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Posted on June 5, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

WEEK 1 - "Me and My Scanner, My Scanner and Me"

Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi said, “Hey, you should blog about your experience working as an Intern for the summer!” and happily I obliged.

My name is Tiffany Navarro and I recently joined the WaterTower Theatre team as the Artistic Intern for Summer 2017! I am super excited for the opportunity to learn from some smart and awesome ladies (and dudes), but also the #girlpower leading the WTT Artistic Team. Week 1 is in the bag and there are a ton of awesome things happening at WaterTower that I have the privilege to be a part of.

Oh, I should also probably tell you why I am qualified for this job…I just graduated from Baylor University with my B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and am currently living in Dallas for the first time in my life! I’m from Austin, so Dallas is quite different to me. But I have been very happy living/working here so far because there is so much food to choose from in Addison.

The main project for the first week of my internship has been to tenderly, and with a delicate touch, begin to sort through the hundreds (and I mean HUNDREDS) of scripts that WTT has in their printed library and to help them go digital! #thefuture This project has been sponsored by my learning that the scanner will do all the work for you if you just put the script in the top slot thingy and press a button. You do NOT have to copy each 100+ page play one page at a time. This project has also been sponsored by the podcast “Off Camera with Sam Jones,” which if you don’t listen to you should because it’s famous people talking like they are real humans and not just actors. It’s very interesting to hear successful actors talk about their careers in an informal way while you develop an intimate relationship with the Xerox scanner in the office. The scanner started off being a little coy this week, but it’s slowly warming up to me. I think we’re going to be great friends - maybe more.

In summary, here are a few things I’ve learned during my first week:

  • The Spotlight Gala is tomorrow! Also, it is at a hotel in Addison, NOT in the lobby of the theater. I’m glad I figured that out today instead of tomorrow.
  • Most plays in the history of the world have been written by a man named Steven. (Or at least 30% of the ones we have.)
  • There is a play called The WAL MART-ians that I am interested in reading.
  • There are real people who read plays as part of their job - which is amazing.
  • Native Gardens opens on Monday and you should go see it!
  • My parents still don’t understand that the company is called “WaterTower Theatre” not “The tower where you’re working.”
  • The first rule of improv - and of interning - is “Yes. And...”

See you next week! Thanks for reading! xoxo Miss you already! I’m a blogger now.



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WEEK 2 - From Intern to Intern-With-a-(Temporary)-Desk
Posted on June 9, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

I’m ending my second week as an Intern sipping La Criox* and typing up my blog in my new, big office complete with a couch and a window.

My new office is lovely; enough room for anyone to visit and the window is so big I haven’t had to turn the lights on all day! I am thankful for windows that save #electricity. The days of courting a scanner who plays hard to get are well behind me, but the days of kicking my feet up in a rolling chair (with lumbar support) are only just beginning. It sure feels good to reach the top.

The only part of my office that isn’t super “me” yet are all the pictures of our Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and her husband, and her friends, her books on the bookshelves, and her name on the door. The rest of the staff keeps walking by my door eager to ask me important questions, which is very flattering. But then they realize who I am and say things like, “Oh you’re not Joanie,” or “You can’t answer this question—I need Joanie,” or “Hey, you know who you kind of look like? That girl from Shameless…” And then I’m all like, “You mean that girl from Phantom of the Opera, starring Gerard Butler?”

Anyway, Joanie went out of town for the TCG Conference in Portland, OR to mingle with other professional theatre artists, so I figured I’d step in and take her physical, if not symbolic, place in the office, complete with a Dell computer (who has been nothing but friendly towards me, if not a bit handsy). I think the Kodak scanner is getting jealous of my time in my new office, but can you blame him? Last week, I gave him more attention than anyone in the recent past and now I’ve started drifting away. #lovetrianlge

This week I’ve been rotating from scanning plays in an effort to digitize our script library, to recording the production history of WaterTower for our new website (coming soon to an internet near you!) I’ve learned that over the last 20 years WTT’s most produced shows were Rockin’ Christmas Party and The Santaland Diaries. I’m sad I missed all of these productions because who doesn’t love the holidays?!?

Speaking of production history… We opened Native Gardens this week!! If you haven’t seen it - GO! Very funny. Very topical. #nativegardensWTT

What were we doing before Snapchat?

And lastly, Kyle Eric Bradford, WTT’s Patron Services & Community Engagement Manager, and I have become Snapchat friends and it seems to be going well so far.

Things I’ve learned this week:

· Everyone in the office likes chocolate.
· It is hard to “club dance” to “Be Our Guest.”
· Whistle Britches has amazing brunch.
· WaterTower will not be producing the musical Cats in their 2017-2018 Season, sadly.
· I smell like beef.

Bye Bye Bloggie


*Joanie, I am not drinking from your personal stash of LaCroix.

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WEEK 3 - A Humble Return to My Roots
Posted on June 16, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hello, followers of my blog,

I would like to release an official statement that I, Tiffany, will humbly be giving my big office with a couch and a window back to Joanie Schultz. You may remember Joanie as the Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, before she went out of town and I took over her office – and career. Unfortunately, I’m just not at a place in my life where I can accept that kind of responsibility. I’m thinking about getting a dog so I dont know if I will have the time, you know, to be at the office, and I’m thinking of going vegan which will consume a lot of my time too so...

It was sweet to see everyone put on their happy face for my and Joanie’s sake, saying things like, “Joanie is back!” or “Yay, Joanie! We missed you!” or “Hey Tiffany, have you finished scanning the plays yet?” I knew it would take a few days for the staff to get reacquainted with this major shift in power dynamics, but it’s nice to see them try so hard to act like they’re totally fine with me just being an Intern again.

Anyway, my answer to the question above is YES. I FINISHED SCANNING THE PLAYS!!! I have digitized our library of plays onto the server. We have no more unbound plays on paper. Sing, hallelujah! With that, I am pleased to announce my next project – scanning all the printed musicals we have in our script library. SO IF YOU NEED ME I’LL BE AT THE SCANNER. By the way, we’re going on week three of this “summer fling” and he has not bought me dinner once. #amiclingy

Today, I moved on to scanning the musicals and I found a printed picture from my Facebook profile tucked into one of the scripts! As I started my next task, I found more and more of these photos and am expecting to find others as the days go on. Garrett Reeves, our Development & Media Relations Manager, took it upon himself to make me feel super welcomed and appreciated in the office, and I am so thankful. I think this is what some would call an innocent “prank war” which seems like a great bonding activity! So I’ve been thinking of ways to get back at him.

In fact, I would like this blog to serve as an open forum for some good office prank ideas. Please leave a comment with your favorite light-hearted office prank, so that I can thank Garrett for including me in the fun. #prankwars (Don’t worry. Garrett doesn’t believe in the internet, so I’m certain he will never see any of these comments.)

Lastly, I am super excited for this weekend because we are hosting our Season Generals! The auditions will be a great way for local actors to meet Joanie, our new Artistic Director (ever since I had to step down), and Kelsey Leigh Ervi, our Associate Artistic Director! I highly suggest performing monologues from the musical Starlight Express by Andrew Lloyd Weber or a dramatic reading of any recently passed Texas legislation. You are not asked to prepare a song for this audition, but I’ve heard Kelsey is a sucker for “Defying Gravity” and Joanie cries every time she hears the last fifteen minutes of Les Miserables. So break a leg to all those auditioning this weekend!

Things I’ve learned this week:

  • Crazy Ex Girlfriend is a show you need to watch, immediately.
  • Hit the Wall Cast and Creative Team was announced this week and I get to be a part of it! I get to assist Joanie - isn’t that cool?!
  • Garrett Reeves smells like armpits.

Thanks for reading
Lots of love


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WEEK 4 - A Completely True Story of How I Saved Joanie’s Life
Posted on June 23, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

First off, I want to say thank you to anyone who actually clicks the link and reads this blog. Last weekend during our Season Auditions, I had so many actors coming up to me saying things like “Are you the Intern with the blog?” and I can only hope that years from now after my DFW career blossoms, people will remember me as the girl with the blog that one summer. #internfamous

Second, this week I finished scanning every unbound printed copy of a play or musical this theatre has ever seen! They’ve all be sent into the ether now. So if the server crashes then all the scripts are gone forever…but you didn’t hear it from me. #trustissueswiththeserver

This means I had to end things with the Xerox scanner and he did not take it well. Our fling was fun, but to be honest I already have a boyfriend and I just didn’t see this thing going any further than a few weeks. I told him it’s not him, it’s me, and that we could still be friends, although he’s giving me the silent treatment so we’ll see if a friendship is in our future. #friendzone

Last thing to report from this week is that Joanie almost died. But do not fear because this story has a happy ending.

“How did that happen?” one might ask. Well…

It was a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon and Joanie, Kelsey, and I were strolling down the street looking at all the plants and flowers. We were skipping and holding hands and singing Mamma Mia together when suddenly a Robber appeared! He said, “Give me your money!” And we said, “We work in theatre!” He replied, “Oh. Then you have no money. Well never mind then.” But before we could get away the Robber yelled, “Joanie, eat this bowl of Torchy’s queso or I’ll burn the place down!!”

Kelsey and I looked at eachother and then looked at Joanie, who looked back at us and then at the Robber. The Robber looked at Joanie and then at the queso, who wondered if his life would be spared today. Then I looked at the sky, and then back down to Joanie, who looked left then right, did a spin, and looked back at the Robber.

It was all very dramatic and confusing.

Kelsey finally broke the tension and said, “Go ahead, Joanie. Torchy’s queso is really good! It’s a Texas thing. Trust me, you’ll love it!” Joanie tentatively approached the queso – excited because she was hungry, but a little weary because she was eating queso from a Robber. She slowly took a bite. Things seemed fine. Then she took a few more bites and looked pleased. She rejoiced, “I love Texas, ya’ll!” and immediately donned her cowboy hat and started singing “The Eyes of Texas.” Kelsey, the Robber, and I joined her in song.

Then suddenly, Joanie stopped singing and said, “Wait, what’s in this queso?”

We all laughed and said, “Cheese. DUH!” (Hahahaha. People from Chicago, am I right??) then Joanie responded dryly, “But, like, what else?”

“There’s cilantro and guacamole,” Kelsey answered.

At that moment, time and space started moving in slow motion as Joanie proceeded to tell us that she is deathly allergic to avocados.

We all nervously laughed, and said, “Uh. So… what happens now?”
“Do you need an EpiPen?” asked Kelsey.
“Do you need mouth-to-mouth?” asked the Robber. I hit him on the arm and said, “She has a husband weirdo! Back off!”

Then Joanie said, “Umm, well maybe we can wait and see? I haven’t had an avocado in like eight years.” This was good news. The allergy was unpredictable.

 “Wait!” I exclaimed. “I have some Benadryl in my purse! I’m a crazy hypochondriac and even though I have no real allergies I keep Benadryl and Pepto-Bismol and all sorts of pills in my purse just in case!”

I got the medicine out and Joanie popped one of the pink pills from my purse. Then, everyone cheered and lifted me up in the air singing, “For she’s a jolly good fellow!” We were so relieved and thankful that Joanie didn’t die. So much so that the Robber gave us each $100,000 for our troubles and then went about his way. #thanksrobber

From saving lives to scanning scripts to doing a lot of research for Hit the Wall, the final show in out 2016-2017 Season, I guess it’s been a good week as an Intern. I’m wishing a happy closing weekend to the cast and crew of Native Gardens. I’ll be taking a week off from the blog next week as the office enjoys a long holiday weekend. #america So I’ll see you all in July!

Thanks for reading my blog!
Because I’m a blogger.
Where does the word blogger come from? Bye.

-Tiffany (@tiff_nav if you are a tweeter)

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