Live theatre is (maybe a little untraditionally) back! Chris Rohmann reviews two Berkshires presentations here. Live performances is now it's own section in the newsletter - see below for listings for Matilda and Fourteen Wedding Dresses, both coming to theatres near you in July.
The next issue will include events from July 1 through 21. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at email@example.com
I want to be a theatre fan. I say that loosely, because I don’t tend to be the kind of fanatic who collects playbills and saves ticket stubs, and my ability to recall who was in which cast of what show is utter garbage. I mean “fan” in a sense closer to the way I’m a fan of my hometown sports teams—the way in which, though I live in Chicago, I can still find ways to watch the football team I grew up watching, the one I have family memories connected to, whenever they play, no matter where in the country they’re playing. I wish I could be that kind of a fan for theatre too.
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Turners Falls High School/Great Falls Middle School
Matilda: The Musical
222 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls, MA
TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
Thursday- July 1st
Friday- July 2nd
7:00 in the TFHS auditorium!
Don’t miss it! These kids have waited over a year to share this with the community!
Matilda: The Musical is based on the classic Ronald Dahl book. It follows the story of a very gifted little girl who learns she has a lot of power in the face of adversity. This musical is rated PG.
$10 for Adult
$8 for Students
$5 for 5 and under
Tickets available at the door
Directed by: Kimberly Rose
Assistant Director: Alyssa Conway
Consultant: Mandy Oliver
Choreography by: Kiley Palmquist, Hannah Warnock, Maddie LeBorgne, and Izzy Vachula-Curtis
Set: Jonathan Chappel, Brian Lamore, and the Amherst Leisure Community Theater
“FOURTEEN WEDDING DRESSES” NEXT UP IN SILVERTHORNE THEATER NEW PLAY READING SERIES
Local playwright and long-time Silverthorne Theater company member Steve Henderson has penned a truly unique play, Fourteen Wedding Dresses, for the third second of STC’s Theater Thursday new play reading series on Thursday, July 15. Under the direction of Keith Langsdale, the reading will be performed live at 7:30 pm in the LAVA Center at 324 Main Street, Greenfield.
The reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion with the playwright. It will be streamed live on Silverthorne’s YouTube channel as well, and remote viewers will be able to join a Zoom session following the reading to give feedback. Full details are available at https://silverthornetheater.org/play-reading-series/.
Jimmy and Vivian are frightened teenagers running away from their small town home in Kentucky to get married. They fear not only for themselves but for their younger siblings Missy and Henry. They offer the best advice they can on how to stay safe and promise to return in a few years. But nothing goes as planned. Decades pass. Henry and Missy narrow their lives into a strange and heartbreaking cycle until the arrival of a young visitor exposes secrets and lies that rip their desperate routine to rags and tatters.
A strong cast will read the varied roles: Missy will be played by Cate Damon; Rand Foerster will read the role of Henry. Samantha Choquette will play Young Vivian, with Jimmy Murphy reading Jimmy. Kimberly Salditt-Poulin will play the adult Vivian, and Linda Tardif reads the role of Gracie, grand-niece to Henry and Missy. Director Keith Langsdale most recently filmed his solo performance in The Tattooed Man Tells All for Silverthorne during 2020, and directed our 2019 production of The Diary of Anne Frank.
Henderson is well-known in the Valley and beyond as an actor and playwright, and as author of Senior Theater, a comprehensive approach to producing theater by, for and with seniors. He co-wrote Silverthorne’s 2018 production of White, Black & Blue, and has had another play in the Theater Thursday series, Sandwich, in 2019. Silverthorne produced his Jerry and Ed in 2015. The Kentucky setting for Fourteen Wedding Dresses is influenced by visits to his brother who has lived there since the seventies.
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. Theater Thursdays is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Northfield, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Theater Thursdays 2021 is a series of free rehearsed readings of new, or new to us plays, begun in 2019. All are 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 for full production in future seasons. Complete information for each reading may be found at https://silverthornetheater.org.
Ko Festival of Performance streams last summer’s Zoom presentation of "The Magic City Massacre” on demand June 19-July 4th.
With a cast of 14, Deletta Gillespie’s play tells the story of one of the most prosperous black communities in the history of the United States, how Tulsa came to be the site of the worst incidence of civil unrest second only to the Civil War, and why almost one-hundred years later, most Americans still don’t know about it. Post show panel discussion features Darly Davis, an African-American man known for his efforts to convince Klu Klux Klansment to leave and denounce the KKK. Information and sliding scale tickets are available at https://kofest.com.
WAM THEATRE PROUDLY PRESENTS
WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF
WHERE WE BELONG
WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY MADELINE SAYET
A Special Benefit for WAM Theatre Streaming Digitally June 24-27, 2021
WAM Theatre is thrilled to announce it will present a special limited run of Madeline Sayet’s solo show, WHERE WE BELONG, directed by Mei Ann Teo. This Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company film adaptation, produced in partnership with Folger Shakespeare Library, is filming now at Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C., and will be available for digital streaming through WAM Theatre June 24-27, 2021 only. This limited engagement for WAM audiences will be a benefit, with proceeds dedicated to furthering and deepening WAM’s accountability work.
In 2015, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet travels to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare. Madeline finds a country that refuses to acknowledge its ongoing role in colonialism, just as the Brexit vote threatens to further disengage the UK from the wider world. In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece, Madeline echoes a journey to England braved by Native ancestors in the 1700s following treatise betrayals – and forces us to consider what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.
“Madeline Sayet’s WHERE WE BELONG blew me away when I first encountered it. Her openness to sharing her journey across the sea, into the sky, and back home to Mohegan is a deep, insightful, and often very funny, revelation.” says Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth. “WAM is an ideal partner for this broader visibility because their mission aligns with Woolly's - we both try to create space for stories that have yet to be heard, especially those from women of color. It's so exciting to be able to share this show with their audiences, who may never have seen it in D.C. otherwise.”
“All of us at WAM are honored to partner with Woolly Mammoth Theatre in D.C., a theatre whose work we’ve long admired. Madeline Sayet’s beautiful solo piece reckons with our past, while honoring the many different stories of the Indigenous cultures surrounding the place we live and work. We are excited to share this limited run with our WAM audiences. “ Kristen van Ginhoven, Producing Artistic Director, WAM Theatre.
Writer/performer Madeline Sayet is someone who understands this power of stories, she says: “For my people, the Mohegans, the ways the stories are passed down is sort of an act of resistance. I grew up knowing the stories were special, because they come from the land we stand on. Both my great-aunt, Gladys Tantaquidgeon, and my mother [Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel] have been medicine women. I was raised with this consciousness of story medicine and the idea that stories aren’t neutral: They can heal people and they can damage people. A lot of my own work is about the transformative capacity of stories. What stories do we need to bring us together; what stories do we need to imagine a way forward and create hope? What are the stories that enable us to create our best possible futures?”
WHERE WE BELONG features Madeline Sayet and premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in London in 2019 as part of Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, the UK’s only large-scale multidisciplinary festival of Indigenous arts and culture. While at Woolly Mammoth, Madeline has been adapting the original piece for the digital realm with Director Mei Ann Teo.
WHERE WE BELONG will be available for streaming on demand June 24-27, 2021. Tickets will go on sale at WAMTheatre.com on Tuesday, June 1st.
The Depot for New Play Readings presents Camp Wonder
by Vicki Meagher
June 27, 2:00 PM
A woman with a fierce attachment to individual freedom finds herself in a reeducation camp established by the totalitarian regime of the Feather Federation of States (FFS). Three other "students" are in her class, taught by a complex man who is not necessarily who he seems to be. Tickets: free.
Join The Forge Theater Lab for an online showcase of short plays about people coming face-to-face with their past selves. By turns comic, poignant, and powerful, these stories explore the challenge of living in the present when you can see the past in the mirror. Featuring works by Steven William Beck, Matt Cogswell, Cayenne Douglass, Ken Green, and Ashley Lauren Rogers.
The Architects of Time
by Cayenne Douglass
Directed by Lee Douglass
by Ashley Lauren Rogers
Directed by Samantha deManbey
Filling In The Gaps
by Ken Green
Directed by Rebecca Joseph
by Cayenne Douglass
Directed by Caley Chase
by Steven William Beck
Directed by Jack Crory
One Angry Gay Man
Written and performed by Matt Cogswell
Directed by Samantha deManbey
To celebrate the distinct and enduring spirit of this great city, SpeakEasy commissioned five local playwrights to write site-specific, short plays that celebrate the resilience that sees us through each day. The playwrights: Fabiola R. Decius, Hortense Gerardo, Paige Monopoli, Nico Pang, and Adrian RoCale. Tickets: $30.
In science, the Uncertainty Principle states that "the momentum and position of a particle cannot both be precisely determined at the same time." Using this theme as a metaphor for the ever-changing landscape of life during COVID-19, NHTP artists created a docudrama based on the podcast We Don't Know What This Is Yet by Genevieve Aichele, with Monique Peaslee Foote and Susan Geib, music by CJ Lewis. Tickets: $10.
SILVERTHORNE THEATER ANNOUNCES RADIO PRODUCTION FUNDRAISER - FOXFINDER
Silverthorne Theater brings back the days of radio drama with its production of Dawn King’s haunting play, Foxfinder. A fundraiser for the theater, the show will be broadcast one time only at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 24, on the Company’s YouTube channel. Listeners will be sent the link to the special broadcast with their donation of any size. Details can be found on the Silverthorne website at https://silverthornetheater.org/special-events
Veteran director Ellen Kaplan directs an all-star cast of actors, including Frank Aronson, Jarice Hanson, Stephanie Carlson and Kevin Tracy as they bring the futurist tale to life. Cate Boram is sound designer, and Sophia Pichanick stage manages the production. All are donating their services in the interest of assisting Silverthorne as the theater recovers from the past year of shuttered venues.
Foxfinder is a play of suspense, a thriller, a story of power, zealotry and self-denial, that puts a sinister shadow on our very near future. It is a study in power, in suppressed sexuality, in a fascist mindset manifested in a young boy sent on a mission to force compliance, deny feelings, and – to eradicate foxes, which we cannot see but which are everywhere.
Originally set in rural England, Kaplan has moved the action to the equally appropriate American farm country where at some future time, climate change has severely impacted the profitability of the farmers. Government regulations and a carefully orchestrated fear-mongering campaign stretch their already taut emotions to the breaking point.
Though Silverthorne Theater managed to continue working during the COVID-19 shutdown with several well-received virtual productions, the normal sources of revenue to cover the expense of maintaining personnel and office space was drastically reduced. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to ensuring the start-up of our 2021-22 season can proceed as planned.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
CitySpace requests your thoughts!
Are you a performer, musician, event maker, local arts organization affiliate, or Western Massachusetts community member? CitySpace seeks your feedback about the first-floor performance and event space in Easthampton's Old Town Hall. We are looking to better understand your needs to create successful events and performances.
The Theater Project, inc., dba Majestic Theater, located in West Springfield, Massachusetts is seeking an immediate hire for a Technical Director / Carpenter.
The Majestic is a year-round 229 seat professional theater operating under and SPT6 contract with Actors Equity Association. We produce a five play subscription season September to June, in July and August a three production Children’s Theater, and musical concerts over the Summer. More at: majestictheater.com
This is a full time position which requires a number of years of hands-on experience in live theater and a skill set that includes carpentry, welding, and rigging. The Technical Director should also be versed in both stage lighting and sound design. He/She is responsible for maintaining the scene shop in good working order with a focus always on safety. Additionally, from time to time, there may be repair and/or maintenance projects at the theater itself for which the TD is responsible.
This is a full-time year round position with a salary of $40,040 and may include benefits.
To apply, please send an email telling us of your interest and why you think you’d best fit this position. Please also include your professional resume.
eMail to: email@example.com
Danny Eaton, Producing Director
131 Elm Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
Smith College Department of Theatre hiring Assistant Costumer / Cutter
Assist in the daily operations of the Costume Shop, planning and executing the costumes for the Theatre and Dance Departments’ productions. The position is divided equally between the two departments.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
60% Assist with the consultation with designers and choreographers; prepare for the execution; order and purchase materials and constructs. Oversee the construction of all the costumes for the major productions and concerts. Set up fittings for the designer; adjust garments with input from designer; mark and oversee all alterations; launder, clean and repair costumes for the theatre and dance productions with student help. Attend rehearsals and production meetings as needed.
15% Supervise and instruct all students, interns and work study students
10% Teach techniques of sewing and the execution of designs including beginning and advanced construction procedures in THE 200, THE 254 and THE 354 labs as well as other construction and running crews for productions.
10% Maintain costume facility. Maintenance of storage and equipment for Theatre and Dance departments include: storage, pulling and restocking of garments and accessories.
5% Ensure a safe and hazard free environment for all workers. Back up other staff needs as necessary. Perform related duties as required.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
College level instruction and experience in theatre/dance costume construction or equivalent experience. Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Experience with pattern drafting or draping, cutting of muslin version for first fitting, consulting on and often swatching and shopping for appropriate fabrics, fabric preparation and dying, tailoring and sewing period garments. Experience using and maintaining industrial and home sewing machines as well as industrial irons, steamers and sergers.
General Position Summary:
The primary responsibilities of the Marketing and Box Office Manager is planning and creating marketing materials for Academy program and fundraising events, including social media; selling ads for the program guide; setting up show and ticket pages; selling tickets and responding to patron questions and concerns. Also responsible for maintaining small part time box office staff, scheduling and training.
Essential Functions and Major Responsibilities:
* Advise the Executive Director on marketing strategies.
* Identify, build and manage a portfolio of advertisers for program guide. Design and create annual program guide and inserts.
* Create all print and electronic marketing and communication materials for programs, including social and digital media.
* Provide tracking and conversions for marketing campaigns
* Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop fundraising materials and communications.
* Ticket sales and patron service at shows
* Overseeing the daily sales of tickets and entering data as required
* Creating and submitting bi-weekly reports, customer contact information and/or customized reports to box office users, and zip code reports
* Creating and providing weekly and event reports to bookkeeper and/or Theater Manager
* Providing reports, will call list, and settlement night of and/or end of performance to renter
* Reconciling any issues between ticket sales and the financial department
* Training, scheduling, and supervision of ticket office staff. Making sure that all staff is fully
trained in handling customer issues and explaining policy regarding ticket sales
* Managing and responding to patron’s complaints regarding any issues with ticket sales
* Providing quarterly sales analysis for marketing
* Soliciting renters to utilize box office services
* Undertaking any other responsibilities relating to ticketing services
* Any other assigned tasks requested by Theater Manager
* 2 years of relevant professional experience working in a box office/customer service
environment for non-profit venue or organization preferred
* Strong computer skills (Including but not limited to Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite,
Adobe Creative Cloud)
* Strong Social Media skills (experience with Facebook events, Instagram stories, Twitter
through a business/school/professional hobby, not just personal use)
* Excellent customer service skills (including interpersonal skills, email writing and phone
*Graphic art experience
* Knowledge of on-line ticket sales, credit card procedures (preferred)
* Broad knowledge of box office protocols and procedures a plus.
* Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent; recommended but not required
* Management or leadership experience in a box office or customer service environment
The Academy of Music is hiring
Producer/Outreach Coordinator Part Time/ $20+/hour
The Producer/Community Outreach Coordinator has the responsibility of producing the Academy of Music Theatre’s Valley Voices Story Slam, coordinating its workshops and managing communications. As Community Outreach Coordinator, the responsibilities include building relationships and working with the Latinx community through storytelling and our Valley Voices Story Slam.
Duties and responsibilities include:
• Produce show series, coordinating with Academy of Music Theatre’s partner New England Public Radio
• Prepare timelines, manage logistics, and host shows
• Market series and workshops through radio ads, website, and social media
• Develop strategies to reach underserved populations
• Plan and host workshop events
• Build and maintain community partnerships
• Collaborate with WGBY/WGBH to produce nationally televised Stories from the Stage
• BA in English, Theater Arts or related field or experience
• 2 years experience in community outreach and events planning
• Experience working directly with people of diverse racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
• Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments, Spanish speaking preferred
• Ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
SEEKING THREE INDIGENOUS WOMAN ACTORS FOR FALL 2021 PRODUCTION
WAM Theatre is currently accepting audition tapes for
KAMLOOPA by Kim Senklip Harvey
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Come along for the ride to KAMLOOPA, the largest powwow on the West Coast. This high energy award-winning performance follows two urban Indigenous sisters and their encounter with a spirited shapeshifter. Together, they battle to come to terms with what it means to honor who they are and where they come from. We are invited to bear witness to the courage of these women in the ultimate transformation story, as they turn to the ancestors for help to reclaim their power.
MIKAYA, (also Senklip the Coyote, and Ancestor 1) She/her, early 20’s, Indigenous, younger sister to Kilawna. She is a college student eagerly diving into a journey of connecting to and reclaiming her Indigenous heritage. She is earnest and impressionable, and tends to put herself down. She is also spontaneous and playful, willing to entertain bold ideas, and is overflowing with a desire to connect to those around her. Actor should have a good sense of comedic timing, and play the ukulele or have a willingness to learn for the role!
KILAWNA, (also Grizzly, and Ancestor 2) She/her, early 30’s, Indigenous, older sister to Mikaya. She is pragmatic & logical, quick-witted, always on time, and likes to be in control. She has a daring and spontaneous side but it doesn’t often come out. She has spent much of her life assimilating and is resistant to connect to her Indigenous heritage. Actor should have a good sense of comedic timing.
INDIAN FRIEND NUMBER 1 or IDN1 (EDITH) (also Raven, and Ancestor 3) She/her, 20’s, Indigenous. Like Mikaya, she is on her own journey of connecting to and reclaiming her Indigenous heritage. She is confident and direct, and very convincing at sounding like she knows stuff (whether she does or not is another question). She takes initiative, and is committed, magnanimous, and fun-loving. She takes on the role of self-taught teacher and guide to Mikaya. Actor should have a good sense of comedic timing and preferably be comfortable with partial nudity for one scene.
[A note from the playwright on the Shifter and Ancestor roles:
The Ancestral Matriarchs are eternal and living within the 3 women. They are visible and present to those open to seeing them. They live within us, in the past, present, and future worlds. They are many things, including Protectors of the Spirit. They use SHIFTERS (SENKLIP, GRIZZLY, RAVEN ...) and the Elements (Air, Fire, Earth, Blood ...) to connect with us on our infinite journeys. The SHIFTERS, animals who can travel between all worlds. They are able to communicate with beings in any world and inhabit those that engage with them. They are visible and present to those open to seeing them.]
All roles are available and all actors (AEA and Non-Union) will be paid the baseline weekly salary of SPT 4/$420 per week plus other benefits (such as travel/accommodation/childcare), to be negotiated based on each actor's needs, that will ensure minimum wage and equity in pay amongst all actors.
Rehearsals and performance/recording will take place on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican Tribe, colonially known as Lenox, Massachusetts, from September 12 - October 17, 2021 (with a possible extension for one week).
WHAT TO SEND:
- Taped 1-2 minute contemporary monologue or performance.
- Headshot or head/shoulder selfie.
- Resume, bio or paragraph about yourself as a performer.
firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30.
Subject line of email: Kamloopa casting
“I created Kamloopa to ignite the power that lives within Indigenous femmes and peoples. This transformation story is an offer for all of us to be bold and passionate about having the courage to fully become ourselves.”- Kim Senklip Harvey, Playwright
All Indigenous woman actors encouraged to submit
Valley Arts Mentors presents Valley Arts Mentorship Program
Valley Arts Mentors (VAM), a new collaboration between Piti Theatre Company, Holyoke Media and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Franklin County, is launching a webinar series focusing on arts-based mentorship in the Connecticut River Valley. Recordings of the first two webinars can be found on the Valley Arts Mentors website.
Valley Arts Mentors is committed to leveraging the arts to empower youth through a mentorship model. VAM launched a mentorship program for artists in the Valley ages 18+ this fall and is still accepting mentors and mentees on a rolling basis at artsmentors.org/mentorship.The primary goal of the program is to provide early career artists with the support and encouragement crucial to launching a successful career in the arts. Anyone with questions can call (508) 439-2069 or email email@example.com. Mentors and mentees will be matched until all slots are filled.
ELF Student Engagement
April 13, 2021
Easthampton Learning Foundation (ELF) and Easthampton Public Schools invite proposals for projects,
initiatives, and activities that provide enriching experiences to students in collaboration with school
administrators. The activities must take place outdoors, during school hours, and must follow COVID-19
safety protocols as prescribed by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
Let’s connect our community of talented artists, musicians, science buffs, historians, etc., and dream up
some fun, safe, enriching outdoor activities during the school day for our school community
Easthampton Public Schools serve children of all abilities between Pre-Kindergarten and 12th grade, and
successful proposals should specify the school and grades it aims to serve.
● Maple School: Pre-Kindergarten - 4th grade
● Center and Pepin Schools: Kindergarten - 4th grade
● White Brook Middle School: 5th - 8th grades
● Easthampton High School: 9th - 12th grades
PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING:
● Educational or enrichment objective of project
● Project timeline
● Nature of student involvement
● Short budget outlining planned expenses
● Description of past and/or current experience working with children and teens
EXAMPLES OF MINI-GRANT PROJECTS
● Arts and crafts (mural painting, visual arts, theater, creative writing, music, etc)
● Sports, dance, exercise (Yoga, Thai Chi, playground games, obstacle courses, etc.)
● World Languages
Successful awardees will receive a grant, which could include materials and/or staff compensation.
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.
ELF is actively committed to supporting BIPOC* artists and educators. BIPOC applicants strongly are
encouraged to apply.
*BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, People of color
NOTE: All individuals are required to have a CORI check prior to working with students and/or receiving any
To submit a proposal, please visit https://elfhelps.org/apply-for-a-grant.html, and attach your CV.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Sara (908-892-4104; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jenny
Assistant Production Manager, Five College Dance (Post-Baccalaureate)
The Five College Consortium seeks an Assistant Production Manager to provide production management support for Five College Dance (FCD) events on the multiple campuses within the consortium.
This is a non-exempt, benefited, 11-month position (August-June), with a two-year appointment beginning early August 2021 and ending late June 2023, with the possibility of a one-year extension. This position is intended to be an in-person onsite role that may begin as a remote position due to pandemic-related restrictions.
The Post-Baccalaureate Assistant Production Manager provides production management support for Five College Dance (FCD) events on multiple campuses.
HOLLYWOOD LITERARY MANAGER AND PRODUCER MARILYN R. ATLAS LEADS ONLINE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP JUNE 24
Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative brings Hollywood pro to illuminate the importance of character arcs and in-depth character development.
After leading two exceptionally well received workshops on selling ideas for film and television, Hollywood talent/literary manager and award-winning producer Marilyn R. Atlas returns (virtually) on Thursday, June 24, with another practical online workshop for anyone involved in storytelling and world-building.
Navigating Character Arcs: Hone Your Script by Deepening Your Character
In this two-hour, hands-on, interactive, online workshop on June 24, Atlas stresses the importance of knowing your characters inside and out so you can avoid stereotypes and bring your protagonist off the page and into three-dimensional life. She explains how getting inside your character’s head can give your story the authenticity that draws people in and enables you to tailor plot points that work hand-in-hand with your character’s emotional and spiritual progress.
Using examples from recent films and television shows, Atlas will elucidate why you must follow your characters down their emotional corridors to take your writing to the next level and make your mark as a storyteller. This workshop will inspire and motivate screenwriters, playwrights, novelists, directors, producers, and anyone involved in world-building to do their best work yet.
Some advance preparation is required—Atlas has provided a short list of recent films and television episodes for registrants to watch so they can participate fully. Registration for this workshop is limited to 20 to ensure participants have plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.
Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative executive director Diane Pearlman says she’s pleased to bring Atlas back to lead these workshops: “Marilyn literally wrote the book on character development—Dating Your Character -- is a must-read for writers working in all genres. We’re thrilled we can leverage her expertise to inspire and motivate members of our community.” More information on Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, can be found here: www.berkshirefilm.org.
Linda Cleary, who signed up for Navigating Character Arcs as soon as she finished Atlas’s Pitching workshop on June 10, says “What a phenomenal opportunity it has been to learn from a professional ‘in the biz.’ Marilyn’s workshop has gotten me excited about my plot and characters again and made the whole process seem less intimidating. She literally made the most of every minute of the workshop. Her enthusiasm and encouragement are infectious, and I’m back at my story again.”
Hampshire Shakespeare Company
Leaving the Island: Reconnecting as Performers in a New Landscape
7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 at 6:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts - Flex Space
In this exciting workshop and collaborative art experience, we will work as an ensemble to (re)learn the art of collaboration using movement and voice based techniques. We’re also just going to have a good time expressing ourselves, together.
Enrollment is limited to 12, and participants will need to have proof of vaccination as we will be moving near and (perhaps connected to) each other. Since we are building community and safety within our small group, attendance at each session (rather than only one or some) is strongly encouraged.
6-7pm Mondays July 5, 12, 19th and 26th at the Northampton Center for the Arts (Flex Space)
Free, but donations will help offset rental costs and support the company, which is greatly appreciated.
A bit about me:
I am a 36 year old Queer theatre maker and independent bookseller. I graduated from MHC in 2007 with a BA in politics and theatre, and since then have taught theatre to ages 2-98 in curricular, community, and extracurricular contexts. My pronouns are she and her, and I hope to create a creative ensemble and community together with you!
TRANSFORMING YOUR WRITING BY RESTING YOUR MIND
a meditation and writing workshop with JUANITA ROCKWELL
JULY 10 - 11, 1pm - 4pm EST
Whether we write for our own pleasure or for others, to be read on the page or to be spoken aloud, we want our writing to reflect our experience of the world. But our habitual thinking and the ways we tell these stories become a kind of spell of doing, of busy-ness; a spell that binds us, separates us from others, and limits our authentic expression. If we release this imprint of Doing, what might happen if we can rest in the stillness, silence and spaciousness of our Being?
In this two-day, small group workshop, you will learn practices that will ...
Twelve students. Six weeks. Five days a week. Three and a half hours a day. Over 100 hours of laughter, failure, tears, beauty, triumph, wonder and play!
Applications are accessible via the link below and will be accepted on a rolling basis until 11:59pm EST on May 30th.
Starting in July, a dynamic ensemble of Completely Ridiculous students will have the opportunity to engage in globally minded professional actor training - all from the comfort of home. We are all kinds of excited about the summer program, especially our faculty! This spring we brought on Chalia La Tour (Broadway: Slave Play, Tony Award nominee), Arturo Luis Soria (Broadway: The Inheritance) and Storm Thomas (Theater But Dance). And, this summer we will be welcoming back Ato Blankson-Wood (Broadway: Slave Play, Tony Award nominee) and Zenzi Williams (Black Panther).
By the end of the 6 weeks, Completely Ridiculous students will walk away with industry contacts, a more enthusiastic and curious body, a larger capacity to dream and dream big, and a greater comfort with spontaneity, freedom and play. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of who they are as unique individual artists, leaving the program with a whole new set of skills to apply to their career and/or ongoing education.
Drama Studio Summer Programs
July 5 2021 - August 13 2021
41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA
The Drama Studio is a unique community where young people come to grow as artists, leaders, and individuals. Now offering a variety of on-site and online acting and theater programs in a safe environment, including Fantastical Scenes, where students will stage scripted and originally written fantasy scenes, build fairy houses, and prepare for a final performance /sharing. In TeenScene: Thinking Outside the Blackbox teens will study Immersive Theater and work together to create ideas and content for a socially distanced, outdoor performance. Other classes include Acting Up: Summer Sun Stories, SummerSlam: Improv Week, and an Online Class: Improv for Actors. No prior acting experience required. Summer enrollment now open! Space is limited.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company Educational Theater Workshop
August 2-6 at 9:00 AM
Virtual & Williston School
In this half day program students will learn age-appropriate storytelling and performance skills from home for the first few days, and work together to present on Friday. Come practice acting, public speaking, empathy, creative writing, prop making, costume designing, resiliency, and play (just to name a few!) with us.