The following article first appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of HOP Live, the Hopkins Center Membership Newsletter.
The Hopkins Center’s Events Office manages all front-of-house responsibilities for all Hop public events, which number more than 500 annually. The Events Office team includes full- and part-time staff, student House Managers, student Head Ushers and 370 community volunteers. Many student Events staff members often work for the Hop throughout their entire career at Dartmouth.
The Events Office staff is the face of the Hop because of our up-close and personal interaction with you, our patrons. Here’s a little more about the person behind one of those faces, House Manager Ksenia Ryzhova ‘17
Ksenia was born in Russia, but grew up in Nashville, TN, and recently moved to Portland, ME. Her favorite season is fall and she is a French Studies and Linguistics (modified with Arabic) major. As a student staff member, Ksenia is gaining professional experience while managing responsibilities such as delegating tasks for the head and volunteer ushers, taking accurate ticket counts, fielding questions from patrons and providing event recap reports for senior Events Office staff.
What has been your favorite experience at the Hop?
“There have been so many shows that I’ve enjoyed working, especially the movie shifts. I also like getting to know my fellow ushers because they’re all such amazing and super fun people!”
Where is your favorite semi-secret place in the Hop?
“The Moore Theater coat room, just because there’s a tunnel leading backstage that I discovered when one of the production staff members ran in there. But also the Bentley Theater, because it has so many tunnels and walkways around it, it feels like a modern Phantom of the Opera.”
By Brandea Turner
I’m the Senior Events Manager & Internship Coordinator at the Hop. I’m an identical twin which sometimes requires photo evidence for people to believe me since we haven’t lived near each other in a long time. I’m a city girl at heart who loves spending time with close friends and family and finding good deals.