In March, I accepted a position as a patron services associate with Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) in Creede, Colorado. But I still haven’t figured out how to explain to announce to all of my friends and family that I’m doing this. Perhaps it’s that I’m going through a phase where I barely use social media right now. I’m only logging into my Facebook account a few times a week, and I don’t feel like writing a self-congratulatory post about my future.
There are many different factors that encouraged me to take another temporary summer position at a theater company. I enjoy being in a community of people who create shows, seeing performances come together and interacting with audience members who, like me, appreciate these works. I’m also unsure what I want to do out of college, so taking a summer to be in Colorado, and to better organize and plan this stage of my career, is an opportunity I want. I’m still constantly working under one deadline or another, so having time to de-stress and enjoy just having a job is what I want.
Since my internship at Glimmerglass, a summer opera festival in New York, I continued to write program notes for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (ECSO), operated supertitles for Salt Marsh Opera, attended music performances and studied and interned with professional musicians in Vienna and staged my senior recital; music and performing arts is still a part of my life and I want to keep it open as a career path right now.
I’m also excited to explore Colorado. I see it as a continuation of my travel interests, which I kicked into high gear while studying abroad. I won’t have the opportunity to travel throughout Colorado, but I’m looking forward to hiking and exploring the San Juan Mountains, a part of the Rockies. Maybe I’ll even try to summit a fourteener–Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. It’s crazy to think that when I leave after my graduation in May, I won’t be returning to Conn or any school in September. I don’t have plans yet for what I’m doing after my job ends, or even know with certainty if I want to continue working in theater in the fall. Whatever I decide to do next I’m sure I’ll be able to find the right opportunity by that time!