Mary Rose Naoum
When I first interned at Matrix Theatre Company, I conducted community outreach for a year-end performance for the School Theatre. The outdoor performance involved issues of environmental justice, so I recruited Detroit community groups to participate in the celebration, sharing information, resources, and workshops on various environmental justice issues in the city. A neighborhood arts performance and celebration was the best way I could have imagined being introduced to Matrix Theatre and Detroit community groups. Since this initial internship experience, I have worked with community members that I met at that event. I also created a program evaluation for Matrix Theatre's environmental justice initiative, Ghost Waters. As a student interested in non-profit management, learning how to accurately evaluate programs and create comprehensive reports for grant funders was a critical skill to gain. In fact, Matrix Theatre has since contracted me to conduct a program evaluation this past year!