On July 21st, Student Production Workshop (SPW) ensemble members took part in a College and Career Readiness Interview Skills Workshop at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The workshop is one in a series of four College and Career Readiness Workshops, each covering a different aspect of college and career planning.
The workshop focused on the choices students can make to best present themselves at an interview. With Roundabout Teaching Artists Leah Reddy and Hannah Johnson-Walsh, students explored how posture, eye contact, and facial expression all impact one’s first impression. “I want them to be more confident with the idea of going to an interview. Now they feel like this is something they can do,” said Hannah of her hopes for the workshop’s impact on students.
Teaching Artist Leah played the role of “Sam Student," an unskilled interviewer who dreams of going to Ohio State University. After a particularly bad college interview, Sam begged the other students to help her improve her interview skills. Together, the students gave Sam advice, modeled etiquette in practice interviews, and shared their elevator speeches, a brief introduction that highlights their aspirations and accomplishments.
Students received additional support from lawyers from Troutman Sanders LLP, who participated in the workshop and shared their interview expertise with students. Robert Schaffer, a partner at Troutman Sanders, was delighted that the students could benefit from the firm’s collaboration with Roundabout. “I was particularly impressed and excited to see how the advocacy and legal skills that the Troutman people brought into the room really merged with the craft of theatre. Together, we were able to make a synergy to help these students progress in presenting themselves.”
As the workshop ended and the participants reflected on their experience, many students expressed that they felt more confident about going on an interview. When asked how she would use these skills in the future, Lally Varela, an SPW student leader, said “Not only will it help for college interviews, but definitely when I’m applying for jobs. The person that you’re talking to needs to know that you know who you are, and what you can do. It’s great that now I know what to do, it helps a lot.”
We gratefully acknowledge the partnership of Troutman Sanders LLP and the firm’s generous support of Education at Roundabout during this 50th Anniversary Season.
Education @ Roundabout, Student Production Workshop