Southeast Missouri State University student Ryan Jones is interning on the set this summer at McLeod Summer Playhouse.
At his new job, the Crystal City, Mo., native works 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week building the shows for “Peter Pan,” “A Chorus Line” and “The Sound of Music.”
Last summer, he had an internship at Capital Playhouse. He says he believes these internships are preparing him for the work he will do after he graduates.
Ryan has certainly gained a lot of experience behind the scenes participating in Southeast productions. He was a stage manager, assistant director, first hand and Spanish language coach of “Blood Wedding,” a master electrician and cutter of “Once on this Island,” and sound designer of “In the Boom Boom Room,” all in the fall of 2010. He has also worked in several other positions and on several other Southeast production sets.
Ryan obviously likes to work hard. Even when he recounts his favorite moments from Southeast, he describes some of his most diligent, including times he was called in to sew costumes late into the evening. Ryan’s reward is the feeling of satisfaction he gets when everything falls together after the last hectic moments before a show premiere, he says.
After graduating in May 2013, Ryan plans to pursue graduate studies. He eventually wants to work in London, a city he had the opportunity to visit during a Southeast class trip in which he experienced the influence of cultural diversity in his profession.
He says he believes Southeast has played a major role in his success. He especially values the faculty at the University and how available they make themselves to students.
“The teachers are really helpful and willing to talk with you about anything you need to talk about, school or personal,” he said.
Ryan said he feels time with his friends from the Department of Theatre and Dance keeps him grounded. In his spare time, he enjoys playing games and enjoying karaoke nights at Buckner Brewing Co. with them.
Ryan suggests to future Southeast students, “Find a balance with school and friends.”