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 will also be technical assistant for SUFFRAGISTS FROM THE STAGE, a special event we are collaborating on with the League of Professional Theatre Women on June 22, and will help out with administrative tasks in the office.
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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 stagemanaging 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.