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Masked and socially distanced, I entered through the dressing room, past a curtain, and into the theatre. But it was a mock dressing room, with cracked walls and tarnished mirrors, and a toy theatre built into a wall, with tiny seats, all empty, lit dimly by a ghost light.
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The Re/Emergence Collective presents
June 11-13, June 18-20 with staggered start times: 6:00pm, 6:50pm, 7:40pm each night
Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton, MA
RE/EMERGENCE is a post-apocalyptic performance that examines grief, initiation, envisioning, and healing as a community after a year of unprecedented upheaval. Looking to nature and its transformative powers, RE/EMERGENCE invites audiences to reflect, meditate, and nurture a new vision of the future.
RE/EMERGENCE was created by the Re/Emergence Collective, a group of theater-makers and frequent collaborators mostly basesd in the Pioneer Valley who gathered in artistic community over the past year to devise this performance. We processed the many challenges of the year’s events through implementing more collective ways of artmaking rather than the traditional hierarchical theater model in order to practice the kind of inclusive theater that we hope to see more of in the future.
SILVERTHORNE THEATER AND LAVA ANNOUNCE THE PUBLIC READING OF NEW PLAY
Set in an unspecified re-purposed building in a small Western Massachusetts town, Northampton author and playwright Ellen Meeropol’s GRIDLOCK tackles issues of climate change and radical activism as two sisters reunite after a fifty-year separation. On Friday, June 11, a public reading of this work-in-development will give audience members and artists the chance to hear and comment on this new play.
Meeropol’s play is loosely based on the characters and events portrayed in her recently released novel Her Sister’s Tattoo (Red Hen Press, 2020). Two sisters are caught up in the anti-war protests of the mid-‘60s, but as a result of “the thorny intersection of family loyalty and clashing political decisions”, a half-century estrangement ensues. GRIDLOCK brings the two, now in their 70’s. back together when a widespread and days-long outage of the national electrical grid throws the country and the local communal living group into a difficult position.
Development of this play and others by local playwrights writing about contemporary issues is part of the missions of both Silverthorne Theater and LAVA (Local Access to Valley Arts). Jan Maher of LAVA directs this reading with actors from both groups participating. More information about the reading can be found at https://www.localaccess.org/ or https://silverthornetheater.org/special-events .
From the New England New Play Alliance:
and Audio Plays
New Hampshire Theatre Project presents The Uncertainty Principle
Adapted from the podcast We Don't Know What This Is Yet by Genevieve Aichele, with Monique Peaslee Foote and Susan Geib
Music by CJ Lewis
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 the Covid-19 pandemic, NHTP artists have created a new docudrama based on interviews with 28 community members between April 2020 and April 2021. Tickets: $10.
To celebrate the distinct and enduring spirit of this great city, SpeakEasy commissioned five local playwrights to write site-specific, short plays that celebrates the resilience that sees us through each day. The playwrights: Fabiola R. Decius, Hortense Gerardo, Paige Monopoi, Nico Pang, and Adrian RoCale. Tickets: $30.
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.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
The Academy of Music is hiring
Marketing and Box Office Manager Full Time / Commensurate with Experience
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.
SILVERTHORNE THEATER ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR FIRST SEASON SHOW – The Mystery of Irma Vep Silverthorne Theater Company’s first production for the 2021-22 Season will be Charles Ludlum’s hilarious two-handerThe Mystery of Irma Vep, scheduled for October 1-16, 2021, in The Perch at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, Greenfield. The Mystery of Irma Vep is the definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas and vintage horror movies. It’s a madcap quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles: the lord and lady of the manor, the starchy maid, the groundskeeper-cum-werewolf, plus an ancient mummy and a lingering ghost. The production will be directed by STC veteran Chris Rohmann.
Open auditions for the production will be held Sunday and Monday, June 20 and 21 from 7-9 pm, at the LAVA Center, 324 Main Street, Greenfield. Callbacks are scheduled for June 22 from 7-9 pm. The play has roles for two men. Auditions are open to all types & ethnicities – some facility with physical comedy and British accents is a must.
Do you work at a local nonprofit, cooperative or justice organization? You still have a few weeks left to apply for a grant from the River Valley Co-op Community Fund! Each year, we award grants to local organizations that work hard to build a brighter future.
The River Valley Co-op Community Fund is a nonprofit charitable foundation established by River Valley Co-op's Board of Directors in 2013. The earnings of River Valley Co-op’s Community Fund can be donated to local nonprofits selected by the co-op, while the invested funds continue to support co-op development in our region.
Six grants will be awarded in the amount of $1000 per recipient. Applications are reviewed by a grant committee comprised of the Board of Directors and will be announced at the end of June 2021. Applications are due June 21, 2021.
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.
SEEKING THREE INDIGENOUS FEMME 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 femme actors encouraged to submit
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; email@example.com) 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.
COMING JUNE 10: ON DECK FOR BERKSHIRE FILM AND MEDIA COLLABORATIVE—PITCHING AND WRITING WORKSHOPS LED BY HOLLYWOOD LITERARY MANAGER AND PRODUCER MARILYN R. ATLAS
Atlas to provide industry insider expertise on pitching ideas and in-depth character development.
Having hit the ball out of the park with her recent workshop on the current market for film and television, Hollywood talent/literary manager and award-winning producer Marilyn R. Atlas returns (virtually) this Thursday, June 10 with another practical online workshop for anyone hoping to get off the bench and get into the movie-making game.
Perfect Pitch: Creating a Powerful Treatment and Pitch Deck/Look Book
In this hands-on interactive workshop, Atlas examines essential pitching tools necessary to generate interest in a screenplay and score a deal: the treatment, the pitch deck (aka look book), and the logline. The class will review and discuss examples of treatments and pitch decks, polish their loglines, and learn how to develop their own power pitches. Participants will have the rare opportunity to sharpen their presentation by using their logline to pitch to a Hollywood pro. Class size is limited to 20 to ensure participants have plenty of time to practice and polish their pitch.
Perfect Pitch will be held online on Thursday, June 10, 6–8 pm ET. Tickets: $65; student tickets $45.
Atlas will lead another hands-on workshop later this month—Navigating Character Arcs: Hone Your Script by Deepening Your Character on Thursday, June 24. This class is also limited to 20 participants. It’s appropriate not just for screenwriters but also for playwrights, novelists, producers, and directors.
Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative executive director Diane Pearlman says she’s pleased to bring Atlas back to lead these workshops: “A good, powerful pitch is essential for anyone to get their project seen. Marilyn provides the inside-Hollywood perspective that gives writers, directors, and producers a clear advantage, and we’re thrilled we can leverage her expertise to take members of our community to the next level.” More information on Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, can be found here: www.berkshirefilm.org.
Barbara Newman, a Berkshire-based film producer (and author of The Dreamcatcher Codes) who took Atlas’s pitching workshop in January, says: “If you want to get in the door with a strong, compelling pitch that will actually get looked at, take this class!”
Marilyn R. Atlas is a Hollywood literary and talent manager and an award-winning producer with a longstanding commitment to diversity and the portrayal of strong female protagonists. She’s the producer of the HBO Sundance-winning film Real Women Have Curves (now in development as a Broadway show) and The Choking Game on Lifetime, among other films. Atlas is currently developing multiple film, television, and theatrical projects. A sought-after speaker at writers’ conferences, Atlas is co-author of the relationship-based, screenwriting guide Dating Your Character (Stairway Press).
The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) supports regional economic growth through production and workforce development in Western Massachusetts. BFMC develops educational and workforce enrichment courses, offers networking events for industry professionals, acts as a resource for visiting productions, creates jobs within our communities in the film industry, and provides an online production guide and locations database as a resource for filmmakers. BFMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For details: www.berkshirefilm.org.
JUNE 19th Serious Play presents:
Unique Live Sound & Music Opportunity with Composer/ Musician Jonny Rodgers
Creating A Choir:
Getting Our Hands & Feet Wet in Sound Creation
Serious Play’s Live Community Workshop-Demonstration -Creating a Human Touch Activated-Water
Activated Choir. This is part of a public phase of development for composing sound using “Playtronica” (www.playtronica.com) for our upcoming July devised production, Moving Water.
For the musical score of Moving Water, composer Jonny Rodgers is developing choral compositions (& other aesthetic goodies) using a “Playtronica” device, so that actors can “play” the set, water & each other in real time & improvise with elements of musical compositions or sound design at will during the performance. The public is welcome to join us this June 19th, learn about how this happens & try this technique out for themselves!
When: SATURDAY June 19 / 2-3:30pm
Where: Well Ventilated Flex Space at the Arts Trust Complex, 33 Hawley St, Northampton
With All Covid Protocols: Social Distancing, Masks, Hand Sanitizer
Limited Number of Participants: 16 yrs & up
Please Contact Serious Play & Register:
Phone 413-588-7439 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to anyone interested in musical discovery- musician or not!
$15 general - $10 students & seniors (cash or check @ the door)
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.