21 March 2014 • by Elena Robertson
An Intern's PerspectiveI’ve currently just begun my internship here at The Gate Theatre in Notting hill, and am about to wrap up my third week. My focus here is in Theatre Funding and Development, with a primary focus on learning about The Gate’s Funding and Memberships schemes.
I’ve just finished the second term of my MA Theatre Studies at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, so my time is split between that and my days here. I’m lucky that I come in on Tuesdays and Fridays, because Fridays are when the weekly staff meeting is. During the meeting today, a realization came to me: even though The Gate is turning thirty-five at the end of 2014, it feels so young because of the energy and passion of those working here. Everyone in the office is really relaxed, but incredibly focused - I’m amazed at how much can be achieved in just one day. Every day I witness important events taking place for the production and even transfer of shows. Just these past few weeks have been so inspiring to me, being able to watch all these professional young women excelling in the theatrical business world.
Sandy McKay, our Development Manager, is who I’ve been shadowing and assisting in my role as an intern here. While I do occasionally run errands here and there, I was so surprised by how much time Sandy spends in sitting down with me and teaching me about her role. In just these past three weeks, I’ve already learned so much about how The Gate is able to fund all the ambitious and challenging plays being produced here. Perhaps I’m being optimistic, but I have a feeling that by the end of my time here and at Central, I will be well-equipped to apply for a similar position in theatre.
Perhaps this is a slightly over-optimistic or positive view of what I’ve experienced so far, but it’s amazing how much one can learn simply from being in the same office as others. The Gate offices are tiny, and so is the size of staff, which just emphasizes to me how efficient and impressive Chris and these ladies are!
Until next time,