When I was a child, my granny took my cousins and I to see a show in the Creation Theatre mirror tent. I was dazzled by the production by the innovative space which was like nothing I had ever seen before (like Great Comet before Great Comet was even conceived). I fell in love with Creation and would go on to see many of their productions over the years that followed.
Then, when I was 17 and applying for universities to study Marketing, I applied to join the company as a Marketing Intern for two weeks over the summer. In this short period, I worked on social media, publicity and front of house for Alice at St Hughes College. By the end of my internship I had received my A Level results and off I went to study Marketing Communications at Bournemouth University.
Inspired by my time at Creation and my passion for musical theatre, I began researching a career in arts marketing and when my placement year rolled around, it brought me back to the Oxford and Creation.
Starting in July, I returned to work as a Marketing Intern on a new production of Alice and, in true Creation fashion, have not stopped since.
So as one of Creation’s longest running marketing interns, here are the 5 things you should know if you’re considering an internship with Creation:
Creation is flexible
The team at Creation understand that time is precious and are always flexible. You can commit however many hours you have and there will always be a job to get stuck into when you are available. As the internships at Creation are unpaid, this allows me work around my part time job.
Creation is experience
The team at Creation have years of combined experience in every aspect of producing theatre. From casting to finance, advertising to transforming venues, you will have the opportunity to see how a small team can really make things happen. As someone who has been studying marketing theory for the last two years, it has been fascinating to see it put into practice in the context of theatre.
Creation is valuable
Not only do you get to learn from watching the best, the small team at Creation means that you won’t be stuck making tea and coffee but will actually gain valuable skills which could help in your chosen field. When you start at Creation, you’ll be asked to write any introduction about yourself, your interests and what you’re looking to gain from the internship. The team will then use this to tailor your experience, making sure that you get hands-on jobs in areas which really interest you. I came to Creation terrified of answering the telephone and now 3 months later, I have not only single-handedly ran the box office for a week but managed complicated group bookings and ticket exchanges over the phone. That’s what I call character development!
Creation is teamwork
Creation will teach you important lessons about teamwork. From the outside, you might be able to identify the distinctive voice of Creation. But social media posts, letters, emails and any other communications could be the collective work of as many as 5 people! Everything is a collaboration to ensure that all “t”s are crossed and “i”s are dotted, so don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.
Whilst working at Creation your opinion will be welcome and valued. Everyone has something different to bring to the team and there are no stupid ideas. Whether you’re great keen copywriter or have a flair for paper mache there’s something for everyone.
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