Monday, August 26, 2013

The Summer Education Team

Linden Christ, Manager of Education and Outreach

This summer has been full of interesting and exciting activities.   Our summer education team consisted of myself;  education assistant, Jessica Weber; OFA summer intern, Anissa Corser; and Teen summer intern, Tristin Hall.   We accomplished our goals and had fun while doing it! 
 Jessica Weber joined the team as our education intern in September 2012 after attending our Opera Underground Boat Cruise.   In July 2013, she was promoted to our part-time education assistant.   A first for Chicago Opera Theater.  This summer Jessica created a thorough Teaching Artist Guide for the 2013-2014 OFA school year.    Anissa Corser joined us for an intense summer internship working with both COT for twenty hours a week and Chicago Opera Playhouse for the other twenty hours a week.  She created a beautiful photo album for our donors, assisted in entering the students evaluations and post-test as well as analyzing the data from 2012-2013 into an evaluation presentation.   Anissa also created lesson plans for Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie.   This was the first summer that the education team decided to hire a teen intern from our Chicago Opera Theater for Teens program.   Tristin was an excellent choice as she proved to work quickly and artistically.   She designed look pages and sketches for the set back-drop for this fall’s COT4Teens program musical: Guys and Dolls.  While Tristin was assisting us from 3-5pm during the week, she was also rehearsing in Ragtime with the ASM summer theater program.  

Thank you so much to Jessica, Anissa, and Tristin!   You all helped improve our Education program immensely through your dedicated work this summer!

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