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Landing a Summerstock Job

Discussion in 'Education and Career Development' started by Footer, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. Footer

    Footer Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member

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    If you are in college and are looking for a summer job this is a must read: Landing a Summerstock Job - ControlBooth

    My wife and I (more her then I) wrote it. We are both veterans of 5 different summerstock theatres from small 300 seat theatres with no money to 2,000 seat half million dollar productions.

    If you have not considered summerstock, please do. Nothing helped me more then my summerstock experience when I got out of college. So, take a read and start sending out those resume's! Many theatres will have their staff hired by March or April. Many are posting jobs as we speak!

    Feel free to comment on this thread with any other advice for the summerstock virgin.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Very good article, [USER]MrsFooter[/USER]. Very good advice, [USER]Footer[/USER].

    Here's my "magic formula" for the theatre college student:
    First summer: summer theatre program at your college (if it has one; many are being eliminated).
    Then:
    One summer at a theme park. Disney, Busch Gardens, Cedar Fair, Great America, etc.
    One summer at a repertory company (these too are becoming extinct).
    One summer at a Shakespeare or other arts festival. I recently mentioned Jacob's Pillow and Spoleto in another thread.
    One summer at a R&R shop coiling cable. PRG, Upstaging, Epic, etc.
    One summer at a manufacturer or vendor, etc.
    One summer at a lighting or architectural consulting firm.

    Yes, I know that's too many summers. Better to have too many options than too few. The goal is to get away from your high school/college and see what's going on in the industry and how you might fit into it; meet new people; learn new ways of doing things. None pay great, some pay okay, a few not at all. But who decided to go into this crazy business, anyway?
     
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    Good article. "the resume, cover letter and portfolio tell a possible employer what is right with you....in the interview they are looking for what is wrong with you." words of wisdom I hand to students heading into corporate America. cynical but true.
     
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    I love this "magical formula" lol! I worked at six flags in high school as a lighting tech, then i did a small summerstock at Uconn (not my college but a college) this past summer i did Santa Fe Opera (5 show rotating rep). I agree this process has worked out quite well for me! Kind of a young in the business stupid question, what does "R&R" stand for? and do you have any other recommended summerstocks to look into?
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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