As a graduating senior, it was a pleasure to get to experience what a working professional does day-to-day in the performing arts. When we arrived, we did not know what to expect for our day, but we were welcomed and treated with kindness and respect. We were given assigned groups and worked closely with each other as well as with the other groups to determine the best practices for bringing Blue Man Group to ASU Gammage. We made executive decisions within our teams and then connected with other groups to determine how to solve problems which affected all of us. It was a wonderful experience and one which will help me form my own decisions as I begin my college application process. Thank you for giving us this opportunity and helping us to discover our own passion.
Sonoran Science Academy
Nearly 40 students from Phoenix’s Sonoran Science Academy and Arizona School for the Arts took part in the “School to Work” program.
Since its inception 17 years ago, School to Work has been an interactive workshop that highlights potential career choices in arts administration. During the workshop, students interact with ASU Gammage employees and learn what it takes to run one of the top arts presenting theaters in the United States.
“I am proud to open our doors to these students; this could have a lasting effect on what career choices they make in the future,” says Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage executive director.
The students were assigned a job in an ASU Gammage department such as the box office, marketing, cultural participation, accounting and technical production. They were tasked with working together as a staff to execute projects and solve problems. At the end of the workshop each department presented a final report of the work they performed within their departments.
Students also got an exclusive backstage tour with the company manager of BLUE MAN GROUP, which performed at ASU Gammage November 1-6.