Intern Interviews – Carolyn and Jenn

Interview with Carolyn

Antaeus: What made you want to begin volunteering in general and how did you find
Antaeus?

Carolyn: I’ve always loved theater and had worked full time for a children’s theater in Boston for the past two years. So when I moved to LA and saw the post for Antaeus on Craig’s list, I knew that volunteering
would be great way to get involved with a theater out here.

A: What about Antaeus made you think you would enjoy working with them?

C: I like the dedication Antaeus has to classical works and I also love
the idea of the education outreach program. Also, after meeting Cindy,
who is also from Boston, I knew I would love working with her and for
Antaeus!

A: Do you have a background in theater? If so what type?

C: I grew up acting in school shows and majored in theater in college.
After college I was a company member of a theater in Boston and worked
administratively for an educational theater company called Chamber
Theatre Productions.

A: What have you enjoyed doing most since working with Antaeus?

C: I think my favorite part so far is just getting to know everyone and
being back in and around a theater.

A: What is your favorite thing about theater?

C: I’ve always loved theater because of the excitement of acting in front
of a live audience and the magic it can create in terms of having the
power to affect and inspire everyone it touches.

A: When not volunteering at Antaeus what do you like to do for fun?

C: I love to write and currently write for an art and literature
magazine. Also, because I’m new here, I love exploring the many
restaurants, shops, art galleries and events that LA has to offer.

Interview with Jenn

Antaeus: How long have you been volunteering at Antaeus?

Jenn: Since October ’09. so almost 5 months.

A: What made you want to begin volunteering in general and how did you find Antaeus?

I wanted to gain work experience in a creative atmosphere, and I found Antaeus in the “jobs” section of Craigslist.  It sounded perfect.

A: What about Antaeus made you think you would enjoy working with them?

J: I had a good feeling about Antaeus, and rightfully so.  There’s an easy-going but professional atmosphere here that I really like.  Everyone is super friendly.  Most importantly, the work they do here is amazing and inspiring.

A: Do you have a background in theater? If so what type?

J: I acted in high school plays and musicals, and also did a lot of technical theater work.  My theater experience pretty much ended upon high school graduation.  That’s part of why I joined the Antaeus family:  to get involved again.

A: What have you enjoyed doing most since working with Antaeus?

J: Helping behind-the-scenes: painting, decorating the lobby for Potluck Readings, and editing the program.

A: What is your favorite thing about theater?

J: I love watching an unraveling story that speaks universal truths—truths that are within us and greater than us.  I feel that good theater demands honesty from audience and actor alike.  My favorite thing about theater is probably when, watching a skilled, honest actor, I’m inspired to admit, “I know that feeling.  I’ve been vulnerable/silly/foolish/sincere/fabulous/utterly human like that.”  It’s a confirmation of humanity, a reminder of the beauty of our sameness.

A: When not volunteering at Antaeus what do you like to do for fun?

J: Creative things!  Mostly I like creative writing, songwriting, and singing.

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