Employer Spotlight: Victory Gardens Theater

Logo from FacebookVictory Gardens Theater has since the 1970’s been recognized as a producer of racially integrated theater and a creator of shows that are accessible to a broader audience. They are very much a Chicago-based theater that highlights local talent by producing and cultivating new works by local artists and connecting to Chicago’s audience and community by engaging with partners like Chicago Public Schools. In 2001, this theater received Victory Gardens received the Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The award was presented for “displaying a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theater nationally.”

Gain invaluable experience this summer interning at Victory Gardens! The Victory Gardens Theater internship program offers exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to gain professional experience working side-by-side with extraordinary artists, administrators and technical staff. Department heads will give interns tasks and challenges that will provide direct support to our day-to-day activities. Victory Gardens staff members serve as mentors to each intern to ensure they have every chance for professional growth. Interns are offered a comprehensive experience in theater production and theater management to provide the skills necessary to be a viable candidate in a highly competitive field.

Victory Gardens Theater is pleased to offer internships in the following areas: administration, arts education, marketing and communications, public programs, producing and many more.

SoC students, visit SoConnect to learn more about these opportunities and apply. Deadline to apply for these summer internships is March 27th, 2015.

Did you find this article helpful in your career exploration or internship search? Let EPICS know on Facebook or twitter using #EPICSoC

Employer Spotlight: Cures Within Reach

Cures Within Reach has been helping patients since 2005 by repurposing drugs and devices to quickly deliver safe and affordable treatments and cures for both common and rare disorders without currently effective treatments.

Through this work, Cures has emerged as a leader in the Repurposing Revolution, working to transform patient lives through research that looks backward in order to move forward. While patients with catastrophic diseases are suffering, we know that there are immediately usable medical solutions going unnoticed: familiar drugs and devices that have new uses and can improve length and quality of life today. By finding and funding clinical trials with this approach, Cures is creating a powerful new leg of pharmaceutical development, a unique innovation pathway to solve unmet medical needs via repurposing.

The broad vision at Cures Within Reach is of a world in which the success of medical research is measured by how it has reduced patient suffering; a world in which existing drugs and devices are mined for all utilizations, creating maximum benefit for patients in need.

Cures Within Reach has long been committed to medical research that speeds the delivery of cures to patients.  Over the years, it has been our research projects repurposing existing drugs and devices for new patient groups that have most profoundly changed patient lives.  In response to that, we continue to target this  particular research approach, developing a pipeline for sourcing projects and creative networks for funding projects.

While drug repurposing is emerging as a drug development strategy, we view it from a philanthropic perspective as an often-overlooked opportunity for saving lives.

With many success stories and years of experience in an emerging arena, Dr. Bruce Bloom, the President and CSO, is a sought after speaker at drug development and repurposing conferences around the globe.

The Director of Advancement is Northwestern alumna, Amy Conn (Music ’93).

Cures Within Reach has internship opportunities available for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Health Communication program for Spring and Summer quarters.

Log onto SoConnect for descriptions and instructions on how to apply. Search for job ID#2882 for spring and job ID# 2881 for summer.

Employer Spotlight: Kartemquin Films

Kartemquin Films is a non-profit collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. Established in 1966, KTQ is known as Chicago’s documentary powerhouse, and seeks to spark democracy through documentary. Interning at KTQ means working on films that leave left a lasting impact on millions of viewers. As an organization, we strive to showcase powerful stories and inspiring subjects that are too often left out of mainstream media. We are internationally recognized as a leader in the industry on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse. We’re a hard working, passionate, and dedicated bunch and that’s what we look for in our interns! Candidates should share our vision of examining and critiquing society through the stories of real people.

We highly value our interns here at KTQ and many of us started off as interns ourselves. Many of our award winning producers and associates began as interns, including Emmy-winning Producer Zak Piper, our Post-Production Manager and NU alum Hillary Bachelder, and our own Executive Director Justine Nagan. I came to KTQ as an intern in early 2007 and have spent the last number of years working in various capacities at KTQ and in other media industry organizations. I’ve seen tons of amazing interns come through KTQ – many go on to make incredible award winning movies on their own, start production companies with other interns, or get hired at other great media organizations.

While you’re here, you get to experience all aspects of the documentary industry. KTQ interns help with transcribing raw footage, research subjects and locations for shoots, apply to film festivals, QC films and participate in rough cut feedback sessions, participate in special events, help producers on shoots and work with assistant editors, organize releases, edit our websites, and assist with distribution and outreach – it’s an all-around behind the scenes experience.

The best part of the KTQ internship is that every week the intern cohort meets with a producer, associate, or staff member for a group workshop. Workshop topics range from freelancing, fair use, media advocacy, editing and directing, sound, and more. It’s a rare one-on-one chance for emerging media makers and young professionals to learn from the experts in the doc world. At the end of the KTQ internship, each intern has the opportunity to show a selection of their own work for feedback from the KTQ community.

Kartemquin offers three internship terms per year – Spring (mid-January through mid-May), Summer (June-August), and Autumn (mid-Sept through December). Check out more information on SoConnect for more information about summer internships job ID 2513.  Applications are now being accepted.

Beckie is Kartemquin’s Community Engagement Manager, responsible for managing many of the educational programs and outreach initiatives of the organization including Diverse Voices in Docs, KTQ Labs, the KTQ Internship program, and classroom, media policy, and production outreach initiatives. She aims to build successful strategies for providing producers with critical advice and support around engagement throughout the production process.

Employer Spotlight: Araca Project 2015

The Araca Group is one of New York’s leading entertainment merchandising and production companies, with operations on Broadway and around the globe. Our producing credits include Urinetown, Wicked, Rock of Ages, A View from the Bridge, Lend Me a Tenor, Catch Me If You Can. As merchandisers, we have worked with Elf! The Musical, The Book of Mormon, Once, Shrek: The Musical.

We are Danny Bateman and Phil Blechman, the executive producers of The Araca Project. We guide the teams selected in The Project, coordinate the training intensive with industry professionals which we humbly call “boot camp”, and aspire to inspire the entrepreneur in you.

The Araca Project is an opportunity for emerging artists to foster their entrepreneurial spirit and produce their own work in an Off-Broadway Theater this fall. Our goal is to give recent graduates the tools and knowledge they need to mount a show in New York City. We believe in The Project so much that we were participants the last two years and collectively have produced, directed, written, and acted within The Project. This is our first year producing The Project as a whole and are looking for new participants that are eager, passionate, articulate, creative, and fun.

Selected participants will attend the “boot camp” in midtown Manhattan June 22nd – June 26th where they will meet with leaders in commercial Off-Broadway casting, producing, ticketing, designing, and budgeting. Through The Araca Project, we hope artists will take initiative and assume the responsibility of a producer, including: securing production rights from an author; casting; rehearsing; assembling design elements; raising capital; engaging a creative team; loading in and out a physical production; budgeting;  marketing; maintaining a box office/ticketing system, and everything in between.

Applications for 2015 slots are currently available at www.aracaproject.com and below. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2015. Project pitches will be held in New York City on April 17th. Selected teams will have a run at The American Theatre of Actors during the fall of 2015.

Araca Project 2015 Application

Please email The Araca Project, check-out our website, and/or email EPICS Director Heather Trulock for more information.