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Amy Kim Waschke is a Seattle native living in New York. She has acted all over the country and in China. Most notably, she spent the last three years as the titular character in The White Snake written and directed by Mary Zimmerman (Tony Award winning director for Metamorphoses). Amy was Andrea Allen's first intern in SRT's Education Department in the 1996-1997 season.

Why did you pick Seattle Rep’s internship program?
I picked SRT's Internship program because I wanted to understand how a large regional theater runs and gain experience teaching.

How would you describe your time as an intern?
I loved my time as an intern. Andrea Allen was my direct boss and she was an inspiring, visionary teacher and leader. She was also an amazing artist (director) in her own right.

Describe one way your internship helped prepare you for the work you do now.
My internship shaped how I think about community and storytelling. I was fortunate to work on the GirlSpeak and TeenSpeak programs. Watching and helping diverse students write and perform their own stories encouraged me to do the same, but it also broadened my understanding of what stories need to be told. Today, we are seeing more racial, ethnic and gender diversity onstage and onscreen, but we still need to do more to reflect the makeup of our communities and country.

Christian Carter is a Consultant at Bigger Boat Consulting. In this position Christian helps non-profits become data-driven organizations. Christian was the Production Management Intern in the 2013-2014 season.

Why did you pick Seattle Rep’s internship program?
I knew that I wanted to move to Seattle, and I knew that Seattle Rep was a nationally recognized theatre committed to training growing professionals.

How would you describe your time as an intern?
While I was an intern, I took tasks in as many departments and worlds as possible. My mentors gave me opportunity after opportunity to grow as a person but also to make sure I knew what I wanted to do.

Describe one way your internship helped prepare you for the work you do now.
Being an intern at Seattle Rep taught me when to speak my mind and when to shut up.

Alyssa Simmons is an arts administrator working in non-profit theatre in New York. Alyssa was the Arts Management Intern in the 2009-2010 season.

Why did you pick Seattle Rep’s internship program?
Seattle Rep has a storied history as one of the initial repertory theatre companies in the country. I knew that I wanted to train in a large organization that served as the primary theatre in a major city. Additionally, the PATP is a strong, developed program. The PATP not only provided an exceptional learning experience for me but also an inspiring artistic home for a young artist new to Seattle.

How would you describe your time as an intern?
As the arts management intern, I worked directly with former Managing Director Ben Moore. I was Ben's shadow, and I learned so much from the daily experience of being with him. I studied his interactions with board members in order to understand the role the Managing Director plays with a non-profit board. I watched him as a leader in the community, working with his counterparts at cultural institutions to bring about the Cultural Resource Collective.

I think the most important thing that I learned as an intern was that a life and a career in the theatre was definitely achievable. Learning that cemented my desire to pursue this type of work professionally.

Describe one way your internship helped prepare you for the work you do now.
The PATP was the jumping off point for my career. The internship experience helped me discover a path from where I was to where I want to be professionally, and I'm so grateful to Seattle Rep for giving me that (amidst so many additional things).

Krystin Matsumoto is currently in her third year at the Yale School of Drama’s grad program focusing on Technical Design and Production. During the summer Krystin works at the American Repertory Theatre as a carpenter, technical designer, and draftsman. Krystin was the Production Management Intern in the 2009-2010 season.

Why did you pick Seattle Rep’s internship program?
I got the internship straight out of undergrad. I really had no experience in professional theater before starting at Seattle Rep and thought it was a great opportunity to start out.

How would you describe your time as an intern?
I got a lot of exposure to a lot of different things. Elisabeth (and back then, Angie) were open and helped me get what I wanted out of the program. I was able to dive into learning about union contracts and the world of a LORT theater, I did some assistant stage managing, and I helped do some production coordination on outside projects.

Describe one way your internship helped prepare you for the work you do now.
Making my first connections in theater. Ultimately, the theater community is really small and in some parts, it’s really about who you know. If you make a good impression and do a good job, it really helps build a foundation of good relationships that help you down the road.