Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pioneer Valley Theatre News July 19, 2018

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  July 19 - August 8, 2018

If you love The Moth radio hour or the Valley Voices story slam series - check out the Story Slam at Ko Fest this Saturday - but get your tickets in advance! 

It's opening weekend for Hampshire Shakespeare Company's Othello, and for Double Edge's We The People, and White, Black & Blue at Silverthorne. It's also the only weekend to catch The Beggar's Opera at Eastworks. 

And if you are looking for some theatre volunteer work, Pauline Productions is looking for a helper or two - scroll down to the opportunities section for more information. 

The next issue will include events through August 15. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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Ko Festival of Performance: Story Slam July 21
Tickets and more information.
from Howlround
When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
by Emily C.A. Snyder

From the article: 

Every time I sit down to write a play, I create a job.

With a stroke of my pen, I can employ people of every gender, size, shape, orientation, ethnicity, and ability. Produce the play once: I’ve created several jobs. Produce the play again: more people are employed.

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Berkshire on Stage

Hampshire Shakespeare Company
Othello--Shakespeare Under The Stars

July 19th-22nd and 25th-29th, 7:00pm
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst MA, 01002

Every summer Hampshire Shakespeare Company brings outdoor theater to the Pioneer Valley, as it was done in the Bard's day. This summer we are presenting Twelfth Night from June 27th through July 1st and July 4th through July 8th, and Othello from July 18th through July 22nd and July 25th through July 29th, as well as our Young Company production of Twelfth Night from August 17th through 19th. Our venue is the beautiful lawn of the Massachusetts Renaissance Center, located on the former estate of Winthrop Saltonstall Dakin, with their brick home built in the style of a Renaissance cottage in Shakespeare's Warwickshire nestled in the rolling hills of Amherst as the backdrop.

Double Edge Theatre’s
We The People

Summer Spectacle 2018
July 18 - August 19
8pm in July, 7:30 pm in August

Wed - Sun, rain or shine

We are reimagining We The People, with entirely uncharted territories to explore. The audience will travel among the fields, flowers, waterways, barns, forests, and secret paths of our blooming, verdant Farm. Birds fly above, transforming into human form as they gently land. Courageous citizens emerge from the past - a farmer, an immigrant, a suffragist, a black knight and more - leaving a legacy of vital imagination that shapes the present and future. Enormous creatures appear from the trees and spring up from the water; a woman’s voice is heard, her song of longing floating on the wind.
History, flight, and music are woven together to create an allegorical tapestry, the audience invited to wander among these fantastical, interlaced worlds.

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From the first moment of Steve Henderson and Will Chalmus’s taut new drama, White, Black & Blue, the action never ceases. Three men are thrown together in a tense situation none of them would ever have chosen. The third show of Silverthorne Theater Company’s Fifth Anniversary season opens July 19 and runs through July 28 at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield.

The Play
     Walter, a black man, breaks into the home of Joe Renshaw, an older white man, late at night. Walter has fled the scene of an altercation with a white off-duty police officer, during which he took the officer’s gun. It is not the way it seems. As Joe and Walter struggle to establish a fragile d├ętente, Officer Lou Rankin finds the house. A taut life and death stalemate ensues as the three desperate men strive to stay alive & to protect their families. Issues of race, trust, responsibility and last strawscomprise powerful themes in the story.   World Premiere
The play received its first public reading at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield in 2016.
The People
Keith Langsdale directs this production that features Sam Rush* as Joe Renshaw, Daniel Rios* as Walter Jones, and Steve Pierce as Officer Lou Rankin.  (*Members of Actors Equity Association)
Playwright and veteran Valley actor Steve Henderson of Westfield teamed up with Brandeis professor Will Chalmus to write this extraordinarily timely piece.  Henderson’s previous work has been staged in various Valley locations, including the Majestic. Silverthorne presented his Jerry and Ed in 2015, a play that is being staged in Vermont this summer. He is the author of Senior Theater, a guide to working with seniors, and his play The Gravediggers’ Gift was published by UMass. Renaissance Center. 
At Brandeis, Chalmus specializes in Playback Theater, an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.
Director Keith Langsdale has directed at the Majestic Theater and New Century Theatre, and has appeared on television and in films around the country.
Production Details
Major sponsorship for this production comes from Teddy Bear Pools of Chicopee.

Tickets for the play may be purchased online through or by calling the Silverthorne Box Office at 413-768-7514. Discounted tickets will be available as of June 1 at World Eye Bookstore in Greenfield and Broadside Books in Northampton.  Performances are scheduled for July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 pmwith a matinee on Sunday, July 22, at 2 pm. The fourth floor space at Hawks & Reed at 289 Main St, Greenfield, is air conditioned and fully handicapped accessible.
Chester Theatre Company presents WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT
Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Rd., Chester, MA

White Rabbit Red Rabbit, by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, has been done hundreds—perhaps thousands—of times, and never by the same performer twice. It is an international sensation steeped in mystery—even the actor doesn’t get to see the script until the lights come up on stage. Each performance is guaranteed to be unique, and unlike anything seen on CTC’s stage. 

Scheduled performances:
7/19 at 2pm with Daniel Osman (SOLD OUT)
7/20 at 8pm with Debra Jo Rupp (SOLD OUT)
7/21 at 2pm with Tara Franklin
7/21 at 8pm with Joel Ripka

Gina Kaufmann directs her adaptation of John Gay’s 1728 musical satire The Beggar’s Opera for a three-woman cast:

Stephanie Carlson plays Polly Peachum and Mr. Lockit
Nikki Wadleigh plays Lucy Lockit and Mr. Peachum 
Kyle Boatwright plays Mrs. Peachum and Macheath

Aaron Jones is the music director and Elizabeth Pangburn is the costume designer.

We’ll perform at The West End Event Space at Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton) on Thursday, July 19, Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 – all at 7:00 p.m.

Yes, there will be eating and drinking.

$10 suggested donation at the door

You can reserve your seat here:
Happier Valley Comedy presents The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
July 21 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA

Let us make your Family HAPPIER! The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show is for the whole family (and perfect for kids 5-12 and their adults)! Get your family-friendly funnies in this totally interactive, high energy improv comedy show on the third Saturday of every month.

THIS MONTH our show happily coincides with The 13th Annual Children’s Book Festival at the Eric Carle Museum! Your museum admission includes our show and everything else going on that day!

Saturday, July 21 at 8pm – one night only!
Holden Theatre, Amherst College

You’ve heard of poetry slams – competitive poetry events. This is one is for first person, true stories – told live and without notes – just like most of the shows you see on the lineup this season.

Cash Bar & Prizes!

Tickets are $16, which goes to support the Ko Festival of Performance.
Additional donations gratefully accepted.

Stories must be true and told without notes, and under 5 minutes long, and related to our season theme of “RADICAL ACTS.” It could be a story about you, or a story about someone or something you’ve personally observed, but somehow it must be have that first-person element. Lots of room for lots of kinds of stories.

There will be some pre-selected ringers, but this might be your opportunity to take your place on the Ko Festival stage alongside KoFest artists & staff. We’ll have a few slots reserved for last minute sign-ups —our very first grand prize winner was someone who decided at the last minute to share a hilarious story about her experiences being fitted for a Playboy Bunny costume at the Playboy Club in NYC. If we have too many sign-ups, we’ll audition the first lines of stories – and audience members will get to vote on which ones should be told in their entirety!

Feeling a bit unsure? We’re offering a limited number private storytelling coaching sessions from Ko Festival artists! Call 413.427.6147 to sign-up for one of these slots or for more information. Price for this coaching is a donation to the Ko Festival. Whatever you can afford.

Know a great raconteur? – tell them about the event! Everyone should come prepared to listen, but you may want to come prepared to tell! Club style lighting will be by Holly Gettings. And to help you wet your whistle we’ll have a cash bar. And prizes!

We’ll be saving a few slots to be given away on the night – but we’re currently accepting pitches for pre-slotting. To be considered for pre-slotting please email about your story, and give us a little biographical background. Or you can call (413) 427-6147.

You may also wish to hone your story by taking Gerard Stropnicky’s FIRST PERSON: Crafting your Story for Performance Workshop which runs from July 16-21.

PaintBox Theatre Presents 

at the Williston Theatre in Easthampton
and the Easthampton Band Shell
They swash. They buckle. They crack very bad jokes. And they’re back! PaintBox Theatre—the Pioneer Valley’s theatre of imagination and improvisation for all ages—presents Pirates! our annual celebration of all things swashbuckling. Last summer’s cast of corsairs, Kelsey Flynn, Troy David Mercier, Myka Plunkett, and Callum LaFrance, will bring even more silliness and pirate antics to the shores of the PaintBox stage. We’ve run up the pirate flag, so be prepared to sing, dance, and roll your arrrrrhhhhhhs like a pirate. Captain Braidbeard says, “Mateys, dress on up and sail on down to PaintBox Theatre.”
Special announcement:
Sunday, July 22 is our second annual Pirate Day! We’ll be making merry from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
You can see PaintBox Theatre’s shows at the Williston Theatre in Easthampton (air-conditioned!) and the Easthampton Band Shell. As always, PaintBox Theatre’s performances will feature lots of audience participation, artwork created by dozens of local kids, and plenty of belly laughs.
Pirates! AT-A-GLANCE
Written and directed by Tom McCabe
Saturday, July 21: 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22: 10:30 a.m. followed by the Second Annual Pirate Day!
Williston Theatre

Wednesday, July 25: 10:30 a.m.         
Easthampton Band Shell (Rain date Thursday, July 26)

Locations: Williston Theatre, Williston Northampton School, 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, Easthampton Band Shell, 2 Ferry Street, along the Manhan Rail Trail
Description: PaintBox Theatre—the Pioneer Valley’s theatre of imagination and improvisation for all ages—presents Pirates!, a celebration of all things swashbuckling.
Tickets: Available at the door or at
Admission: $10.00 for single tickets
Group Discount: 12 people or more: $7.00 per ticket 
For more info and to make group reservations email
Pauline Productions presents THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman
Directed by Toby Vera Bercovici
starring Jeannine Haas and Lisa Abend

Thursday July 26 at 7:30 Preview --Discount $20
Friday and Saturday, July 27 and July 28 at 8pm  $25/20 student
Sunday July 29 at 4pm $25/20

Wednesday August 1, at 7:30 Discount Night-- $20
Thursday August 2, 7:30  $25/20
Friday and Saturday August 3 and August 4, 8pm  $25/20

First Congregational Church of Ashfield, MA
(right across from Town Hall) on Main Street (route 116)

Recently divorced and living in an old house in Iowa, Sharon (Lisa Abend) finds a sensible roommate like herself--a woman in her fifties to make ends meet. But she quickly learns that Robyn (Jeannine Haas), a vegan from the Bronx, couldn't be further from the ladies in her book club. Hell-bent on getting to know Robyn despite their differences, Sharon deploys her friendly Midwestern charm at full force. Their sensibilities are humorously mismatched, but turning over a new leaf can have unintended consequences.

"A refreshingly unique dramatization of an older female friendship that I don't think I've seen before.....Pleasantly quirky and surprisingly unexpected... Silverman has successfully penned a very natural yet still outrageous play that gets more and more compelling as it progresses." -Michael Quintos, Onstage LA

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(advanced sales end 3 hrs before curtain. Tickets on sale at door must be paid in cash or check)  

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Ko Festival of Performance presents LIKE A MOTHER BEAR

Writer/Performer: HELEN STOLTZFUS
Director/Dramaturg: ALBERT GREENBERG 
Original Director/Dramaturg Martha Boesing

Fri. & Sat. July 27-28 at 8pm, Sunday July 29 at 4pm

Holden Theater, Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

What happens when the last grizzly bear dies? What happens to a sleep that is no longer slept by a bear?

LIKE A MOTHER BEAR follows one woman’s extraordinary journey to healing in which she encounters the Great Bear Mother of the imagination and the very real endangered bear of the wilderness.

Based on the playwright’s personal story, this life-changing experience propels her on an odyssey that moves from the bear den of dreams to the office of an Elvis-impersonating acupuncturist to the Alaska wilderness. She relives her past illness and infertility, grappling with the “womb-knowledge” that insists that life continue even in the face of environmental devastation. In the wilds she comes to understand the connection between her own endangered health and that of the threatened grizzly bear – as well as the painful and exhilarating secret of what it means to become like a mother bear. In this groundbreaking call to action, personal healing and the welfare of future generations are inextricably entwined with the survival of the natural world.

$22 Adult, $18 Students and Seniors. $10 with SNAP/EBT. Limited number of $8 tickets available.

Tickets and more information.

Email for directions or further information, or call (413) 542-3750.

Josie's Magical Flute with Special Guests the Majesters!
Saturday, July 28, 2018  7:30 PM
The Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA

This performance is one of four scheduled for Josie’s, recently appointed the “house improv team” for the Shea Theater by Linda Tardif, Managing Director of the Shea. The troupe had a remarkable opening show on March 23rd and followed up with two more great performances with guest artists Not in Charge and the Ha-Ha’s.

Josie's is a long form improv troupe comprised of Julie Waggoner, Sally Ekus, and Mandy Anderson. The three women have been playing together since 2016, and have recently performed at the Happier Valley Comedy Show in Northampton. Julie Waggoner is a Valley comedy veteran who performed standup comedy for 10 years, and then played with the Villa Jidiots for another 10 years. She’s a member of The Majesters Comedy Troupe, a frequent guest performer with The Ha-Ha’s, and a long-time actress with Pauline Productions of Ashfield. Sally Ekus is the producer as well as a cast member of the Happier Family Comedy Show, and of the improv troupe Not In Charge, and both she and Mandy are guest performers with The Ha-Ha’s. Mandy Anderson is a member of the Majesters and Not In Charge.

This month’s Friends at the Shea are the popular musical/comedy improv troupe The Majesters, who have wowed audiences at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater every summer (and some winters) for more than 5 years. They will be performing a fully improvised musical! This performance of The Majesters features members Scott Braidman, Kelsey Flynn, Paul McNeil, Christina Cronin, Tom Dahl, Mandy Anderson, Julie Waggoner, and guest Sally Ekus.

TICKETS are $7 at the door only
More information.
Arena Civic Theatre presents Death And Taxes
8/2 at 7:30 pm, 8/3 7:30pm, 8/4 7:30pm & 8/5 2:30pm
Deerfield Community Center

Welcome to Hendricks where (more than) everything happens. Hendricks is a lot like some towns and residents we are familiar with and some of these residents are member of the Town Council. You will meet the editor/reporter of the Hendricks Herald (who can never find a pencil), the country doctor, the sheriff (former high school football star), the typical nosy neighbor, the Mayor who won her election by a hair (there were three recounts), the bickering married couple, the (forever unorganized) mayor's secretary, and the High School drama teacher (who eventually takes charge).

Hendricks doesn't have a town hall so they have to use the High School auditorium for their six member Town Council meetings. Council members and towns people (you, the audience) have been brought together for the regular city council meeting. Much to the chagrin of the Council, the Mayor has opted to turn this meeting into coroners jury because last week there was a MURDER in Carl and Mattie Johansen's living room.

There are hidden agendas, revelations, secrets and clues everywhere during this meeting. You should listen closely because you will have the opportunity to ask questions of all the council members, Dr. Bishop, Ms Martindale and Mattie Johansen so you can vote for the "winner".

Terry Adams
Jennifer Goselin
Su Hoyle
Tom Kokonowski
Jerry Marcanio
Dawn Mayo
Jim Merlin
Cristen Rosinski
Marvin Shedd

Directed by Jennifer Coliskey
Producer: Dawn Mayo
Costumes: Maggie Duprey

*Thursday, August 2nd is a discounted performance. ALL TICKETS $10.*

ticket prices for 8/3, 8/4 & 8/5:
General Admission- $16
Senior/Student- $13


Ko Festival of Performance presents INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS

Fri. & Sat. August 3 & 4 at 8pm, Sunday August 5 at 4pm
Holden Theater, Amherst College

INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS is hand-made by Laurie McCants, in collaboration with director/lighting designer Sabrina Hamilton, scenic designer F. Elaine Williams, and composer Guy Klucevsek, who has created a haunting score with piano, violin, accordion, and toy piano.

INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS is a solo hand-crafted-story-spinning-shadow-puppet-memory-play-with-music evoking the secret creative lives of women, mother/daughter bloodlines, and the ghost of Emily Dickinson. In a shadowed attic, crammed with curio cabinets, work tables, chests and drawers (containers for mementos and unmentionables), a daughter searches for what it is that ties together her mother, herself, and a radical, elusive poet.

A story about the crafting of stories, INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS was conceived by actor/creator Laurie McCants on a visit to Emily Dickinson’s home, where the poet wrote the almost 1800 poems that were found after her death.  The story unfolds through puppetry, paper-cutting, music, movement, light and dark, and the weaving together of words.  It is a dance of the hands honoring women’s handiwork:  mending, preserving, ordering, adorning, writing, hiding.

This piece was developed at the Ko Festival of Performance and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. It first premiered at the Ko Festival in 2011 and is being reworked and revived this year at Ko in conjunction with Annual Meeting of the Emily Dickinson International Society which is being hosted by the Emily Dickinson Museum.

An elite group of musicians, from as far afield as Vienna, gathered to record Klucevsek’s score for INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS. They include Todd Reynolds on violin, pianist and toy piano prodigy Isabel Ettenauer, and the composer on accordion.

$22 Adult, $18 Students and Seniors. $10 with SNAP/EBT. Limited number of $8 tickets available.

Tickets and more information.

Email for directions or further information, or call (413) 542-3750.

Exit 7 Youth Players presents The Little Mermaid
Friday 8/3 at 8:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 8/4-8/5 at 2PM, Friday 8/10 at 8PM, Saturdayand Sunday 8/11-12 at 2PM
Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA

Exit 7 Youth Players present Disney's The Little Mermaid August 3-5and 10-12. Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, and the wildly popular Disney film, this musical staging of The Little Mermaid features a funny and fanciful book by Doug Wright, with the beloved score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Glenn Slater in an expanded but completely faithful form, featuring the rambunctious and persuasive “Under the Sea,” the romantic expectation of “Kiss the Girl,” and that anthem to longing and belonging, “Part of Your World.”

Directed by Andrew Gilbert with Music Direction by Dan Monte and Choreography by Stephanie Gilbert. 

Beautiful mermaid Ariel should be a happy girl -- she lives in an enchanted undersea country, her father is a King, and she has the most beautiful singing voice. But she is a passionate, headstrong teenager, and wants what she cannot have -- to live on land.

When she falls in love with a handsome human prince, Ariel is more determined than ever to gain a pair of legs. But her only option is to defy her furious father, and bargain for the help of Ursula the Sea Witch, with her voice the price of entry onto dry land. With the help of Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and officious court composer Sebastian the crab, Ariel must wordlessly gain the love of Prince Eric within three days -- or lose her soul to the ambitious witch! Please visit for tickets.

Reserved Ticket Prices: $22 Preferred (first four rows), $20 Adult, $18 Seniors (62+), Students with ID, and Children (12 and under). Prices for special shows and events may be different.
For group sales, (10 or more tickets/$15 each, Preferred seating not included) or wheelchair seating please contact the box office directly at 413.583.4301. Preferred seating excluded in group discount offer.

More information.
PaintBox Theatre presents
The Little Mermaid

Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5: 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Williston Theatre

Wednesday, August 8: 10:30 a.m. (Rain date Thursday, August 9)
Easthampton Band Shell

Who reads underwater? No one! The books just end up a soggy mess. But our hero will find a way. Our 15th season closes with a PaintBox Theatre take on the classic deep-sea extravaganza, The Little Mermaid. Our Mermaid decides that she is going to figure out a way to get books under the sea and teach everyone there to read. If she can do this, there will be stories covering the seabed for as far as the fin can swim. We’ll witness the Mermaid’s epic struggle with the deep’s deadliest denizen: the Giant Octopus, played, in true PaintBox fashion, by the audience. Our cast features Linda Tardif, Myka Plunkett, and Connor Paradis, with Emily Bloch as the Mermaid. We’re planning special guest appearances by our “Mistress of Cardboard,” Lee Thomson and our costumer extraordinaire, Christina Beam. 

Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton
Easthampton Band Shell, 2 Ferry Street, along the Manhan Rail Trail
Tickets: $10, Free for children under 2
Season Pass: $24
Groups (12+): $7 each, email
Tickets at the door or
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
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Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company

The Country Players

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

Ghost Light Theater

Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Happier Valley Comedy

Ja'Duke Center for the Performing Arts

Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance

Majestic Theater
New Century Theatre

PaintBox Theatre

Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Silverthorne Theater

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players

Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc.


Turbulent Times Theater

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
Pauline Productions ( is a semi-professional theatre company, now in its 11th Season.  Our mission is "strong roles for women onstage and behind the scenes."  
We are currently in production for Jen Silverman's THE ROOMMATE starring Lisa Abend and Jeannine Haas and directed by Toby Bercovici. Runs July 26 to Aug 4.  (Tech week starts July 22)
We are looking for one or two good interns to do multiple tasks on this production.
Starts Immediately:
Candidates will need a car to be able to get to and from Ashfield on their own (or have transportation to and from). Be able to help with physical tasks that require some lifting and able to use manual tools and enjoy working on a team to make theatre happen.
Specific tasks include:
1) helping on set load-in on Saturday morning July 21 (9am till 1pm) under direction of Amy Putnam, TD of Hampshire College and set designer for this production.
2) helping on set re-build and lighting hang at First Congregational Church in Ashfield, where we do our shows on Sunday July 22 from 1-10pm (or as much as you can time-wise),
3) helping on strike on Sunday August 5 (1-6pm) and/or "Load out" to return the set pieces to Smith College on Monday August 6 (9am-1pm)
4)  If interested, we also will need a board operator substitute for one of the shows -Saturday August 4.
If you are interested--this is SOON.  So, please reply immediately,  You do not have to be available for all of the dates--just what you CAN do.  We are grateful for any assistance.
In return:
Jeannine Haas will give you a letter documenting your work to use for credit or for future reference.   Also, it is an excellent opportunity to network and make connections with our company.  You will receive 2 comps to the show.

Please notify JEANNINE HAAS, Artistic Director
413-588-1534 cell
413-268-3850 home office
Smith College Department of Theatre is hiring
Publicity Manager for the Arts 

Position Summary:

Provide creative vision for audience development and publicity management in the Dance, Theatre, Music, and Film and Media Studies Departments. Plan and manage publicity efforts, and develop promotional ideas in conjunction with chairs and artistic directors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop long-term strategies for publicity, marketing and on-line presence. Plan and manage new publicity efforts and promotional ideas in conjunction with chairs and artistic directors.

Responsible for the design, production, and distribution of all physical and digital publicity and marketing materials. Collect information, and create (writing and editing, and creating or supervising layout and design) all publicity materials for Dance, Music, Theatre, and Film and Media Studies public events. Write, edit, and disseminate press releases, PSAs, and associated material in timely fashion for regular performing arts season events and for additional events as assigned by supervisor.

Understand and follow Smith College general public relations protocols. Coordinate with College Relations as appropriate. Maintain media materials for press and websites. Plan and coordinate new publicity efforts and promotional ideas in conjunction with chairs and department objectives.

Hire, train, supervise, and maintain schedules and job assignment descriptions for student employees.

Plan and analyze annual budgets and submit to chairs for feedback and approval. Manage publicity budget. Work with departments to set audience and revenue goals, and consult on ticket pricing with attention to those goals. Coordinate with Budget and Provost’s offices about budget and additional needs.

May need to attend evening rehearsals, performances, concerts, screenings and/or other events. May advise or participate in committee work or planning in the four departments.


Education/Experience: BA/BFA and 3 years job-related experience and/or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Professional experience in arts marketing and/or publicity.

Skills: Ability to solve problems; ability to take initiative; excellent communication (oral and written), organizational and interpersonal skills; strong project and budget management skills. Comfort and experience with social media and marketing. Graphic design skills are a plus but not required.

Additional Information:

This is a 44 week, academic year position.  Applications can be submitted until August 15, 2018 for priority consideration for this position.  The search committee will begin reviewing candidate profiles on August 16th, 2018.

More info and to apply. 

Greene Room Productions

Please reply with resume and cover letter to

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Serious applicants only please

GRP Ed Outreach Mission:

This is a non-profit theater company that is dedicated to producing quality entertainment and hands-on learning opportunities to children and adults. We offer a safe nurturing environment where individuals can come after-school to participate in theatrical programs pushing them to reach for their maximum potential.

Position Summary:

We are looking for a dynamic individual to direct and manage the after-school theater programs. The Ed Director must have an interest and experience working with youth of ages 3.5-adult and expertise in one or more disciplines in theater production, direction, design, improv, and production management. The Ed Director must be a positive role model for participants and volunteers in the program, leading by example, able to create lesson plans, direct youth productions, oversee other afternoon workshop instructors, assuming the responsibility, safety, empowerment, and success of all participants. The Ed Director will manage 3 sessions of after-school theater programs, Oct-Dec, Jan-Mar, and April-June and is paid stipends per project. The programs run at the Eastfield Mall rehearsal space Mon-Thurs 3:30-6:30pm with a Friday “prep” day. Through the addition of the new Ed Director position GRP intends on further developing the Ed Outreach program in increments. There is a great opportunity for growth in this position. The cumulative stipend for all 3 projects is $11,000.00 and would preferably start this fall 2018.

Job Status: This is a freelance job

Preferred Qualification Requirements:

  • Bachelors or Associate Degree or attending college with appropriate training or certification in their area of specialty is preferred

  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with elementary, middle, and/or high school-aged children

  • Exceptional group management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Competency in youth development

  • Ability to create interactive activities that are age-appropriate

  • Genuine enthusiasm for developing professional skills through training opportunities and field practice

  • Ability to work as part of a team and with the Executive Director and Board of Directors

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively and respectfully with a broad range of diverse constituents

  • Be available to shadow to get the full scope of GRP expectations and run-of-program

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the safety and engagement of children in assigned activities

  • Develop weekly project based activity lesson plans in area(s) of specialty

  • Facilitate purposeful activities that foster the development of new skills in children, while reinforcing skills/information previously taught

  • Direct fall, winter, and spring Ed Outreach productions while collaborating with other workshop directors; culminating all groups into one large production each session

  • Lead costume/set/props “Build” nights, instructing children and adult volunteers

  • Organize and lead the local tour by “Kids Tour; Acting Troupe” to local schools 1 day each spring and fall

  • Oversee participant sign-in/out

  • Work with the Executive Director to build the Ed Outreach program

  • In off-season and small class periods assist Executive Director with grant writing, scheduling/organizing of events, planning, recruiting volunteers, and other admin tasks that relate to the play/workshop production process

  • Uphold a high quality of expectation and work/ethic in all who are involved, in all areas

  • Must attend weekly production meetings with the Executive Director

  • Must attend monthly board meetings

Springfield College Theater hiring a Technical Direction/Scenic Designer
Springfield College Fuller Arts Center and scenic shop
Beginning Fall 2018

Provide technical direction and scenic design for Springfield College Theater, supervised and directed by Prof. Martin Shell.  We produce one play each semester.

Fee per show. Applicants with an MA or MFA may also apply to instruct a stage production course as an adjunct. TD does not require the grad degree, but please provide your resume of experience.

Between Here and There Theatre presents: a Collaborative Devising Workshop
Saturday, July 21 at 3:00 PM

We will be hosting a workshop on collaborative devised theatre based around the theme of Liminal Spaces. This event is designed for folks of all ranges of theatre and improv experience. We will be doing a series of improv exercises, games, discussions, and writing to explore the theme and develop collaborative skills. There is the possibility of this building into a bigger project, though no attendees will be obligated to participate past this session.

This workshop is designed for a smaller group of folks (6-15) so I have not included the location here. Please contact me at for more information.

We are psyched to launch five brand new summer workshops for theatre makers of all backgrounds, interests, and levels of experience.

All workshops are led by RLT members and educators and will take place at the North Star Building on Route 116 in Sunderland, MA. Join us for any or all of these fabulous afternoons - discounts are available for those interested in more than one!

Saturday July 21st 1-4 PM: Theater Making with a Conscience with Ellen Morbyrne

Saturday July 28th 1-4 PM: Rooting and Rising: Cultivating Community and Championing the Creative Spirit with Angelica Polk and Julissa Rodriguez

Saturday August 4th 1-4 PM: The Art of the Director with Toby Vera Bercovici

Saturday August 11th 12-4 PM: Choreographing Intimacy with Toby Vera Bercovici and Ellen Morbyrne

Saturday August 25th 1-4 PM: Instigating Hope and Change Through Theater with Ezekiel Baskin and Trenda Loftin

CLICK HERE for more information on each workshop, our educators, and how to register! Feel free to email with any questions.
Phantom Sheep Productions
LaughCrafters in the Library

July 25 at 1:00 PM
Westfield Athenaeum

"Laugh Out Loud at the Library"
Phantom Sheep is proud to return to the Westfield Athenaeum presenting their hands on workshop for teens teaching techniques and skills used by improvisers to think quickly, boost confidence, and create hilarious scenes on the spot!

Free for students entering grades 6-12
For more information and to reserve your spot, please call a librarian 413-562-6158 ext.5

Facebook event.

Phantom Sheep will also be bringing a version of this program to the Agawam Library on August 7th!
Ko Festival of Performance Workshop:

July 30  – August 4, 2018

Theatre is about what happens at the edge: the edge of what is known, what is conscious, and what is expected. In this workshop you give yourself permission to take creative risks, delve deeply into the story within you that “must be told” in order to create theatre from your deepest concerns – all in a safe and supportive setting.

We will use voice work, movement, journaling, improvisation and guided fantasy to discover our personal, mythic, and ancestral stories and to shape them into solo or ensemble performances.

All classes meet from 10 am - 4 pm on the Amherst College campus.

More information.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Forget Your Fear & Trust Your Truth: A Personal Growth Workshop for Women with Pam Victor
August 12 at 10:00 AM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

Ready to disregard the hogwash that’s holding you back?
Would you like to get better at quieting your inner critic, so you can amplify your truth?
Ready to be braver about standing up to authority and authentically speaking your mind?
Would you like to connect mindfully with a group of supportive women who are on (and by) your side? 
Do you need more play in your life?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then
treat yourself to a day of self-care and empowerment on Sunday, August 12! 

"Forget Your Fear & Trust Your Truth" is a three-hour workshop packed with learning and laughter, community and connection, mindfulness and manifesting, trust and truth.

This workshop provides you with game-changing tools to bolster these skills in a supportive, judgment-free community of women using fun and active improv exercises to help you gain courage to flip off your fear and trust your truth because

This workshop is part of the "Females Unleashing Courage, Knowledge, Individuality, and Truth Program" which facilitates powerful learning experiences through easy-to-learn, non-performance improv training exercises. Most improv exercises are completed in a circle or pairs; participants are never forced to be “on stage.” Pam Victor's superpower is making sure all people along the introvert-extrovert spectrum feel successful and have a blast with the THROUGH LAUGHTER workshops. Throughout the workshop, you'll have opportunities for
both private reflection and focused sharing of your experiences and knowledge in a positive, judgment-free community of women who are there to lift each other up. Let's grow stronger together! 

No improv (or other) experience necessary.
More information.
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