Since 2015, MAT has hired several summer interns to manage our touring KidsMAT summer camps and direct the Youth Production. The Young Professionals Program gives the interns hands-on experience and professional development. Interns are guided through the process by MAT staff and volunteers to ensure a quality experience for them and the youth involved in our youth programs. This intensive internship is open to college students or recent college graduates and priority is given to Montana college students or previous Montana high school students.
Interns will be in charge of several week long summer camps for youth ages 5-15. These camps are offered in Havre and the surrounding area (Rocky Boy, Box Elder, Chinook, Fort Belknap, Shelby, etc). Camps are offered nearly every week between mid June and mid August. This requires travel, sometimes daily, to the outlying camps as well as providing structured activities for the campers that culminate in a short scripted production at the end of the camp. Experience working with children and youth is a plus.
Interns will also produce the summer Youth Production each year which features middle and high school aged youth in a full length show. Duties for production (acting director, technical director, stage manager, costuming, etc) will be divided among the interns.
From Concordia to MAT
Acting troupe wraps up its first intern program
Havre Daily News, July 28, 2015
Montana Actors’ Theatre will soon end its first internship program that brought four Minnesota college graduates to practice putting on youth productions.
Amanda Bohn, Collette Hagen, Sabrina Robertson and Cat Hubin all came to Havre from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, to get some experience under their belts.
Robertson is actually from Havre and is the stepdaughter of MAT Artistic Director Jay Pyette. Through him, she has been working with MAT since the eighth grade.
“I was talking with him over break, and they’ve been looking into doing graduate programs before,” Robertson said. “It just kind of worked out well.”
Robertson brought in the other three graduates to participate in the first MAT internship. She said MAT is looking at repeating the program next year.
The Parkview Apartments donated three months’ worth of lodging for the graduates. Each of the interns received a $500 stipend.
Bohn said Havre is beautiful.
“The community here is very, very nice,” Hagen said. “Very supportive.”
From Havre, the women think they will move to Spokane to continue their careers. The city has a large theater scene, the women said.
The group of four women took control of all the Kids MAT camps this year and is in charge of putting together the youth production of “Dracula.”
“We’re basically in charge of making sure the show happens and everything between that,” Hagen said.
They are taking up stage management, training the actors, building the set – everything needed for the production to go on. There are 16 actors for the youth show, which will feature mostly high school students.
“Dracula” opens Thursday at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 for adults. The doors open at 7:30 to the lounge and seating.
“Dracula” will play at the Montana State University-Northern Little Theatre at Cowan Hall July 30-31 and Aug. 1 and 6-8.