King’s Student Interns at New York Philharmonic
Lauren Samuelsen learns stage managing in the heart of the world’s top theater district
NEW YORK, April 11, 2011—Students who desire to pursue a career in the theater recognize that the call to the stage requires dedication, perseverance, experience—and a bit of luck. To accomplish this, droves of students head to conservatories and music schools. But now, a sophomore in the Media, Culture, and the Arts program at The King’s College is showing that a student from a strong Christian college grounded in the liberal arts tradition can equally achieve success.
Lauren Samuelsen, a sophomore at The King’s College, served as a production assistant for the New York Philharmonic’s the recent concert staging of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Company. As a member of the stage management team, she assisted senior stage managers with daily errands and also kept track of the set and props.
“I had to make sure the set and props stay organized and ready for rehearsal,” she said. “In general, we were responsible for making sure everyone had exactly what they wanted before they even knew they wanted it. It took a lot of anticipation, so I always had to be paying attention to what was going on in all the rehearsal rooms.”
Samuelsen knows that she wants to pursue a career as a theatrical stage manager. This role requires intense attention to detail, and an intimate knowledge of the stage
She decided to attend The King’s College because she wanted a broader education about the world. “Theater, especially stage management, is something you have to learn by doing. It can't be taught in the classroom,” she said. Samuelsen especially desired to learn how to write well and to speak effectively—and to get experience in the world’s premiere city for theater.
Through the Media, Culture, and the Arts program, Samuelsen will be well-versed in the history of the arts and culture, and she will be equipped with an understanding of business and economics that will be useful in her career.
Lauren became actively involved The King’s College Theater during her first semester at the College. “From the very first moment, she stood out as someone uniquely aware of the role of a stage manager in the theater,” said Kenan Minkoff, instructor of writing.
“Very early on, it was clear that Lauren had both the desire and the ability to be a professional stage manager,” Minkoff, who is also the director of theater at King’s, said. “After she took the initiative to hand deliver letters to every Broadway stage manager asking if she could shadow them, she came to me asking for help with her resume. I knew that she needed a New York credit, so I immediately contacted someone who I knew would be in a position to hire her.”
Minkoff contacted a former colleague who had directed two of his plays in New York City. The director was working on the concert staging of Company at the Philharmonic, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, and Stephen Colbert. The performances were held April 7-11 in New York.
This is great for her career, Minkoff said, because “it’s both a high-level New York stage credit, and it’s a TV credit.” The concert version will be shown in movie theaters in June.
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