26 October 2015back

Creative Internships Blog Week 3

Rebecca Hobbs, Wales Millennium Centre

Hello, I’m Rebecca, the new Creative Intern at Wales Millennium Centre. Having been a regular audience member here for many years, I was very excited to be placed in such an ambitious and versatile organisation.

It wasn’t until I began to write this opening blog that I realised just how much I have already learned in the short time I have been here. The last three weeks have been a whirlwind and, in the best way, I’m already starting to feel like a part of the furniture in the office. From getting the opportunity to sit in on meetings about exciting projects in the pipeline, being introduced to corporate accounts and attempting to get to grips with the Centre’s database (Tessitura) to initiating research into my own individual giving projects on top of performing the general day to day office tasks, the internship is keeping me on my toes. The luxury of working with such a large and friendly development team is that everyone has such specialised knowledge. I am only ever a wheely chair away from the right person to answer my (probably obvious) question. But if I have learned anything over the last three weeks, it is that there is no shame in having to ask for help, which is progress in itself coming from someone who always likes to be self-sufficient.

Wales Millennium Centre is an incredibly exciting organisation to be a part of for the next ten months. This week alone, the Centre is staging two home-grown creations – ‘Land of our Fathers’ and the penultimate tenth anniversary celebration, ‘Broadway to the Bay’ – as well as running a series of free cultural events to celebrate Black History Month. After Ar Waith Ar Daith, the largest free event the Centre has ever put on, the tenth anniversary celebrations are coming to a close in the next few weeks with two very special events, the first of those being ‘Broadway to the Bay’. After being invited to sit in on the dance rehearsals last Friday, I could tell there was a real buzz in the air backstage.  As a lover of musical theatre myself, being in the midst of such exciting work is a rather surreal experience. Amongst the week’s successes was managing to suppress the fan girl when John Owen Jones stood next to me in the rehearsal room sipping a coffee in his casual attire.  

Whilst an office environment has been a shock to the system after four years of student mentality, the thing that has surprised me the most about working in an Arts organisation is the sheer scale of the operation. It is extraordinary how many people are involved in the successful running of the Centre, and the Development team is right at the heart of that mission. Becoming a part of such a driven and dedicated team has already had a huge impact on my perception of Wales Millennium Centre’s vision. Thanks to the work that is going on around me, I am continuously absorbing knowledge and advice and, in doing so, enhancing my own understanding of what it takes to be a great fundraiser.

Tonight, I get to sit in the Donald Gordon Theatre for the first time.  Now I know what is going on behind the glitz and the glamour, I’ll be looking on the stage with fresh eyes. Now I can appreciate just how many people are responsible for making such a prestigious event possible. As you can probably already tell, the Centre has well and truly got under my skin, and I look forward to embracing what the next ten months have in store.  


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