Intern Success Stories
During my internship with Karen, I auditioned for Taproot’s Road Company, and was hired on to start in Fall of 2007 and I’ve been touring with Road Company ever since. I’m in the Road Company shows during the school year, and I’ve also toured in Taproot’s traveling Christmas shows. It’s a joy to be on the staff of Taproot, and to be using my theatre degree right out of college. The five of us on the Road Company tour to schools all over the Northwest, and every day we have new adventures performing for kids at schools.
Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey // Former Intern & Director of Education & Outreach
The great experiences I had with Taproot led me to seek further opportunities with them. Taproot attempted to get a grant to fund a new position for me within the organization. While Taproot did not receive the grant, the position of Director of Outreach was opening up just as I finished graduate school. Taproot asked me for an application, and I was able to move directly from New Jersey to Seattle and start my new position one month after finishing school. I was one of only four people in my fifteen-person MFA class who had work lined up upon graduation.
I have participated in internships at Dallas Theater Center, Starlight Theater and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in addition to my internship at Taproot. I got so much out of my internship at Taproot that I would recommend it over most of my other internships even though I received monetary compensation in all the others. The staff at Taproot takes an active interest in the professional development of the interns. They offer hands-on practical experience in an environment characterized by respect for others and devotion to the craft of theatre.
Zandi Carlson // Former Intern & Education and Outreach Associate
I learned much about the structure and team work involved in making Taproot run. A few years later, after graduating with my BFA Acting from Oklahoma City University, an opportunity arose. The Education and Outreach Associate was pregnant, and due a month after I moved back to Seattle. I expressed my interest, and was hired on as the temporary E&O Associate. When Alicia decided she needed more time with her new baby, Taproot invited me to stay on, and I jumped at the opportunity.
I credit this job to the experience I had through the internship. Now, part of my job is processing intern applications, and I am always excited to speak to prospective interns about my experience, and how it helped me in my career.
Annelih GH Hamilton // Former Intern & Christmas Touring & Jewell Mainstage Actor
As a teaching intern, I was given the blessed opportunity to work with children, which is something I plan to incorporate into my future as a theatre practitioner. By assisting the wide variety of classes, I quickly learned how to develop my teaching style & where my strengths & areas of improvements lie as an educator. Plus, the Acting Studio offers classes to a wide age range, and I learned how to work with kids of all ages.
Plus, the relationships you create with the other interns & staff are valuable beyond words. I have made friendships with several of the people I met in the program that I expect to last for many, many years. 🙂
Since the Internship Program, I worked with Taproot’s Christmas Touring Program as an actor in The Foolish Wiseman. That was such an awesome experience. I firmly believe that my participation in the Internship Program helped me establish a connection with Taproot & presented itself that awesome opportunity.
In the next few months, I will be packing my bags & heading over to Gainesville, FL to pursue my M.F.A. in Acting at the University of Florida! What is most unique about this graduate program is I will BE PAID to teach. In short, I will be paid to go to school, which is a dream come true. My experience at Taproot as a teaching intern has prepared me for the job I’m about to take on in a few short months!
Taproot rocks. It really does.