Vivid Stage partners with Eleven+ to provide internships for students of color

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originally published: 06/28/2022

(SUMMIT, NJ) — vivid scene announced a partnership with Eleven+ to help disadvantaged students gain meaningful, paid work experience that will better prepare them for the job market upon graduation.

Upgrade to Even Plus Incorporated, short for its day-to-day operating name Eleven+, is a non-profit startup that has developed what many believe to be a win-win situation. It aligns underserved students of color from low-income families with the large number of nonprofit organizations operating in local and neighboring communities through a paid internship program. The organization identifies sources of underutilized high performers and partners with nonprofits to host summer internships. Additionally, Eleven+ raises funds and provides grants to each host so they can pay interns’ wages at $15 per hour. It maintains partnerships with host organizations in Northern New Jersey, New London, CT and Cleveland, OH.

Vivid Stage is partnering with Eleven+ for summer 2022 and providing a paid internship experience for a college student from NJ. Vivid Stage recognizes the importance of internships in providing students with valuable work experiences and opportunities for skill development and networking that can improve the educational, work and life prospects of participating students. Vivid Stage will also provide a mentor to guide the intern through what will likely be their first professional work experience.

“We are delighted to welcome Jamir (Jay) Freeman, a student at Centenary University, for an internship this summer. He is a young theater professional, and will bring his enthusiasm and talent to the job while learning from the rest of team, said Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director of Vivid Stage.

vivid scene was founded in 1994 as Dreamcatcher Rep, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with audiences by sharing contemporary and inspiring stories that challenge, energize and entertain. Their work is grounded in a belief in the essential goodness of people and the power of live performance to connect people through our common humanity. They expose viewers to ideas and lives similar and different to their own in an effort to spark their imaginations and create empathy for others. They deepen the experience of their guests with personal contact through receptions, discussions and interactive programs. The company’s activities include stage productions, improv comedy and cabarets, new play readings, and a variety of educational and outreach programs for seniors.

Vivid Stage programs are funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, an agency partner of the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous other corporations, foundations, and individuals. Vivid Stage is an action producing member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance.

Vivid Stage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey.

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