Recent graduate Devery North is working as a company manager at the Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer and fall.
“I applied for the position in April and just thought I’d throw my hat in the ring,” she said. “I got an interview and it went really well. I’m very fortunate.”
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is held each year on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City. This season includes Shakespearean classics such as “King Lear” and “The Taming of the Shrew,” as well as classics such as “South Pacific” and “Dracula.”
In the position, North will help arrange housing, travel and special events for the more than 100 performers and supporting crew members.
“There are so many people who come to the festival, I’m looking forward to making connections,” North said.
Prior to graduating in May, North spent the spring semester studying abroad in London, where she took classes at Florida State University’s Theatre Academy London.
“The classes were great, and I was able to take in 18 professional productions around London while I was there,” she said. “I learned a lot about class, gender and race in performance and how minorities are underrepresented in theatre everywhere. It was interesting learning that in the context of a bigger city.”
North stayed in Bloomsbury district and discovered that she was just a block away from the first college in London created for women, Bedford College.
“I loved being located next to a women's college at my home away from home,” she said.
North said she felt having experience abroad gives her an edge.
“Having been in the real world for a semester, I’m definitely more independent and self reliant.”
While at Stephens, North was the chair of the student-run Warehouse Theatre. She also spent one summer interning at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre.
“Stephens is such a hands-on place,” she said. “If you work hard enough and take advantage of the right opportunities, you’re going to learn so much.”
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