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CATF internships now are available

By Staff | Sep 17, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Contemporary American Theater Festival, which celebrated its 20th season this summer, hosts internships each year.

These internships are available to students of all majors and play a variety of roles in the daily operations of CATF.

This year, the festival hired 17 interns, five of whom were Shepherd students, in addition to a sixth Shepherd student who was also employed by the CATF, Peggy McKowen, associate producing director, said in a news release.

An education fund was established 14 years ago in memory of Shirley A. Marinoff, who was an original member of the CATF board of trustees. The fund is set up through the Shepherd University Foundation.

Dr. Stanley Marinoff said that following the death of his wife, he and his daughter took her place on the CATF board.

“She was an educator,” Marinoff said. “It was important for her to get involved.”

Marinoff said that after she died, the family wanted to get involved with the internship and provide a way for Shepherd students to afford to be at CATF.

“The internship gives them an opportunity to get involved with theater and see all aspects of it,” Marinoff said.

CATF interns are paid $1,500. The education fund helps supplement their stipend. Through the education fund and a gift given through an anonymous donor, three students received a $250 supplement to their internship stipend.

This year’s interns included junior Marilyn Greenfield, events and costumes intern, of Inwood; senior Caryn Michael, administrative intern, of Hagerstown, who benefited from the anonymous Shepherd donor; sophomore Leslie Hencke, acting intern, of Arthur, W.Va.; senior Joshua Riese, sound intern, of Shenandoah Junction; and junior Roxanne Estes, accounting intern, of Cherry Hill, N.J., who benefited from the Marinoff fund.

CATF also hired Tyler Sherman, of Winchester, who worked in the box office during the season.

Internships are available to students of any major, can be done for credit and are available during the school term as well as through the summer.

Students interested in applying for internships should e-mail McKowen at pmckowen@shepherd.edu.