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HIRING: YAA Alumni Engagement Intern

HIRING: YAA Alumni Engagement Intern

Are you our new YAA Alumni Engagement Intern?

Forward-thinking, fast paced performing arts non-profit, based at Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, MD, is seeking an alumni engagement intern with a strong interest in arts marketing and development. Young Artists of America at Strathmore (YAA), brings professional-level performance and training opportunities to some of the most talented young performing artists in the Mid-Atlantic.

The intern will assist with marketing and development tasks targeted at increasing YAA’s engagement with its growing alumni and alumni parent community.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• College graduate

Engaging with alumni on social media

• Helping plan and organize alumni-engagement events

• Developing a calendar of alumni-engagement activities

• Creating an alumni database

The ideal candidate will be a creative thinker, have strong research and writing skills, be comfortable working with new databases and software, have excellent oral communication skills, and be proactive in follow-through of timely work. A YAA alum is strongly preferred.

Students applying for this internship should be undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates with an interest in arts administration. Work with Word, Excel, and Google Drive is expected. Previous work with Vendini, Tessitura or similar database software is highly desirable.

This internship is non-salary, but a modest honorarium is available. Parking available; average of 10 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends for performances and special events.

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MATILDA at Olney Theatre Center Spotlights YAA Talent

MATILDA at Olney Theatre Center Spotlights YAA Talent

YAA students, Ellie Coffey and Ella Coulson on Opening Night of MATILDA

YAA students, Ellie Coffey and Ella Coulson on Opening Night of MATILDA

Until July 28th, Olney Theatre Center will be performing MATILDA. We here at Young Artists of America are particularly excited about this production because 7 YAA-affiliated creatives are part of the show. This includes two current students (Ellie Coffey and Ella Coulson), two YAA Alum ( Tiziano D’Affuso and Michael Mainwaring), and three current/recent YAA faculty members (Rayanne Gonzales, Tracy Lynn Olivera, and Chris Youstra). On July 4th, 70 of our students attended the performance.

To honor this great relationship with Olney Theatre Center, we sat down with their Associate Artistic Director of Music Theatre and MATILDA’s Music Director, Chris Youstra (who was recently profiled in The Washington Post by Nelson Pressley), to learn more about the show and what he loves about YAA.

Chris Youstra

Chris Youstra

Why did you all choose this production now?

We thought it would be a fun summer show for our audiences! Jason (Loewith, Olney’s Artistic Director) and I are both big Roald Dahl fans and Tim Minchin's (MATILDA’s Composer and Lyricist) music is so much fun.

Have you found a certain quality in working with the YAA alum and current students in the production? If so, can you elaborate?

YAA alumni tend to be VERY professional and quite talented singers. I have been impressed with all of them!!!

For whom is this production best suited?

Probably for children who are at least 7 or 8 but we are finding that adults enjoy it a lot as well. The humor is so smart and we have top actors in this production (as we try for all of our productions).

To our students reading this looking to get cast in your next productions, what would you tell them?

Continue to work in all 3 disciplines of singing, acting AND dancing and make sure to show off your own uniqueness in the audition. Directors want talented actors but also interesting people as well.

Anything else you'd like to articulate about YAA and Olney's partnership?

We always love having you join us -- your work is wonderful and I always enjoy your performances!!!!

70 YAA students at the July 4th show

70 YAA students at the July 4th show