Summer 2016 Interns

FringeArts Internships

FringeArts internships offer training for those whose career interests include all facets of nonprofit arts administration and management.

In addition to day to day activities, FringeArts interns have access to and can experience:

Recurring FringeArts Internships

Financing & Administration Internship
Programming Internship
Patron Services Internship
Production Internship
Marketing Internship
Communications Internship
Graphic Design Internship
Development and Fundraising Internship

Meet the Summer 2016 Interns

Communications Intern
Major: Communications
Minor: Dance
Drexel University, ‘19

What was the first piece of art you ever made?

The first piece of art I ever made was an elbow macaroni necklace in pre-kindergarten. I remember being very proud of this edible jewelry I had just created and being dazzled by this new discovery that pasta doesn’t have to be just for eating, but can be used to make fashionable accessories.

What do you do outside of the internship?

Dance! Whether it be in a dance studio, when out with friends, or in my kitchen while I’m baking banana bread, I can’t stop getting my groove on. When I’m not dancing, I love taking advantage of the student rush tickets available for various dance performances around the city and attend shows as often as possible.

What’s your favorite part about interning with FringeArts?

The people. I am so lucky to have been given the opportunity to work under such intelligent, funny, and helpful people. I’m learning so much and I feel so supported whenever I’m not really sure what I’m doing. And the free show tickets and food + drink specials are great, too.

Graphic Design Intern
Majors: Visual Studies and Advertising
Temple University, ‘17

What was the first piece of art you ever made?

The first piece of art I can remember making was a giant paper nutcracker in elementary school. My brother also made one. My parents still hang them at Christmas time, and we still argue about whose is better (I am 20 and he is 23).

What do you do outside of the internship?

Currently I am working on getting better at graphic design, which is the field I want to go into. I also spend a lot of my time painting, reading, and working out.

What piece of art could you not live without?

Since I am not able to choose between the two, I would say I couldn’t live without painting or books. Both of which I had no interest in until about a year and a half ago!

Marketing Intern
Major: Visual Studies
Temple University, Graduating in December ’16

What do you do outside of the internship?

Aside from interning at FringeArts, I also intern with Tim Eads who has his own line of hand printed and hand sewn bags, wallets, t-shirts, etc. I help him print his designs onto canvas in which he sews into all different styles of bags and wallets. I also work at Devon Seafood Grill in Rittenhouse Square… we have great food I definitely recommend checking it out!

What FringeArts show is your favorite so far?

Chelsea and Magda’s Shame Symposium is my favorite show so far. I really related to how they felt pleasure from things people tend to shame them for. I also sincerely admire their courage to perform their shame in front of an audience.

What is your spirit animal?

My spirit animal is a lion, specifically a lioness. Lions are beautiful and majestic, but aggressive creatures who symbolize power and courage. I am definitely aggressive in many aspects and I like to think I am courageous. I admire the strength and importance of the lioness’ role to go out and hunt while the male lions stay with the cubs and patrol the territory.

Festival Guide/Blog Intern
Major: Art History
Minor: Museum Studies
Haverford College, ’19

What do you do outside of the internship?

I play guitar and write songs in a band called Baby Bush, book other bands at my school, work in a women*s center/activist collective at college, visit museums, and sauté lots of vegetables while staying hydrated.

What Festival show are you looking forward to the most?

My first week at FringeArts I did research on all the curated shows and I’ve kept thinking about Jace Clayton’s Room 21 since then! It’s a composition and performance based on the contents of the Barnes Foundation’s Room 21 and Albert Barnes’ record collection. The project seems really ambitious and detail oriented.

What piece of art could you not live without?

Mary Oliver’s “University Hospital, Boston.” I could cry for days every time I read this poem.

Programming Intern
Major: Entertainment & Arts Management
Minor: Business Administration
Drexel University, ‘18

Geno’s or Pat’s?

Hmm… Joe’s tho.

What do you do outside of the internship?

Outside of Fringe? I mean, I’ve sat in the beer garden sometimes, and the sidewalk is nice for walking home on…. But for real I have no life text me lets hang out. I’ve heard La Peg has a great happy hour.

What was the first piece of art you ever made?

I have no idea what the first piece of art I ever made was, but my mom has definitely thrown it away by now. I love drawing though, If you want me to draw something that maybe resembles you I’m down, $5. (sorry no refunds)

Programming Intern
Major: Dance
Minor: Women’s Studies
Rutgers University, ‘16

What drew you to the internship?

My decision to move to Philadelphia after graduation was sort of on a whim. Coming here, I knew I wanted to be a part of something that not only felt important to an entire metropolis of artists but also to me. Philadelphia is very vibrant, and I think FringeArts matches that vibe so wholeheartedly. The programming department in specific is not only giving me tools to serve other artists well, but also helping me become a better and more well-rounded artist.

What do you do outside of the internship?

I’m a barista by day but I really enjoy live music and performance, exploring Philadelphia on foot, reading poetry, taking dance classes, going to gallery shows and museums… happy hour! I’m also developing conceptual ideas and movement for a show I’m co-producing with two other Philadelphia-based choreographers for our 2016 Fringe Festival. I really identify as a dance-maker.

What Festival show are you looking forward to the most?

I’ve been working on visa applications to get international artists to the U.S. so I’m learning lots about our curated Festival shows. I’m stoked to check out Romeo Castellucci’s Giulio Cesare: Spared parts. I love a good Shakespeare adaptation and Romeo Castellucci’s work seems wild in the best way.

Programming Intern
Majors: English and American Studies
Wesleyan University, ‘16

What do you do outside of the internship?

Mostly read fiction and rock climb

What piece of art could you not live without?

My favorite book right now is probably Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed.

What is your spirit animal or spirit celebrity, and why?

Maybe a mountain goat? Because I climb a lot, and well, they are kind of freaky animals. Also I like goat cheese.

Production Intern

What drew you to the internship?

The production internship attracted my attention because I used to do stage crew in high school and I really wanted to learn more about the fundamental skills needed to work in a professional theater. What Fringe offers, that I think a lot of other theaters lack in, are international shows in which there are different needs and desires that I wouldn’t learn about anywhere else.

What do you do outside of FringeArts?

Outside of Fringe, I work in a restaurant and I play saxophone in a Philadelphia String Band (the Aqua String Band to be precise). Applying my knowledge of the fine arts and allowing my creativity to flow help me have a bit more fun with everything I do. I have also played hockey, roller and ice, for about 15 years and my love of hockey is something I’m hoping to carry with me for a long time to come.

What’s been your favorite project to work on as an intern?

I think my favorite project to work on in my time with Fringe has been the April Scratch Night. I got to see how everything came together and I get to work with my fellow interns to see how we all interact to make productions happen.

Finance Intern
Graduate School Major: Finance
Temple University, ‘17
Undergraduate Major: Economics
Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, ‘14

What drew you to the internship?

FringeArts is well-known for performing contemporary art, which I am so interested in and excited to know more about art. Also, by doing this internship, I get the chance to meet more people who love art as well.

What do you do outside of the internship?

Hang out with my friends by watching movies, or having dinner…etc. Travelling is also my favorite thing, especially in US.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that you’d like people to know.

I love to meet new people coming from different places so that we can share our lives and get some new ideas.

Production Intern
Major: Theatrical Directing and Stage Management
UArts, ’16

What drew you to the internship?

I initially applied for a spring internship to complete my final semester at UArts. When I first entered the building, I could already tell that FringeArts was all about community. Mel Leeds really wanted me to come on for the summer to help her with the festival, and I just couldn’t say no to what I knew would be a great opportunity!

What piece of art could you not live without?

Streetcar Named Desire – best play by my all-time favorite playwright, Tennessee Williams, whom my senior thesis was about.

Who is your spirit celebrity?

Marisa Tomei – Because she is a sexy Italian goddess with a sassy wit! And I can quote the deer monologue from My Cousin Vinny, perfectly.

Patron Services Intern
Saint Joseph’s University, ‘18
Major: English
Minor: Sociology

What was the first piece of art you ever made?

I was in a production of Fiddler on the Roof when I was four. Technically you were supposed to wait until you were five to be in it, but the director made an exception because I wanted to audition so badly.

Is there a piece of art you could not live without?

The Harry Potter Series has been something that has stuck with me no matter what phase of my life I have been in.

Which Festival show are you looking forward to most?

Before I Die… by Tongue and Groove Spontaneous looks like it’s going to be great. I am always so impressed by improv artists.

Development Intern
Major: English
Minor: Film
Penn State University – Abington, ‘17

What do you do outside of the internship?

Besides FringeArts, I intern at a comic book publishing studio, Visionary Creative Services, as well as freelance for Philadelphia Weekly.

What piece of art could you not live without?

Two pieces of art I could not live without is the film, Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as the comic book Daredevil. I’m an avid comic book reader and Daredevil is my favorite character. I’m also a film buff and Fury Road is my favorite film of all time.

Geno’s or Pat’s?

Neither. Tony Luke’s is way better than both.

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