Westport Country Playhouse Announces 2022 Woodward Internship Class

Westport, CT – Westport Country Playhouse announces its 2022 Joanne Woodward Internship Class of seven aspiring theater careers who will enhance their professional skills and gain work experience working directly with senior Playhouse executives from June through mid-August . The seven interns were selected from nearly 250 applications.

Named for the actress, director and former artistic director of Playhouse, the Joanne Woodward Internship Program is one of the nation’s premier theater training opportunities for emerging professionals. Internships have been an integral part of the Playhouse mission since 1946. Alumni of the Playhouse program include composer Stephen Sondheim.

“We are delighted to welcome our new interns to Westport Country Playhouse,” said Jenny Nelson, Director of Education and Community Engagement for Roz and Bud Siegel at The Playhouse. “We hope these talented young people will gain authentic knowledge about their craft and offer guidance to our staff on ways to amplify the youth of our community through the art of theater.”

Westport Country Playhouse Woodward Internship Class of 2022:

Corinne Brager, a business management intern from Richmond, VA, is a senior at Elon University, pursuing a double major in Arts Administration with a concentration in Management and Drama Theater Studies with a minor in Dance. She has worked in administration, counseling and hearing management. Her background in performance and administration fuels her passion for new work and building inclusive theater communities.

Christopher Conte, a marketing intern from Darien, CT, is a rising junior at Sacred Heart University with a double major in strategic communications, public relations and advertising, and musical theater. He is actively involved in his university’s theater arts program, currently serving as Co-Chair of Recruitment. He has worked in many areas of theater including acting, directing, costume design and stage management.

Kathryn Duffner, a wardrobe intern from Middletown, CT, recently graduated with a BFA in theater from Southern Connecticut State University, where she received the Theater Scholar Award and Latin honors summa cum laude. While at SCSU, she served as president and costume team leader for her campus drama club, The Crescent Players.

Alix Livermore, developmental intern from Marblehead, MA, is currently a sophomore at Wesleyan University studying theater and biology. Last year she starred in student productions playing a grandmother, a young boy and a judge. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking and trying to find very old books.

Nick Nuñez, an education intern from Stratford, CT, is a sophomore in theater at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. He has been part of the performing arts community for years. His most recent credits include “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” and “The Other Shore & Dance Project 2021” with Wagner College Theater. He has worked with students of all ages since he was a freshman in high school at various camps and schools. Over the winter of 2021 he organized and facilitated an online theater workshop for students in grades 4-8 with the Stratford Recreation Department and throughout the year he worked in their arts department.

Nick Schons, a props intern from Fargo, ND, recently graduated from Concordia College in Moorehead, MN with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. He works as a freelance set designer and stage artist in the upper Midwest and recently returned from being a stage artist at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for their 60th anniversary. www.nickschons.weebly.com

Abigail Wilson, a stage management intern from South Salem, NY, is a rising senior at Pomona College in Claremont, California, majoring in math and acting, with a major in stage management. His recent credits include “House of Desires” on the Pomona College main stage and an outdoor thesis production for two students of “Twelfth Night.” She has worked in technical theater since middle school,

In addition to immersive work in their respective departments, interns attend weekly seminars with a variety of guest speakers, including Playhouse staff, guest designers and artists, commercial producers, and more. Interns receive a living wage stipend and housing in Fairfield, CT.

The 2022 interns were hired through Playhouse’s recently restructured recruitment process to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Recruitment panels, consisting of the head of department, other members of the department and a member of staff from another department, carefully reviewed all applications and asked identical questions to all applicants, creating an environment fair.

In addition to Woodward Internships, the Playhouse supports the Staples High School and Fairfield Ludlowe High School Senior Experience programs, in Westport and Fairfield, CT, respectively, designed for seniors to gain a comprehensive insight into an organization and real-world experience. before graduation. This year’s Playhouse entrants are Leah Chapman from Staples and Sophia DelGuadio from Fairfield Ludlowe.

Sponsors of the Woodward Internship Program include Anna Czekaj-Farber. Support for the 2022 Education and Community Engagement Program comes from the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation; Stephen Corman; Anna Czekaj-Farber; The David and Geri Epstein Foundation; George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation; Judy and Scott Lighthouses; Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc.; and Roz and Bud Siegel. Media sponsors for the 2022 season are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2022 season includes the Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning pop/rock musical, ‘Next to Normal’, about the loss of a family and its endurance with music by Tom Kitt, the book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, and directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana, from April 5 to April 24; “Straight White Men,” about a father’s relationship with his three adult sons, written by Young Jean Lee and directed by Mark Lamos, May 24-June 5; “Kim’s Convenience,” a comedy that inspired a Netflix series about a Korean convenience store family in Toronto, written by Ins Choi and directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, July 5-17; Obie Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize runner-up “4000 Miles,” about two unlikely roommates, written by Amy Herzog and directed by David Kennedy, August 23-September 4; and the Los Angeles Drama-Logue winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee “From the Mississippi Delta,” an inspiring coming-of-age journey, written by Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland and directed by Goldie E. Patrick, of October 18 to October 30. the full program is available at www.westportplayhouse.org. All game titles, artists, dates and formats are subject to change.

All audience members are required to show proof of vaccinations and wear masks inside the Playhouse to ensure cast members stay safe and healthy to avoid performance cancellations. For updates on Covid-19 health and safety protocols at the Playhouse, visit https://www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/covid19safety/

For more information about Westport Country Playhouse or to purchase tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse , 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse) and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

Comments are closed.