This summer, Sarah Olsen ’11 is playing the role of a lifetime, interning in New York City at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., housed in the Lincoln Center complex, the world’s leading performance arts center.
Working in the planning and development department, more specifically in corporate sponsorship, Olsen, who is pursuing an individual major in Theatre Arts and Administration, says, “Working in the office as well as at the events has allowed me to expand the two categories that make up my degree. I have had the opportunity so far to see Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, and my repertoire will be expanded as Lincoln Center gets further into their summer season.”
Working in arts administration is something that Olsen knows she wants to do. “Through Lincoln Center, I am experiencing what it is like to work with the world’s largest performing arts venue, and although I am working in corporate sponsorship, I am also learning about a variety of other departments and their duties. This experience is helping me define my future goals and realize what my career choice is really about.”
The Lincoln Center complex is comprised of 12 resident organizations: the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.; The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Jazz at Lincoln Center; The Juilliard School; Lincoln Center Theater; The Metropolitan Opera; New York City Ballet; New York City Opera; New York Philharmonic; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; and The School of American Ballet.
Hobart graduate Reynold Levy ’66 currently serves as president of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., a post he has held since 2002.
“As Lincoln Center is getting ready for the summer season there is a lot to be done,” says Olsen. “I have been working on researching prospective corporate sponsors and creating profiles for each one. I have also been working on examining the various aspects of corporate sponsorship Web page that needs to be improved.”
She also has had several opportunities to work at various events. “Through these events I have been able to experience the value of working one on one with sponsors and making sure that their needs are being fulfilled,” she says.
In addition to her individual major, Olsen is a double minor in dance and women’s studies and has been heavily involved with the theater productions at Hobart and William Smith. At the Bartlett Theatre, she has acted in the productions of “The Phoenician Women” and “John Gabriel Borkman” and, most recently, played the lead female role in “McTeague.”
As a theatre lover, she says she is “taking advantage of the experience by watching productions not only at Lincoln Center, but throughout New York City.”