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Former Proctors intern 'masters' Summer Olympics

While sitting in my cubicle at Proctors two summers ago, I learned that I had been accepted into the marketing master's program at Webster Graduate School, Regent’s College, London, UK. Studying for my master’s in London had become a dream of mine after a period of study abroad at Regent’s College during my junior year at the College of St. Rose.

Following the completion of my Proctors internship (and a brief stint making magic at Walt Disney World), I would be heading back to England’s not so sunny shores. For me, studying in London meant so much more than an international degree; learning with people from all over the world, travelling through Europe, immersing myself in different cultures, and taking advantage of West End theatre, all supplemented my education.

Towards the end of my degree program at Webster Graduate School in 2012, I applied for another internship and was accepted into what was a dream job for me. The company, StageWon, a social networking and professional development website for London and regional theatres throughout the UK, had just been launched. StageWon is an incredible company, with a small team of some of the most amazing and dedicated people I’ve ever met. The CEO is a fellow Yank abroad, which was a comfort right from the beginning. On my first day, I was titled marketing and events officer, given my own e-mail address, and asked to help plan the first ever StageWon Charity Gala event, as well as a series of events in July to help promote the website and what it offers.

Amazingly, the focus of my job right now harkens to my time as an education program intern at Proctors. We are hosting a Master Class Bootcamp Day, inspired by the upcoming Summer Olympic games here in London. The thinking is that while the athletes are training for their moment, we’ll host a day where drama students and amateur societies can train for theirs. You never quite realize how much work goes into pulling together an event such as this, but it is a lot of fun. Contacting people to run the classes is always an exciting thing, especially when they get excited about what we’re trying to achieve. We’re in talks right now with some great London theatre professionals to help us out on the day of the camp.

Putting together something to tie theatre and the Olympics together is an amazing experience. It’s a huge initiative at the moment for the Society of London Theatres: reminding visitors and locals that even though the Olympics are taking center stage, any good thespian knows, the show must go on! It’s important that the theatre community stays involved during the weeks when all eyes will be on the five rings.

Being here as London prepares for the 2012 Games is incredible. The entire city is under works, as those in charge prepare it to absolutely shine and sparkle this summer. I never thought I’d get to experience the little things -- from seeing how it affects the advertising you see on the buses and in the Tube stations to the daily e-mails from the Transport for London advising on how best to avoid the crowds. It might sound silly to some, but seeing the preparation makes me appreciate the experience even more. That’s the impact of the Olympics. When I think about the work involved in planning a small event in central London, I can’t help but be amazed at the enormous and complex planning that must go into an Olympic games.

I don’t have Olympics tickets myself (I didn’t win any of the bidding or re-sales, a dreadful process that could probably fill another two blogs), but it is definitely an exciting time to be in London, even if it’s just to soak up the atmosphere.

If anyone is making the trip across the pond this summer, it is a great time to check out the theatre and everything else the capital has to offer. Also, if it strikes your fancy, you can come and hone your theatrical skills at a Master Class Bootcamp in Central London!
Dreams do come true!

Gazette readers may recall that Gina Bucciero reported on her experiences at Proctors in a July 2010 blog. Here she expands on that experience, fueled by dedication and hard work. Gina, a resident of Clifton Park and College of St. Rose graduate, looks forward to visiting her colleagues at Proctors at the end of July.

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