Department of Theatre

Theatre for Youth Students Trip to the Rose

Theatre for Youth Students Trip to the Rose

The weekend of January 16th and 17th six Theatre for Youth students were given the opportunity to travel to Omaha, Nebraska to the Rose Theatre to interview and audition for one of the Rose’s coveted Summer Internships or year long fellowships. The six students, Zachary Atha, Martin Wessels, Alicia Leto, Olivia Frisch, Jennifer Guy, and Jessica Geidel were audience to an exclusive performance of the Rose’s new production, Balloonacy.

The opportunity these students were given was created by UNI Faculty, Gretta Berghammer and the Educational Director of the Rose, Brian Guehring over five years ago when Gretta contacted Brian with the idea of ensuring that the Rose always had potential summer staff members while also simultaneously giving her students the opportunity for internships and realistic Theatre for Youth experience. Brian and Gretta are both alumni of the University of Texas Austin and got back into contact when Brian accepted the job at the Rose.

According to Gretta, “Our Theatre for Youth students went to see a performance, and then received to opportunity to share a lesson on working with kids on the autism spectrum”. The opportunities Theatre UNI is giving their students and the Rose Theatre in Omaha is an incomparable opportunity that few students of theatre get.