There isn’t a class about business contracts in the drama department.
But Clare Shaffer, a sophomore dramatic arts major, said one might be useful.
As producer for Company Carolina, Shaffer has to negotiate contracts for the rights to plays the company performs.
The most recent of these, “Spring Awakening,” opens this weekend.
“It’s a lot of paperwork,” she said. “Doing this has really prepared me to go off and deal with the business things.”
Shaffer first decided to produce “Spring Awakening” after receiving a proposal from junior Katie Moylan, the show’s director.
Moylan saw the play in Charlotte and had a vision before the curtain dropped for intermission for her own production of the show.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this was an incredible thing I was given, and I want to give it to someone else,’” Moylan said.
Moylan immediately wrote an enthusiastic proposal. In it, she said the company could edit some of the more controversial parts, like a graphic sex scene. Shaffer decided to perform the play uncensored.