La Crosse, WI
Jack Hamilton is a Facility Technical Director for Viterbo University's Fine Arts Center, which is a regional and university arts center in Wisconsin. The thought of majoring in anything other than theatre at Luther never crossed his mind. Immediately after graduation, he worked for the Des Moines Metro Opera as a Master Carpenter, and then began working for Viterbo University that fall.
My studies did not take me where I wanted to go, I believe they took me where I needed to be. Luther for me was not about one place over another but the community we created in the places we were.
It is never too early to make contacts in the arts/entertainment industries. Work some variation of a summer-stock or festival every summer. I would recommend working for two consecutive years at two different companies. The first year is for the variation in experiences, the second year to build on the new skills you found you had the first year. Work at the second company instills the idea that there is always another way to approach the same challenge.
It’s possible that in one week I could be working with a nationally recognized dance company on Monday, watch the 2,000 preschoolers have their day made when they see their first black light puppet show on Tuesday, sneak in a day off on Wednesday and convert the theatre into an orchestra hall on Thursday to accommodate a symphonic orchestra for Friday and Saturday. We’re not that busy every week but the range of shows we work with is so large there really is no such thing as an average day or week.