Reasons why you should apply for the Production & Stage Management Internship, courtesy of Stephen

10 Jan


Soon-to-be Ex-Production & Stage Management Intern here to slip a bit of intel into your pocket. It regards the Mouthy Poets Internship scheme. Here it is: the program is not only an opportunity for developing your professional relationships and business decorum, but also a harnessable chance for human growth! Crackin. If I were to sum up my internship experiences into one word then that one word would certainly probably have to be transferableskills. Take what you get from it and pop it onto your C.V. OR into your living room – whichever. Do you fancy knowing how responsible you really are? How well organised? Do you have what it takes to be a leader? These are questions which you may find answers to over the course of an intriguing year. You’ll get a bit of spending money, too.

Reasons to stop being unreasonable and just apply:

People give you money to be better at stuff. The Mouthy Poets internship scheme not only pays you to be their intern, but it also provides a training budget. What’s more; you get to choose what you spend that money on. You could decide to spend some on learning how to make the best use of a theatre technical desk, how to implement three-point lighting, or even where to begin with creating a poetry pamphlet. The internship is not only about becoming a sleuth at production and stage management, but also supporting your growth as a writer.

One-to-one mentorship. As well as the regular meetings you’ll have with other interns to keep up-to-date with what everybody is up to and how the Mouthy Poets projects are developing, you’ll also have the opportunity to be supported on a one-to-one basis. From three separate angles: 1. Private meetings about how you’re getting on with your internship, 2. Life Coaching for more personal decisions, and 3. Mentorship with your writing or other chosen field. It doesn’t even have to be mentorship in poetry – I decided to try out short stories.

You get to be a part of something. Putting shows together so that people have a platform to share their stories and insights into the world is incredibly valuable for the young writers we work with at Mouthy Poets. An arena to create, engage, and listen. Together. Not only is that opportunity important for the performers themselves, but for audiences, too. The resonance of seeing somebody say something on stage which you have felt internally builds a bond between rib-cages; wages war on your organs to beat, and breathe, and digest, and detoxify a plethora of metabolites with renewed vigour! It goes beyond the confines of the auditorium and potters back out into the world to feel something again, as the audience take those experiences away with them. As the P&SM Intern, you helped secure that venue, created the technical rider, liaised with the headliner, compiled the script, circulated those props, designed those lighting states, energised those microphones and harvested it all in a taxing yet fruitful season. You maintained that construct so that those moments could happen. You are the faceless hero of poetry. Your work is a family of fatigued hedgehogs who have crossed the road, safely.

A challenging yet enduring experience. Ignis aurum probat. ‘Fire tests gold’. If somebody said it in latin once then it must be a lesson as old and as valuable as time itself (perhaps). I had never considered myself much of a networker, or to be of any particular note with regard to my organisational ability – that is; until the P&SM Internship was thrust on me like an overzealous koala bear. If you’ve ever been clung to by something that’s clingy, then you’ll know that it can sometimes be difficult to put that thingy down, even if you want to. All you can do is get on with it. Being the bridge between the company and the venue, enforcing deadlines and ensuring realistic creativity is paramount, my organisation, networking, communication, functionality, and many other things improved noticeably. Sometimes in the background without me even noticing. I’ve felt the huge benefits of this experience in my social life, too. You know how there’s always that someone within your friendship group who you don’t particularly care for? Well now – thanks to the communication, networking and patience I experienced during my P&SM Internship – I find those people more bearable. Exceptional carry-over.

I could continue to list for you all of the great gains which come with the Production & Stage Management internship, but then you’d have nothing left to find out for yourself, would you. Godspeed.


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