Thursday, June 17, 2021

Pioneer Valley Theatre News June 17, 2021

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
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June 17 - July 7, 2021

You can see a LIVE outdoor show this weekend - the second weekend of Re/Emergence in Park Hill Orchard has performances on June 18-20. See Chris Rohmann's preview of the show here. Perhaps I'll see you there!

Come work with me! Smith College is hiring an assistant costumer/cutter, and the Academy of Music is hiring marketing/box office, as well as a producer/outreach coordinator. Five College Dance is also hiring an assistant production manager. Happy to answer questions! 

Also, for all performers, musicians, event makers, or western mass community members. Fill in this survey about the first floor performance space at CitySpace in Easthampton so we can learn how you might be interested in using it. 

The next issue will include events from June 24 through July 14. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

Submit Your Theatre Event
June 19 Serious Play presents:
Unique Live Sound & Music Opportunity with Composer/ Musician Jonny Rodgers
Email if you are interested and see listings for details
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
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from Howlround

Post-Apocalyptic Theatre on Native Land
by Vera Starbard

From the article: 

In the Tlingit culture, there is a philosophy that everything has its time. When a totem pole decays you do not expend a lot of effort restoring and putting it back up; you let it fall, and it goes back to the earth it came from. A person’s legacy is only as old as the memory their grandchildren have of them; if a person has done good work, the grandchildren will take what the person gave them and grow it, but the elder’s responsibility to this earth is done.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
The Re/Emergence Collective presents

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.
Turners Falls High School/Great Falls Middle School
Matilda: The Musical
222 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls, MA

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
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
From the New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theatre
and Audio Plays

Theatre@First presents
by John Minigan
directed by Jamie Lin
June 18

Undercover agent Jordan takes on an assignment in an apocalyptic religious group that ends in disaster. The fatal results bring scandal to the Justice Department and questions from above. In Covenant, Jordan must confront not only what went wrong, but also the destructive nature of belief itself—including her own. Stream here: free.


The Titanic Theater Company Presents
Discovery: On The Verge
June 19

Virtual readings of one-act plays on the theme of “discovery.”

Who We Choose to See
by Kim Costigan
directed by Holly Newman
by James McLindon
directed by Jerry Bisantz

Tickets: free.


The Forge Theater Lab presents
Past Tense: Six Short Plays
June 18-27

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

Black Lipstick
by Ashley Lauren Rogers
Directed by Samantha deManbey

Filling In The Gaps
by Ken Green
Directed by Rebecca Joseph

Museum Tour
by Cayenne Douglass
Directed by Caley Chase

Reverse Enlightenment
by Steven William Beck
Directed by Jack Crory

One Angry Gay Man
Written and performed by Matt Cogswell
Directed by Samantha deManbey

Tickets: Pay what you can.


SpeakEasy Stage Company presents
The Boston Project: Project Resilience
June 18-30

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.

New Hampshire Theatre Project presents
The Uncertainty Principle
now-June 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.

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 on Tuesday, June 1st. 

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. 

Take the Quick Survey

Smith College Department of Theatre hiring Assistant Costumer / Cutter

Job Summary

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.

Essential Functions

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.

Other Functions

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.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

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. 

More information and application.

The Academy of Music is hiring 
Marketing and Box Office Manager 

Full Time / Commensurate with Experience

Full listing and application

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

Full listing and application

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.
– The Mystery of Irma Vep
Silverthorne Theater Company’s first production for the 2021-22 Season will be Charles Ludlum’s hilarious two-hander The 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.
Audition appointments are required; auditioners should supply a current headshot and resume. More  details are available at To schedule an audition,  contact the theater at or call 413-768-7514.  Auditions are open to Equity and non-Equity performers ; all roles are paid.

WAM Theatre is currently accepting audition tapes for
KAMLOOPA by Kim Senklip Harvey


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).
- Taped 1-2 minute contemporary monologue or performance.
- Headshot or head/shoulder selfie.
- Resume, bio or paragraph about yourself as a performer.
SUBMIT TO: 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

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.

Apply Today
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 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 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
● 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

● Arts and crafts (mural painting, visual arts, theater, creative writing, music, etc)
● Sports, dance, exercise (Yoga, Thai Chi, playground games, obstacle courses, etc.)
● Science
● 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, and attach your CV.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Sara (908-892-4104; 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.

Job Summary

The Post-Baccalaureate Assistant Production Manager provides production management support for Five College Dance (FCD) events on multiple campuses.

More details here.

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” ( 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
Open to anyone interested in musical discovery- musician or not!
$15 general - $10 students & seniors (cash or check @ the door)


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. 

Complete details and ticket information are available via eventbrite:

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:

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.

Pre-registration required, email: to register or with questions/concerns/hopes

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!
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 ...

a meditation and writing workshop with JUANITA ROCKWELL
JULY 17 - 18, 1pm - 4pm EST
This workshop provides opportunities to deepen the work begun in Transforming Your Writing by Resting your Mind,

Announcing:The Completely Ridiculous Summer Conservatory

Monday July 5th to Friday August 13th

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.

More info.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents
Young Company Two Day Workshop
August 12 and 13, 10 am - 4pm
Williston Northampton School

Two day theater lab exploring Shakespeare's Macbeth led by Hannah Simms and Adam Lee Secor.
Ages 13-18, no experience needed.
Performance for invited audience at end.
This is an outdoor event.
Submit your workshop, class, audition, performance, or any other theatre opportunity here!
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Completely Ridiculous Productions

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

Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center

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 Community Arts Trust

Northampton Playwrights Lab

PaintBox Theatre


Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Royal Frog Ballet

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Shakespeare Stage

Shea Theater Arts Center

Silverthorne Theater

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players

Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc.

Strident Theatre


Turbulent Times Theater

UMass Department of Theater

UMass Theatre Guild

Valley Light Opera

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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