By Caitlin Howle

Since the late 1990s, Trinity Rep’s internship program has featured season-long, on-the-job training in production, artistic, and administrative aspects of the theater. Over the years, many of our interns have impressed us with their success in the theater community, and we could not be more proud. In addition to interns who stayed at Trinity Rep as full-time employees — three of whom are now part of senior management — here are just a few who are currently working around the country.

2019-20 Interns: pictured left (from top) are Devin Gately, Brown/Trinity Rep; Ashmita Malkani, stage management; Audrey Rowland, marketing; and Grace Mitchell, costumes; center (from top) are Daniel Fine, sound; Blake DeVaney, development; and Zö Pezzano, graphic design; right (from top) are Shanel LaShay Smith, artistic management; Joi Wright, education; and Erin Butts, lighting. Photo by former intern Max Snyder.

Sascha Paladino (1998-99, education) is currently serving as a TV writer and producer at the Walt Disney Company, whose credits include Doc McStuffins, Miles from Tomorrowland, and Mira, Royal Detective.

Maria Manuela Goyanes (2000-01, literary) Maria was recently named the artistic director of Woolly Mammoth in Washington, DC. Before that, she was director of producing and artistic planning at The Public Theater. She also worked for Trinity Rep from 2001-04.

Nigel Smith (2002-02, education) works as artistic director at The Flea Theater in New York City. His theater work includes productions at Classical Theatre of Harlem, HERE Arts Center, New York Fringe Festival, and The Public Theater.

Rachel Tischler (2003-04, general management) works as the general manager at Goodspeed Musicals. She has also worked as an attorney.

Natalie Jankowski (2009-10, external relations) is now the assistant director of communications at Columbia University. She also worked at McCarter Theatre Center as their assistant director of marketing.

Kristin Idaszak (2009-10, literary) is the artistic director and co-founder of Cloudgate Theatre in Chicago. Her plays have been produced across the country, including Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW festival.

Meredyth Pederson Cooper (2010-11, education) serves as director of education at Raleigh Little Theatre. Before that, she was associate education director at Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky. She also is the managing editor of TYA Today.

Leonard Luveria (2011-12, stage management) is the production manager for The New School in New York City.

Camron Parker (2011-12, general management) currently serves as associate general manager at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City.

Meagan Garcia (2013-14, stage management) is a company manager for Boston’s Huntington Theater Company.

Rodney Witherspoon II (2015-16, development) returned to Providence as an MFA candidate in the Brown/Trinity Rep program in acting and is set to graduate in 2021.

Caley Chase (2016-17, development) is the assistant to the artistic director at the Huntington Theater Company.

From coast to coast we’re seeing the continued success of our interns and are honored that they chose to begin their careers here at Trinity Rep.

Know someone looking to learn more about the theater? We are now accepting applications for our 2020-21 Season internship class. Details can be found at www.trinityrep.com/interns.