Last spring, Sierra had the chance to be a technical intern at Centerstage in Baltimore. Centerstage is a Mount Vernon theater that hosts six major productions a year. Upon the recommendations of her advisor and one of her design professors at Stevenson University, Sierra pursued the opportunity and ultimately landed a spot in the theater’s Costume Shop. There, she was a part of a hands-on team and was responsible for finishing costumes in production, which meant lots of hemming, trimming, and button application. As a fashion design major, Sierra was able to call upon familiar techniques and learn new methods while completing her projects.
Sierra plans to enter the fashion world after graduation, and says her experience at Centerstage exposed her to theater and costume design as a possible career option. “An internship is essential for those with creative majors” Sierra explains. “It is an excellent way to determine which fields truly interest you while honing your technical skills.” Along with industry experience and professional connections, Sierra says her work at Centerstage helped her improve her time management. “I learned exactly what I could do in a given amount of time,” she says. “Many times I was juggling several projects at once!”