info, a departmentally sponsored information Web site. Alumni, faculty and students contribute postings of internship opportunities to a blog highlighting the collaborative and community-minded atmosphere of the Drama and Dance Department.
Students interested in internships may pursue them in a variety of ways. They may respond to postings, contact their departmental adviser for assistance in securing an internship, or research companies with internship programs. The Drama and Dance Department allows students to receive academic credit for internships performed in areas related to the students’ selected major. Faculty advisers are assigned to students receiving credit for their internship who support them throughout that process.
Internship Support from Faculty
Assistant Professor of Dance Anita Feldman has arranged and supervised the internships of students Nicole Ohr '08, Shira Rose Berk '09, Tara McBride '09 and Rachel Pieroni '10 with Tap City: The New York City Tap Festival. Professor Feldman also supervised the internships of Chawntel Vega '10 and Irene Hatgidimitriou '05 at the Physiologic Physical Therapy in Roslyn. Irene subsequently received employment there following graduation.
In addition, Dance majors Christina Stampolis '09, Megan Elder '10, Danielle Wood '10, and Andrea Kolbe '10 have done senior practicum under Professor Feldman's direction with the AHRC (Association for the Help of Retarded Children).
Associate Professor Jean Dobie Giebel advised Chelsea Chrostowski '09 in an internship with Expecting Models/East, Rachel Myers '10 with Liz Lewis Casting Partners, and Jon Phillips '11 with One Live to Live/ABC Television. Director of Dance Professor Rachel List supervised Naomi Gewanter ‘10 in her internship at American Ballet Theater. Adjunct Professor Amy Marshall advised Shanelle Cummings '11 in an internship with her company Amy Marshall Dance. Adjunct Professor Edward Elefterion has hired Christina Bracco '13, Lauren Cook '10, Elizbeth Hudman'12, Casey Killoran '09, Patrick Marran '09, Rachel Myers '10, Nick Pacifico '10, Sarah Reeb '09, and Abigail Strange '10 as interns for his award-winning, innovative theater company, Rabbit Hole Ensemble.
Drama and Dance students have recently interned at such companies as:
- ABC Television
- Airmid Theater Company
- American Ballet Theater
- Amy Marshall Dance
- Atlantic Records
- Bay Street Theater
- Beyond the Box Productions
- Disney World, Orlando
- Fat Melon Productions
- Forces of Nature Dance
- New York Fringe Festival
- Pulse Ensemble Theatre
- Rabbit Hole Ensemble Theatre
- Richard Frankel Productions
- Robin Becker Dance
- Tap City: The New York City Tap Festival
- Yale Repertory Company