Behind the Scenes Feature 5: Robert Worshinski
This week, we caught up with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Sales & Patron Services Manager, Robert Worshinski. Here's what he had to say.
1. How did you get into your line of work? (and how long have you been doing it?)
I began at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey seven seasons ago as a House Manager/Assistant Patron Services Manager. I selected the field of not-for-profit arts entertainment simply because it is what I am passionate about. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey provides a work environment that is fulfilling, educational and gives me the opportunity to do what makes me happy every day.
2. There tends to be a lot of rejection in our field. How do/did you handle it?
Rejection is a part of life and it only makes you stronger and want to work harder. However, our industry gives credit where credit is deserved. I tend to not focus on the rejection, but rather the good that we are doing.
3. What lessons has your work life taught you?
If you keep your head down, you won't learn anything. Ask a lot of questions! Our industry is a unique network -- so many people are always willing to help.
4. What is your proudest career moment thus far?
I get to spend a large amount of my time sending Shakespeare LIVE! into schools around the state. Many of the students have never experienced Shakespeare or live theatre before seeing our tour. There is nothing that makes me more proud than having something to do with that moment when the story comes alive.
5. What are your goals for the future?
I am working on my M.S. in Management with a focus in Organization Change & Human Resource Management. I would like to finish that degree by the end of 2014. I can't plan any further than that as of now.
A bonus question we HAVE to ask...What do you love about New Jersey theatre?
New Jersey theatre is rich with passion and true art. It remains classy and honors the classic.