From Rugby stage to York Theatre

Her role as Varya in last year’s spring production “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov landed Covi Brannan ’15 an internship this summer with the York Theatre Royal in England.

Brannan’s performance caught the eye of YTR artistic director Damian Cruden, who directed Donald Freed’s “Tomorrow” in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Cruden was impressed with Brannan’s performance and offered her an internship to work on YTR’s production of “The Legend of King Arthur.”

The internship was from June 24 to July 30 and focused on stage management and production design rather than acting.

“I wanted to experience firsthand what it would be like to work in the theatre as an adult,” Brannan said. “Though I have always been an actress, I think it’s very important as an actor to get to know all the other aspects of the theater that go into making a production beautiful and successful. Through the years, I’ve actually found that I really love the technical part of theater as well. Without [it], you wouldn’t really have a show.”

Brannan said her experiences at the internship were not ones she thinks she could have had in the United States.

Brannan, an avid participant in school productions, has played Darlene in “The Diviners” and acted in “Auntie Mane” and “Grease.” She also assistant-directed and stage managed “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

“There is nothing I’ve ever done that makes me happier or feel better about myself [than acting].” Brannan said. “Since fourth grade I just knew that theater was what I wanted to be doing. I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.”

Brannan said that she hopes to act for a living when she’s older, doing different types of theater in New York and England.

“I realized in recent years that I also have a passion for stage management and playwriting, and that is something I want to cultivate as I mature in my craft.”

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