Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education for New York City

Fordham Arts Students Work Backstage at the Vital Theatre

Fordham Arts students on the job

Fordham High School for the Arts interns Kiera Ford, Justin Velasquez, Alicia Villanueva, Joseph Lynch and Kelsey Van-Tull are working as backstage crew, sound operators and house management staff for Vital Theatre Company’s production of THE BULLY running now until February 26. The students learned their backstage roles by studying their ‘call sheets’, by rehearsing and performing ‘quick changes’ with the show’s actors and by practicing complicated set moves under the tutelage of professional stage manager Ashley Scoles.

THE BULLY, directed by Linda Ames Key, Education Director at Vital, opened to rave reviews. Time Out New York Kids wrote, “Once again, Vital triumphs with a production that speaks to kids on their own terms about a subject that really, truly matters.”

The Fordham High School students’ internships are part of the Work-Based Learning component of their CTE program which provides authentic, real life work experiences in their field of study.