Behind the Curtain Q&A: Box Office Assistant Tara Clem

With the new MainStage season in full swing, we want to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series called “Behind the Curtain.” This weekly Q&A series will highlight staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis.

Someone who helps keep our Box Office running is asssisant Tara Clem.

Here is what she has to say about her theatre experience here at The Rep:

When did you start working at The Rep: July 2014

Education/training: I am a senior musical theatre student at Ouachita Baptist University. I have also been apart of the SMTI program at the Rep for the past two years.

How’d you get into the theatre biz: When I was in the 5th grade, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Casa Manana summer program in Dallas where I got to be an extra orphan in their main stage production of Annie. Since that show, I knew that I had a passion for the stage.

Why your job rocks: It’s awesome getting to talk to so many different types of people on the phone when they are ordering tickets. Also, I love the people I get to work with! We have our own little quirky family in the office.

Best work day ever: Since I’m the newbie on staff, I would have to say that my first day has been the best so far. I really enjoyed getting to meet everyone and learning the box office system.

Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and why: My favorite show so far was the SMTI production of Project Elan. I loved getting to be apart of the collaborative team of writing parts of the musical and since it was my first experience at the Rep, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

One thing people would be surprised about your job: There is a lot more pressure on us who working the Box Office then most people might think. We are the impression that someone has of the Rep so it is very important that we are very friendly and efficent.

Favorite seat in the house: My favorite seats are J8, J19, K8, or K19 in the center orchestra because it is right on the aisle and rows J and K are raised about a foot above the rest of the seats, which really helps since I’m short.

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!