Name: Rose Weiss
Class Year: 2018
Title: Production Assistant
Organization Name: Fever Up
1. In one sentence, what does your job entail?
My job entails ensuring productions–anything from immersive theatrical productions to candlelit string quartet concerts–run smoothly.
2. What planned and unplanned events connected you to your industry and your first employer after Holy Cross? How did you learn/decide it was a good fit for you?
The Crusader Internship Fund allowed me the opportunity to pursue an internship at Al Roker Entertainment, a multimedia production company based in New York City, during the summer before my Junior year. This experience was invaluable not only because I gained production and creative development experience, but also because I met some of my most important
mentors who I collaborate with to this day. Eventually, this internship led me to my first full-time job after graduation working in creative development at a production company in New York City. I learned that I thrive in an environment where I can solve problems creatively, and ultimately, that I want to produce innovative new work in a variety of mediums (theater, film, live streaming
services, etc.). Through it all, I have been fortunate to have the support of the Career Development Center; I had countless meetings, during college and following graduation, that helped me discern my interests and larger goals, then map out the practical steps to get there.
3. What were you involved in when you were on campus?
I was on the Alternate College Theatre E-board and hosted a weekly radio show on WCHC 88.1. Additionally, I acted in the Theatre Department’s productions of Cloud 9 (Edward/Betty), Picnic (Flo), Hamlet (Ophelia), Middletown (Mary), The Royal Family (Julie), and The Skin of Our Teeth
4. What was your major and how did it affect your career decisions?
I was a Theatre major which, in tandem with my work in production, has led me to pursue my MFA in Devised Performance at the University of the Arts/ Pig Iron School in Philadelphia, PA. I have one year left of the two and a half year program which centers on both devising original theatrical work, and Lecoq pedagogy. As a Theatre major at Holy Cross, I was exposed to all aspects of theatrical performance, design, and technical production, which has directly
correlated to my career path.
5. What are one or two skills that you developed at Holy Cross that you use in your work?
At Holy Cross, my curiosity was ever-encouraged, which has bolstered my exploration of a variety of professional endeavors. While I ultimately am pursuing a career in the arts, I worked on an IT team for a multimedia architectural consultancy for two years in Boston, MA and Washington, DC. I was able to meet this role in large because the Holy Cross educational
experience is so versatile.
6. What advice do you have for students on campus today?
I would say, first, do not be afraid to explore anything and everything you are interested in. Second, approach your professional work with kindness. So many people in the Holy Cross community and beyond have helped me navigate the professional world; I am looking forward to getting to a point in my career where I can become a mentor to others and hopefully pay it