ABBY PAN arrived at NPTC on July 26th all the way from China! Well, she had actually been in New York for a little bit before starting her Discovery Internship, which is a program that has sent us wonderful rising seniors for the past several years. She immediately began creating a Fundraising Campaign for our trip to Bogotá, Colombia to perform in the Women On Stage for Peace Festival! Abby is with us full-time until July 21.
Abby Pan is a rising senior from Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China. She has been both on and offstage throughout her school’s theatre productions, including most recently, assistant stage manager for Thirty Reasons Not to Be in A Play, and production assistant for their annual Fringe Festival. Previously she has directed performances of Words, Words, Words, and The Real Inspector Hound. Next year she will be her Thespian troupe’s producer, and she hopes her time at New Perspectives will be an exciting learning opportunity to better understand the theatre industry.
OLIVIA DIFULCO came right on Abby's heels, arriving a few hours later and getting to work instantly compiling sound cues for our upcoming Women's Work Short Play Festival: UNHINGED (Olvia is techie and boy, are we happy she is!) Along with Olivia Lesley (coincidence? we think not!) she will serve as Assistant Stage Manager for the Festival.
Olivia DiFulco is a student from Cranford, NJ, who is honored to be working on NPT’s Short Play Festival in 2017 and excited to learn from such a diverse group of artists. As an award-winning tech student in her high school’s Theater Academy, Olivia has participated in theatrical productions and concerts across a host of disciplines, including stage management, sound, lighting, set construction, and more. She relishes the challenge of helping to make every live performance as great as it can be, and is dedicated to learning technical stagecraft both in the classroom and behind the curtain.
OLIVIA LESLEY joined us on June 11th for the table readings of six new scripts from the Women's Work Short Play LAB, and she will be here through August 13th, working on getting those scripts on their feet as one of the assistant stage managers for UNHINGED, the festival taking place August 7-12th. Olivia was also technical assistant for SUFFRAGISTS FROM THE STAGE, a special event we collaborated on with the League of Professional Theatre Women on June 22. We don't waste time with our interns!
Olivia Lesley is a recent graduate from Pembroke Hill High School in Kansas City, MO; and next year, she will be joining the University of Glasgow studying psychology and theater. She has stage managed for her high school’s plays for the last three years and has trained middle school stage managers in their fall productions. Some of the productions she has worked on include Tartuffe, Trojan Women, and Blithe Spirit. This year, she directed a one-act performance of For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls, and previously assistant directed And Then There Were None and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.She is very excited to be assistant stage manager for the Short Play Festival.
And we bid a fond Bon Voyage to Max Lee, is a graduating senior from John Jay High School in Cross River, New York. He will be attending the University of Michigan next year, majoring in English with a minor in theatre and he did such a great job over his 6-week tenure here. Max created the slide show presentation for STAGE STRUCK: Reclaiming the History of Women in Theatre, and also served as the assistant stage manager. And keeping him steeped in the heritage of women theatre artists, he did the first draft of a new slide show for SUFFRAGISTS FROM THE STAGE, which Olivia has now taken over! Keep in touch Max, and have a great time in Ann Arbor!
Max's thoughts on his internship experience at NPTC:
"A few months ago, when I hastily looked up “Good NYC theatre internships” on google, New Perspectives Theatre Company was one of the first results. I now know why, as working at NPTC was an extremely valuable and rewarding experience. While I didn’t think that I’d have the privilege of working on one of NPTC’s shows, I was given the positions of assistant stage manager and slideshow designer on Stage Struck, one of many highlights of my time here. Throughout my internship, I learned a great deal from Melody on both a professional and personal level – she taught me about the industry while also engaging me in intelligent discussions (and sometimes arguments) about everything from classic literature to food at the nearby deli. From the moment I settled into the engaging yet chill environment present at NPTC, I felt valued as both an adult and a professional.