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Shadowing Program

Posted by: Jennifer Stevens | June 5, 2013 | No Comment |

Sottile Theatre partners with the Arts Management Program to provide hands-on experience for students.


Kelly Biscopink (Sottile Theatre) and Jeanette Guinn (Arts Management Program) recently teamed up to create a Sottile Theatre Shadowing Program for Arts Management students to gain up-close experience in a working theatrical venue. With over 15 Sottile shows to choose from (including Charleston Symphony Orchestra concerts, ballets, modern dance and touring productions), students were able to shadow one of five different theatrical jobs during a real performance day. From the Front of House/patron management side of Sottile Theatre’s operation, students were able to shadow Box Office Managers and Front of House Managers, seeing first-hand how to problem solve, deal with conflict resolution, and most importantly, provide a pleasant, welcoming experience for patrons. From a technical and backstage perspective, students shadowed stagehands responsible for lighting, audio, and running backstage/fly rail cues during a real show.¬†Students were also able to shadow/assist Biscopink with the day-to-day coordination and scheduling efforts of the theatre operation to fulfill their class requirement.

The program started in mid-January and ended in April/May. Prior to the start of the shadowing program, Jeremiah Lewis, Sottile Theatre Technical Director, and Biscopink met with the Arts Management class and gave an overview of the various job positions, dress and safety requirements, and other information about working in a theatrical setting.

Approximately 25 students took advantage of the program, shadowing in one or more roles during the course of the program. Kelly, Jeanette, and Jeremiah hope to continue the program in coming years.

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