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Pioneer Valley Theatre News December 23, 2021

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December 23 - January 12, 2021

I hope you have all stopped working and are enjoying some safe and restful time! Please don't forget to wear a mask, get tested, and get your vaccine boosters if you haven't already, especially if you are traveling! While a cancelled event is not the worst price to pay for everyone's safety, hopefully we won't have to do that if we all keep the holidays safe and cozy at home. 

Chris Rohmann's latest can be found here!

The next issue will include events from  December 30 - January 19. 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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from Howlround

You Want Me To Balance What?
by Ryan Ferrebee

From the article: 

It’s been over a year since We See You, White American Theater’s statement, principles, and demands highlighted how American theatre is complicit in systemic oppression. Some institutions made no mention of the insidious pandemic of racism following the release of We See You, WAT, while others issued statements denouncing racism as a result. I want to address those institutions willing to make statements. I’ve looked closely at many of these and the subsequent action plans, and I see that a lot of work went into them. They are crafted with laser precision.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
No Theater, A.P.E., Ltd
January 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27,. 28, 29 at 8:00 PM
A.P.E., 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA. 01060

No Theater celebrates 50 years of original works for the stage in the Valley and around the world  with a new comedy about dying performed by Jane Karakula and Roy Faudree.
They're coming back! 
Join the Drag Sisters for a little post holiday festivity and laughter on January 7 and 8, 2022, 7:30pm, at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls, MA.

Get your tickets now!
Friday, January 7th TICKETS
Saturday, January 8th TICKETS

Hear the story about Mr Drag's involvement in the birth of Jesus! 
Watch DD get a present from a mysterious stranger and see Kat...well...float with everything that has a heartbeat.

Tickets are $20 All audience members must be masked unless actively drinking and proof of vaccination required. All performers will be tested prior to the show.

From New England New Play Alliance:
Virtual Theater


Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents
The Rise and Fall
of Holly Fudge

by Trista Baldwin
now-January 4
directed by Courtney Sale

See Ticket Giveaway
for a chance to win!

It is Christmas 2020, and Carol is a hard-working single mother who makes award-winning "Holly" fudge, named after her daughter. She serves it every holiday. She gifts it to her friends and co-workers. She's determined that this year won't be any different, even if she has to wear a mask while whipping up her famous dessert. But with her daughter's girlfriend crashing Christmas, her neighbor's new-found love of confectionery, and the protests erupting on her front lawn, Carol is finding it tough to make this the most wonderful time of year. Tickets: $15-$21

The Wilbury Theatre Group presents
Fire Flowers and
a Time Machine

by multiple artists
now-January 1
directed by Shey Rivera Ríos

A virtual reimagining of the original production, with artists embodying Ancestors or Descendants who share their stories of ancestral inheritance, connection to land, migration, healing, and more. Fire Flowers and a Time Machine (Flores de Fuego y una Máquina del Tiempo) puts audiences in touch with ancestors from the past and our future descendants. Together these guides bring forth knowledge and magic through a story that weaves monologues, poetry, dance and ritual. Tickets: pay what you can.


Arlekin Players present
by Nana Grinstein, Blair Cadden, and Igor Golyak
now-January 23
directed by Igor Golyak

Witness, the latest project from Arlekin’s Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab, is a new documentary theater piece about Jewish immigration in the face of antisemitism. The piece is inspired by the journey of the MS St. Louis, which left Hamburg in 1939 with over 900 Jewish people on board and headed to Cuba only to be turned away, leaving the passengers stranded with nowhere to go and no escape. Witness shares stories of Jewish immigrants from around the globe through an interactive virtual theater experience at the nexus of film, theater, and video games.
Tickets: $12-$45.

LAVA Arts Center/Real Theater
Bridges Director Sought
January 2022

A director is sought for a series of staged readings of a play about Israel/Palestine to be held over one-two weekends in March or early April at the LAVA Art Center in Greenfield. Stipend available. Please email if interested by early January.
Silverthorne Theater Company, Greenfield, MA, is seeking a stage manager for their Spring 2022 production, Josh Harmon’s Admissions, directed by Mark Dean – at a New England prep school, Sherri Rosen-Mason and her husband fight to diversify the student body - but when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values, in a no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of hypocrisy.
Rehearsals begin February 1st, performing from March 11 through 26 for three weekends at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield.
Responsibilities include facilitating rehearsals and production meetings; keeping book; maintaining schedules, contact lists & other materials; maintaining communications among cast and crew; and overseeing tech rehearsals and performances.
There is a stipend of $750 for the position.
Contact Mark with interest and/or questions:, or 413-923-4992.
Written and directed by Annie Baker, originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright of The Flick.
Produced by Dan Janvey - Academy-Award-winning producer of Nomadland and Beasts of the Southern Wild - and BBC Films.
The film follows 11 year old Lacy, her mother Janet, and the three people who come into their lives over one summer in 1991.
LACY - 8-12 years old, any ethnicity. She is herself. Curious, observant, straightforward. Solid in her uniqueness, lives in her imagination. Odd birds welcome.
PIANO TEACHER - female piano teacher, 50-75 years old, any ethnicity. She teaches the Suzuki method to the main character, Lacy (8-12 years old).
Acting experience is not necessary.
FILMING BEGINS SUMMER 2022 in Western Massachusetts.
Casting directors Eléonore Hendricks and Abby Harri are teaming up for their third film together in search of the young lead for Untitled Annie Baker Film. They specialize in street casting, finding non-professional actors, and discovering new talent.
For more information and/or if you’re interested in you or your child being considered for the film, please apply at:
password: Lacy
For any questions, contact Eléonore and Abby at:

WHAT: Play Incubation Collective (PIC) 2022 Developmental Residency
WHEN: March-December 2022 (Applications now due Feb 15 2021)
WHERE: Rehearsals will take place in Hampshire County (playwrights should expect to regularly attend local in-person rehearsals)

PIC is actively seeking submissions of scripts-in-progress by local BIPOC
and/or queer playwrights. We are defining local as roughly within a 1 hour drive from Northampton, MA.

PIC’s process of play development is unique. We invite incoming playwrights to spearhead their vision with the support of our collective of theater makers. We bring a talented team of local actors, dramaturgs, designers and more to collaborate with each writer on the development of their piece. The specifics of what that development looks like are open to the writer. All collaborating artists  help contribute to PIC’s monthly administrative duties.

The 2022 PIC writer-in-residence will receive a stipend to go along with this 9-month residency, access to monthly rehearsal space, and a culminating public presentation of their play in the fall of 2022.


Submission Form Due by FEB 15, 2021
Submitted scripts do not need to be complete. Playwrights must submit a minimum of 20 pages, and the play’s cast should not exceed 10 characters. Plays only please. We cannot accept musicals at this time.

Finalists will be notified by March 1st and PIC will be in touch to schedule an interview.

Estimated Time Commitment: 10 hrs/month rehearsal time, 2-4 hrs/month admin time

Learn more and apply here.

The Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), which specializes in the art of performing, teaching, and directing staged combat/theatrical violence has announced a new initiative, “Expand, Educate, Empower” (EEE), providing free stage combat training to underserved communities. It is an effort by the SAFD to make stage combat training accessible to underserved artists and theatre professionals. This program is a nationwide search for educational organizations and institutions, performing arts groups, and community or professional theatres that are interested in participating. 

The program offers 30 hours of training in one weapon discipline by a teacher and assistant certified by the SAFD. There is also an opportunity to certify in the said weapon discipline at the end of the course, also free of charge. If you would like to request a specific individual that is a member of the SAFD that you already have a relationship with, you are welcome to do so on the application. 

I thought this may be a program fitting your organization/theatre, and would highly encourage you to apply. For more information and the application portal, please visit You may also contact for any questions.

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
PVPA Accepting Applications for 2022/2023 School Year
Application period closes Feb 1, 2022
PVPA 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley, MA 01075

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts (PVPA) Charter Public School is pleased to announce the availability of applications for the 2022-2023 school year as of November 1, 2021. Applications are available in English and Spanish and can be found at To request a paper application or to get more information, email or call 413-552-1580 ext. 134.  

Eligibility is limited to those students currently in grades six through ten who are applying for the 2022-2023 school year.  Online applications must be submitted by February 1, 2022 and paper applications must be postmarked no later than February 1st. Late applications will not be accepted. The lottery will be held on Monday, February 14, 2022 .

PVPA is a publicly funded charter school authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  PVPA offers a college preparatory core curriculum and performing arts programs. Admission is open to all residents of Massachusetts who have an interest in the performing arts, with priority given to students from Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin Counties.
Academy of Music Theatre
"Getting to Know Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!"
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm beginning January 4

Academy of Music Theatre

Register Now! Come hoot and holler with us for our Youth Musical, Oklahoma!, part of the "Getting to Know Rodgers & Hammerstein" series. Ages 9-16 are welcome, no experience necessary! Rehearsals start January 4, 2022 and run Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm. Shows on March 10th and 11th. Email Susan at for more info.


This opportunity is a 10 week process that culminates in a fully staged performance in March. The cost of the program is $350 plus a $10 registration fee. Students must show proof of full vaccination by the time of the first rehearsal.
Apply Now to the Completely Ridiculous Conservatory!

Winter Session
January 10th - March 5th, 2022

Spring Session
April 4th - May 28th, 2022

Starting in January, and then again in April, 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!

The CRC is a one of a kind program, in that it was built entirely for Zoom, AND each faculty member not only has extensive training in their individual discipline of actor training, but also a strong foundation in the world of clown, games, play, and physical acting - having all trained with Master Clown and Commedia Teacher Christopher Bayes at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, and/or The Pandemonium Studio.

At the end of the 8 weeks, Completely Ridiculous students will walk away with:

A greater sense of direction, as well as concrete and actionable next steps for each individuals career.

•A more enthusiastic and curious body.

•A larger capacity to dream and dream big.

•A greater comfort with spontaneity, freedom and play.

Students will also gain a deeper understanding of who they are as unique, individual artists and what they bring to an ensemble, as well as a whole new set of skills and professional contacts to apply to their career and/or ongoing education.

Don’t miss your chance to work with our ever expanding community of international artists and apply today!

Click the link below for all of the info and COME PLAY!

Apply Now!
the Drama Studio
January and December Workshops at Drama Studio!
01/15, 01/22
This winter, we are offering ON-SITE workshops for students of all ages!

Join one or more of the Drama Studio winter workshops and learn about our theater conservatory for ages 6-18. We will offer the following workshops:

Stage Combat
Ages 13-18
January, 15th
Ages 9-12
January, 22nd

For more information, visit
Submit your workshop, class, audition, performance, or any other theatre opportunity here!
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
Academy of Music Theatre

Amherst Community Theater

Arena Civic Theatre

A.C.T. Youth Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Completely Ridiculous Productions

Drama Studio

Double Edge Theatre

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

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

Mount Holyoke College Rooke Theatre

No Theater

Northampton Community Arts Trust
Northampton Playwrights Lab

PaintBox Theatre


Pauline Productions

Performance Project

Phantom Sheep Players

Play Incubation Collective

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

Unity House Players

Valley Light Opera

Ware Community Theatre

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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