My name is Dorothy Trigg, and I am from Ewing, NJ. I am currently a sophomore at American University, studying Public Communication and Theatre (Arts Management). I would ultimately like to combine these two majors into a career that allows me to promote the performing arts and to share my passion for theatre and dance with the world. I currently work at the Katzen Arts Center Box Office at American University as a Ticket Seller and Usher. I also worked as an education intern last summer at the Mann Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia. In that position I worked closely with clients, mainly school and summer camp administrators, to organize trips to the Mann’s free children’s concerts and workshops. I have recently worked as a student stage manager for American University’s production of Ubu Rex, which taught me how to communicate with different types of people and to pay attention to small details while keeping in mind the bigger picture. I am also a dancer and have been studying for 15 years. I have focused on Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Modern, but I have also taken classes in Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, African, Acrobatics, and Pointe. I was on an award-winning competitive dance team for 4 years. I also played the flute for 9 years in Concert Band, Marching Band, and as occasionally as a soloist.
COMM 100: Understanding Media, Prof. Christine Lawrence
COMM 200: Writing for Communication, Prof. Adell Crowe
COMM 209: Communication & Society, Prof. Laura DeNardis
COMM 300: Public Relations, Prof. Scott Talan
PERF 115: Theatre: Plays, Principles, and Performances with a research lab, Prof. Gail Humphries-Mardirosian
PERF 251: Fundamentals of Acting I, Prof. Carl Menninger
PERF 260: Production I: Stagecraft, Prof. Jason Arnold
PERF 365: Theatre History I, Prof. Cara Gabriel
PERF 366: Theatre History II, Prof. Cara Gabriel
PERF 440: Stage Management, Prof. John Stahrr
PERF 490: Independent Study: Production Manager, Prof. Gail Humphries-Mardirosian
PUAD 396: Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Prof. Sarah Pettijohn
Sep 2010 - Present
Ticket Office Assistant/Usher
I work regular shifts in the ticket office, selling tickets to customers both in person and over the phone. Tix.com is the ticketing system we use. I also work special events as both an usher and a ticket office assistant. Duties can include selling tickets, running will call, tearing tickets, handing out programs, answering customers' questions, and crowd control.
My supervisor is Lisa Ager.
May 2012 - Aug 2012
I had a summer internship in the PR/Marketing Department at the Choral Arts Society of Washington. During my internship, I was in charge of updating the website with current information about the 2012-2013 season using SmartSite technology. I also produced and sent all electronic communications through PatronMail, 5 communications total, each to over 8,000 patrons. I have worked on various external communications, including creating materials for mailings about season ticket renewals, designing postcard reminders, and writing press releases. I also worked on various administrative tasks, including selling season ticket packages, updating and maintaing the organization's press list, and archiving press materials and clippings.
Sep 2011 - Dec 2011
Assistant Production Manager
I worked as an Assistant Production Manager as part of a 3-credit Independent Study course. This was the practical element, supplemented by academic study and informational interviews. I helped to organize and schedule production meetings, organize to-do items for the fall shows, and assist in other small organizational needs of the theatre.
My supervisor was Greg Anderson, and my Independent Study advisor was Dr. Gail Humphries-Mardirosian.
May 2011 - Aug 2011
I had a summer internship in the Education Department at the Mann Center for Performing Arts. In the summer, the Education Department hosts a free concert series for children and free workshops for camp groups with the concert artists. This summer we served over 35,000 children from the Philadelphia area. I worked both in the office and on site at the venue. In the office I organized payments to bus companies and to artists, took concert and workshop reservations, and created programs and study guides for our concerts and workshops. At the venue, I prepared continental breakfast trays for artists, answered patrons' questions, and helped with crowd control.
My supervisor was Rhoda Blount.
A study guide on hip-hop dance and the company Rennie Harris R.H.A.W., created for the Education Department at the Mann Center for Performing Arts.
A news story about American University's Ambassador program.
A sample press release about a "new course" being offered at American University. The course is one that is currently offered by the School of Communication.
A feature news story profiling Professor Cara Gabriel of AU's Department of Performing Arts.
A review of the documentary film "How to Die in Oregon."
A review of the musical Oklahoma done by Arena Stage.