Networking in Theatre

Tanner Smithson
Tanner Smithson ('19) (Elliet Jurden at Elliet Jane Photography)

Theatre major Tanner Smithson's ('19) internship included meetings with top Broadway executives and drinks with actors Bryan Cranston and Tony Goldwyn.

Smithson served as a theatre operations intern in February for the Shubert Organization, where he worked at three New York City theaters showing the plays Network, starring Cranston and Goldwyn, To Kill a Mockingbird and King Lear.

He landed the internship thanks to a recommendation from theatre professor Andy Harris and says the experience reaffirms his plans to pursue a career as a producer. The Terry Scholar, who graduated in May, helped revamp UNT's University Players club into the UNT Drama Lab to include more student-driven productions.

"I love the people who make up the Broadway community," Smithson says.