20 July 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 41

Nathan McCarthy, Sherman Theatre 

As we are nearing the end of the internship I am currently applying for opportunities. The past 11 months have been an amazingly enlightening experience for a person who had no experience or knowledge of fundraising. I feel I now have a general understanding which I can build on in my future career. Working at Sherman Theatre has provided me with insight to the inner workings of an arts organisation. I also feel that the internship has provided me with skills and relevant experiences that are transferable into other roles at other organisations.

Recently I assisted in the co-ordination of the Arts & Business Cymru Awards with the other interns. The night was a great experience and it’s amazing to see how everyone’s hard work paid off, the feedback I’ve heard from attendees including Sherman Theatre’s Chief Executive and my business mentor Lynne Sheehy has been nothing but positive.  

Currently I am looking at ways to increase front of house donations for The Sherman after completing a large body of research on various giving streams. As stated in a previous blog post these have included QR codes, text giving, crowdfunding, social media fundraising, payroll giving and give as you shop campaigns. In the coming weeks I’m going to be filling out a draft application for the project I have been given the opportunity to create for Sherman Theatre which the fundraising manager will submit at a later date to Awards For All.

In conclusion I’d like to reiterate the incredible 11 month experience I’ve had at Sherman Theatre. I am proud to have been a part of the team here and to have contributed to the work of the organisation. Everyone at Sherman has contributed to my learning in some capacity over the course of the internship and I cannot emphasise enough how grateful I am. In terms of the work I have seen during my time here, it has been inspirational. Specifically Killology, How My Light Is Spent and Iphigenia in Splott, which I was given the opportunity to see in a rehearsal room before the New York run. Sherman Theatre has been a part of my life since studying drama at GCSE, and I am confident that I will always maintain some sort of relationship with Sherman Theatre moving forward.

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