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Summer opportunities abound for acting, directing, stage management

April 2013

Some of the St. Ambrose University Theatre Department students look forward to exciting plans for the summer. Juniors Molly Conrad and Sidney Junk both have internships at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, Iowa. Senior Stephanie Seward auditioned for the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wisc., where she would have the opportunity to re-unite and work with two St. Ambrose theatre alumni.

Molly Conrad '14

This past winter Conrad auditioned for summer stock theatres and applied to a few professional companies. 

"Riverside Theatre in Iowa City was my first choice," Conrad said, "and I am stoked to have been selected!"

She scheduled an audition/interview time with the company directors/managers to vy for eight actor apprenticeships, one director apprenticeship, and one stage management apprenticeship. Conrad said she felt good about her audition, and thought it was more likely to make one of eight acting slots rather than one directing gig. Knowing that, she still discussed her passion for directing in her interview and cover letter, not expecting to be selected as the directing apprentice.

"Boy, was I in for a treat! I found out a few weeks later and was shocked and excited!" Conrad said. "I love how they give students the opportunity to work with professionals while still using it as a learning process and expect interns to grow."

She will serve as an assistant director for The School for Scandal and Hamlet and may also serve as a light board operator for the shows. She will be assistant director for both green shows (pre-show entertainment) and have the opportunity to attend weekly workshops in other fields of interest.

Conrad's internship starts May 14 and ends July 8 with strike activities.


Sidney Junk '14

Junk will intern as a stage management apprentice at the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City. She will assist the production stage manager on two outdoor plays, Hamlet and School for Scandal.

"I will also be stage managing the green shows, which is basically a shortened version of those two plays that are used to get the community interested and give them an idea of what the plays are about. Kind of like a movie trailer."

Junk will also be able to participate in weekly professional workshops.

"Most of them are geared towards acting but that's ok. I want to learn as much as I can!"

Junk heard about the internship through Dr. Corinne Johnson, who has previously worked with the Riverside Theatre as an actress. They contacted Johnson regarding their need for a stage manager for their summer season.

"Cory recommended that I contact them and I did!"

Cami Sackett '14

Sackett accepted a position at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico. She will be on the Stage Running Crew, which will entail working scene shifts as well as doing scenery change-overs for the company to rehearse different shows every day. Santa Fe Opera is an outdoor theatre space in which the company mounts five different operas in repertory fashion. The first show opens in late June and all will be open and running concurrently by the end of July.

"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to work for such a reputable company. I know that I'm going to have a lot of fun working very hard this summer. I am eagerly anticipating all of the great things I will glean from this experience," Sackett said. 

Stephanie Seward '13

Seward applied, interviewed, auditioned and then was accepted for an apprenticeship at Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wisc. She will be joining alums Seth Kaltwasser '09 and Andrew Benson '11 who currently work at the theatre.

"I've visited the facility," Seward said. "It's a beautiful, vaudeville-style theatre in a town with so much charm. "You can really tell it means a lot to the community, and I think that is so special and wonderful."

Seward will be exercising a combination of talents ranging from acting to stage managing to teaching to patron services to lighting, etc.

"I'm really hoping they find a way to fit my skill set into their summer season, because I absolutely love the vibe of the place and the people who work there."


Congratulations and good luck on your endeavors this summer, ladies!

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