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TAAP Class 2016: Victoria Heikenfeld, Stage Management Apprentice

August 22, 2016

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Theatre Aspen: Adventure is Calling

As the summer winds down and I begin to pack to go home, I have been reflecting on my summer here in Aspen. I distinctly remember that just a few months ago I was sitting at one of the computers at my university and staring at pictures of Aspen and the Hurst Theatre. Before class started every day I would turn on my computer and look up Aspen and hope that I would be accepted into the apprentice program. When I was accepted and arrived in Aspen it was seriously a dream come true. I had hoped and wished that I could spend the summer here, and I blinked my eyes and I was in this new, incredible place.

My summer at Theatre Aspen turned out to be better than I could have ever dreamed. I had the opportunity to explore Aspen, meet wonderful people in my field, and learn so many valuable lessons about life and theatre. As the stage management apprentice, I saw and experienced various aspects of stage management. I worked as a production assistant for Mamma Mia!, an assistant stage manager for Dear Edwina and stage managed the Apprentice Showcase. Working various productions allowed me to work with different teams and gain a well-rounded experience and education as a stage manager.

The opportunity to work in a repertory theatre taught me the importance of balancing not only the various productions, but also life in general. So many things can be thrown your way and it is important to be able to handle them in the best way possible. Theatre Aspen gave me the means and experience to be able to balance all of the various aspects of theatre and life.

As I move forward in my career, I will remember the experiences and lessons I’ve learned at Theatre Aspen and the people who helped me learn those lessons.

Victoria Heikenfeld, Stage Management Apprentice