Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Who is this girl anyway?!

Hello all!
So- I mentioned in the first post that I'm Colleen the Intern. But there's so much more to me than just that name. You may be asking, "Who the heck are you!?" And that's very understandable. My bio goes a little something like this...

I'm a double major at the amazing Wayne State University pursuing a B.S. in Dance and a B.A. in Public Relations. I am currently interning at the beautiful Detroit Opera House where I work under a very nice person named Rebekah. She tells me what to do...but in a very nice way :) I am a mentor in Big Brothers/Big Sisters (shout out!) and a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) along with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I am also part of a wonderful sorority on campus where we get involved in community service and philanthropy. I recently did an Undergraduate Research Grant through Wayne State (they gave me money...because I'm poor/job-less) and I worked on a study called "Community Outreach in the Performing Arts: A Case Study of the Dance Africa Detroit Touring Program."

Some of the things I like include: trees, Harry Potter, mentoring, crafting, painting, and driving.

One of my favorite shows on the television is History Channel's Modern Marvels...I swear that show is so great.

I lived in Japan for five years when I was a kid.

I remember the first time I saw a spork and the first time I blew a bubble with chewing gum.

Some of my favorite books include those by J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown (I really like Digital Fortress), Stephen King, and the occasional Non-Fiction.

My favorite colors are purple and green.

I spend my weekends with my little sister in Big Brothers/Big Sisters

And last...I'm a new blogger. :)

I'm the blond girl- The girl next to me is my awesome friend and sister, Debb.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Hello World!
It's Colleen the Intern here at the amazing Detroit Opera House. We are launching our blog which will be updated a few times a week giving you insider information about the DOH. Some things you can look forward to are behind the scenes photos and videos, interviews with the performers at the DOH, interactive quizzes and trivia about opera and dance, along with many other exciting news and updates of the DOH.

If you haven't seen our main website (, let me tell you that we have a fabulous season going on! We will have the incredible Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company's Aladdin, American Ballet Theatre's Romeo and Juliet, the children's opera Brundibar, The Elixir of Love, and Carmen.

In case any of you readers are wondering what that big white building in Grand Circus Park is by Comerica Park...well, it's us- The Detroit Opera House. The building originally opened in 1922 as the Capitol Theater with 4,250 seats it was claimed to the the fifth largest in the world. Back in the day, there were vaudeville shows and moving pictures here at the DOH. In 1960 the theater was renovated and had several names including the Paramount Theater and the Grand Circus Theater. In November 1985 there was a small fire and the theater was abandoned for three years. But then the Michigan Opera Theatre fell in love with what we now call home and restored this beautiful building to what it is now. For more information on the Detroit Opera House history, click here.

Come back for more insider information!