Name: Chloe Bailey ‘10
Major: Theatre Arts (Arts Management Concentration)
Minor: Business Administration
Activities: University Players, Treasurer
Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Fraternity)

Chloe Bailey, '10, is spending 11 weeks as an executive intern at the Atlantic Theater Company, an award-winning Off-Broadway theater founded in New York in 1985 by David Mamet and William H. Macy. Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process.

Tell me about your experience with the arts management program.

So far it’s been very interesting. I have taken both financial and managerial accounting, and though they were extremely difficult, they have played a role in my understanding many of the financial aspects of running any organization. Of course there was also the Managing Performing Arts Organizations class, which was great.

How did you know this was the route you wanted to take?

To tell the truth, I had no idea really what I wanted to do when I first came to school. I assumed that I would do business, just because that's what was put in my head since I was younger. I wanted to do theatre once I got on campus and met the people. I had always had a passion for it, but I was not entirely sure that I wanted or even could major in it in college. I wanted very much to join the two fields together in some way, which is where the Arts Management Concentration came in. Once I heard that such a thing even existed at Richmond, I was completely sure that that was the route I wanted to take.

Was there an advisor/professor, class or experience that has impacted your academic experience so far at Richmond?

Definitely Dave Howson and his Managing Performing Arts Organizations class. I think it was the best class I have taken at school so far, and I loved going to it because it’s so relevant to what I want to do. I know that professionally I want to be in the world of theatre but not as an actor or designer. Dave's class gives an all inclusive (though compacted) look at the other side of theatre, which I think is a necessity in any theatre education. That class did so much for me because it was not a class where the students sit and the professor lectures at you, then you write a few papers, then take an exams. This class was very hands-on. Our final assessment was a project in which we made up our own non-profit organization. We also went on a trip to Washington, D.C to tour several theatres and speak with various directors and heads of the theatres. It was fantastic, and I think that we all got a lot out of it.

So what’s it like being an intern at the Atlantic Theater Company?

I am the executive intern at the Atlantic Theater Company. Basically I am the second assistant to the Artistic Director and the Managing Director. I do a lot of scheduling and I handle the files of contacts. It's very cool, a lot of the time I'm looking at the files of famous people. A lot of my other tasks include prepping for opening nights, putting in house seat requests for shows (on and off Broadway), running errands, opening the mail and sifting through headshots and invitations that come through.

What have been the most difficult and most interesting parts of the job?

So far, the most difficult thing that I have had to do was help with the preparations for the opening night of the last show of the season. It was hard because the opening was on the 3rd day of my internship and I was very, very new at everything (I barely knew peoples' names). So naturally when I was given tasks, I had basically no idea how to carry them out. It was a little rough of a 3rd day, but it turned out great and the opening was very successful. The most interesting part is definitely the play readings and events I get to attend. For example, I was invited to read stage directions for a professional reading of a play by a brilliant up and coming writer. Also, the week before the Tony Awards, all the interns in the office were invited to a filming at Spring Awakening with Whoopi Goldberg. There are also lots of tickets to great theatre! I love it all.

Has this internship affected your goals for the short- and more long-term future?

I would like to go abroad to London: the West End would be a fantastic place to visit. As far as long-term, I would love to be an artistic director for a theatre company or a professional director or producer. I'm not entirely sure but I do know that I want to work on the artistic side. I think that this concentration is great preparation for a career in theatre. One thing that my internship and this concentration have shown me is that I do not want to work too deeply in the business and financial aspect. It's not my forte and I have very little interest in that part. I do respect those that have a knack for it though!

Also, from this summer, I've been thinking more and more about maybe looking into going to grad school for something related to theatre and arts management. I feel like more experience is definitely needed to be successful in the business, especially in a place like New York City. But we shall see...