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From backstage…

Notes from Joel Schimek, Acting Studio Stage Management Intern

Joel Schimek

My name is Joel Schimek, I am from Edmond, Oklahoma, and I am one of the stage management interns at Taproot Theatre. I will be graduating in May from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Business. Seattle is quite a change of pace from the Midwest! I am enjoying the stunning scenery and fantastic art that Seattle has to offer (although I do miss the rolling hills and plains of Oklahoma). At Oklahoma City University, I have been able to work with the American Spirit Dance Company as a technician, serving in a variety of positions, such as assistant stage manager, light board programmer/operator, and sound technician, among others. I also have experience in the events and conventions industry through internships with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the International Society of Bassists.

As one of the stage management interns, I have had the privilege of working with Taproot Acting Studio’s summer camps. The dedication of the staff in teaching young students about the value and importance of theatre and the arts is inspiring, especially as a college student about to go out into the world. The passion and drive of the staff shows their dedication to both the arts and theatre industry and the education of the younger generation.

The importance of working as a team is especially significant in the theatre industry; without a solid team, shows simply could not happen. Taproot’s team works together to create magic. It works to educate students, it works to produce quality theatre, it works to bring together a community. I am learning a great deal about how to communicate with all the members of that team.

I look forward to the rest of the summer here at Taproot, and I look forward to learning a variety of lessons from being a part of the Taproot team.



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