Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pioneer Valley Theatre News September 5, 2019

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  September 5 - 25, 2019

The 23rd season at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield kicks off tonight with The Tuna Goddess. You can get a subscription to their whole season. The Northampton Arts Council is offering a grant writing workshop in support of their next round of funding applications. See the full information by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the newsletter. You'll also find upcoming classes and workshops listed there. 

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from Howlround
Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy
by Nicole Brewer

From the article: 

Damn. This thought reverberates through my body, an ultrasonic sound wave carrying much more than disappointment and dismay. As a Black director, actor, and facilitator of anti-racist theatre, I am unable to shake myself free of the viscosity of thoughts I’m having around another company’s decision to uphold a racist policy: hiring a white director to stage a play written by a playwright of color. This has happened time and again: with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars, James Ijames’s Kill Move Paradise, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, Karen Zacarías’ Native Gardens, August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.

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Season Subscriptions, Single Tickets Available for Mix of Musicals, Comedy, Thrills and Drama

The Majestic Theater's 23rd Season will kick off with “The Tuna Goddess,” which will run September 5 through October 13, according to Producing Director Danny Eaton.

The comedy/drama by Jade Schuyler tells the story of Alexandra Durning who grew up in Chatham, MA on her father Norman's fishing boat, the Harley X, but left years ago for an advertising career in Boston. She returns to settle her father's estate only to discover that he left his boat to both her and his first mate, Pete, her childhood best friend. Alex isn't interested in the boat and wants to return to Boston and her fiance, but Pete can't afford to buy her out. Alex decides to stay for one fishing season and signs on as Pete's first mate, confronting both her past and future. The play has been described as a “soaring, gritty and emotional play that will have you laughing uncontrollably one minute and then crying with heartbreak the next.”

The cast includes Lexi Langs (Alexandra), Erick Kastel (Pete), Cate Damon (Deb), Tom Dahl (Sully), Rob Clark (Norman), Liam Toner (Shawn), Larkin Fox (young Alex) and Noah Tuleta (Richard). Danny Eaton will direct with set design by Greg Trochlil. Gary LaMagna is stage manager, Dawn McKay is costume designer and Dan Rist is lighting designer. Production manager is Stephen Petit and Aurora Ferraro is associate production manager.

Single tickets are now available and range from $26 to $34. They can be purchased over the phone by calling (413) 747-7797 or visiting the box office.

The Firefly Creative presents Shadowlands
Sept. 6 @ 7 PM, Sept. 7 @ 2 PM and 7 PM. Sept. 8 @ 6 PM
Evangel Assembly of God. 348 Stony Hill Road, Wilbraham, MA

Join us September 6 @ 7 PM, September 7 @ 2 PM and 7PM and September 8 @ 6 PM for a powerful journey into Shadowlands, the true to life tale of C.S. Lewis' love and loss. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and seniors over 65. 348 Stony Hill Road, Wilbraham, MA. 

The Firefly Creative presents the former West End and Broadway hit, which tells the true, love story of C.S. Lewis - Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters - and American poet Joy Davidman. Jack Lewis is smug in his convictions about God and His plan for the world until Joy and her young son enter his life and the bewildered theoretician of love in the abstract finally confronts its direct presence. A beautiful story of both love, loss and faith. It is a story for the ages and one that you won't certainly forget.

High Note presents Cabaret Dinner Theatre
September 6 and 7 at 7:00 PM
Brewmaster's Tavern

Musical comedy variety revue. Dinner and show $24.99

Happier Valley Comedy presents The Understudies: An Improvised Musical
September 7 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Be part of the fun as four improvisers create an entire musical from scratch. Saturday, September 7th 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:

Big Red Frame presents Bread & Puppet Theatre ~ The Diagonal Life Circus
September 8 at 3:00 PM
Park Hill Orchard

From the Director, Peter Schumann:

"Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both. The horizontal produces us, and eventually takes us back into its giant arms embrace. The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up- and forward-striding ambition that makes history and warfare.

"The diagonal results from the hurts that the vertical suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard-to-sustain-in-between life, neither up nor down that needs to muster all its strength to lift itself up and the courage to invent tricks that keep it from falling. And this trickery deserves a circus, to celebrate the inventiveness of the struggling body and mind in the fight against falling, as well as a victory feast for the successful lifting itself up."

Bring a blanket and wear good shoes.
No rain date so hope for good weather.

Please come early to help ease the parking situation.
Local author Talya Kingston’s powerful play, Campus Unrest, kicks off Silverthorne’s  fall rehearsed play reading series, Theater Thursdays . It will be read at 7 pm on Thursday, September 12 in the Franklin County Coop meeting space at 170 Main Street, Greenfield. The reading is free and open to the public.
The playwright and director describe the action of the play in the following manner: "Tensions are high nationwide and violence on the streets too abundant. The ripple effects of this are felt on a small New England college campus, where a British academic couple and a first generation student each attempt to find their own voice, escape ghosts of the past and move the conversations around injustice one step forward." 
Under the direction of Trenda Loftin, the cast of six readers includes Rachel Braidman as newly-arrived history and gender studies professor Mia, Silk Johnson as Mia’s partner Kwame, and Terna Tilley as fellow faculty member Angela."  Steve Folmar will read the role of student activist Darren Williams, while Julissa Rodriguez reads Jo Milner whose classes Mia has taken over; Joan Sartori reads the roles of both a faculty wife, Sue Spencer and a colleague, Professor Cellino.
Playwright Talya Kingston is a dramaturg, playwright and educator with a particular investment in new play development and theatre for social change.  She is the Associate Artistic Director at WAM Theatre (Where Arts and Activism Meet), a Lecturer in Dramaturgy at UMass, Amherst, and the North-East Region VP for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).  Talya is also a proud member of the Northampton Playwrights Lab, where CAMPUS UNREST was developed.  An earlier version of this script was a finalist in the 2019 Bechtel Test Fest
An integral part of Silverthorne Theater Company’s mission is to promote the development of new work, especially by Western Massachusetts and New England playwrights. In 2018, we staged the world premieres of three new works, two of which were from such writers.
In 2019 we offer Theater Thursdays, a series of free rehearsed readings of new or new to us plays, followed by audience discussions. The purpose of the readings is to give a platform for new work to be heard, and when possible, to be able to give playwrights direct audience feedback.  It also gives Silverthorne a look at plays that we might consider fully producing in future seasons. These will be held in different locations in the region. Complete information for each reading may be found at
"Ropes" by Mexican playwright Barbara Colio will be performed at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Sept. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21.

The play is about three brothers making their way through airports to their estranged father's last tightrope walk.
"I saw it in with my mother at the Two River Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 2016, and I just belly laughed and sobbed my way through it," said director Jackie Walsh, founder of Footlights at the Falls of Shelburne Falls, which is putting on the play.

In the play, the brothers, Presley, Paul and Prince (named, of course, after the musicians) haven't seen their dad since they were little kids.  He ditched them to become the world's most famous tightrope walker.
The play totally gets siblings: the shared history, the knowledge about each other's quirks, the love, the anger, the annoying things we do, Walsh said.
"I have three brothers myself (and four sisters), so it's all really, really familiar and interesting -- I think for anyone who has siblings!"
The brothers are played by Marc Kaufmann of Shelburne Falls, William Spademan of Ashfield and Chip Roughton of Florence.
"They are a joy to work with," Walsh said. "All are talented actors and really nice guys."
The production still needs ushers and ticket sellers.
Tickets are $12 for all shows except the matinee, which is $6.

All shows start at 7, except Sunday, Sept. 15, which is a 2 p.m. matinee.  Cultural council grants helped pay for the show, including grants from Shelburne, Ashfield, Colrain, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Rowe, Heath, and Plainfield.
There are plenty of seats. Cash/check at the door.  Reservations aren't necessary but are taken at
More information at or 413-625-9413.
Fair warning: the show includes some cursing.
Happier Valley Comedy presents The Ha-Ha's & Friends
September 14 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Local favorites since 2003, The Ha-Ha's perform alongside special guests each month. Saturday, September 14th 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.
PinProductions presents The Selfish Giant, Children's Theater
September 15 at 3:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts

The Selfish Giant is a classic tale about a giant who builds a wall around his garden to keep out the town’s children but in doing so plunges his garden into an endless winter. The show’s creators, Jose Ignacio Vivero (Ecuador) and Susannah Dalton, instill a sense of urgency in the story by placing the storytellers themselves at a border wall. Traveling, depression-era hucksters, transform their wares to tell a much-needed story to the audience they find waiting to cross. 

The Selfish Giant is funny, touching and fun for the whole family. It’s a celebration of the power of stories! 

PinProductions is currently celebrating its first decade of creating and producing theater in English and Spanish. PinProductions has, in this time, produced multiple award-winning theater productions, most recently garnering 18 nominations and 4 awards for the Lorca play El Retablillo de Don Cristóbal. PinProduction’s dedication to children’s creative agency is seen in its new theater works for children as well as its bilingual children's pilot Basura Aventura (Trash Bash).

PinProductions co-founder Susannah Dalton (Berard) grew up in Northampton and is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this project back to her home town. 

The Selfish Giant is the recipient of both the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s Artist Grant and The Queens Council on the Arts' New Works Grant.

Tickets: $8 for kids, $12 for adults 
More information.
Sunderland Public Library presents Sunderland Short Stories
September 17 at 6:30 PM
Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375

Actors Kermit Dunkelberg and Linda Tardif will perform dramatic readings of two adult fairy tales: "The Troll Bridge, by Neil Gaiman, and "The Princess Who Stood On Her Own Two Feet," by Jeanne Desy.  The event is free and open to the public.  

Sunderland Short Stories engages professional actors who use their theatrical skills to bring to life some of the best short stories from contemporary and classical literature.  

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library.  Contact 413-665-2642 for more information.
Silverthorne’s fall kicks off with its mainstage production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, a very different take on the French Revolution from the viewpoint of four prominent women of the time. The show opens Thursday, September 19 and runs through Saturday, September 28 in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield. 
A brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. This fast-paced play centers on the lives of feminist playwright Olympe De Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, & Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle who hang out, murder Marat, lose their heads, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary Paris.  The director brings a cabaret aesthetic to Silverthorne’s production; audiences can expect a fluidity of performance space and interconnection between actors and audience.
Dates for the production are September 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 pm. The Sunday matinee on September 22 begins at 2 pm. Tickets for Thursdays or Sunday are $20 general admission, $18 student/senior (65+). Tickets for Friday and Saturday night shows are $25 general admission, $20 student/senior (65+.) Tickets are available through or by calling the Box Office at 413-768-7514.
Director Gina Kaufmann brings a very impressive background to her Silverthorne debut, having a long list of professional and academic productions to her credit in Chicago, New York, the Berkshires, here in the Valley and elsewhere in the US. A member of The Directors and Choreographers Society, she just completed three years as chair of the UMass Amherst Department of Theater where she is Associate Professor in the MFA Directing Program.  
The cast of The Revolutionists includes Brianna Sloane* (Sunderland) as Olympe de Gouges. Sloane is founder and director of TheatreTruck,, a Valley collaborative that crafts mobile and site-specific performance, and most recently hosted “413 Says #Close the Camps.” Kyle Boatwright (Amherst) plays Marianne Angelle. An Amherst College graduate, Boatwright performed in Silverthorne’s 2017 production of Jacques Brel is Alive & Well & Living in Paris, and is one of the founding members of Strident Theatre.  Eileen Vandewalle (Danvers), who appears as Charlotte Corday, graduated from the UMass Amherst Theater program in May. Julie Nelson* (Amherst), who plays Marie Antoinette, just retired from her position as Theater Professor at UMass where she taught Acting as well as Clown, a skill she will bring to her portrayal of the famous French queen. (*Members of Actors Equity Association)
Ezekiel Baskin (Northampton) will stage manage the production; John Iverson (Bernardston), Tech Director, handles set, sound and lighting design. Costume design is by Christina Beam; Tatiana Godfrey will serve as dramaturg for the production.  Carmela Lanza-Weil (Shelburne Falls) and Rebecca Daniels (Turners Falls) are co-producers for the show. 
The Upper Pioneer Valley’s only small professional company, Silverthorne enjoys its status as resident company at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield’s Cultural District.
Ticket and reservation information may be found on Silverthorne’s web site:https://silverthornetheater.orgTickets for all shows are currently available at (type in the nameThe Revolutionists), or by calling 413-768-7514. Patrons can use credit cards at the door or over the phone.
Arena Civic Theatre returns to The Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls with August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.

Directed by Christina Chapin, this 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama for best new play is a turbo charged tragic comedy centered around the Weston family in rural Oklahoma who are brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston (played by ACT veteran Jerry Marcanio) disappears. The matriarch, Violet, (played by Rachel Cronen-Townsend) depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling,” is joined by her three daughters (Jocelyn Glabach, Caroline Pierce, Brooke Martineau) and their problematic lovers, who harbor their own deep secrets, her sister Mattie Fae (Dawn Berne-Allen) and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna (Julia Wald), who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.

Also stars Zach Billings, Samantha Thorpe, Doug LeBelle, Heath Trudell, Benjamin Crowe and James Reilly. Set design by Russ Eckstrom, Lighting design by Ana Steiner. 

**This show contains mature themes and language and is not recommended for young children**

Show runs September 20th and 21st at 8:00 PM and closes September 22nd at 2:00 PM
Tickets are $18 General Admission and $15 Seniors (65+) and Students. 
Available at the door or by calling to reserve at (413) 233-4368
Tickets may be purchased in advance through Ticketleap 

For additional information visit ACT online at
Happier Valley Comedy presents The Happier Family Comedy Show
September 21 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, September 21st 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 Not In Charge
September 21 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, September 21st 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:
Smith College Department of Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
based on the novel by Mark Haddon
adapted by Simon Stephens
directed by Ellen W. Kaplan

Christopher Boone is an autistic teen with remarkable curiosity, great courage, and an intense desire to solve a mystery. One night, Christopher discovers his neighbor’s dog, Wellington murdered with a garden rake, and Christopher is determined to find the culprit; his “detective” work leads him to even deeper mysteries, and to a thrilling journey to where he has never been before.

We are putting together a team of people who have the knowledge and lived experience to enable us to stage this amazing show. We want to engage neuro-diverse people who will be involved in every aspect of the show, to be part of the conversations and ask tough questions about what it means to explore neuro-diversity on stage.

Sunday, September 8, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Monday, September 9, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

October 25, 26, 31, November 1, 2 at 7:30 PM;
Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center, Smith College.

Casting Breakdown:
8-10 Women, 1-2 Men

Audition Prep:
Sides will be provided from the script. No monologues or appointments necessary.

Production Manager, Nikki Beck, or 585-3222

Perusal scripts available in Josten Library, Mendenhall Center, Smith College

All actors are encouraged to audition. We are looking for a truly diverse group of students, community members, and everyone excited to perform this award-winning play. |
Actors and dancers sought for upcoming auditionsAlso: attend our workshop for tips on effective auditioning!
The UMass Department of Theater is holding auditions for its production of The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite, Wole Soyinka’s adaptation of the classic Greek play. We are seeking energized performers with a passion to explore the “communal feast” and “tumultuous celebration of life” of this celebrated Nigerian playwright. Included below is a description of each character/chorus role. 

Acting Audition
September 9th and 10th from 6pm-10pm with callbacks on September 11th and 12th from 6pm - 10pm.
Dance Audition
September 13th from 6-7 pm or 7:30-8:30 pm and September 14th from 1pm - 2pm, with callbacks September 16th from 6pm - 8pm.

All auditions are held in the Curtain Theater. Please check in with the stage management staff in the UMass Theater Green Room when you arrive. 
Sign up for an audition slot at SignUp Genius. Actors need not prepare a monologue; rather, familiarize yourself with The Bacchae story/myth and read the sides provided. Reading the play is recommended. Please plan to stay for about an hour as you may be asked to read for multiple roles.

Dancers and movers, bring your bodies, energy, and spirits. Sign up for an hour-long slot from 6-7 or 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 or from 1-2 p.m. on Sept. 14. Sign-ups are encouraged for dancers but drop-ins are welcome. Interested performers, feel free to attend both the acting and dancing auditions.  

The script and audition sides can be found in a read-only format in Google drive.
Callback information will be posted on the UMass Department of Theater blog page:  
The Bacchae of Euripides will have performances Nov. 7-17.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact stage manager Tom Kelleher (

Character breakdown
DIONYSUS, the charismatic and enigmatic god of wine, ecstasy and theatre. Exiled, he returns to Thebes to seek his rightful place on Mount Olympus.
PENTHEUS, autocratic king of Thebes and cousin to Dionysus. He seeks to establish Law and Order.
KADMOS, the Old Guard, former king of Thebes.
TIRESIAS, gender-fluid blind seer, an elder adviser to the throne.
AGAVE, Queen mother of Pentheus’...and his murderer. Fierce follower of Dionysus.
HERDSMEN (3), working-class folks who know the streets and know the hustle.
OFFICER, A secret service agent; mouthpiece of the state.
SLAVE LEADER, formerly incarcerated person turned organizer for radical change. Leader of the SLAVE CHORUS of imprisoned citizens.
OLD SLAVE, an elder who has spent their life serving the carceral state.
VESTALS, fly girls from the neighborhood.
BACCHAE, predominantly women, fierce and formidable priestesses of the ecstatic Dionysian rites who accompany Dionysus on his travels. Disrespect them and they’ll rip your heart out.
***Audition workshopIf you are looking to hone your audition skills, we will be offering a free audition workshop 2 days prior to Bacchae auditions, Sept. 7 from 2-4 p.m., with Professors Milan Dragicevich and Michelle Hendrick. Free and open to all, this workshop takes place in Fine Arts Center Room 204.

More about the Department of Theater:
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.

Auditions to be held for reading/performance series on climate change

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2–5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 23, 6–9 p.m.

170 Main St., Greenfield, MA


CONTACT: Jan Maher, program director – – ‭(206) 234-9146‬ 

Greening Greenfield and Local Access are proud to present Climate Change Theatre Action Greenfield, a series of public readings and performances which will be held in downtown Greenfield over several weekends this autumn.

CCTA Greenfield is part of Climate Change Theatre Action, a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented biennially to coincide with the United Nations COP meetings.

CCTA Greenfield will be holding auditions for the readings/performances on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2–5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 23, 6–9 p.m.

Auditions will take place at 170 Main St., Greenfield, MA. Auditions will be held on the hour, so please arrive at one of the following times: Saturday, Sept. 21: 2 p.m., 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 23: 6 p.m., 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.

Please RSVP with the date and time you plan to attend by emailing or texting (206) 234-9146‬. You can also RSVP on the Facebook event:

We welcome performers and non-performers alike to participate in this series!

If you would like to get involved in this project another way, please contact Jan Maher at or (206) 234-9146, or via our Facebook page,


Starlight’s Youth Theatre Fall 2019 Acting Classes
Begin September 7
Maple Ridge Community Center

Classes for All Ages!!! Here are a couple highlights!!

Actor’s ToolBox – Grades 2-3: Once the student actor has some experience on stage, they need to fill their tool box with skills such as: how to develop a character, how does that character walks, talks, thinks and feels. During classes students will use these tools to create and then perform in their original adaption of  “The Little Engine That Could.” Saturdays- 9:00-9:50 AM   Beginning Sept 7- till show Nov. 9 Directed by Cyn Strycharz

Lights Up Grades – Grades 4-5: With a focus on the performance they will learn about timing, pace and finding moments within the play as they use these new skills to create their original adaption of  “Polar Express.” Saturdays-10:00-11:00 AM Beginning Sept. 7- till show Nov. 9 Directed by Cyn Strycharz

More information.


Youth Theater Class
September 10 Tuesdays for 10 weeks
Northampton Center for the Arts

Taught by Carissa Dagenais & Julian Findlay 
Help your child build confidence, embrace spontaneity, practice teamwork, rehearse emotional regulation, make new friendships, and laugh! This ten-week theater class will cover the basics of improvisation, storytelling, and ensemble work.

Register here.


Preteen Theater Class
September 10 Tuesdays for 10 weeks
Northampton Center for the Arts

Audition practice, stage combat, scene work, monologues, and masterclass-style teaching will give your pre-teen a crash course in the work it takes to be an actor!  Whether they are looking to start their journey or are looking for a way to stay sharp, this class offers a playground for young actors to work their craft. Formal performance on the final date. Taught by Carissa Dagenais & Julian Findlay

Register here.
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. 

The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s program manager Lisa Simmons and the Northampton Arts Council (NAC) will hold a Grant Writing Workshop to support potential applicants considering submission of proposals for community-oriented arts and humanities programs due October 15th.  Anyone interested in learning more about the proposal process and application is invited to attend, including residents supported by other Local Cultural Councils (LCC).  The workshop will include information about the application used by all LCCs, presented by the Mass Cultural Council. This MCC presentation will be followed by an opportunity to learn about the Northampton Arts Council’s funding priorities and guidelines as well as developing a budget for your application. Information will also be presented about the MCC Direct Grant program which has been adopted by the NAC. New this year, grant award-winners will receive their funding upfront and not on a reimbursement basis.

To help applicants prepare an effective funding proposal, the Council will hold a grant writing workshop on Wednesday September 11th, 6:00PM at the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building’s Flex Space, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060. The session is open to artists, schools, non-profit cultural organizations, and residents interested in applying for funding through the Local Cultural Council Program.

To RSVP for this workshop please visit our online signup form:

The Northampton Arts Council is calling for funding proposals from artists, residents, organizations, and schools. Council grants support cultural activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances, workshops, and lectures. Applications will be available online beginning September 1st and are due by October 15th. 

For local guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council including information about previously funded projects, visit 

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Real Live Theatre presents Foundational Acting Techniques Workshop
October 7, 14, 21, 28 at 6:30 PM
Real Live Theatre

This four-week workshop series taught by RLT members Toby Vera Bercovici & Jeannine Haas will explore the use of the body, voice, emotion, and intellect to create theatrical moments. It is designed both for actors and non-actors, and will encourage creative agency, risk-taking, choice-making, and a new perspective on oneself, both alone and in relationship to others. It will utilize techniques from improvisation and clown, as well as from practitioners Konstantin Stanislavski, Anne Bogart, Michael Chekhov, and others. This workshop series is most powerful when all four parts are taken, but each part can be taken individually - sign up for one, two, three, or all four dates! 

Mondays in October, 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Cost is $400 for whole series, or $100 per class. Payment plans & scholarships available.

Email for more info and to register.

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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
Northampton Playwrights Lab

PaintBox Theatre


Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Royal Frog Ballet

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Shakespeare Stage

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

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