I worked as an electrician this summer for UIowa Summer Rep and the School of Music. Being an electrician is one of my favorite things to do when I'm not stage managing as it is also very hands on and you have to sometimes problem solve. We were able to work in Coralville at CCPA the majority of the summer and see how another theatre works. Working with a small group of people every day all summer allowed us to grow stronger as a group and let us to work hard, but play hard.
I also decided it was time that I adopted a dog. A lot of people told me I was crazy to take on owning a dog and at times I agree with them. But as long as you work on your time management skills and have friends that will play with your pup when your running rehearsal, it can be done! I knew that adopting a dog my first year of grad school would be impossible as I was the new kid all over again, but this summer I decided I was ready to take on this cute terrier, Toby.
Toby will make my second year a blast, but I also can't wait to jump back into rehearsals (Berlin to Broadway in the Opera dept. and Slaughter City in the theatre dept.) and actually see my friends in person and not have to face time with them! I made the best decision in attending grad school as I have been able to make connections, go on great research trips, make incredible friends, continue my education and learn new ways to stage manage. School may be tough at times, but if you think you're interested in getting your MFA then take the time and do some research so you don't miss out on any opportunity that can come your way.
By: Kathleen S. Hains