Internships help students get an idea of their chosen field, learn about the real life responsibilities, and learn how to apply theoretical skills in a real working environment. All while gaining exposure to and knowledge of other fields within that environment. Just ask the next person in our former intern series, Lauren Miller, Electrics.
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What was your internship position at Weston?
I was an Electrics intern.
What do you do now?
I currently work as a freelancer in NYC dividing my time between Electrics, Assistant Lighting Design, and drafting light plots for designers.
What is your current and/or upcoming project?
In the last month I’ve programmed an opera, was deck electrician for a dance show run, and was Assistant Lighting Designer on an Opera (all at The Juilliard School, and all different shows). As for upcoming projects, I’m looking forward to the Fashion Week season starting as well as beginning work as an Assistant Lighting Designer for a show happening in April, and some other electrics calls mixed in here and there.
How did Weston prepare you to get where you are now?
I think that the best way Weston prepared me was by teaching me not to give up on theatre. There can be constant times throughout the summer (or work in general) when you want to stop what you’re doing and go back to sleep forever- but you can’t because you have a responsibility to not only the company, but to the patrons, and the donors, and all of the other people who allow you to do your job in this amazing place at an amazing company. Weston really helped me put it into perspective that I’m in this line of work because I love it and have a passion for it, so I need to put everything I have into it. I’ve taken that lesson and applied it to every show I work on now and it’s really fulfilling when you finish and know that people will appreciate the art you helped create. This is also what taught me how to prepare myself to work overnight calls.
What’s your best Weston memory?
I can’t say I have a single favorite Weston memory, but I feel like the top choice would have to be Regatta Day. It’s hard to beat the combination of fun and exhaustion (that you know everyone else feels by that point in the summer) all combining to race homemade boats down the river. Besides that, I would say it’s really the people there that make Weston such a great company; having the days off to spend together or hanging out after a show call has turned into some great memories for me.