Internship Spotlight: Weathervane Theater Company

Current Tufts student Emilia Dick Fiora del Fabro the following about being a Summer Intern at Weathervane Theater Company 

What did you do as an intern at this organization?
I was an assistant tech creating costumes and participating in wardrobe crew.

How did you find this internship?
This internship was recommended to me by a Tufts faculty member.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?
The small team meant that the traditional hierarchy of a costume shop was erased, which allowed me to participate in all aspects of the costume production process, rather than just “stitching” or “cutting” ect. which is what larger more traditional shops do.

What did you find challenging?
This internship had long hours and low budgets. While this lead to some amazing creativity (we made one costume out of lampshades), it could also be frustrating to working with a restricted budget, and time restraints in the creative process.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
I think in order to make the most out of a summer stock internship like this one, it’s important to advocate for yourself and your skill set. Are you interested in makeup? Ask about doing some for a show! We had actors who worked in the shop and carpenters who acted. Just because your job is one thing does not mean you can’t use a different skill set and practice something else at the same time. Also if there is a particular show, costume or technique you want to work on, you should express that.

About the Organization

Weathervane Theatre

Award-winning, professional theatre in New Hampshire’s White Mountains since 1966 . . . The Weathervane’s resident acting company performs in alternating repertory all summer long in new productions of Broadway’s best –  both classic and contemporary.  Plus, enjoy family-friendly children’s shows, an intensive day camp for youth and special events.

By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director