Intern Profiles: Esmeralda Martinez-Perales

Hello! I’m Esmeralda. I am a senior at Purdue studying Acting and Theatre.

How long have you worked with Convocations?

I recently joined Convos this August and it has been a unique and fun experience from the start.

What is your favorite part about working for Convocations?

My absolute favorite part about working with Convos is being able to observe and be backstage while the shows are happening. It is a such an incredible opportunity to be able to see how the performers work and to be so close to the action!

Do you have a favorite Convos show you’ve attended?

My favorite Convos show so far has been Something Rotten, one of the funniest Broadway shows I’ve ever seen! I spend my free time reading plays and scripts, doing yoga, going on long walks, watching movies, and playing with my dog.

What are you currently listening to?

I am currently listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman, Etta James, and Bill Withers.

What advice would you give a student in your position?

My advice would be to ask questions and to do some research into the shows that come to Convos. I’ve learned so much by just staying engaged, asking questions and getting to know about some of the performers.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I’m hoping to take a year off and travel. I’m ready to see the world and make memories for myself!

What about your favorite project you’ve worked on?

My favorite project so far has been Guerrilla Girls. Not only did I get to work with them closely, I also got to attend their amazing workshop and sit down with them and have a conversation. They were also my first show here at Convos.    

If you could bring anyone to Purdue, who would you bring?

I would love to have more stand-up comedians come and do shows, like John Mulaney, Dave Chappelle, or Ali Wong.  

What do you view as Convos’ most important impact on Purdue’s campus?

I think the most important impact Convos has on campus is putting on shows that bring the the students and community together. I love hearing comments from students after the show about how much fun they had and I feel really good knowing that everybody was able to enjoy the performance together.