Whenever I have the opportunity to be involved in the arts, I take full advantage. What I love most about my work at Wharton Center for Performing Arts are the opportunities to be involved in the local art scene. From seeing touring Broadway productions to world-renowned classical musicians, I have expanded my passion for the performing arts. My involvement with the Wharton Center Student Marketing Organization has allowed me to travel to New York City to network and job shadow industry professionals, see Broadway and off-Broadway shows and experience other forms of art. I continue to stay connected to art by attending local art festivals and museums in my free-time, because if I can expand my understanding of the world through art, I am happy.
Below you will find some pictures and descriptions of the fun stuff I have done in the arts throughout my collegiate career.
For the 2016-2017 at Wharton Center for Performing Arts, I had the pleasure to work on shows such as Wicked, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder and many more.
One of the many amazing opportunities I had as an intern at Wharton Center, was meeting amazing Broadway casts and crews at the cast parties. Jessica Vosk (Elphaba) and Amanda Jane Cooper (Glinda) were exceptionally kind, as well as amazing performers.
The Wharton Center Student Marketing Organization promotes Wharton Center's student price deals for Broadway and performing arts. In order to do so, my organization hosts events such as open mic nights, craft events, handing out flyers and cookies and more to encourage students to take advantage of Wharton Center's amazing deals.
The Roundabout Theatre Company's touring production of "Cabaret" was superb. Having the actors and dancers double as musicians on stage showed the full-range of artistic talent of the cast.
Scott Roberston (Herr Schultz) and Mary Gordon Murray (Fraulein Schneider) were exceptional in Cabaret.
The audience was awe-struck by the incomparable Jon Peterson as the Emcee. His commitment to his character and understanding of his role in the show was outstanding. He is also a joy to meet!
On my New York City Professional Retreat, I took full advantage of the amazing art scene in New York. Seeing Frida Kahlo and Jackson Polluck in person was a complete dream. I love engaging in all forms of art outside of my work in the performing arts.
The Great Comet of 1812
"Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812," is an example of how theater can be engaging and innovative.
Signature Theatre Company
I absolutely loved visiting the Signature Theatre Company on my professional retreat. Learning how a non-profit presenting theater cultivates donors, markets its season and operates its three theaters was an amazing experience.
I can not stress this enough: This production of Sweeney Todd is hands-down one of the best works of theatre I have ever seen. The audience interaction and insane raw talent is immeasurable. Meeting Matt Doyle (Anthony Hope) after the show was another amazing perk!
After purchasing my tickets nearly nine months in advance, seeing the Chicago production of "Hamilton" was life-changing. The hype for this musical is completely accurate and I am not ashamed to say I cried the entire show.
This past fall, I attended Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI for the first time. Art Prize is one of the largest art festivals in the world and takes place all over the city of Grand Rapids. It was so amazing seeing the thousands of people interacting with the arts.