Week Cinque: Intern Abroad, Novafeltria, Italy- Autumn Galka

My time in Italy has come to an end. With travelling to and from shows and cleaning up the costume shop, the last two weeks in Italy went by in a whirlwind. Despite only being with the program for five weeks saying goodbye to new friends is always hard. I made some worthwhile connections as well as wonderful friends.  After finishing each Opera, in the costume shop we had to restock each of the garments back into costume storage.

I have asked permission from my supervisor to post photos from our production.  The following photos are from the Voci Nel Montefeltro Facebook.

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly, Cast B

Madama Butterfly, Cast A

Madama Butterfly, Cast A

l'Italiana in Algeri

l’Italiana in Algeri

L'Italiana in Algeri

L’Italiana in Algeri

Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi

Friday evening the local Teatro Café held a special Rock N’ Roll America concert as a special send off for their many American patrons leaving. It was the perfect send off and goodbye to the sweet little town of Novafeltria. There are many cities that hold a special place in my heart and Novafeltria is now among them.



Saturday morning at 8 am we made the long, winding journey from Novafeltria to Rome; our time with La Musica Lirica was officially over. I spent two days in Rome cherishing the time I had left with my new friends. The traffic in Rome was ridiculous due to the number of Vespa drivers on the road. In Rome, we made sure to see the average tourist sites, such as the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain.

IMG_4065The Trevi Fountain, one of the only sites I wanted to see, was sadly under construction. I found Rome rather difficult to navigate, but eventually got to each destination. Monday Morning I made my way to Leonardo Da Vinci Airport for my final flight home. I thought I would never find a more confusing airport than Charles DeGaulle in Paris but I was terribly wrong. Despite much confusion, Monday afternoon I made it to Philadelphia Airport. I’m happy to be home but also going to miss Italy terribly.


Khadijah Dixon Internship at Philadelphia Juvenile Probation

Random workplace picture.

Random workplace picture.


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel”.  A quote by Maya Angelou explains my experience thus far. Although working in this environment is stressful at times and we all had moments were we forgot what someone said, but from what I saw we all had good feelings toward each other. Having been at my internship now for over a month, I have truly learned a great deal. Some of the things I learned thus far how important it is to look over names carefully because it makes a big difference when you are looking it up especially when you are sharing with others. Also I learned how to effective multitask. At times I have struggled with it, but since doing my internship I have seen that sometimes multitasking on certain things helps make the task going faster. An example would be while I’m doing the referrals, I will write an email about the education records while looking for the information that belongs on the cover page.

Also I have learned how important it is to be patient because sometimes people may not be at their desk so they may not be able to give you what you need. But usually I would work on another task. I would say that interning in the Training and Evaluations unit has exceeded my expectations because we do a lot more than training and evaluations. We make sure the appropriate paper work goes to the right facilities and departments along with other things. I would say the most surprising thing that has occurred at my internship was being at the sheriff’s station for about an hour. That was surprising because of all my task I had never imagined that helping at the sheriffs desk to be one of them. While at the desk I had to call the parole officers and inform them that the juvenile was there. Also I had to make sure that the juveniles signed in. Overall being a sheriff for an hour was not bad at all.

Week Quattro: Intern Abroad, Novafeltria, Italy- Autumn Galka

It has been a very long two weeks. We were touring the three operas across the Italian countryside.

Age Make-up on Actress Playing Bonzo in Gianni Schicchi.

Age Make-up on Actress Playing Bonzo in Gianni Schicchi.

It’s truly amazing to have the opportunity to see all of the different towns we would not otherwise have the opportunity to see. All of the venues we performed in have been so different. For our Madame Butterfly performances, we had the pleasure of traveling to Santarcangelo, Legnago and Alfonsine. For L’Italiana in Algeri, we traveled to Santarcangelo and San Marino. We traveled to Talamello and Sant’agata for Gianni Schicchi. Each Opera was also performed at least once in Novafeltria to a packed audience. Our job for running shows was similar to tech-ing a show, helping with make-up and wigs essentially. We had to put age make-up on many of the singers, particularly for Gianni Schicchi. 

It was incredible to see how ornate some of the theatres were.


Beautiful Ornate Theatre in Talamello.

It was particularly hard to travel to Legnago, a 3-½ hour bus trip from Novafeltria. We went to Legnago on a Sunday, and everything is shut down on Sunday in Italy, so after travelling for hours, hunger had set in and it was nearly impossible to find sustenance until much later in the evening. San Marino was absolutely stunning, and I’m so happy we had a show there. My self and fellow Costume Intern, Lauren went to some odd museums, including Museo Delle Torture (Museum of Torture) and Museo Delle Curiosita (Museum of Curosity). Both were very intriguing and informative. Touring was both exhilarating and exhausting.


View From San Marino

This afternoon we had the pleasure of being treated to lunch by one of the heads of the company, Brygida Bziukiewicz Kulig . We were taken to Della Nonna, which essentially means Grandma’s in Italian. You don’t actually order any of the food, Nonna (the chef, whom is the sweetest, little, old lady you’d ever dream of meeting) makes various dishes and simply serves them to you. It was phenomenal. The greatest Italian dishes you could think of graced our plates. My personal favorite was the cannelloni. My time here in Novafeltria is drawing to a close, our closing ceremony is tomorrow and I’m both saddened to be leaving this beautiful, petite Italian town but happy to have the opportunity to explore Rome and finally go home!

Technical Staff Dinner at Della Nonna

Technical Staff Dinner at Della Nonna

Week Tre: Intern Abroad, Novafeltria, Italy- Autumn Galka

Week Three:

Felice Quarto di Luglio! (Happy Fourth of July!) Here in Italy, we (the technical staff and myself) are going to celebrate the Fourth of July the only way we know how, with a cook out!

For two of our productions, Madama Butterfly and L’Italiana In Algeri, we are currently in Tech. We open Madama Butterfly tomorrow evening. In the costume shop, we have been very busy completing costume notes (anything that needs to be edited before opening night.) Through our tech run-throughs, we have been practicing quick changes and demonstrating how each actor will do their make-up, hair and tie their obi.


Set for L’Italiania in Algeri

This past Sunday, we had the pleasure to take a day trip to Florence. Florence is a truly beautiful city. My fellow interns and I roamed the streets searching for leather shops to purchase souvenirs for relatives. IMG_3793

We browsed through the Palazzo Pitti for a while. The Palazzo Pitti, or the Pitti Palace, has many exhibits and galleries. We travelled through Boboli Gardens there and explored the Costume Gallery (something I was very excited about.) The extreme detail put into the garments was intense. IMG_3820

The Museo degli Argenti, or Medici Treasury, was a must-see. The treasures of yesteryear were incredibly detailed and magnificent, in particular they had Ivory Carvings from the 1700s so delicate that it is sincerely incredible they have lasted centuries. Florence was much easier to manage on the little Italian I have picked up. We decided not to go see the statue of David because our colleagues, in the past, had waited at least two hours to see it. Not that it is not an incredible piece of art, we just would rather explore and see more than wait in line. I do wish I had the opportunity to see The Birth of Venus, but yet again lines.


Back in Novafeltria, life has grown fairly normal here. One fact, I have not grown accustomed to, be that they do not have dryers here. With the exception of Laundromats, dryers are in limited supply and we have to hang our personal laundry on a line and also the show laundry. It’s weird to say I miss dryers but I only have two more weeks here in Novafeltria.

Khadijah Dixon Internship at Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Office

My I.D badge that does not open doors but very helpful.

My I.D badge that does not open doors but very helpful.

On the days that I attend my internship, it mostly contains of me being at my desk but the people I get to talk to on a daily basis are the kindest people I have ever met. Although I only see them for a few minutes during the days that I am there, they always keep a smile on my face and always ask either how my day is going or ask about my experiences up until that point. That in return always put a smile on my face and continues to motivate me throughout the day.

Four days a week I walk in the family court house around 9am (sometimes 8:30), say good morning to the security guard and I walk down to the last metal detector with my student intern I.D., which looks very similar to the other employees I.D’s expect ours do not open doors. After the metal detectors, I proceed to the elevators. At times there is a line and everyone, from employees to clients, just waits around until an opening on the elevator opens. Often times it is a fast process. Once on the elevator, I push the button to go to floor 9. When I reach my floor, the security guards mostly know who I am and they let me back to where the desk are. Once at my desk, I check my email and then go to talk to my supervisor about how many referrals we have to do. At times she has most of the packets done and I would finish them by sending an email for the education records and by doing the cover pages.(Yes I have a government email) After I pick up the education records and put them with their appropriate packets, I deliver them to community behavioral health. Sometimes they give me evaluations to input in one of our systems and then deliver them to the parole officers.

The information from my tranining sessions

The information from my tranining sessions

After delivering them to the parole officers, I help my supervisor with the random moments, which are papers that are sent to probation officers to find out what they are doing at random moments. At times the papers can ask the parole officers what they are doing at 10:03 am. Then I do family service plans, which gives the information about a child who has been committed to an institution. This is what I do on a daily basis. Occasionally I get to attend workshops. Thus far I have attended two. The first was a session on Autism Awareness and the second one was on a facility that helps youth who have committed sexual offenses. They both were interesting. I think the most interesting thing I observed was how in each session the parole officers asked questions that they knew would help them understand how to help the child better.

My supervisor is a parole officer who has been with the city for over 25 years. She has trained me in all of the systems and she has given me her badge most of the time to get past the doors. She also has shown me around to the building and also where the stairs are so I do not have to wait for the elevator to go down one floor. She will be retiring in July and it will be sad to see her leave. Reflecting back on my past experiences I have done, everything from being professional and all of my typing experiences has prepared me for this internship.

Week Due: Intern Abroad, Novafeltria, Italy- Autumn Galka

Week Due:

It’s been a very busy week and a half. Most of the present week has consisted of fittings with the Singers and fixing any fitting notes. Many sewing projects were completed, but also I was presented with collaboratively designing a look for Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri. I essentially converted a modern prom gown into something an Algerian woman would wear. I added a jewel-toned jacket with gold trim and a sash.

Tuesday evening I had a brand new cultural experience. It was Le Notte Di Cento Cantini, here in Novafeltria. Le Notte translates roughly to “The Night of the Hundred Basins. “ The event essentially celebrates the summer solstice. Vendors sold flower petals to place in a basin in the moonlight. In the morning you’d wash your face with the water and become beautiful.

10150729_10153480521924224_1393688081826722220_n            The whole night was an enigma to me. I wasn’t really sure why they were celebrating the evening, so I looked up the whole reasoning behind the evening. Via Altarimini.it, I found a synopsis of the legend surrounding the evening, “The Lord of Maiolo on the night of June 23, 1700, invited the elders and villagers to his palace to celebrate the wedding of the daughter Harmony, with toasts and dancing. Many brought gifts to the palace. The dance held an atmosphere of serene joy, when a young witch made ​​his way through the door and presented a gift to the bride. The gift was a dress, that was, unbeknownst to everyone, tainted by every vice.19999_10153480521799224_2612683342454812690_n The dance held joy, but after the dress was donned they became degenerates. Soon lewd behavior broke out. People began stripping their clothes and remained naked to until dawn. They did an unbridled dance Angelico, the dance opened the imagination of demons. The divine punishment was immediate. The top of castelllo was clouded by a storm horde and the mouth of the sky opened exposing water, thunder, lightning and thunderbolts. The entire scales landslide and collapsed into the bowels of the earth. Only two towers remain upright mutilated there on the Rock, as you can still see evidence of the destruction in the Montefeltro.”


All the Interns

Overall, a very interesting tradition to observe and very different than the traditions we have in America.

We had a day off on Sunday and we decided to climb the mountain, Maioletto.11406751_10207153642749412_7437607374990787005_o

It was an extraordinary view. It was quite the climb but worth every moment.



I’ve realized I have grown sick of pizza and pasta. I don’t know how Italians do it. Gelato, however, never grows old. As Americans, our Technical Crew (Set Designer, Props Intern, Myself and Fellow Costume Intern, Costume Shop Manager, Technical Director and Lighting Designer) all plan to celebrate the Fourth of July here, calling it ‘Fourth of Gelato’ and it shall also be an interesting experience.

Autumn Galka, Intern Abroad- Novafeltria, Italy

“Affogato di Nocciola” is not something really profound in Italian; it’s just Hazelnut Gelato with a shot of espresso Espresso poured over it, however, it is still profoundly delicious.


This summer I have the wonderful fortune to have an internship in Novafeltria, Italy. Novafeltria is on the Eastern side of Italy in the Province of Rimini. The internship position is with an American company, La Musica Lirica that comes to Novafeltria each year to put on three operas with students from the United States and Canada. This year, the operas are Madama Butterfly, L’Italiana in Algeri and Gianni Schicchi. Luckily for myself, everyone speaks English within the company! I am one of the two costume technician interns for the company.



My job requires me to fit, alter and stitch costumes as needed. We’ve only been here for five days and we’ve already made nine pairs of harem pants, the corresponding shirts and fit almost all 15 kimonos for Madama Butterfly. For said Kimonos, I’ve learned to tie an Obi, a harder task than it seems. There is also a local Italian intern working in the costume shop with us. Her name is Gloria and she’s an amazing sport at putting up with us asking her how to say various phrases in Italian.

Aside from the job, Italy is amazing, particularly the food. The pasta! The pasta alone deserves its own post! Gelato is quite incredible as well. I’m not entirely sold on the pizza, it’s quite thin compared to that made in America. Here they also eat pizza with a fork and knife. It’s a clear sign you are American if you pick up your pizza.

View From my Apartment

View From my Apartment

Overall, a successful few day in Italy and hopefully I’ll pick up some of the language; my fingers are crossed!

Alexis Jenofsky, Summer ACRE


Left, David Tanner… Right, ME! Alexis

Hi there!

I am super excited to be back and blogging! I am even more excited to share with you my new ACRE project.

This summer I have partnered up with David Tanner on a project entitled Marry Me: A CFA and Audience Engagement. This is Albright’s first ever Arts Administration ACRE… which is SUPER EXCITING.

Back in the summer of 2014, I completed my first ACRE “Drama Therapy: A Different way of Theatre” with Professor Julia Matthews, and Student Madeline Sedler. This was an ACRE that focused more on practice, and different theatre techniques to make theatre a therapeutic outlet. It was a lot of fun, and I took a lot away from it. My ACRE experience was so positive that I had thoughts about doing it again.

During one of my meetings with my advisor David Tanner, I brought up the idea of an Arts Administration project. Right away he was fully invested in the idea and wanted to make it happen. We set up meetings and just talked until we finally got a project topic that we were both interested in.

This was David’s first ever ACRE, so right from the beginning I walked us both through the proposal process. It was a lot of fun working with David on this process, because not only did I teach him a lot but he taught me a heck of a lot in one sitting!

We are now two weeks into our project, and have been reading A LOT!!!!! I cannot wait to share some of my readings with you all… but till then… you must wait! Muwahahaha!

Khadijah Dixon Internship at Philadephia Juvenile Probation

The new family court, which is where my office is.

The new family court, which is where my office is.

The desk that I work at.

The desk that I work at.

Me at my desk just taking a random picture.

Me at my desk just taking a random picture.

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” A quote by Bo Jackson, an American athlete, gives insight to how I plan to achieve my many goals. I am happy to say that I achieved one of them by receiving an internship from the Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Office. I had always dreamed of receiving a government internship. When I received the position, I was ecstatic. Completing a government internship/job, in my opinion, has always given one an advantage because one can see firsthand how a certain sector of the city’s offices operate. In my case, I am able to see how the juvenile probation department operates. The sector that I work in does behavioral evaluation referrals. Although this work mainly takes place at my desk, I get to travel and meet probation officers in the different districts. Also I talk to people in the education department and as well as people in community behavioral health.

In order to get this internship, it did require a lot of preparation. Thanks to the staff at the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center, they helped make my dream a reality. Karen Rieker helped me with my resume and cover letter to make sure it was understandable for my supervisor. She helped me remain optimistic and always gave kind words. While working at the center thanks to all the training and projects that I was given, it is truly helping me with my internship, especially dealing with sensitive information. My internship is similar to my job because it is not only the teen’s personal information, but at times their parents as well. But working at the ELCDC has definitely prepared me for this milestone in my life.

Although I did not have a formal interview, when I first went there for my orientation I was very nervous because I had not been through metal detectors in a long time. Also while waiting, I was not sure what to expect. But after talking to my supervisor, Catherine, I felt better and was ready to begin to work in the new building. I filled out all the necessary paper work, agreed to a background check and by Friday I began my first day on May 29th.

Good Luck Students!


We’d like to take a moment to wish all of our students only the best as they face finals next week!  I know everyone is dreaming of being done classes, but make sure to put in the work, study hard, and finish the semester strong!


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