With the start of a new MainStage season, we want to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series called “Behind the Curtain.” This weekly Q&A series highlights staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis.
Someone who helps with special events surrounding our MainStage productions– including our biggest gala of the year, Saints & Sinners– is Ronda Lewis, our special events coordinator.
Here is what she has to say about her theatre experience here at The Rep:
How long have you worked at The Rep? One year, three months
Education/training: Bachelor of Science in Marketing
How’d you get into the theatre biz: It’s not a interesting story. I applied for the job because I love the fact that theatre is so diverse.
Why your job rocks: Planning special events is eventful in itself! The satisfaction of knowing that I participate in making an event successful and the overall feeling of knowing that I contribute to helping keep the theatre moving forward.
Best work day ever: When I cross every goal for the day off of my to-do list and we have a membership gathering with wine (wink). Also, meeting the actors during Meet & Greet.
Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and why: I have not worked on any shows but my favorite show so far was Clybourne Park.
One thing people would be surprised about your job: I think people would really be surprised to know how the staff literally juggles 15 things at once. Also, how dedicated we are as a staff and how much the actors LOVE the staff and our Southern hospitality.
Favorite seat in the house: Orchestra-F15
Best job perk: Wine—duh! Drinking on the job and all of the great talented actors and staff who you meet. Getting to see the creativity from beginning to end; whether it’s a show or putting together small or big events and seeing the final product. P.S. I am not a alcoholic!
Be sure to check back every week to get a glimpse at a different member of The Rep staff. Buy your tickets to Wait Until Dark here!