COPA students gain professional experience through summer jobs and internships Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Katherine Bodner plays the role of Cinderella at Story Land Theme Park in Glen, N.H.
Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts students are broadening their skills as they begin apprenticeships, internships and summer jobs. The following COPA students are working to gain hands-on experience and training related to their major:
- Benjamin Belhumeur, dance and a concentration in jazz, apprenticeship with Aimee Coleman and Jonathan Surmacz, teaching at Maria's School of Dance, Beaver, Pa.
- Katherine Bodner, acting, working as Cinderella for RWS and Associates at Story Land Theme Park in Glen, N.H.
- Michelle Bronstein, jazz dance, public relations and advertising minor, interning at Doug Varone and Dancers Company in New York City
- Sydney Carter, technical theatre/design, lighting intern at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Annapolis, Md.
- Zachary Kapeluck, dance, studying dance at the Hubbard Street Summer Intensive, Chicago, Ill.
- Dave Kinkade, theatre design and a concentration in lighting design, lighting intern/design apprentice at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, Mass.
- Rebecca Knowles, acting, musical theatre minor, apprenticeship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Mass.
- Nik Nemec, theatre arts and a concentration in stage management, stage management intern at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
- Sam O'Neill, cinema production, internship at Steiner Studios in New York City
- Kelsey Sylvester, double majoring in cinema and digital arts and screenwriting, interning at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Bodner said she feels blessed to have the opportunity as a student to work for a reputable company. "It's every girl's dream to be a princess. Children's theatre is so rewarding; it is so wonderful to have the opportunity to teach children valuable life lessons in a fun environment."
Kapeluck will be attending the Hubbard Street Summer Intensive for the third time. "I have been attending this intensive for the last two years and have enjoyed it immensely each time. I'm looking forward to taking technique classes and I know I will leave the program enriched and ready to begin a new semester at Point Park."
O'Neil found encouragement from faculty and staff in the Department of Cinema & Digital Arts. "I wouldn't have known about this internship opportunity without Professor Maitre's guidance and support. She helped me so much along the way. I'm so excited to live and work in the Big Apple this summer."
As for Nemec, working for the CLO is a dream come true. "I began going to CLO shows when I was a child. I received tickets to see Sally Struthers in Annie for my birthday, and that's what set me on the theatre path," he said. "This internship program has always been a dream for me and I'm very happy to say that I will get to work on Annie with Ms. Struthers, it's surreal and I couldn't be more excited. I couldn't have made it this far without the help from COPA faculty and staff."
Are you a COPA student working as an apprentice/intern or have a summer job related to your major? If so, email email@example.com with your name, major and employer information to share your experience for use on the Point Park website.
Photo provided by RWS and Associates