Mentor(s):Nina Bachrach, Gerrilynn Guerrero
Topic of Internship
Performing Arts Administration
The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is a non-profit arts education program that is part of the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community. Prospective interns can find a multitude of different programs throughout the greater BergenPAC site to help foster genuine professional experience and interest in a fine arts career beyond high school.
Summary of Internship
As a intern representing the greater bergenPAC program, I divvied up my time between working under The Performing Arts School and at the main administrative office on Van Brunt Street.
Since first hired, I have worked exhaustively with the bergenPAC staff on a variety of tasks pertaining to the maintenance of sponsored programs and general office stability. I’ve also been responsible for enhancing public appraisal of the bergenPAC and its programs by advertising throughout the downtown Englewood area. This internship requires a genuine camaraderie with the rest of the bergenPAC staff to handle tasks effectively. My career as a theater intern has helped me create a perspective of professional theater arts as a truly multifaceted system that requires painstaking efficiency behind a computer every bit as much as it does on stage.
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