Roseneath regularly works with students in both the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to support their high school co-op placement programs. Tynan is our co-op student this semester and he will be working in the office every afternoon until the end of January. Tynan has been all sorts of busy since his first day with us in September. We thought we’d ask him to share his thoughts on what co-op at Roseneath has been like so far. Enjoy!
Hello everyone, my name is Tynan and I’m currently working as a co-op student with Roseneath Theatre Company for the first half of the school year. I enjoy theatre and drama and have loved them for most of my life. I love making other people laugh and cheering my friends up.
In the past year I’ve been given many opportunities to show myself off on a stage, to make people laugh, or gasp, or otherwise genuinely react. I was in a production of West Side Story, participated in the Sears Ontario Drama Festival, and had the incredible fortune to be invited to a specialized drama course at the brand new Éclat School of Performing Arts this past summer, where I was able to work with many people already established in the industry. Through all these performances, I kept wondering how all the behind-the-scenes aspects of acting worked. From my courses and experiences I knew roughly how being a member of a tech crew worked, but I was never able to truly experience these or the more managerial aspects of theatre.
This is what led me to applying for a placement with Roseneath—I figured that working with the managers and directors behind the scenes would give me a better view of how the entire theatre/acting industry works. I’ve done all sorts of things as part of this placement, such as entering invoices into a database, helping with hotels for tours, working on the Wrecked set, and even helping to workshop Champion, which we’ve just started working on. As you can see, it promises to be a very interesting show!
I’ve been here for a month and a half now, and I couldn’t think of a better placement for me. I really enjoy helping my co-workers out with whatever they need, whenever they need it, and thanks to them I have a much better understanding of how the theatre industry works now!