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Arts Administration

Group Sales and Audience Development Manager for the Pittsburgh Public Theater

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Additional Info:

  • Group Sales Coordinator at Pittsburgh CLO
  • Bachelor of Arts, Waynesburg University, 2011

“My creativity was cultivated through the diverse course components within the Arts Administration major at Waynesburg University. Outside the classroom, I enjoyed ample leadership opportunities in the theater department and also the chance to serve alongside my classmates both in the local community and internationally. Through the development of a unique skill set, service-minded leadership and strong educational background, I left Waynesburg ready to begin my career in arts.”

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Knowing that his work would be seen by hundreds of spectators and educators, Jonathan Zeleny took his 2013 internship with the Pittsburgh Opera very seriously. From mid-summer to late fall, the senior arts administration (music) major spent 16 to 20 hours each week assisting the Opera’s Education Department. 

“I did anything and everything to help the opera company,” Zeleny said. “Most of my work included updating and reformatting the Opera Trunk Program, which sends trunks filled with information and props pertaining to certain operas such as ‘Madam Butterfly’ or ‘Carmen.’  I also created opera synopsis PowerPoints and historical/cultural PowerPoints that were presented in opera workshops and shown in the Benedum Center.”    

Zeleny, who said he couldn’t name just one favorite part because the entire experience was “wonderful,” obtained the internship after networking with the Opera’s education director via email. A strong recommendation from Melanie Catana, instructor of vocal music at Waynesburg University, sealed the deal. 

“I have seen a great deal of growth in Jonathan in the time I have known him, both academically and personally,” Catana said. “I strongly believe that he has the definite potential for great success in his career as he couples his knowledge and professionalism in business with his talent and expertise in music.”

Outside of the classroom, he’s involved in symphonic band, bagpipe and drum band, and private clarinet and bagpipe lessons. He has served as a student senate representative for Chamber Works, woodwind quartet, clarinet ensemble and the Waynesburg University Pep Band. He hopes to continue growing as a musician as he finishes his final year at Waynesburg and reflects on the success of his internship. 

“I have become much more self-sufficient in my work and more confident in my abilities as a young professional,” Zeleny said. “I have been able to grow as a musician because of the great environment at Pittsburgh Opera.” 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Champlin_Elizabeth_3.JPGElizabeth Champlin wanted a unique, hands-on internship during the summer of 2013 that would test her theatrical knowledge, production skills and physical and mental stamina. The senior arts administration major with a concentration in music expected to apply her Waynesburg University education and experience to a theatrical troupe – preferably in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area.

She didn’t expect to hop in a truck and travel everywhere from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Raleigh, N.C., with Squonk Opera, an award-winning, highly acclaimed and internationally touring theater group founded in Pittsburgh. According to Champlin, Squonk’s roadshow is on a truck, and everything, including the stage, folds out of the truck. She enjoyed being a part of the “interesting and innovative show” and won the praise of her internship supervisor along the way.

“Elizabeth accomplished a lot when she helped Squonk tour to North Carolina,” said Steve O’Hearn, artistic director at Squonk and Champlin’s summer supervisor. “She was helpful during a busy time for Squonk Opera, was pleasant to chat with, did tough jobs and even brought cookies!”

Not only did Champlin assist with theater production and management, but she also aided in the promotion of the opera. Citing her Waynesburg University public relations for the arts course as a helpful tool, Champlin sent newsletters, mailed postcards and helped her supervisor book shows.

“I realized that 100 people may not even open my email, but when I saw the 30 that did, it helped me to narrow my viewpoint and find the exact audience we were looking for,” Champlin said.

Her public relations and marketing efforts helped to secure bookings and bring people to the shows, while her active involvement with Waynesburg's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Lamplighters Concert Choir and Yellow Jacket Pep Band familiarized her with Squonk’s musical offerings. Experience assisting with the production of campus events allowed Champlin to keep calm under internship pressure. 

“I wanted to help out with a theater group or company, and I wanted to see if I could handle being a part of a production team,” Champlin said. “I got to be active and use my hands and not just sit at a desk. It helped keep my attention and get me involved in a totally different way than other internships for which I might have applied. Squonk is a close-knit family, much like Waynesburg University. Everyone knew my name, and I liked that.”

 

 

 

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