“Our first true audience will be opening night on a sold out show of over 1,000 people,” Boulter said. “It will be a lot of learning as they go, but we’re very excited.”
In addition to working during performances, students are involved in the daily operation of the venue. They must be knowledgeable of every aspect of the Center for the Arts and its shows.
Employees like Randolph were taken on a tour of the building, including the backstage area and dressing rooms, to learn as much as possible.
“If there are any questions about the building or any future shows, I’m the person to go to,” Randolph said.
Randolph said she hopes to gain professional work experience from her position and looks forward to being able to sit in on shows as an usher.
Even though she is considering environmental consulting as a career, she said she enjoys having the opportunity to work in the arts.
“I like art, so I’m just exploring what I like and not necessarily what I want to do in the future,” Randolph said.
The center’s employers recommend this line of work for any type of student, especially those who want to work in development and have a passion for arts. They try to give students as many learning opportunities as possible within the center to benefit them in their future.
“We’ve told our students if there’s something they’re looking to do or looking to learn, (to) let us know, because we love to be able to get them as much experience as possible,” Boulter said.
Boulter said he hopes to be able to provide an opportunity for many students to experience working for the Center for the Arts and gain a passionate knowledge of arts.
“We’re looking for students we hire to become ambassadors for the Center for the Arts and go back to others and share their passion with fellow students so it carries on,” Boulter said.
For more information, the application and job descriptions for the positions in the center can be found on the Center for the Arts’ website.