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Jackson Smith: October’s Front of House Employee of the Month

Jackson Smith and his many hats Photo by T. T. Cheng

Jackson Smith and his many hats
Photo by T. T. Cheng

Our October Front of House Employee of the Month, Jackson Smith, wears many hats at Park Square Theatre. Though hired as the Accounting Associate in September 2015, Jackson has also readily switched hats when needed to work for Front of House as a bartender, ticket agent and house manager. He has even at times donated his personal time and talents on behalf of the organization.

Smith’s newest hat to put on is that of recently promoted Finance Coordinator. Finance & Operations Director Sheri J. Zigan enthusiastically declared both his award and promotion as “well deserved recognition to the one I call my lifeline!!!”

In May, we featured Jackson in the blog “When Passion and Practicality Collide: The Journey of Jackson Smith,” introducing readers to an inspiring young man, bitten by the theatre bug from childhood then, later in life, steadily following a call to Theatre Finance. It is heartening to know that, with Park Square Theatre currently looking for a Finance intern, that intern will be mentored by this young “old soul” who, with hard work and persistence, continues to make big dreams a reality–his and ours.

With great enthusiasm, we at Park Square Theatre give Jackson Smith a standing ovation.

Which hat does Jackson have on now? Photo by Connie Shaver

Which hat does Jackson have on now?
Photo by Connie Shaver

(Note: You can still access “When Passion and Practicality Collide: The Journey of Jackson Smith”  as the May 21, 2016 blog post.)

Jiffy Kunik: September Employee of the Month

Park Square’s Employee of the Month for September is none other than the indefatigable Jiffy Kunik!  Jiffy began her distinguished service at Park Square in 2014, working as an usher in the Education Department. She soon proved her worth and shot up the ladder to serve as a House Manager for the student matinees.

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Before long, an opportunity arose at the theatre in the Finance Department, where Jiffy was able to shine in yet another role. Having personally worked with her for over a year, the one thing I can say is that Jiffy’s great talent is being able to dominate any challenge given to her. On countless occasions I have seen her turn around an otherwise hopeless situation, whether it concerned an upset patron or a new-hire trying to navigate the ticketing system. She just has a way of making you feel like everything is going to be okay, and that, I believe, is the mark of a great leader.

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Her attention to detail, loyalty and deep commitment to Park Square is evident day in and day out. You’d be hard pressed to not find her around putting out some fire or another! Don’t worry, you’ll know it’s her from the smile she’s bound to be wearing.

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James Vincent: August’s Front of House Employee of the Month

Ticket Agent Jimmy Vincent (Photograph by Connie Shaver)

Ticket Agent Jimmy Vincent
(Photograph by Connie Shaver)

Our Front of House Employee of the Month is James (“Jimmy”) Vincent. He began working at Park Square Theatre in October 2015 as a bartender, then soon became a ticket agent, house manager and usher as well. Whenever productions are simultaneously running on both the Proscenium and Boss stages during the evening and weekend, Vincent will now also act as Lead House Manager for one of those stages. He has become an all-around invaluable employee.

Bartender Jimmy Vincent (Photograph by Connie Shaver)

Bartender Jimmy Vincent
(Photograph by Connie Shaver)

When not at Park Square Theatre, Vincent is an actor and model. His dad first planted the idea of his pursuing acting during a father-and-son bonding moment of watching the entire first season of The Office. Ironically, Vincent soon after landed a role in his high-school musical, The Music Man. He got–as he put it–“further sucked into” theater by helping with behind-the-scenes work, such as set construction. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Performing Arts (major) and Media Production (minor) through Northern Michigan University, landing many roles in college shows, such as Danny in Grease and, his personal favorite, Kyle the UPS Guy in Legally Blonde.

After college, Vincent lived in Los Angeles before moving to Minnesota. He first worked full time for Northern Brewer Shipping Warehouse in Roseville before finding part-time jobs at both Park Square Theatre and History Theatre. Switching to theatre work has enabled him to focus on his profession of choice, auditioning, continually honing his craft with classes and being amongst his peers.

Model Jimmy Vincent (Photograph by Chris Gault)

Model Jimmy Vincent
(Photograph by Chris Gault)

Modeling has been a newer part of Vincent’s career path. After signing with an agency, he started appearing in print ads and commercials for products such as Hormel Chili. Vincent hopes to eventually become a full-time actor and model.

Audience Services Director Amanda Lammert describes Vincent as an “old soul” who is “a loyal friend and very close with his family.” He recently took a special trip to Decorah, Iowa, to attend the 40th anniversary of Nordic Fest with his grandmother, a ribbon-winning artist in Norwegian rosemaling. He also just attended the wedding of his longtime friend, the owner of Foggy Bottom Boys Dairy, from his past roots in Northern California.

Farmhand Jimmy Vincent

Farmhand Jimmy Vincent

Park Square Theatre is pleased to have the multi-talented Vincent in our midst.  We appreciate his excellent service on behalf of our theatre patrons.

Sarah Bauer: June’s Front of the House Employee of the Month

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Sarah Bauer joined Park Square Theatre in September 2015.  She usually works as a bartender but also serves as a house manager.  Bauer is often complimented by patrons for her wonderful customer service so it isn’t surprising that she was named Front of the House Employee of the Month for June.

Bauer learned of the opportunity to join our Front of the House staff from a friend who loved working for Park Square Theatre.  She quickly applied by sending her resume and correspondences via email while vacationing in Turkey and Greece and interviewed as soon as she returned to the United States.

Bauer has much theatre experience.  She has been a stage manager for 18 years, starting in high school.  She went on to get a B.A. in Theatre before moving to Minneapolis in 2004 to work in theatre, then taking some time off to get a M.F.A. in Creative Writing before returning to stage managing.  Bauer has been working very steadily in theatre ever since and currently helps run the Front of the House operations for Gremlin Theatre, where she is Resident Stage Manager; she has been with Gremlin since 2009.  She is also a venue technician for the Fringe Festival and works at other theatres throughout the year.  Bauer thought that working for our Front of the House would give her the opportunity to see how a larger theatre runs its operations.

Regarding her work at Park Square Theatre, Bauer says, “I really like seeing people come in excited to see a show.  When they’re really anticipating it, they’ll chat with me while I’m making their drinks and I always ask them at intermission if it’s living up to their expectations.  It’s fun to hear different reactions each night.”

We appreciate Bauer’s hard work at Park Square Theatre and look forward to her continued enthusiastic presence through the next season.   A toast to Sarah Bauer!

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