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Pioneer Valley Theatre News June 3, 2021

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June 3 - 23, 2021

Lots of new job listings and upcoming auditions in the newsletter today! And some great LIVE in person theatre coming up! Perhaps I'll see you at a show soon. 

The next issue will include events from June 10 through 30. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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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
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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.

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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.
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.
The reading will take place at 7:30 pm at the LAVA Center at 324 Main St, Greenfield. The reading is free and open to the public, but seating capacity is very limited, so reservations are advised by calling 413-768-7514 or writing to, Attendees should have been fully vaccinated. The event will also be streamed live on YouTube at
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 or .
From the New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theatre
and Audio Plays


Barrington Stage presents
Get Your Pink Hands Off Me Sucka and Give Me Back
by Daniella De Jesús
June 4-6
directed by Taylor Reynolds

Solandra, a Dominican-American student, is alone in the throne room of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand when their portraits come alive, poking and prodding and ready to party like it’s 1492. Meanwhile, on the island of “Hispaniola,” Anacaona is awakened by a violent nightmare of pink-skinned “ghosts” invading her village. Enter Christopher Columbus and his crew of brutish bros. As Anacaona struggles to save her community from invasion, Solandra contends with her racial identity and attraction to white men in this dark, comedic exploration of the insidiousness of colonization. Stream: $25.

Depot for New Plays Readings presents
Crazy in the Moonlight
by Melinda Gros
June 6
directed by Anne Flammang

It’s another weekend chez Peter and Marcy Cunningham, art dealers extraordinaire, where moonlight, skinny dipping, and roast beef are negotiating tactics. Peter displays a new masterpiece to his guests, painted by the mysterious artist, Skylark. Roger brings an attractive brunette Outsider Art expert, Tracey, both to authenticate the picture and to warm his ego and bed. Tracey wants arm candy when she meets with lecherous male collectors in Switzerland. Peter wants Tracey’s authentication because he really, really needs the money. Marcy wants her marriage to survive Tracey. Then Lilibeth arrives, Tracey’s mentor and Roger’s wife, and she upends everyone’s careful calculus of desire, betrayal, and art world shenanigans.  Stream here: Free


Playwrights' Platform presents
49th Annual Festival of New Plays
June 1-13

The 2021 festival will be virtual, providing a safe platform for all, which also can be accessed around the world. This year, we will present 12 plays, one each day, with no show on June 7.
Corona Came Calling
by Barbara Lewis
June 1
directed by Dayenne Walters
Rebirth in Boston
by Vicki Meagher
June 2
directed by Sally Nutt
Swing and a Miss
by L.H. Finigan
June 3
directed by Lynda Robinson
Field Trip
by Ben Scranton
June 4
directed by Kyle Porter
National Poetry Month
by Susan Sinnott
June 5
directed by Sammi Elefant
I Was Supposed to Marry Sheldon Rosensweig
by Roberta Kosberg
June 6
directed by Katie Suchyta
Calling Hours
by William Ivers
June 8
directed by Parisa Bayenet
This Halloween is for The Ladies!
by Andrea Aptecker
June 9
directed by Eric Cheung
Mom's Poetry Book
by Margie Semilof
June 10
directed by Joe Antoun
Every Creeping Thing
by David Beardsley
June 11
directed by Shira Helena Gitlin
Occupied Countries
by Jack Rushton
June 12
directed by Katie Suchyta
Holding Pattern
by Karla Sorenson
June 13
directed by Samantha Bestvina

Stream here: free

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.
What better way to celebrate the return of live theater than with music? In our first major post-pandemic production, Silverthorne Theater presents A Broadway Cabaret, onstage August 6-8 in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield. Eight singer/actors will perform tunes from Broadway’s Golden Age shows - solos and ensemble numbers presented for audiences seated at cabaret tables arranged for maximum comfort and following whatever state guidelines for indoor performance are in place at that time.
Auditions for A Broadway Cabaret are scheduled for Sunday, June 6 and Monday, June 7, from 7 pm - 9 pm each night. All vocal ranges are required for the show’s range of musical selections. Auditioners should register for an appointment at or by calling 413-768-7514. Full details of audition requirements may be found om the Silverthorne website at
The show will be staged by veteran STC director John Reese, with Ben Ware as Music Director. Stage Manager Robby Moore will be scheduling audition appointments.
A Broadway Cabaret is a fundraiser for Silverthorne which, like all other live theaters, saw drastically reduced revenues during the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020. Front-line workers and emergency personnel will be offered free admission to the event in recognition of the services and sacrifices made for our entire community during the pandemic.
For questions and further information, please contact us at, call 413-768-7514, or visit 
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.

For sale is a prop car for the musical Chitty Chitty Bang bang. The wings deploy manually from inside the car, raft inflates, headlights and interior lights work.  Its on a platform with casters and is manually moved around the stage.  A scissor lift can be added to elevate the car.  I'm looking for 2,000 or best offer. It is currently stored in Monson ma. Contact Jay Pollack at for more information 
– 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.


Atlas to provide industry insider expertise on what’s hot in Hollywood, in-depth character development, and perfecting the pitch. 

Building on the success of professional-level screenwriting and pitching classes held this winter, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative is pleased to present three new online workshops on writing and selling screenplays and scripts led by award-winning Hollywood talent/literary manager and producer Marilyn R. Atlas on June 3, June 10, and June 24.

What’s Hot in Hollywood: The Current State of the Film and Television Marketplace 

Atlas leads a two-hour in-depth exploration of what studios and producers are buying right now, focusing on the types of projects being "green lit" by film and television studios. She’ll share tips, tricks, tools, and tactics for participants to reach out to production companies and get their screenplays “seen,” addressing how those who don’t live in LA or NYC can get in the game, how streaming services have shifted the playing field, and other crucial topics including film contests, leveraging YouTube, and securing representation. This enlightening workshop will be held online on Thursday, June 3, 6–8 pm ET. Tickets—$45, student tickets $30.

Perfect Pitch: Creating a Powerful Treatment and Pitch Deck/Look Book 

In this hands-on, interactive workshop Atlas elucidates two critical tools necessary to generate interest in a screenplay: the treatment and the pitch deck (aka look book). The class will review and discuss examples of treatments, and participants will have the rare opportunity to sharpen their tools and presentations by actually pitching to a Hollywood pro. Perfect Pitch will be held online on Thursday, June 10, 6–8 pm ET. Tickets– $65; student tickets $45. Class size limited to 20. 

 Navigating Character Arcs: Hone Your Script by Deepening Your Character. 

In this hands-on, interactive workshop, Atlas explains why writers must know their protagonists inside and out to give their scripts an authenticity that draws people in. She’ll examine how creating profound character arcs enables writers to refine their theme, strengthen their script, and make their mark as a storyteller. This workshop is limited to just 20 participants to allow Navigating Character Arcs will be held online Thursday, June 24, 6–8 pm ET. Tickets—$65;  student tickets $45. Class size limited to 20.

More information and tickets are available at via

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative executive director Diane Pearlman says she’s pleased to bring Marilyn back to lead these workshops: “Marilyn provides the inside-Hollywood perspective that gives writers, directors and producers a clear advantage in getting their projects onto the page and into production. We had tremendously positive feedback from her January classes, and we’re thrilled we can leverage her expertise to take members of our community to the next level.”

Barbara Newman, a Berkshire-based film producer (and author of The Dreamcatcher Codes) who has worked with Atlas, sings her praises: “Marilyn is dynamic, brilliant, and on the pulse of the industry. Working with her made me pitch-ready; she made my characters, my story, and my writing better. If you're screenwriting, pitching, character building, or world-building, take her class. You'll walk away saying Wow.”

Marilyn Atlas is a Hollywood talent agent, literary manager, and 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 has also produced several plays, and she’s currently developing multiple film and television projects.  Atlas is a sought-after speaker at writers’ conferences; she’s co-author of the  relationship-based, screenwriting guide, Dating Your Character (Stairway Press) or  

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) is a creative economic engine that supports 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:

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)
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.
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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