E-Term, Fall 2016
Claire Feuille '18
"The E-Term was one of my most valuable Dartmouth experiences. I only became serious about pursuing theater as a career during my Sophomore year, so the world of professional theater was both new and daunting to me when I started the internship. I had never done any regional theater productions as a child, as some have, or even worked in community theater production. All of my theater experience before the E-Term came from school productions and summer camps, which, no matter how fulfilling, can't quite replicate what it's like in the real world. This e-term gave me the chance to really begin to understand how the real world works in this profession. Being around professional actors, you hear and participate in conversations about things like Actor's Equity, graduate schools, auditioning, living in New York, and more. As I lived with these actors and worked with them both backstage and onstage, I really solidified my commitment to the theater and began to craft a plan for the next couple years with a much more informed perspective than I could have hoped to have without making those connections. But even if a student weren't ultimately going to pursue theater as a career, I believe the e-term would still be unbelievably valuable. Knowledge of the intricacies of the theater world was merely one benefit of the experience. I was also given the opportunity to work on a professional show and act alongside very experienced actors, to work backstage Off-Broadway, to live in New York and take advantage of all that it has to offer (voice lessons, dance lessons, seeing shows on our nights off, etc.). I am a better performer for having had those experiences, but more than that, I think I am also a better collaborator and leader because I am more able to bring the level of professionalism I became accustomed to throughout the E-term to everything I do. If a student wants a career in theater, I think the e-term is essential. If a student just wants to grow as a performer, as a student, or as a leader in the department, I think the e-term is also a truly exciting learning experience and will give them the tools to make the most of their Dartmouth education. It is a rare and wonderful opportunity, and I hope that future students will be able to have this experience."