Woohoo!! I’m here!! I’m loving Chicago. The people are SO NICE, seriously maybe it’s something they put into the water because I haven’t had a single bad interaction yet. My roommate is equally awesome, we hit it off right away and he is officially my first new friend in the city. Speaking of…as great as it’s been, it’s really hard to move to a new city where you know next to no one. I miss my friends a lot. I think I’m going to set up a Skype or FaceTime session with one/some of them because I need to see their faces to keep my sanity.
I began working with Akvavit, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a wild and fun ride. They recently had a change in leadership, so they have two fierce females co-artistic directing the company. They are also itinerant, like most small companies in Chicago, so they rent space out as needed, which means that I’m doing most of my work from home. Kirstin, one of the artistic directors, and I have been meeting and making to-do lists for me for the week, which has been working out well. Luckily, I have no problem motivating myself to do work when I have a set list of things to do. Every Sunday we’ll have a meeting with Kirstin, Brea (the other artistic director), and myself. We had our first one last night where we discussed the year’s season, the possibility of being part of the “The Future is Female” festival, and fundraising and grants. The festival seems like a great opportunity to be a part of something, partner with some other awesome female-centric theater companies, and get new people in the door. However, if we don’t get four other companies to participate with us (the festival is 5 new 10-minute plays), we might have to do something other than a Nordic play and that would go against our mission statement. Dedication to mission is something we talked about in my arts administration class, but it never crossed my mind during this conversation until Brea brought it up. We also would only have a few weeks to get submissions, decide on a play, hire a director as well as actors, and put up the festival with the other companies by the end of March. I’m all for it, but we’ll see what happens. I’m going to be working on website integration, grant-hunting, other fundraising, and donor communication this week. I’ll also probably read a few plays that we are considering for the spring show. It will be a good week.
I’m also meeting up with some friends from high school and Elon that are living in Chicago now, so it will be great to see them and get re-acquainted. OH ALSO, I almost forgot, the nicest part about my internship being from home is I can look for and submit for auditions. Kirstin and Brea don’t mind, as long as I get my work done. I’ve inquired about a few auditions to make appointments, and I’m filming for Texas Shakespeare as well as a commercial this week. AND I registered for Yoga Teacher Training with CorePower, and I've been going to classes almost every day. It’s going to be an amazing spring!