Mina Kobayashi moved to Minnesota in August 2015 and began working at Park Square Theatre’s ticket office in September. In May, Kobayashi was named Park Square’s Front of House Employee of the Month in honor of her terrific work.
As Kobayashi’s skills increased, so did her responsibilities as part of the Front of House staff. She was put on the Subscription Team to serve season package holders as well as sent to promote Park Square at “Hello Saint Paul Welcome Hat” events at the Minnesota History Center. The latter is a bimonthly gathering to welcome new community members to St. Paul and introduce them to local businesses and organizations.
Kobayashi, whose home is in New York City, graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, in May 2015. She majored in Anthropology and East Asian Studies. While looking for work in the event planning or development fields, Kobayashi applied for a one-year AmeriCorps-VISTA positon in the Twin Cities national headquarters of College Possible. College Possible is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income students get a college education, and she became their Individual Giving VISTA. Kobayashi herself had gone to college with the support of the Posse Foundation, an organization which helps public high school students gain access to a college education, and saw the opportunity to pay it forward through her work with College Possible.
Kobayashi has enjoyed the opportunity to work for Park Square Theatre and support its mission this past season. However, her yearlong term at College Possible is about to end, and Kobayashi has decided to rejoin family and friends in New York City. She retains an interest in pursuing development positions for nonprofit organizations.
Thank you, Mina Kobayashi, for all your hard work on behalf of Park Square Theatre. You will be missed, and we wish you the best of luck!