Sierra Beckstrom is The Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee TNT College Intern. Sierra is a rising senior at Rice University majoring in English and Visual and Dramatic Arts with a concentration in theatre. She has been acting since she was seven, with her first performance being Seussical the Musical at Southern Utah University. While she came to Rice as an actor, she has since explored all of the realms of theatre ranging from theatre administration to costume construction. In her three years at Rice, she has been involved with 12 shows. Sierra is a Rice Players coordinator, which is the oldest student run theatre group in Houston originating in the 1950s, predating the theatre department at Rice. After graduation, she plans to work in the industry before returning to college to earn her MFA in Theatre Education.
The Texas Nonprofit Theatres Multicultural Initiatives Paid Summer Theatre Internship is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Tickets To The City and The Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation.
Will Finklea graduated from Union Grove High School in 2018. He is currently a theatre major at Kilgore College and will be starting on his sophomore year in the fall. He has been involved in ArtsView over the years, and has performed in several ArtsView productions including our teen show, Much Ado about Nothing, and Stone Soup. Will was the 2018 recipient of the Jan Ball Redd Scholarship Award.
Ben Turner has been a part of the Boy Scouts of America for over a decade, learning vital life skills to include: the basics in outdoors, leadership, and formal environments. He utilized these skills when he joined the Gladewater High School Theatre Department his sophomore year of high school. He started his theatrical journey as the light board operator for Cinderella Waltz and The Oil Well. He then worked as the Stage Manager for Alice, The Rainmaker, Much Ado About Nothing, and Still Life With Iris while at Gladewater Highschool. Ben will be attending Kilgore College in the fall and will be assisting with lights/sound on Ella Enchanted this summer.
Piper Ward has been involved with Artsview Children’s Theatre for 3 years. She has
performed on stage in many roles including the White Witch in ACT’s production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and as Jo in Theater Longview’s production of Little Women. Piper has also worked back stage at ACT helping with costumes, building props, painting sets, running lights and sound, and helping with make-up. Piper loves working with the PATHS programs at ACT especially Tots-in-the-Spot and Showstoppers. Piper is a homeschool student with a love of baking and singing. She will be starting at LeTourneau University this fall where she hopes to pursue a career in nursing.
ARTSVIEW'S INTERN PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Intern Applications for Summer are now closed.
ArtsView Children’s Theatre encourages College-Aged Interns to apply for all summer positions and PATHS events during the Fall and Spring semesters. ArtsView interns may also be eligible to apply to work on productions.
The goal of the program is to expose young adults to the theater profession by: providing firsthand experience, working with and in theater,
training in all aspects of children’s theater, and facilitating individual growth in a positive work environment.
Intern applicants must be high-school graduates and college-aged young adults a minimum of 18 years old. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.
Interns will receive a small stipend to be determined at the time of placement.
Intern responsibilities may include artistic, technical, and administrative experiences and duties. The focus of the internship is determined by the specific position. Interns will be mentored during their placements by ArtsView directors, technical staff, and administrative staff. Initiative is a must. Interest in working with young people is required.
TERMS OF INTERNSHIP/REQUIREMENTS
Interns are responsible for transportation. Interns must be able to commit to the completion of the assignment. He or she will be asked to sign a contract to confirm the commitment. If the contract is broken by the intern, only the portion of the stipend for which the intern worked will be paid. Interns must have demonstrated communication skills, teamwork, a willingness to work with children ages 2-18.
Applications are required and will be reviewed by ArtsView’s administrative staff. Interviews, as well as training and orientation, are also required. For more information, please call ArtsView at 903-236-7535 or send email.
The following are required to apply for an internship:
Complete resume of work, experience, roles, teaching experience, technical experience, etc. Include everything pertinent. Two page limit.
Letter of recommendation from a college professor, or previous employer relating to fine arts experience of any kind, or previous employer relating to working with children