We have had such incredible interns during the last year at Dance Exchange, and our current interns are no exception! We begin with a profile of Amanda Paulick, our Production Management Intern. During Amanda’s third week at Dance Exchange, she assistant stage managed lost, left, found & borrowed at Roundhouse Theatre Silver Spring. She came upstairs with a costume to fix that had a very small tear in it, and said: “I know the audience won’t notice this tear, but I will, and it will drive me crazy”. That kind of attention and care for the very small details has made Amanda a huge asset to Dance Exchange this spring as we plan for local performances, and prepare for Cassie’s upcoming 500-mile walk.
Tell us a little about your background.
I was born and raised in the great state of Montana. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana. I got involved in theatre in high school, first as a costume designer and later as a stage manager. In my junior year of college, I was asked to stage manage the University’s production of Medea and I have been working as a stage manager ever since. After graduation, I toured with the Montana Repertory Theatre’s Educational Outreach Tour as the tour stage manager and I have worked as an SM in Denver, Colorado and San Jose, California. Before coming to Dance Exchange, I worked as a props assistant for the Atlanta Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. In September, I will be moving to London to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’ Stage Management and Technical Theatre program.
What brought you to Dance Exchange?
Oh so many things! First of all, I am very excited to be the first production management intern for Dance Exchange. While my background is in theatre, I am looking forward to learning more about modern dance and what it takes to run a successful modern dance company. One of the reasons I was drawn to Dance Exchange was the multigenerational aspect of the company and how the company really supports the idea that everyone, no matter what their age, shape or abilities, can dance.
What duties does a production management intern have?
Being a production management intern requires you to be a jack of all trades. You can be working on anything, from doing laundry for a show, sitting in meetings with the production manager, editing video or acting as run crew for a performance. In the short time that I have been at Dance Exchange, I have done all of these things. There is never a dull moment.
What do you hope to get out of your time with Dance Exchange?
I hope to be able to leave Dance Exchange with a better understanding of how movement can influence and create stories, how dance can help us better understand big issues, and the role a production manager plays within a dance company.