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TAAP Class 2016: Juliette Redden, Performance Apprentice

August 19, 2016

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Being an apprentice at Theatre Aspen teaches you a myriad of skills. It teaches you to collaborate and work well with others in your field. It teaches you to be fast at picking up new things. It also teaches you how to work in a professional environment, and gives you the chance to observe professionals in your field at work. It makes you grow as an artist. But the most incredible thing about being a Theatre Aspen apprentice is that it teaches you how to grow as a person. Being at this amazing theatre, you learn how to be considerate of other people's needs. You learn how to communicate in better ways to your superiors, and the people you look up to. You learn how to create a routine for yourself, and from that, how to take better care of yourself as a human being and working artist.

One can discover so much about themselves in one summer, and it is absolutely ridiculous that I got to do it in a place as beautiful as Aspen, Colorado. Being an apprentice her has made me appreciate much more than just the field I love. It has made me take a second for every moment that I am living, and stop to look around and see where I am. Whether I am in a studio rehearsing, and I feel the cool breeze of the mountain air come through the windows, or I am in this amazing tent that the members of this company constructed from the ground up in order for us to do what we love in, or whether I am in a bright pink tutu doing a performance of a show I completely and utterly adore... It is the little things that matter, the little things you notice that make you wake up and look around and truly appreciate what you are a part of.

Coming to Theatre Aspen for the summer is one of the most amazing and enriching experiences you can give yourself in your career and the life in the industry you are trying to build. The people in this community treat you like you are family. I cannot even fathom the amount of hospitality and generosity that our Theatre Aspen community have shown. They take care of you, they have you over to their homes, they come support the work that is being done throughout the summer, and provide the means for our organization to thrive in such a beautiful place.

I cannot even describe what gratitude I feel for this experience, and for the people who have made it possible for me to be here. This has been an incredible summer, and though this might sound cliché., it is a summer that will stay with me throughout the rest of my life.

Juliette Redden