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WEEK 11 - A Blog Less Sad Than The News
Posted on August 13, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hey Bloggers.

This week as an Intern has been interesting. This week as an American has also been interesting, but more on that later.

We finally got rid of the roof smell in the office hallway that made us all high so that was a #win. This week, I’ve been working on scanning through the DFW Theatre Facebook page looking for actors that we can invite to audition for some of our upcoming shows! It’s very interesting to go through Facebook as a casting tool. But, I guess if I’m doing it then somewhere someone else is doing it too. My tips and tricks for actors on having a good Facebook profile are:

  1. List that you are an actor.
  2. Your headshot is your profile picture.
  3. Share actor-y things like articles and reviews about theatre so all of your Facebook friends know that you LOVE theatre.
  4. Also, feel free to share old production photos from that one time you were in Sweeney Todd. Or a YouTube video of you singing “CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS” from Little Women (those are sure signs you’re an actor).

Speaking of Christopher Columbus — I get the chance to AD my other boss lady! I will be the Assistant Director for WaterTower’s production of The Last Five Years next summer, which Kelsey is directing! Though I wont be an intern anymore, I will still be an assistant which is a great place to be! I’m very excited to continue assisting around Dallas, and spreading holiday cheer year-round. So, if you need an Assistant Director, or a new friend, I am available for both of those things*.

We just finished week three of Hit the Wall here at WaterTower and it is sparking some great conversation! We’ve loved hearing people ask awesome questions in our post-show discussions. We have a fearless staff and group of artists who have made some really wonderful theatre, and we’re glad that people are talking about it!

It’s lovely and beautiful to see people who are impacted by this play and want to have conversations about inclusiveness and diversity, as well as empathy and kindness. With all the horrible stuff happening in the news, it feels necessary to hear messages of love, and to have conversations that encourage listening to one another. In Hit the Wall, the characters talk about the fear of nuclear war, the fight for equality among people, and the desire to be themselves and love who they want to love. Hmm…

Glad those things got solved the first go around.

~Theatre is magic~

In other news, Joanie is having a party at her house and I am making #sangria. I am very excited about this #sangria, and that Joanie invited me over to her house. Her friend, Heather, is here from Chicago and we’ve been getting to know each other over the past couple of days. The “third tier friend” interview process has been great. I’m on Round 7. I don’t want to speak too soon, but the three of us might be starting a Girl Band or “passé” of some sorts soon. Potential band names include:

“HEATHER and JOANIE and another girl”
“Texas Girls”
“Chicago Spice and Everything Nice”
“Tiff and the Trick or Treats”
“Where’s Joanie?”

Anyway, I’ve had a few strangers come up to the Box Office while I’ve been working and tell me I look like Fiona from Shameless, and a few people asked for my autograph.

That’s not true, but it’s my blog and I can DO WHAT I WANT.

Thanks for reading.
Hope your week is better than the news.
Please be nice to people.
Hugs and Kisses.
XOXO.

-Tiffany

*For my resume, or list of favorite snacks feel free to contact me directly.

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WEEK 10 - A Birthday Blog
Posted on August 4, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hey followers, I think I’m high.

I’m writing this blog post from Barnes and Noble because we got fumed-out of the office. They are fixing the roof of the building WaterTower operates out of (shout out to the Addison Theatre Centre), and throughout the entire week it’s smelled like poison in the offices. When it rains, the roof of the building does this cutesy thing where it leaks and drips water into our rehearsal space. It’s nice if you’re parched, but not great for everything else. So we appreciate the fixing of the roof and look forward to the smell going away.

Fortunately, it doesn’t smell like death and despair in the front of the building where our patrons congregate. It’s all concentrated in the back office hallways where the magic* happens. So, breathe deeply, WTT Staff, or leave the building immediately.

This week has been so freakin’ cool! Yeah yeah uh-huh uh-huh. I’m a week into my real job as a Front of House Associate and I haven’t destroyed the Company yet! #winning One of the perks of being an employee and an intern at the same time is that I have this blog to talk to my friends (internet friends…blog readers…strangers with laptops and smart phones) about what my real job is like. While I’ve been training on my real job, Kayla Freeman, our Box Office Manager has been so patient with me. Sometimes she tells me, “You’re such a gem, but the line is long so move over and let me do the computer.” #kaylasaveslives

The other good news is that this week Hit the Wall has been good. And by good I mean freakin’ awesome. Did you see the review in The Dallas Morning News? I think we might be killing it right now. #ilovetheatre

The experience of assistant directing the show and getting to know all these new people was amazing. And the cookies that people kept buying the actors were really good too!

Speaking of cookies…today is my birthday. Woo! I am 22 today and I think that is a good age because now that I’m not 21 anymore my grown up friends will hopefully let me hangout with them more. I’m always “the baby” because I was the last one to drive, the last one to drink, and now the last one to groove to Taylor Swift’s hit song “22.” Today I really do feel 22 because I’m at work answering phone calls and helping people buy tickets. #adultish

Tonight after the performance of Hit the Wall (and every Friday for the rest of the run) is Local Band Night as part of our new Intersections program! We are so excited to feature local bands in our space, and we are also excited (and by “we” I mean me) because it’s my birthday party. Now, nowhere does it officially say that it is my birthday party…but if I declare it in this blog then it is true. Isn’t that how the internet works these days? So, YOU (internet friend…reader of this blog…fellow American) are invited to my birthday-party-concert-featuring-MERCURY ROCKET-that-is-totally-for-me tonight after Hit the Wall. And while you’re at it, call the Box Office and buy tickets to Hit the Wall too! #hitthewallWTT

You can wish me a happy birthday if you’d like, but if you sing to me I expect it to be in Italian. My whole childhood I grew up going to Carrabba’s Italian Grill for my birthday and they’d sing to me in Italian. #highexpectations

Things I learned this week:

  • Inhaling poison is not great for your life span.
  • Joanie’s real friends are in town from #thesecondcity and will potentially be interviewing me for the role of “Third Tier Friend.”
  • I’m thankful for Facebook because it reminds people to wish you a happy birthday.
  • Kesha’s song “Woman” is still a #JAM

TTYL
HBD2ME
HBD2YOU
Thanks for reading.
Lots of hugs and kisses.
Miss you already.

Xoxo
-The Birthday Girl (Tiffany)

*Disclaimer: There is no real magic that happens in the theatre. Unfortunately, we do not have a magician on staff. However, Joanie is still potentially a wizard, but more on that later.

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WEEK 9 - Opening Night!
Posted on July 31, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

I’m sleepy today, bloggers. This has been a long week and I need a nap. Hit the Wall Tech is over and we are about to go into Previews this weekend and then OPENING! WOOO HOOOO! Actually, I’m pretty sure this blog will be posted to my #loyal #fans and #followers on Monday. So, Happy Opening to myself and to you, America.

For those of you who are still following the thrilling saga that is my summer at WaterTower, I have some things to update you on. I have been here for about a month and a half now as an Intern and during that time I have become friends with Joanie, WTT’s Artistic Director, and through our highs and lows (i.e. Her going out of town for a weekend conference, and my having to step into her metaphorical/physical spot in the company, aka I used her computer for a few days), we have become really good friends.

Last week, I made the mistake of saying that we were potentially becoming best friends, but her other best friends retaliated and let me know that the position was already taken. So, as my internship with WTT comes to a close I will be applying for the position of Third Tier Friend of Joanie Schultz. Third Tier Friends are the people you get a drink with if they email you and ask you to…or they’ll call you if their car breaks down on the side of the highway because nobody else in their phone answered. Not that I want her car to break down, but worse things have happened. #thirdtierbestfriend

In other news, this week my Intern #thingz have included scanning sides for auditions, making signs and posters for Hit the Wall, reading some bad plays and some good ones, and bringing chocolate to those in need. Little known fact, non-profit theaters run by a small staff are the #1 leading demographic of “People in Need of Chocolate.”

Also, this week I received a check in the mail for $9. If this is adult-ing, then I am doing AMAZING at it.

I started my other job as Front of House Associate this week, so you can call the Box Office and buy tickets for Hit the Wall and listen to me talk on the phone. I write this asking for your patience and mercy as I try to learn our ticketing system as fast and flawlessly as our Box Office Manager, Kayla, has. The other day when I answered the phone I said, “Hello, this is Tiffany Navarro from WaterTower Theatre” and wanted to melt away for saying my full name to answer the phone. #learning

So tonight is Opening of Hit the Wall! We had an awesome run of Previews this past weekend, ending with a talkback with the playwright, Ike Holter! This is the first time this play is being performed in Texas and we are so thrilled to have him here. Ike has been recognized nationally for his playwriting, including recently being awarded the very prestigious Yale’s Windham-Campbell Prize for Literary Achievement. So it was pretty spanking exciting to have him engaging with our cast and community. Also, we took him to Chuy’s yesterday and he looked generally pretty pleased after the meal. #Chuysmakestheworldgoround

Things I’ve learned this week:

  • Bring a phone charger to work.
  • Eating alone at a sushi bar at 11:30am is fine, you deserve it.
  • Joanie thinks dipping pizza in ranch is creepy.
  • Hit the Wall is making people smile, laugh, cry, and think. COME SEE IT!

Happy Summer.
Miss you already.
Think of me.
Thinking of you.

Love,
Tiffany

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