This weekend - catch the storytelling standup showcase at Happier Valley Comedy on Friday or go see Nunsense at Ja'Duke. There are still a handful of virtual performances coming up - a great way to support new theatre in New England beyond Western Massachusetts.
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There are some, no doubt, in the United Kingdom’s media and across the European continent who rolled their eyes at the idea of the Walk with Amal project (WWA). It was quite possibly the world’s largest theatre festival which saw a 12-foot-high puppet refugee girl walk the refugee corridor from Turkey to the United Kingdom, passing through 8 countries and making around 140 stopovers in towns and villages along the way. Some possibly identified too much with Little Amal (as she became known) and saw her as a threat—like the Orthodox Church in Greece, who banned her from walking on consecrated ground. Others perhaps had issues with a female refugee child being presented as a puppet, although the team of puppeteers consisted of some refugees (such as Syrian Mouaiad Roumieh, who came to see the puppetry team as family). The producers, too, have always been open about what Little Amal stands for—not the literal and hostile experience that most refugees have, of course, but the experience that they might have, allowing those welcoming her to bring out the best in themselves and the best in her.
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Happier Valley Comedy
HVC's Fun Fridays: Storytelling Standup Showcase
February 18 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy's Next Door Lounge (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)
Watch Happier Valley Comedy talent try out their latest material, laugh together, raise a glass, and support up-and-coming standup comedians. Doors open at 5:30. Showcase starts at 7pm.
Ja’Duke Theater presents "Nunsense" The Musical
2/19/21 at 7pm, 2/20/21 @ 2pm, 2/25 & 2/26/22 @ 7pm, and 2/27/22 @ 2pm
Ja’Duke Theater is proud to present Nunsense, this year’s first Ja’Duke musical of the highly anticipated Ja’Duke 25th Anniversary Season. Nunsense is directed by Ja’Duke's founder Nick Wanyelovich with choreography by Eula Sagan. Nunsense will be presented in the brand new, state of the art, Ja’Duke Theater!
Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser with a supporting cast of 20 nuns, the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia Child of God. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo (Jenna DiDonato), street-wise Sister Robert Anne (Samantha Myburgh), befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia (Rachel Howe), the Mother Superior Sister Regina (Judith Dean Kulp), and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert (Juniper Holmes) and the Little Sisters of Hoboken – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.
Ja’Duke Theater is continuing its quest to bring laughter and joy into people's lives during these trying times. With catchy songs and irreverent comedy, Nunsense is sure to keep audiences rolling with laughter and wanting more. After all, Nunsense is Habit Forming!
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit JaDukeTheater.com.
General Admission (Adult) - $15
Children (12 and under) - $12
Senior Citizen (65 and over) - $12
Silverthorne Theater is proud to present the 2022 iteration of our Theater Thursdays play reading series, beginning on February 24th at 7:30 p.m with Guilty by playwright Ellen Wittlinger (Haydenville), directed by Keith Langsdale. This free event will be held at The LAVA Center located at 324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA, 01301. Following the reading, audience members are invited to stay for a discussion with the playwright, director and cast members.
Guilty Description Instigated by a jury trial in which the white defendant is found to be not guilty, two couples who have been friends since college 15 years before begin to question what it is that has held them together all these years and whether they even like each other. In 24 hours, the relationships between all four of them fray and sometimes break.
Ellen Wittlinger is an author and a playwright. After receiving an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she began, in the late 1970s, to write plays. In Boston, she worked for several years with Playwrights’ Platform, but eventually swerved into a career as a novelist for young adults and children. After a 35-year career and 17 novels, many of them award-winning, she returned to her first love: playwriting. For more information visit ellenwittlinger.com
A strong cast of local actors are performing including Al Neal, Brandon Lee, Carissa Dagenais, Jimmy Murphy, and Linda Tardif.
by Jen Silverman
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Feb. 25, March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m
In the Rand Theater, located in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts at UMass
Tickets sold through the Fine Arts Center Box Office and at the door.
Prices: $15 general admission, $5 youth, students, and seniors
Content Advisory: Strong language, violence, and blood
Would you dance with the Devil?UMass Theater's Witch examines the cost of our choices and the value of hanging on to hope.
When the Devil strolls into the town of Edmonton to bargain for people's souls, he figures that Elizabeth Sawyer, an accused witch, will be an easy mark. Turns out, he's wrong — while others in town are practically lining up to make bargains galore, she resists.
Find out what happens next when UMass Theater presents Jen Silverman's topical-and-funny play, Witch, directed by directing graduate student Rudy Ramirez in the Rand Theater Feb. 25-March 5.
“Witch captures several of the big existential questions we’ve been grappling with throughout the events of the pandemic with heart and tons of humor, empowering us to face our own devils — and perhaps even to laugh at them,” said dramaturgy graduate student Percy Hornak, who is the play's dramaturg.
Inspired by a Jacobean play that was in turn inspired by real events, UMass Theater's production of Witch filters the story through a funhouse lens — watch for a surreal set complete with working drawbridge and props that accentuate the humor in Silverman's writing — that invites current audiences to see how the themes of the tale overlap with concerns in our own world.
Why do the characters in Witch even consider a dance with the Devil?
As Hornak encapsulates it, there are some big questions being asked: "The notion of 'burn it all down': The play is asking us to think about what that means, and what it would cost for us to do that. What would you give up for things to be better?"
Inextricably linked to these questions are themes of power, agency, and above all, hope. Why think about what it would take to create a better future, without hope? Witch invites audiences to come up with their answer while they watch.
Get your tickets today!
BLITHE SPIRIT REVIVES MAJESTIC THEATER’S 24th SEASON
FEBRUARY 24 THROUGH APRIL 3
Blithe Spirit, a classic comedy by Noel Coward, will be presented at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater February 24 through April 3. The opening of the show follows a brief hiatus in the Majestic’s 24th season of live theater that was caused by an uptick in reported cases of COVID in the region.
The story focuses on Charles, a socialite and successful writer who is researching the occult for his latest novel. He arranges for clairvoyant Madame Arcati to hold a séance in his home, during which she inadvertently summons the ghost of Charles’ first wife Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira; his current wife Ruth doesn’t believe Elvira exists. The ghostly Elvira makes ongoing efforts to disrupt the marriage, including sabotaging Charles’ car in the hopes that he will join her in the spirit world. Instead, it is Ruth who is killed in the car, and her ghost immediately comes back for revenge on Elvira.
Producing Director Danny Eaton feels certain the play will lift the spirits of its audience. “We’re really glad to be reopening our doors after closing for a few weeks when COVID numbers were climbing in our area,” he stated. “We were very dismayed to reschedule our January play, Betty and the Patch, for June of this year, but it really made sense, given the circumstances, and our mission to help keep attendees, performers and staff in good health. We, along with everyone else, feel weary at times due to the pandemic, but Blithe Spirit will provide great laughs and we think audiences will really enjoy this solid comedy.”
Eaton reported that the down time was put to good use to upgrade amenities at the venue. “We’ve installed all new carpeting, stage lighting and sound equipment. New chairs have been ordered, and new HVAC systems are improving air quality throughout the theater and café. We’ve been very busy during the time we’ve been closed,” he stated.
The cast of Blithe Spirit includes Fleece (Ruth), Russell Garrett (Charles), Jeannine Haas (Madame Arcati), Sara Corbyn Woolf (Elvira), Stuart Gamble (Dr. Bradman), Christine Voytko (Mrs. Bradman) and Caelie Flanagan (Edith). Understudies include Myka Plunkett, Jack Grigoli, and Alexandra O’Halloran.
Sue Dziura, who is the associate producing director, is directing the play, Stephen Petit is production stage manager, and set design is by Greg Trochlil. Costume designer is Dawn McKay, Dan Rist is lighting designer and Aurora Ferraro is the associate production manager.
The LAVA Center is proud to present a new series of presentations and performances, Social Justice in the Arts and Media: Theory and Practice.
The series will feature a variety of presenters speaking to the topic of social justice and how it relates to their own work as artists and media-makers. There will also be performances of social justice-themed plays. All presentations and performances will take place on weekends in March, April and May and will be held at The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., downtown Greenfield.
The Social Justice in the Arts and Media series will explore many of the social justice issues facing our citizens and our community today, and the creative ways local artists and media-makers have addressed them. By offering this series, we hope to entertain, educate, and inspire others to practice their social justice passions creatively.
The series will kick off at the end of February with an online reprise of two presentations on this topic that were given at The LAVA Center last year: GCTV’s Philippe Simon’s “Social Justice And Media: How Community Media Can Help” and GCC’s Lillian Ruiz’s “Ticket to Terror: Horror Film in the Age of Anxiety.”
Saturday, Mar. 5 and Mar. 12, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: Listening Ear sessions
Christian McEwen’s “The Listening Ear” is a joyous and subversive antidote to a world increasingly dominated by cell phones and other entrancing devices, reminding us of the special pleasure to be found in long, meandering, face-to-face conversation, most especially with friends and family. It gives everyone a real chance to be heard and serves as a metaphor for the entire series, as we invite ourselves and our audiences to practice radical listening.
Saturday, Mar. 5, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Mar. 16, 3 p.m.; Saturday, Mar. 12, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Mar. 13, 3 p.m.: Bridges performance
In the West Bank and in Israel, the traumas of occupation are inescapable and never ending. Clinging to hope or overwhelmed by despair, these Israelis and Palestinians are determined to make their stories heard. Inspired by and drawn from verbatim transcripts from Compassionate Listening conversations. Produced by Theater Initiative of Temple Israel.
Saturday, Mar, 26, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Apr. 2, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Every Moment of Every Day performance
Stories of women who relinquished their babies to adoption weave together to illuminate this landscape of loss, endurance and courage from the point of view of the birth mothers. Six stories are drawn from and represent the two dozen interviews conducted by playwright Lindy Whiton.
Eveline MacDougall founded the Amandla Chorus (now known as Fiery Hope) in 1998 to support the then-growing campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. Since then, the chorus has added songs from many lands and in many languages to share the joy of singing in community and to take a stand for human rights.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 1 p.m.: María Sparrow presentation
María Sparrow is a painter, teacher and musician. She grew up in Iowa and Maine and was awarded a scholarship to attend Amherst College. In her work she is interested in representations of womxn and in themes of belonging and alienation. She had a bilingual gallery show at The LAVA Center last year titled “Ancestors/Ancestras.”
Saturday, Apr. 30, 1 p.m.: JuPong Lin presentation
JuPong Lin is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher, writer and educator working to shift climate colonialism through culturally-responsive contemplative arts. She is a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England and a faculty member at Goddard College.
Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Most Dangerous Women performance
A one-act version of the play by Jan Maher celebrating over a century of women the world over working for peace and justice, featuring the words and songs of scores of women activists and allies, including Jane Addams, Jeannette M. Rankin, Coretta Scott King, Helen Caldicott, Joy Harjo, Holly Near, Shirin Ebadi, Malala Yusafzai and Greta Thunberg.
Saturday, May 28, 1 p.m.: Música Franklin presentation
Música Franklin’s after-school program is based on the belief that the pursuit of musical excellence teaches students to strive for excellence in all areas of their lives. It is modeled on El Sistema, a music and social change program that was started in Venezuela 40 years ago and is practiced globally, helping to lift up children and their families.
Details on how to access the series
The play performances will be available both in-person and online. Reserve tickets for either for a donation of your choice ($5-$10 suggested; $1 minimum). Seating will be limited for both plays and presentations. You can reserve a seat for the presentations with a donation or your choice ($1 minimum), or see it for free if there are seats available the day of. Everyone who comes into The LAVA Center to see a play or presentation must show proof of Covid vaccination upon entry. Space can be reserved at https://thelavacenter.eventbrite.com.
Exit Seven Players Ltd.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
March 11, 12, 18, 19 @ 8pm and March 12, 20 2pm
Exit Seven Players Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA
Originally produced in London and on Broadway, the stage version of the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.
“This adaptation by the acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens is intensely, innately theatrical; it is also funny and extremely moving…resonates with quality.” —Telegraph (London). “…just terrific…a profoundly moving play about adolescence, fractured families, mathematics, colours and lights…dazzling.” —Independent (London). “A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.” —Evening Standard (London).
Curious Incident follows a critical period in the life of fifteen-year-old Christopher, a young man with an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, detests being touched, and distrusts strangers. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a “garden fork” (British for pitchfork, as the story is set in England.) Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his life.
Through creative lighting and sound, clever staging and a versatile ensemble, Curious Incident invites the audience to embark upon a journey to understand the point of view of its unusual narrator and his completely unique way of interacting with the world. At times both comedic and heart-wrenching, Curious Incident is a timely examination of our assumptions about “normality” and neurodiversity.
Lyric Stage presents Mr. Parent
by Melinda Lopez
directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
A struggling actor turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, thinking "how hard could it be?" But as he careens from the Boston Public Schools by day to serious thespian at night, Mr. Parent starts to wonder where he really belongs. Based on the stories and real-life adventures of Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Mr. Parent is a deeply felt and hilarious solo performance about crushingly inequitable systems, the brilliance of every kid, and how we might all find the space to be ourselves. Tickets: $10-$25.
Portland Stage Company presents Senior Living
by Tor Hyams and Lisa St. Lou
directed by Judith Ivey
At Riverdale Manor, a retirement community in the Bronx, seniors contemplate the possibility of dying from a broken heart, if divorce is even worth it at a certain age, and when is the right time to have sex again. A talent show, with the promise of cake for dessert, sets the scene for a series of life-changing vignettes that debate what to do with the time we have left. TIckets: $25.
Fresh Ink Theatre Company presents Shrike
by Erin Lerch
directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden
After the Alien Legion came, all Sheena had left is an unlikely dream: the Rebellion. But the Rebellion has been shattered by the loss of its leader and pushed to increasingly desperate measures, including working with its alien enemy. As tensions mount, Sheena has to face the question: When you have nothing left, what do you fight for? Tickets: $10 and up.
Winter PIC Art Salon:
Join PIC for an evening of brand new works in progress, and get a behind the scenes look into our collaborative process. On Monday February 21, we’ll gather from 7:30-9:30 pm to hear excerpts of new work by Nicole Orabona, Elliot Lazar, Stephan Fruchtman, and Tanner Tanner, followed by a curated feedback session with the presenting artists. This is a great opportunity to not only see our development process in action, but engage in conversation with PIC artists and serve as the first audience for new works.
Plus you're invited to participate in the open mic where anyone is welcome to present original works of 5 minutes or less.
CALL FOR THEATER DIRECTOR!
Black Cat Theater Inc, a community theater group based in South Hadley, MA is seeking interested Directors for their spring production of Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses!
Rehearsals are TBD. The show is scheduled for June 9-12, 2022. There will be a stipend for this position. To be considered, please email letter of interest and resume to email@example.com by February 18, 2022.
K and E Theater Group Auditions - THE WILD PARTY
K and E Theater Group is holding auditions for our October 2022 Mainstage Production of Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY... And we're inviting you!
Auditions can be scheduled IN PERSON (with COVID protocol) on February 21st in Southampton BY APPOINTMENT in Southampton at the First Congregational Church of Southampton, 212 College Highway (large white church), 6:00-10:00 PM. To schedule an appointment, please click here.
Additionally, video submissions materials are also being accepted and considered by February 14th at 11:59 PM. To submit a video audition, please click here.
Callbacks are IN PERSON and currently scheduled for Saturday, March 5th in Southampton.
To audition and perform, all performers and production team members will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please bring proof of vaccination card and photo ID. Masks will be worn during in-person auditions.
Visit KETG.org/auditions for character breakdown and more information on how to sign up for your audition slot or submit your material.
THE WILD PARTY runs October 7-9 and 13-15 at Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton.
Viewpoint Theatre is seeking to cast roles for a new musical. Rehearsals will begin in late March with performances at the end of June in Easthampton, MA. All roles will be paid a stipend.
ARABELLA She/Her, early to mid twenties. Mezzo soprano, plays guitar. An artist. Thoughtful, observant, mysterious, kind. Arabella prefers to be pulled into the spotlight rather than stepping into it.
CHORUS A band of players (and a literal band). Talented physical actors to step in and out of many smaller roles. Must play an instrument - ukulele, keyboard, djembe, violin, accordion, etc. We're seeking a diverse ensemble - Any and all gender identities are welcome!
Please self tape a one minute contemporary monologue, and 32 bars of a song (folk, rock, or pop)-- you’re encouraged to accompany yourself! Email a link to your audition (youtube or vimeo), a headshot, and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 4th 2022 at the latest.
UMass Fine Arts Center hiring a Lighting Director
The Lighting Director (Technical Assistant III) oversees all operations in the lighting department. Supervises lighting and related electrical aspects of all productions with Fine Arts Center including outdoor, hybrid, virtual, rental and on/off campus, assists in general production duties, and supervises student and professional crew members in these activities.
Coordinates lighting and production planning with visiting professional and student production companies; designs, adapts or implements lighting plans for all stage productions; supervises the hanging and focus of stage lights and operation of lighting control consoles.
Repairs and provides preventative maintenance for all stage lighting and related electrical equipment; responds to lighting and electrical problems occurring during productions; makes recommendations on major repair of lighting and on new equipment acquisitions.
Creates and maintains all lighting records including but not limited to detailing current lighting positions, circuit, focus, purpose and rentals. Manages and maintains all lighting inventories. Tracks electrical expenses for events from pre-production through post production.
Trains and supervises student work crews in the performance of lighting and general stage production duties. Works collaboratively with touring technical production personnel. Also supervises professional and union crew members.
Assists in general stage management duties, supervision of load-in, set-up, dismantling, and load-out of touring productions and securing of the performance area before and after production. Works with Production Manager to advance all events. Assists AV Head with technical projection and camera needs.
Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration
Over two (2) years’ experience in theatrical lighting design.
Knowledge of Eos Family Programming (ETC Ion), intelligent lighting systems, and wiring is required.
Software knowledge including Windows, Mac, Vectorworks, Lightwright, Microsoft Office.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, organizational and time management skills, as well as a focused work ethic and professional demeanor.
Bachelor’s degree in theater or technical theater. Over four (4) years’ experience as a Master Electrician for theatrical venues.
Experience with moving lights.
Experience working with student crews and student development.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Ability to work at substantial heights.
Ability to lift and carry 50lbs over a distance.
Work requires significant manual skills, physical effort, and an exposure to risks from heights, electricity, and stage rigging.
Occasionally works an irregular schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Possible 18-hour shifts.
Expected to work evening performances related to FAC events.
Danny Eaton, Producing Director
Theater Carpenter / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $40,400.00 per year
The Theater Project, inc., dba Majestic Theater, located in West Springfield,
Massachusetts is seeking an immediate hire for a Theater Carpenter / Technical Director. The Majestic is a year-round 229 seat professional theater operating under and SPT6 contract with Actors Equity Association. We produce a five play subscription season September to June, in July and August a three production Children’s Theater, and musical concerts over the Summer. More at: majestictheater.com
This is a full time position which requires a number of years of hands-on experience in live theater and a skill set that includes carpentry, welding, and rigging. The Technical Director should also be versed in both stage lighting and sound design.
He/She is responsible for maintaining the scene shop in good working order with a focus always on safety. Additionally, from time to time, there may be repair and/or maintenance projects at the theater itself for which the TD is responsible.
This is a full-time year round position with a salary of $40,040 and may include benefits.
To apply, please send an email to email@example.com telling us of your interest and why you think you’d best fit this position. Please also include your professional resume.
Danny Eaton, Producing Director
131 Elm Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
Theater Manager - Associate at the MAJESTIC THEATER - West Springfield, MA
ABOUT THE COMPANY
The Majestic Theater is a 229 seat live theater. Since 1997 we have locally produced a five show subscription season, summer children’s theater and concerts. Our non- profit mission is to provide Pioneer Valley (Western MA) based actors, actresses and theater technicians a professional environment in which to perform – the Majestic Theater.
The Associate Theater Manager is a full-time staff person who will work with the
Treasurer, Marketing Director, Box Office Manager, theater Accountant, Production Manager, and Producing Director. This will be a learning position which will hopefully allow this candidate to transition from being the Associate - Theater Manager into becoming the Theater Manager in a year or two.
Learn all aspects of the operation of the Majestic Theater
Become comfortable using with the box office systems
Work with the Treasurer and Accountant on financial matters
Help manage marketing and fundraising projects
Coordinate with production staff and assist with producing shows
Learn about and assist with the management of the Majestic Café
Understand and facilitate the maintenance of the Majestic buildings
A professional demeanor and an upbeat attitude
Willingness to work collaboratively with a diverse group
Organized and able to assume responsibility
Comfortable with software technology, including: Word, Excel, Outlook,
QuickBooks, Zoom, TeamViewer and box office systems
Education and experiences that would be beneficial based upon the Job
Annual salary: $36,400
Benefits (vacation, sick, personal) available and to be reviewed.
Average 40 hours a week, with nights and weekends
Job Title: Digital Marketing/PR Manager
Reports to: Managing Director
FLSA Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt, Year Round, Starting at 10/hrs a week at $20 an hour
WAM is seeking a part-time Digital Marketing Manager to join our team. This position is responsible for promoting WAM Theatre to external audiences via online platforms, social media channels and weekly e-newsletters. Must be a team player with a sense of humor, and the desire to work on a collaborative team. The Digital Marketing Manger is a key partner in the development and implementation of WAM Theatre’s vision and strategic plan.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Creates content/copywriting for WAM’s social posts, newsletters, press releases, and other materials
Produces weekly e-newsletter highlighting events and ongoings
Manages press lists, kits and outreach as needed
Generates 4-6 weekly social media posts, and monitors for feedback and questions
Collaborates regularly with the WAM Team, participates in creative and strategic brainstorms as related to marketing/PR, reports directly to the Managing Director and works closely with WAM’s Webmaster & Archivist
Qualifications & Skills:
Excellent time management and communication skills (oral and written)
Experience using MailChimp or other email client software
Experience creating engaging social media post on Facebook and Instagram
1-3 years of marketing / PR / theatre admin /nonprofit experience
Experience using InDesign or Canva, and/or experience in photography & videography experience is a plus
Familiarity with Google Drive/Suite
Regular access to a computer to easily participate in remote work, including the ability to Zoom
Candidates with a passion for women’s issues, social justice and arts as activism are preferred
Familiarity and experience with the Berkshires and surrounding theatre community and/or not-for-profit arts community preferred but not required
WAM Theatre is committed to creating, maintaining and learning about a diverse and inclusive working space and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin including ancestry, ethnicity, sex including pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender status, gender, disability, alienage or citizenship status, military status, including past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, actual or perceived sexual orientation. Find out more about our ongoing accountability work here: https://www.wamtheatre.com/ mission-and-values/wam-diversity-statement/
To apply please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2022
The Chester Theatre Company, located in Chester, MA, is now accepting applications for the 2022 summer internship program We are a professional theatre company located in the foothills of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.
CTC produces 4-5 plays each summer, staged and performed by professional actors, directors and designers. Now in its 33rd season, CTC has earned a reputation for excellence in contemporary theatre, consistently winning top honors with area critics. CTC has a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its artistic and educational programming. CTC productions have gone on to Off Broadway engagements and regional, national, and international tours.
We are currently accepting applications for our 2022 Summer Internship Program.
Dates: Monday, May 30, 2022 – Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Applicants must be able to receive academic credit for their internship at Chester Theatre Company. CTC will cover any expense associated with that academic credit.
Applicants must be able to provide proof of vaccination.
CTC provides housing and a weekly living stipend of $200 to all interns. Travel scholarships may also be available for those based further from CTC.
Interns participate in the life of CTC, coming to know artists, staff, and audiences. Educational experiences include classes with the Director of Education, as well as with resident and visiting artists. Interns also have the opportunity to see other performances at the many cultural institutions in the area.
and go to the "Education & Opportunities" section. Click on "Internships" and they will be able to get some information about the different internship opportunities we offer. In the section "To apply:" they can click on a link to a Google Form. They will be able to fill out all of the information we need, as well as upload the necessary documents, from that form.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Animal Work Meets Text with Emmanuelle Delpech
Three Weekend Workshop
Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 3:30pm EST on Zoom
February 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th and Saturday March 5th
Open to 12 students. $295. Sign up below.
*In the spirit of inclusivity, accessibility and diversity we offer
one full scholarship, and/or two partial scholarships for all of our classes and workshops.*
In this class actors will observe the physicality of animals - especially their expressive nature and natural talent for physical articulation. While animals do not speak, they express themselves through everything else they have available to them. Students will take these rigorous observations of the natural world - how does each animal move, walk, take in the world - and then put them into practice in real life scenarios. What happens when a rooster walks into a bar full of chickens? What about a hyena and a lion out on their first date? Each participant will then come in with a memorized monologue, completely against type, choose the appropriate animal for the character and investigate how these physical changes can illuminate the text in surprising and beautiful ways. On the last day of class there will be a short presentation of selected work to share with an audience.
Happier Valley Comedy presents The Joy & Ease of Improv 1
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)
Would you like to play and laugh in a supportive community every week? Want to get better at thinking on your feet? Could you use some practice in mindfulness? Turning off your judgmental mind? Being brave? Would you like to become more confident speaking in public? Do you want to learn an affirming, judgment-free approach to improvisation?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, The Joy & Ease of Improv 1 would be an ever so lovely way to spend 90-minutes each week. Happier Valley Comedy's Founder and Head of Happiness Pam Victor offers this introduction to her original improv curriculum for adults who want to try something fun, rewarding, and mind-expanding. You'll learn a mindful, easeful approach to improv comedy in an incredibly positive and accepting atmosphere that will get you up on your feet and out of your head. Through improv exercises, games, and simple scenework, you'll practice the vital improvisation skills of paying attention, acceptance, agreement, redefining and disempowering failure, staying in the moment, quieting your critical voice to invite more joy and ease into your work, and much more. Plus, you'll join a community of kind-hearted, happier people!
No experience necessary. Being funny is not required! At Happier Valley Comedy, we believe everyone can improvise. (No joke.)
There are TWO different sessions of Improv 1: Mondays 5:00 - 6:30pm or 7:00 - 8:30pm.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Hello, You! An Introduction to Storytelling Standup
February 21 at 5:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)
Interested in trying stand-up comedy with a storytelling focus? In an enormously supportive (read: not scary) environment, Hello, You! teacher Kelsey Flynn guides the class through the fundamentals of storytelling comedy writing. You'll have a blast taking risks together, building confidence, and finding out how to sharpen those stories that make family and co-workers laugh into comic gold fit for an audience of strangers. Kelsey walks you through the creation of your very own three-minute set which you’ll perform for the class and invited guests at the end of the course. As Hello, You! is part of the Happier Valley Comedy School, of course we’ll use improv comedy fun to help develop your own unique brand of funny while you strengthen your authentic presence and voice.
Say “Hello!” to that part of you that’s been waiting for that moment at the mic all this time!
Enrollment Now Open for March Workshops
Can't join us for our February workshops. Never fear! We've just opened enrollment for Workshops for Tuesdays in March! Check out the details below.
WHAT: 4 Week Creativity Workshops
WHO: Anyone (18+)
WHEN: Tuesday Evenings,
7-9pm EST on March 1, 8, 15
5:30-7:30pm EST on March 22
and an Optional Bonus Session
7-8pm March 29
Whether you need support for your next project or want your days to be filled with more creativity, these 4 workshops will give you the inspiration and structure to build a sustainable creative practice. Sessions topics include:
Finding the Building Blocks to Sustain Your Creative Practice