Drama Queen – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Drama Queen

Norah Scheinman ’09 is experiencing a “whirlwind of dramatic activity” this summer in New York City, working as a production manager intern with the Atlantic Theater Company.

Founded by American playwrights David Mamet and William H. Macy, the company is well known for its production of the Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening” when it was still off-Broadway, and was responsible for the negotiation of the musical’s transfer to Broadway. Scheinman is an English major with a concentration in theater and is working directly with Michael Wade, the production manager.

“I assist him in maintaining the theater,” explains Scheinman. This includes overseeing payroll for individuals assisting with loading in or striking the set and other equipment for a production and writing requests for payment for any maintenance persons they hire.

“I’ve also accompanied him to important meetings or taken his place at meetings he couldn’t attend.”

While she’s not working at her internship, Scheinman is getting more experience behind the stage. The Atlantic Theater Company hired her to do some part-time work on a production, first as a production assistant and then as sound board operator; in addition, Scheinman is working in stage management.

She is no stranger to the stage or to multitasking. On campus, she is the stage manager for many Bartlett Theatre and student productions. She is also secretary for both the Phoenix Players and the Pride Alliance. She has submitted writing to the Martini, the Herald, and the Aleph, and last year was the poetry editor of the Aleph.

Scheinman has previously been an Orientation Mentor, and will be a Common Ground Peer Mentor this fall; she also worked at Intercultural Affairs and Opportunity Programs. With her experiences from this internship, Scheinman plans on pursuing a master’s of fine arts in stage management after graduation.

She notes how much the production assistant internship is helping her already; it’s given her technical knowledge, the ability to handle a great deal of responsibility, and “A greater understanding of the activity going on, in the weeks before rehearsals even begin.”