Intern Diaries – Lucas Wilson-Spiro ’15
Name: Lucas Wilson-Spiro ’15
Intended Major: European Studies, Russian and Theatre
Hometown: Nassau, New York
Over the summer, Lucas Wilson-Spiro interned at the Tacchi-Morris Performing Arts Centre and the Heathfield Community School in Monkton Heathfield, England. He primarily worked with the students and staff of “The Space,” a performing arts high school. Wilson-Spiro assisted with the technical theater work for their production of the musical, “The Wiz.”
A typical day for this Batesie included going to a morning staff briefing, helping with roll call for a teacher’s tutor group, then going to either The Space or the Tacchi-Morris Centre. There, he did various jobs that included helping touring companies set up, building sets, rigging lights, putting down the dance floor, and just helping out with the important tasks of the day.
In his role helping with The Wiz, he worked closely people at The Space, all of whom “quickly become very close friends.” Wilson-Spiro describes his co-workers as family, saying, “I felt like I was more than just needed; I felt like I belonged.” Overall, he said everybody on staff “was a pleasure to work with.”
Although his internship was paid, part of his salary went to covering his housing. He and the other intern stayed with an English teacher from the school that lived in a gorgeous historic house in the “picturesque, tiny village of North Curry.” Wilson-Spiro and his co-intern had separate rooms and he describes his housing situation as “overall, completely fabulous.”
He found the summer opportunity through the BCDC, which was able to connect him to a current parent, Mike Bettles P’13. Lucas said he loved working at Tacchi-Morris and he “would be overjoyed if [he] could go back and work full time there.”
After finishing the internship, he got a temporary job in Scotland working as a theatre technician for a company called “Zoo Venues” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.