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Responsibilities

Some examples of mentoring responsibilities are as follows:
•  aiding with direction of a production
•  helping out with a class of younger students
•  acclimating new students to theatre work and practices
•  helping directors, staff and students maintain the balance between
having a fun time during rehearsals and taking direction on and
off the stage seriously
•  basic theatre maintenance such as noticing when the bathroom
trash is overflowing, and doing something about it
•  anticipating the needs of technical staff
•  keeping things organized
•  participating in work parties
•  meeting monthly with other mentors and actively participating
in cast community meetings
•  creating an air of inclusiveness within the theatre

A mentor takes whatever work she or he has chosen in the theatre (whether it be acting, technical theatre, or costuming) seriously. Mentors approach their work wholeheartedly and have the goal of learning new techniques and skills with every new production and class. Mentors get “off book” and read the whole script early so that they are free to help others with lines. In this way mentors are able to be helpful to the company and at the same time act as role models for good professional work ethics for younger actors and tech students.

The benefits of being a mentor are, of course, the bonding that invariably occurs when mentors work together over time, as well as the experience of being an integral part of a working theatre. This experience can be used on college applications and employment resumes. Many of our alumni are employed by the theatre as directors. Mentoring can be a step toward these kinds of opportunities at NEYT.


Mentors are not expected to be in every production, but will be asked to serve as a mentor when they are part of one. Mentors would be expected to attend most mentor meetings, so that they can be kept informed of theatre business and maintain the bond of collaborative friendship.

 

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