Today was my first official day as an apprentice at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. My first impression is that everyone is helpful and friendly and wants to make sure that you are comfortable. I truly appreciate everyone’s help and generosity. If you make a mistake and apologize, people seem to be very understanding. People seem to love what they do and enjoy who they work with. It’s a very refreshing element in this company. I’ve met people who are not only in costumes, but in areas that range from the box office to dramaturgy to set design. I really like how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival focuses on the language of the plays and has a literary office to give attention to these details.
So far I’ve met the FAIR (Fellowships, Assistanships, Internships, and Residencies) experience manager, who is not only extremely friendly (she gave me a hug when I first met her), but also has many goals for the FAIR program. Many of the people that are in the program now are working on completing or have already received their Master’s Degree. Two are assistant directing, one is stage managing, one is working in lights, another is in sound design/music, and another has won a fellowship for scene design. Today I also got to meet my mentor, and many other people from the costume shop. I’m very excited that I know two girls who have worked at the Utah Shakespearean Festival with me. One is an assistant designer who worked with me as a stitcher on “Romeo and Juliet” my first season at Utah Shakespearean Festival!
As far as my living situation goes, I’m only a block behind the campus. I live in a basement apartment that’s basically like a studio. There is a family above me who works at the festival as well. I have my own place, and I was told that everyone has their own apartment while working at the festival. Ashland has been rainy so far and I still need to find a laundromat and go back to the grocery store. I chose to go to the organic food store that was behind the house we stayed at with the MSC group; it seems to be the closest so far.
Overall I have many goals for myself. I already will start stitching on an industrial–something I’m anxious about and have been wanting to learn how to use. For those of you who are curious, I plan on taking pictures and will post them when I get time! I’m thinking of all of you and hope you are well!