Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pioneer Valley Theatre News August 15, 2019

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
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  August 15 - September 4, 2019

This week only: get 53% off all QLab licenses. If you use it often and don't own it yet, this is a great deal (and they haven't had a sale in four years!)

This Sunday at Luthier's in Easthampton - one of your first chances to support CitySpace - come to Have a Seat Cabrito! Hope to see you there. 

Lots of new job and workshop postings this week- don't forget to scroll all the way down! The PVTN Google Calendar is available through that link - if you want to add your events, send me an email and I'll give you permission.

The next issue will include events through September 11. 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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Real Live Theatre's Choreographing Intimacy Workshop
August 17 - Register Here
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
from Howlround
Wgiteness, Patriarchy, and Resistance in Actor Training Texts
by Amy Steiger

From the article: 

At the “Share Your Spark” event at this year’s Humana Festival in Louisville, Kentucky—which was devoted to short presentations about visions for theatre in the United States—artist, teacher, and facilitator Nicole Brewer explained the need for anti-racist theatre. As she wrote in her American Theatre essay “Training With a Difference,”

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Chester Theatre Company presents CURVE OF DEPARTURE by Rachel Bonds
August 15-18; Thursdays at 2pm and 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Road, Chester, MA

In a New Mexico motel room, three generations gather to lay to rest their past as they look toward the opportunities and challenges of the future. 

CURVE OF DEPARTURE offers a multi-faceted, multi-generational picture of family life: loving, complicated, funny, challenging, and full of uncertainty. A father, son, and ex-wife gather to bury a man they loved, but didn't always like. But, he is the reason they have each other to depend upon.

Franklin County Summer Youth Theater presents Seuss Stories
August 16 and 17 at 7:00 PM, August 18 at 2:00 PM
Hopkins Academy--131 Russell Street, Hadley, MA

A fun family event for children of all ages and those still young at heart. Come see the Star Bellied Sneetches, The Lorax, SeussOdyssey and more both Friday and Saturday night with a matinee in Sunday at 2pm at Hopkins Academy in Hadley, MA. Tix at the door.

Eggtooth Productions presents Barbès in the Woods
August 17 at 1:00 PM
Bartlett Farm in Montague

Introducing Barbès in the Woods, a new global music festival that pays homage to one of Brooklyn's most iconic bars. Nestled in the hills of Western Massachusetts, this day-long festival features two-stages of music with afrobeat pioneers Antibalas, Underground System, Slavic Soul Party!, and more. It's going to be the quintessential backyard festival — the sort of thing you’ve always wanted in the middle of your summer — on a pristine tract of historic farmland in Montague, Massachusetts.

Combo Chimbita
Underground System
Slavic Soul Party!
Anbessa Orchestra
Alsarah & The Nubatones
Stephane Wrembel
Big Lazy
The Berkshire Bateria & Bossa Triba

THE BACK STORY: Barbès was once a Park Slope laundromat until two Frenchmen turned it into a bar. That bar had a back room for music. And that back room soon became Brooklyn’s favorite hang for omnivorous, authentic, non-commercial and international performances. Its been called "a cultural phenomenon” by the Christian Science Monitor and "…the vanguard of the new Brooklyn jazz scene” by the New York Times. The tiny venue hosts more than 700 performances a year. The point is: this is no ordinary bar. And this will not be any ordinary festival. 

THEATRE: Come prepared for an immersive theatrical scavenger hunt put together by our friends at The Shea Theater Arts Center, Eggtooth Productions, and Fine House.

THE LOCATION: The festival is set on the former Bartlett Farm in the village of Montague: a twelve-acre tract of field, forest & river abutting the Sawmills Conservation Area and forming a natural enclosure for an intimate gathering. Music on two stages from 1PM-11PM.

Montague is 3 hours north of New York City and 2 hours west of Boston. It has a distinctly progressive, Western Mass vibe. The legendary Book Mill is just around the bend.

Eggtooth Productions and the Shea Theater Turners Falls collaborate with the performance company, Fine House to enhance your Barbés in the Woods experience by drawing you into immersive encounters with musical, magical woodland beings who emanate from the forest, dance through meadows, and sing up from babbling streams to engage you, captivate you, and create personal moments of enchantment as you discover and collect their gifts. As part of the festival, enjoy this mystical scavenger hunt celebrating sense, feeling, and perspective.

Round trip charter buses leave from Park Slope in the morning and return late at night. Visit to reserve a seat or find out more.

The festival is made possible in part with help from our partners: New England Public Radio, Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank, Turners Falls RiverCulture, Montague Cultural Council, Northeast Solar, and AMR of Springfield.

Happier Valley Comedy presents The Happier Family Comedy Show
August 17 at 3:00 PM
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA

Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, great for 5-13 year olds and their adults. It's funny for the whole family! Saturday, August 17th at 3pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/4 yrs and under (Reduced admission for museum members).
For more info:

Happier Valley Comedy presents HVC Presents: Not In Charge
August 17 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Join the talented group Not In Charge for a polished, fast-paced improv show inspired by true stories from the cast and audience! Saturday, August 17th at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.
For more info:
PEACH PARTY: Celebrating 10 Years of Youth Programming at the Academy of Music

In keeping with the theme of the 2020 AOMYP 10th anniversary production of James and the Giant Peach, Jr., we are throwing a PEACH PARTY at Park Hill Orchard! The event will feature a performance with a combination of youth performers and songs from the last 10 years, face painting, fun photo op's, peach themed treats, and of course, you can experience Park Hill’s “Art In the Orchard” walking sculpture trail which winds through the fruit gardens of the orchard! All proceeds to go benefit the Academy of Music Theatre Youth Program.

Tickets are $10 each (plus online fees).  

All proceeds go to the Academy of Theatre Youth Program.
CASH OR CHECK ONLY AT THE DOOR (no fees at door)

Park Hill Orchard
82 Park Hill Rd | Easthampton, MA | 01027

Sunday, August 18, 2019 11am - 1pm
CitySpace presents Have a Seat Cabrito
Sunday, August 18 at 6:00 PM
Luthiers Co-op

Join this late-summer party and fundraiser for Old Town Hall!

Luthier’s Co-op and CitySpace are throwing a party that’s not for kids but does celebrate baby goats and late-summer with swing music, specialty drinks made with Luthier’s Co-op house spirit — Cabrito (goatling) tequila — and a donation toward the second floor of Old Town Hall.

Through ticket purchases of Have a Seat Cabrito, CitySpace is looking to match a generous donation from Sage Meadow Farm that they raised through Caprine Vinyasa (yoga with baby goats) classes.

Sage Meadow Farm, a small family farm located in Easthampton MA owned by Joe and Stan McCoy, made a donation towards CitySpace’s Old Town Hall second floor renovation project. CitySpace needs your ticket purchase to the party in order to double this donation!

Have A Seat Cabrito, also launches CitySpace’s campaign to sell 375 chairs to the community. Before the end of 2020, CitySpace seeks donations to name all of the chairs that will be located on the second floor of Old Town Hall's future performing arts and community space. Catch-up with your friends and neighbors for this fun late-summer bash in support of the future of the arts in Easthampton.

CH'CHUNK will be serving up classic swing and Americana music with a modern twist. Luthier’s will be offering a menu of specialty drinks made with Cabrito tequila and light fare will be served. Cash bar.

Tickets will be available at the door (while they last).
Happier Valley Comedy presents The Happier Valley Championship
August 24 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

In this competitive comedy show, two teams of improvisers face off through scenes and games to see who can win the ultimate prize: an old trophy we found in someone's attic. Saturday, August 24th at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.
For more info:
CitySpace presents Tours of the Second Floor of Easthampton's Old Town Hall
September 14 at 6:00 PM
September 29 at 7:00 PM
October 5 at 7:00 PM
October 12 at 6:00 PM
and possibly other additional dates 

Join us on a tour of the second floor of Old Town Hall. Whether you're headed to Art Walk Easthampton or off to one Easthampton's fine restaurants like Galaxy or Coco & The Cellar Bar, join us for a guided walk through of the second floor of Old Town Hall.
Tour is free and open to the public.
Learn more about the project

Free - no reservations necessary, but you can RSVP to a Facebook event.
Hampshire College Theatre Program Manager
SEARCH: #779
DATE POSTED: 07/30/2019
TYPE/DEPARTMENT: Administrator in Interdisciplinary Arts
SEARCH STATUS: Searching for Candidates - Accepting Applications
APPLY NOW: Would you like to apply for this position?

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for a theatre program manager. The Theatre Program celebrates the voices of students who are POC, queer, from diverse genders, economic backgrounds, and abilities - and all young theatre makers whose work challenges cultural norms, engages with social change, crosses boundaries of form, and reaches for excellence in craft.

The Hampshire theatre program manager (TPM) is a unique combination of technical director and production manager. The TPM is responsible for supervising and mentoring students, use of theatre spaces, and managing and advising the production portion of the theatre program. The TPM advises, instructs, and mentors students in theatre management and technical theatre practices; supervises and manages budgets; maintains equipment; and implements the program’s production policies. The TPM monitors the safe use of theatre facilities and equipment. This position hires and supervises work study students, and oversees the costume shop supervisor.

A bachelor’s degree with five years of  related experience is required. Successful candidate must have in-depth knowledge of theatrical production and management procedures, and safe theatrical building practices. Applicants must possess an active commitment to mentoring undergraduate students while maintaining a positive and supportive educational environment. Particular emphasis is placed on working within a small, intensely collaborative program of faculty and students with a strong emphasis on student work. Occasionally the TMP will support faculty course related showcases, and guest artists presentations. Candidate must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. Work schedule may include evenings and weekends. A commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds is essential.

This is a full time, benefited position. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references, and a link to a digital portfolio via our website at

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.

Hampshire College Technical Director for Music and Dance
SEARCH: #784
DATE POSTED: 08/01/2019
TYPE/DEPARTMENT: Administrator in Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
SEARCH STATUS: Searching for Candidates - Accepting Applications
APPLY NOW: Would you like to apply for this position?

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative, liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for a technical director for music and dance.

The technical director for music and dance (TD) provides technical and production support for Hampshire’s Music and Dance programs. Duties include maintaining and operating sound and lighting equipment in both the music and dance performance spaces; overseeing rehearsal and performance schedules as well as each program’s budgets, purchasing needs, and publicity; and collaborating with the Five College Dance Production Office and allied offices.  In addition to supervising work-study students in both programs, the technical director will oversee music and dance performances as well as technical and dress rehearsals including student productions; train student crews and stage managers; supervise video and/or audio documentation for events; maintain the regular operation of the building, facilities, equipment, and musical instruments; and provide technical support as needed for music and dance faculty. The TD will serve as liaison for special projects such as building renovation and maintenance, and will monitor the safe use of the Music and Dance facilities and equipment.  The TD will also advise, instruct, and mentor college age students in the field of sound/recording theory and practices.

A bachelor’s degree (preferably in one or more of the performing arts) and three years of job-related experience is required. A qualified candidate must possess excellent organizational and relevant computer skills, initiative, flexibility, and willingness to learn. Also required is in-depth knowledge, training, and work experience of audio and lighting equipment, operations and procedures, including audio engineering, technical theater, theatrical lighting and recording technologies, as well as production management. The TD must have expertise in sound engineering;  an ability to offer instruction on recording and sound theory; and be able to effectively mentor students to carry out comprehensive projects. The TD must stay continually engaged with research and practice in all aspects of this field. Qualified candidates must be able to to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain lighting, sound systems, projection equipment and other production-related equipment; organize and communicate complex production details; direct and manage workers of various capacities and skill levels; possess professional ability as an audio engineer for live performance mixing and to operate theatrical equipment; and make necessary judgments to capture professional quality result. The TD candidate should be well versed in workplace and theatrical equipment safety. Candidate must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. A commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds is essential.

This is a full time benefited position with a work schedule that is primarily during the afternoons, evenings, and occasional weekends. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits program. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.

Springfield College Theater seeking Scenic Designer/Technical Director
August 26, 2019
Springfield Colllege scene shop and Fuller Arts Center theater

The Theater Program at Springfield College invites applicants for a position as Scenic Designer/Technical Director for the Springfield College Theater. The program produces one play each semester, and the position is contracted on a per production fee basis. To apply, please contact Professor Martin Shell, Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts department, at, with a letter of interest, CV, and references.


Non-profit seeks to promote social-justice theater with $500 and $1,000 grants to qualifying theater companies and individuals

The Scarlet Sock Foundation is currently accepting grant applications. Theater companies and individuals with a social-justice focus are encouraged to apply online at Social-justice theater is a tool for promoting awareness of socially relevant topics. It’s a platform for the expression of individual differences and a catalyst for discussion for community members who fee marginalized and/or stigmatized. Companies whose work will include this focus will be considered for grants in the amount of either $500 or $1,000.

Children and/or young adults (ages 5-18) who are interested in attending theater arts camps, workshops, conferences, or other theater-related programs but are not able to attend because of financial need are encouraged to apply for individual grants.

Theater companies who receive Scarlet Sock Foundation grants will be invited to share their projects at the foundation’s annual gala in 2020.

The Vintage Cellar East

We are a large vintage mall in The Keystone Mill in Easthampton, MA.  Check us out if you are a local playhouse or theatre looking to rent props or even buy props for period pieces that can be reused.

Please feel free to email or call 413 977 1978. 
Real Live Theatre presents Choreographing Intimacy: a one-day intensive for all theatre practitioners
August 17 at 10:00 AM
45 Amherst Road, Sunderland MA 01375

“Intimacy Choreography” is a relatively new concept, having emerged out of a need to protect actors from unsafe working conditions and blurred boundaries. It is an important practice not only for the mental, physical, and emotional health of actors, but also for the experience of the audience: the more safe and grounded the performers, the more electric the scene. Utilizing techniques from multiple disciplines, including yoga, dance, and theater, Ellen and Toby will guide participants through a safe and specific process to develop choreography that feels motivated and appropriate for characters and situation, as well as authentic and dynamic in terms of external behaviors.

•As a performer, the take away will include language with which to speak to your director and co-actors and tools to create safe working conditions when there aren’t any. 

•As a director, teacher, or choreographer, you will learn how to build a safe environment, lead exercises to create trust within that environment, and utilize specific skills for analyzing and staging intimate moments.

•As an arts administrator, you will learn best practices for ensuring safe working conditions for your employees.

Check out the website for all the logistics and to register. Register by July 20 and receive $25 off the workshop cost!

Email Ellen and Toby with any questions.
Theater Improvisation Classes for Children and Teens
Wednesdays for Middle Schoolers-3:00-5:00
Thursdays for Elementary ages-3:30-5:00
Starting the Week of September 11th at the Florence Civic Center(next to the Lilly Library)
For more information: contact Heidi Haas at 413-584-5562 or

We learn theater games like Stirring the Beans, Late for Work and What are you Doing? Plus many more. Kids will have opportunities to create original characters and develop skits with their scene partners. Improv is great for building social skills and self-confidence. 
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
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Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Drama Studio

Double Edge Theatre

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

Franklin County Youth Theater

Ghost Light Theater

Greenfield Community College's Theater Department

Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Happier Valley Comedy

Ja'Duke Center for the Performing Arts

K and E Theater Group

Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance

Majestic Theater
New Century Theatre

No Theater

PaintBox Theatre


Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Royal Frog Ballet

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Silverthorne Theater

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players

Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc.

Strident Theatre


Turbulent Times Theater

UMass Theatre Guild

Valley Light Opera

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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