Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Linsey’s Letter to Future Interns: Advice from Stage One

Future Intern,

If you have an intense imagination and strong desire to create a lasting impact on young minds, then a StageOne internship could be for you. I went into this experience wanting to make a difference in the community and share my understanding of theatre with others. I also wanted to teach theatre as my life’s work and needed guidance on effective communication skills with young personalities, as well as discipline strategies (reward systems) to keep students focused. What I was gifted with at StageOne was all this and so much more!

I learned that teaching the youth is not just tying shoelaces, cleaning apple juice spills, and singing nursery rhymes. It is with great commitment that a drama teacher has to invest in order to lead a classroom. As a performer myself, I have years of experience committing to strong creative choices to influence characterization. On this journey I learned that the deciding factor of whether you succeed or fail at teaching is committing fully to the lesson. If that means you crawl around on the floor pretending to be an injured Dr. Seuss character, then that is what must be done. Children possess faith in you as the adult. They trust you will guide them to safe choices while making it an adventure all along. They will jump on your magic unicorn or slay an evil dragon all because you have given them permission to do so. Their level of commitment is your choice as the teacher, all depending on how much you choose to give. It is a beautiful circular system where you have as much relevance as you choose.

Linsey and Two Interns teaching at Stage One

Linsey and Two Interns teaching at Stage One

The primary lesson I gained from this “process” rather than “product” based experience is that resilience is the key. As an effective teacher you must bring an abundance of energy a strategic lesson plan to the table day in and day out. You must learn from them as the students as much as they learn from you. If one thing works in one setting or group, it does not mean it will work with the next. You must bend and flow with open ears to the groups needs.

You are so much more important that you ever anticipate you will be to these children so don’t jump into this experience lightly. My StageOne DramaWorks experience changed my life. On my journey I was a doctor, cook, maid, and counselor. I went to magical places and became fantastical creatures. I witnessed young people growing and attaining useful life skills that will strengthen their character and result in a more empathetic community. This was a gratifying and fun adventure for me; I will never be the same.

Stage One Internships: Interested? All Stage One internships are unpaid, but provide a wealth of experience as well as class credit.  Keep on the look out.  Stage One will post their summer internship description by early Feb.  Click here for more information 

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