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Internships available with theater festival at Shepherd University

September 06, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - 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 festival's daily operations.

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 festival, according to Peggy McKowen, associate producing director.

An education fund was established 14 years ago in memory of Shirley A. Marinoff, who was an original member of the board of trustees.

The fund is set up through the Shepherd University Foundation.

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.

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This year's interns included junior Marilyn Greenfield, events and costumes intern, of Inwood, W.Va.; 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, W.Va.; and junior Roxanne Estes, accounting intern, of Cherry Hill, N.J., who benefited from the Marinoff fund.

The festival also hired Shepherd student Tyler Sherman of Winchester, Va., who worked in the box office during the season.

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

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.

Stanley Marinoff, said that following the death of his wife, he and his daughter took her place on the board. "She was an educator," Marinoff said. "It was important for her to get involved."

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