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Thursday, May 13 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
2 PM ET: Perceived Leader Effectiveness in a Digital Theatre Arts Internship: A Mixed-Methods Study

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused traditional in-person experiences in the arts to pivot to a remote format, vocational internships included. Remote internships not only give students additional opportunities to collaborate within a national and global context, but address typical equity concerns and potential barriers that students may face with an in-person experience. In this mixed-methods study, leadership effectiveness in Davis Shakespeare Festival’s (DSF) Digital Internship Program (DIP) was studied in the context of remote engagement. Four leaders were interviewed individually and seventeen internship participants completed a quantitative survey that measured perceived leadership effectiveness. Additionally, an ethnographic approach was used in order to measure company policies and procedures that promoted diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives. Using triangulation, findings concluded that despite having to pivot from an in-person internship experience to a virtual format, both company leadership and internship participants perceived leadership effectiveness as either very or extremely effective. Results also indicated that a virtual internship format did not negatively affect perceived leadership effectiveness or community building, despite the lack of in-person experiences. The value of this study lies in its evidence that internships in the arts can be effective even when operating remotely, thus finding innovative ways to fulfill traditional university internship requirements. As the findings suggest, one path to success is for organizations to continue to facilitate remote internship opportunities that foster collaboration, mentorship, empowerment, openness, diversity, equity, and accessibility and shy away from simply copying their traditional in-person experiences to a digital realm.

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avatar for Thomas (Tom) Abruzzo, MA, Davis Shakespeare Festival and University of San Diego

Thomas (Tom) Abruzzo, MA, Davis Shakespeare Festival and University of San Diego

Thomas (Tom) Abruzzo is a PhD student of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego studying Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership with particular interest in the field of Arts Administration. At USD's Nonprofit Institute, Tom works as a Doctoral Research Assistant to create... Read More →
avatar for Susan Flaming Yeats, TCC Family Health

Susan Flaming Yeats, TCC Family Health

Susan Flaming Yeats is a Ph.D. student in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego.  Her interests include interiority and leadership, with a focus on the inner narratives leaders craft in light of their various identities and experiences, and how these narratives impact... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Williams, MA, Study Abroad Manager and PhD student

Brittany Williams, MA, Study Abroad Manager and PhD student

Brittany Williams is an International Studies Abroad Manager at the University of San Diego International Center. Her role focuses primarily on advising and supporting undergraduate students as they pursue international education experiences as well as facilitating, planning, and... Read More →

Thursday May 13, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
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