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Pioneer Valley Theatre News November 3, 2022

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November 3 - 23, 2022

Coming up this weekend: The Half-Life of Marie Curie, The Norwegians, Love, Milly & Murray, Bite Size Blends at the Eastworks Open Studios, and Die Fledermaus opens at the Academy of Music. And more! 

From StageStruck "Next month on area stages (and a screen), three shows that place women front and center, bucking prejudice, expectations, even labels. Plus, a musical farce featuring a woman with a goatee." Read it here.

The next issue will include events from November 10 - 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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Up: One Man's Journey to Feminism 
Sunday Nov. 13, 20, 27, 2:45pm at Happier Valley Comedy, Hadley, MA
Tickets and More Information
Valley Light Opera presents Die Fledermaus
November 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at the Academy of Music
Tickets and More Information.
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
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from Howlround

Nothing About Us Without Us: How Theatre and Performance Art Can Help Migrants and Refugees in Situations of Uncertainty
by Viktor Vilisov

From the article: 

It’s 10 September 2022. It’s been six months since I left Russia. While I do technically fall under the United Nations’ definition of a refugee, in no way do I call myself a refugee. Nevertheless, the reality is this: I cannot go back home because of the political situation there. So, in my forced migration, I along with many of my friends who are in the same situation as me, go to see a theatre performance.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Spindrift Theatre

Thursday-Saturday, November 3-5 @ 7:30 PM and Sunday, Novemebr 6 @ 2 PM.
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton

 A play by Lauren Gunderson
Nobel Prize winning physicist Marie Curie is caught up in a major scandal that threaten to end her career. Marie's friend and fellow scientist, Hertha Ayrton, rescues Marie from the French press and angry mobs.

Tickets online

Tickets at door ---  $20 General Admission
                           $18  Seniors/Students

Information:               413-586-6095

Directed by Robert Freedman
Featuring  Louise Krieger and Sarah Howard Parker
Silverthorne Theater Company
The Norwegians, by C. Denby Swanson - a play reading

November 3 at 7:30 PM
The LAVA Center, 324 Main St, Greenfield

Playwright and Smith College alum C. Denby (Colin) Swanson travels from her base in Austin, Texas to join Silverthorne Theater Company for a reading of her comedy about really, really nice Minnesota gangsters – Norwegian hit men – and the feisty women who hire them. Free admission but space is limited. Please register at

Gina Kaufmann directs. Featured readers: Stephanie Carlson, Elisa Gonzales, Jay Sefton, & Noah Tuleja. Audience discussion with playwright Colin Swanson will follow the reading.

This Theater Thursday Play Reading series event is sponsored by Local Cultural Councils which receive their funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Now and Then: Lisa Thompson and the Arts on Main Street (and Beyond)
A Zoom Conversation marking Lisa Thompson's retirement

Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 7 pm

During the past four decades, Lisa Thompson has played a key role in the arts and art spaces in Northampton—as a dancer, mentor, curator, and active agent in the creation of the City’s vibrant arts scene.  
During this special zoom conversation marking Thompson's retirement as A.P.E.’s Associate Director, she will share stories from the past as well as her thoughts on the future of Northampton’s arts and culture. Followed by Q & A. 
Registration is required.

Sliding scale admission: $5-25. Proceeds benefit A.P.E.'s Creative Coaching Fund and Historic Northampton.

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West Springfield’s Majestic Theater continues its 25th Season with the premiere production of Love, Milly & Murray, a new comedy about old love, written by T. Emerson.  The play, which runs October 27 through December 4, features Milly and Murray, who have been married for 57 years.  Their well-practiced routines, revolving around constant medical appointments, banter and barbs, are the stuff of true love, especially as the pair are shown celebrating their anniversary.  While anxiously awaiting a doctor’s telephone call, they replay their lives, telling stories from the past, and revealing a perfectly imperfect love story.
Danny Eaton is producing director, while Sheila Siragusa is directing the play.  Associate Producing Director/Stage Manager is Sue Dziura, and Stephen Petit is production stage manager.  The set was designed by Greg Trochlil, Dawn McKay is costume designer, and Daniel Rist is lighting designer.  Cast members are J. T. Waite (Murray) and Julie Nelson (Milly).  Understudies are Frank Aronson (Murray) and Linda Storms (Milly).
Ticket prices range from $29 - $35 and can be obtained by visiting or calling the box office at (413) 747-7797 during hours of operation (Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Audience members are required to wear a mask while in the building unless actively eating or drinking in the café.  Doors to the theater will open one hour before the start of a show, which is also when the café opens.  For more information, visit

Lightning & a musical offering of My Soul is in Command Nov 4-6
Something Else & the reading premiere of How We Go Missing? Nov 11-12
Rainbow Exodus Nov 18-20


We are so excited to share these new works with you!
For more information or if you have questions, please call our Box Office at:
(413) 628-0277 x 502

World and Eye
Bite Size Blends: A Mini Performance Festival

Nov. 5, 2022  1pm -5pm
Nov. 6, 2022 11:30am-5pm

 Eastworks Open Studios   
116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA. 01027
 E.Media - Suite 102

World and Eye and E.Media present “Bite Size Blends: A Mini Performance Festival”
Short works by local favorites include Puppetry, Music, Storytelling, Movement and  Clown
(shows aren’t necessarily for children so check the website)

Shows every 45 mins. beginning on Saturday Nov.5 @ 1pm through the weekend during Eastworks Open Studios

Limited seating - masks required
$5 ticket/show goes to performers 

More Information about the shows and Tickets 
Die Fledermaus – Operetta or Musical?

Call it whatever you like, but do come and be thoroughly entertained as Valley Light Opera performs Strauss', Die Fledermaus.  It’s presented in English and is a comical riot of flirtation, mistaken identity, and sumptuous music.  

Die Fledermaus begins with an overture as famous as the rest of the show.  You’ll love it from the moment you hear the opening bars of music.

From there, we are led on a journey into a play within a play.  A practical joke between friends leads to an intricate plot featuring lust, longing, and love of life. With a generous amount of champagne, all is revealed before the final curtain falls.

You are guaranteed a delightful evening that will leave you tapping your feet, and humming some very familiar music.

Die Fledermaus will be performed at the Academy of Music in Northampton on November 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and on November 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale September 6th and can be purchased online 24/7 at or by visiting the Box Office at 274 Main Street on Tuesday - Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  To purchase by phone, call: 413-584-9032 ext.105.
Happier Valley Comedy
The Understudies: An Improvised Musical
November 5 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)

Be part of the fun as these brave improvisers and their trusty musician create an entire musical from scratch. First Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.

More information.
HomeFront Strong presents
Welcome Home

November 5 at 7:00 PM  and Sunday, November 6th, 2 p.m.
Workshop 13  13 Church St. Ware, MA 01082

An original play based on the true stories of four local veterans as they traveled a journey of healing. Two Vietnam vets, an Iraq vet and a woman vet who served stateside tell their funny, poignant and wrenching stories.

GCC Theater presents

Nov 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19 at 7:30pm and a 2pm matinee on Sunday, Nov 13
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St. Greenfield, MA 01301

Mark your calendars! GCC Theater presents Jean Anouilh's ANTIGONE for two weeks starting November 11th at 7:30pm at Hawks & Reed, Downtown Greenfield. Directed by Tom Geha, with a cast and crew of over 25 students and community members, the story of Antigone, the second daughter of King Oedipus, is brought to life. Creon, her uncle, issues an edict that no one shall bury Antigone's brother Polynices because of his attempt to destroy the state. The punishment for breaking the law is death. Antigone's defiance of this law is due to her great devotion to religious law and her allegiance to the dead. In her calm defiance of Creon, she is the symbol of rebellion. The conflict between human law and divine law causes the tragedy. Creon bears the burden of age, wisdom, and public responsibility, while Antigone is young, idealistic, rebellious and non-conformist.   $10 General Admission/$5 Students and Seniors

The ultimate coming-of-age story: UMass Theater presents Orlando, a play about knowing where you belong in the world

by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf
Directed by Iris Sowlat
Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.
School matinee Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. 
The Rand Theater, Bromery Center for the Arts
$15 general admission, $5 students and seniors 
Tickets sold through the Fine Arts Center Box Office (call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the website). 

When we first meet Orlando in the play of the same name, they're a charismatic British noble, sumptuously costumed and part of glittering Renaissance society. They soon become Queen Elizabeth I's lover. Commanded by the monarch to stay forever young, Orlando travels around the world and through five centuries on a journey to understand who they really are, encountering fascinating people in gorgeous locales in a UMass Theater production described by its director Iris Sowlat as a "visual feast."

Originally written by Virginia Woolf as a playful, magical-realist tribute to her lover Vita Sackville-West, Orlando was adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl. UMass Theater's production runs Nov. 11-19 in the Rand Theater, with tickets on sale now through the Fine Arts Center Box Office. It's the third entry in a season that marks the 50th anniversary since the department's founding.

Orlando's journey, through relationships and exploring their own gender, is an expression of "queer joy," said Sowlat, who, along with many members of the cast and production team, identifies as queer, bringing an authentic perspective to the material. 

"It's an optimistic story that's about people who happen to be queer, being joyful and being exceptional," Sowlat added. "I also see it as the ultimate coming of age story."
Dramaturg Percival Hornak agreed. "This is a story about self-actualization. It's a story about feeling like you are finally able to live in the world because you understand who you are and where you belong in it."

It's also a story told with great visual verve. Costume designer Emily Peck has created a wardrobe of vibrant, glorious looks for Orlando and the rest of the cast. Scenic designer Drishti Chauhan's monumental set is based around the oak tree that Orlando comes back to time and time again during their life, transformed magnificently by the skillful lighting of Hyejung Kang. Undergrad Darrow Sherman rounds out the team with a beautiful sound design.

Purchase your tickets now and to be part of Orlando's journey of self-discovery!

Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center box office
the Drama Studio
A Wrinkle in Time by Morgan Gould, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L'Engle

November 11th-13th & 18th-20th at 7:30 PM

One of literature's most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, joins forces with Mrs Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O'Keefe, and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: 1. Love CAN overcome evil, and 2. There IS such a thing as a tesseract.

Wilbraham United Players

November 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 7:30pm; November 13 & 20 at 2:30pm
Fellowship Hall Stage at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St, Wilbraham, MA 01095

Loveable curmudgeon Norman Thayer is as tart tongued as ever. His spirited wife, Ethel, delights in all the small things that have enriched their lives. Together, they are returning to their summer home on the lake for the forty eighth year and are soon visited by their adult daughter, her uptight fiance and his rebellious teenage son. ON GOLDEN POND 
Join the Wilbraham United Players as they take the stage in Ernest Thompson’s heartwarming drama ON GOLDEN POND November 11,12,13 and 18,19,20.

The production is being performed on the Fellowship Hall Stage at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street Wilbraham MA 01095
Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Players website -

Premium seats are $27 and General seating is $22. There is a discount for Seniors and a heartwarming story about revisiting the past and forging new bonds across generations. This story remains an inspiring celebration of the challenges that we all face and the ultimate triumphs of love, life and family.
Springfield College Theater
"The Taming"

Nov 11 at 7:30 pm, Nov 12 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Nov 13 at 2:00 pm
Fuller Arts Center, Springfield College Campus

In this hilarious, raucous, all-female “power-play” inspired by Shakespeare’s Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip.
Here’s lookin’ at you, America.

More information.
Happier Valley Comedy
2nd Saturdays Presents: Longform Improvisation

November 12 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)

A cast of experienced improvisers dive into a variety of formats based on audience suggestions. Second Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.

More information.
Waiting for Godot
November 12 at 7:00 PM, November 13 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Cityspace's Blue Room Theater in Old Town Hall, Easthampton, MA

Samuel Beckett's famous tragicomedy about two old men will be staged for one weekend.

Content warning: discussions of suicide, sexual themes.

A local production directed by J. Leff; starring E. Powell, M. Carry, L. O'Brien, and J. Sheppard-Saidel.

The theater is wheelchair accessible.

Masks required.

Up: One Man's Journey to Feminism - An Autobiographical Play in Support of Gender Equality

Sunday Nov. 13, 20, 27, 2:45pm

Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA.

What does it take for a man to become a feminist—and why does it matter?  In seven diverse and poignant vignettes from his own life, Peter Pruyn (“prine”), a trauma therapist who works with female survivors, takes us on his journey, including the experiences of attending an all-boys primary school, being the only man in a Women’s Studies class, flying as a pilot in Alaska, interviewing at the trauma unit of a psych hospital, and working in a methadone clinic—culminating in a personal reflection on male privilege as a fundamental barrier to social change.  Along the way, Peter accompanies himself with improvised piano.  Each performance is followed by a period of audience reflections. 

A portion of proceeds will be donated to I Have The Right To, a non-profit organization that supports assault survivors and their families.

To learn more about the play and tickets

Double Edge Theatre
The Living Presence of Our History Part VII:
Indigenous Playwrights, Theater-makers, and Storytellers: Telling Our Stories
Nov 13 at 1 pm


We are happy to bring to you the next Living Presence of our History in continued partnership with the Ohketeau Cultural Center.

Rhonda Anderson, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Ohketeau, will curate a panel with Native American scholars, playwrights, and actors on the importance of seeing our narratives on stage and screen.

This event will be held at Double Edge Theatre and livestreamed via HowlRound. Please write to for both in-person and livestream information.

Happier Valley Comedy
HVC’s Fun Fridays: Storytelling Standup Showcase

November 18 at 5:30 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (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.

More info. 
Happier Valley Comedy
Happier Family Comedy Show

November 19 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W. Bay Rd, Amherst, MA)

A high-energy interactive improv comedy show, perfect for 5-13 year olds and their adults. Third Saturday of every month at 3pm at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W. Bay Rd. Amherst). Tickets: $5/child, $10/adult, 4 and under/free.

More info.
Happier Valley Comedy
HVC Presents: Not In Charge!

November 19 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)

Join the talented group Not In Charge for a fast-paced improv show inspired by true stories from the cast! Third Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.

More info.
Auditions for Aurash: Help us explore Persian myth and storytelling
UMass Theater seeks a diverse cast of 10 performers interested in exploring a contemporary take on a famous Persian tale!
Millennia ago, Aurash was sent by the Shah to fire an arrow from the top of a mountain, thereby ending decades of bloody war between Iran and Aniran and ushering in a glorious era in Persian history. This Persian myth offers universal themes that translate across cultures and time: That hope, belief, hard work, and persistence matter, and that, in a world short on heroes, even an ordinary person can make a difference.
We are looking for a company of performer/storytellers to bring this story to life on our stage; if that's you, please read below for more details about our upcoming auditions. 

Directed by Behnam Alibakhshi
Rehearsals start Nov. 7, performances run Feb. 24 - March 4 in the Curtain Theater
Aurash is a storytelling-style ensemble piece, based on a famous Iranian legend. We are seeking an ensemble of up to 10 performers of all genders. All performers in the ensemble will play one of the Storytellers, and one or more of the named characters. Performers of all genders will be considered for all roles. Performers can be of any cultural background as long as they are open to exploring Persian performance traditions that will be part of our production. We encourage everyone to audition who is excited about this exploring this wonderful and powerful play together as an ensemble, in a production that will wed traditions from Iran with the best of contemporary theater, in a play that speaks to our times.

When & Where
Auditions: Oct. 31 & Nov. 1 (Monday & Tuesday) 6-10 p.m., and Nov. 7 (Monday) 5-7 p.m.
Callbacks: Nov. 2 (Wednesday) 6-10, and Nov. 7 (Monday), 8-10 p.m. 

Bromery Center for the Arts, Curtain Theater
Sign up for a slot on the SignUpGenius page:

How to Prepare
Please prepare the storytelling monologue from Aurash that we have provided at the SignUpGenius link listed above. It is not necessary to memorize the monologue. We are interested in seeing how auditioners engage an audience in telling a story.

Scheduling Note for UMass Theater Students 
The Aurash company cannot be involved in the cast or crew for Orlando or be cast as performers in Into the Woods due to production schedule overlaps. However, the timing is ideal for students planning Fringe Festival projects, as Aurash will be concluded prior to spring break.

More information about auditions is on our website Audition page:
WHERE? Westfield Woman’s Club, 28 Court Street in Westfield.
WHEN? Sunday, November6th at 3PM and Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30PM

The auditions will consist of a singing audition, an acting audition, and a dance audition.


Please prepare a short song, 32 measures audition cut from a similar musical e.g., Les Miserables, Beauty & The Beast, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, etc. Bring a
backing track with you. Devices will be available to play all types of media. No a capella or traditional piano music accompaniment for auditions please. During your vocal audition, in addition to your prepared song, you will be asked to match pitch and sing a scale.


Those interested in principal roles will also be asked to perform cold readings from the script


All who audition will be taught and asked to perform a simple dance sequence at the audition. Time for changing clothes will be permitted if needed.

Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, starting in January.
Performance dates; April 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29. (Times TBD)
Additional Questions may be sent to Director Rob Clark, III at
Questions regarding the Music may be sent to: George Garber Jr. at
Silverthorne Theater Company
Auditions, INTIMATE APPAREL, by Lynn Nottage
November 12 at 1:00 PM
Studio 204, UMassAmherst Theater Department, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst

Silverthorne Theater Company announced today that open auditions for its 2022-23 Season show, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, will be on Saturday, November 12, at UMass Amherst Theater Department, Studio 204 in the Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.  The show runs from March 10 through 17, 2023. Jasmine Brooks directs.

Audition slots are available from 1-5 pm.  Callbacks will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 1-4pm, also in Studio 204 at UMass. To reserve a slot, call 413-768-7514, or send your request to Auditioners are asked to submit recent headshots and current resumes to Video submissions will be considered if received by Friday, November 11.  Anyone submitting a video would need to be available for the Sunday callbacks. Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all auditioners.  Call 413-768-7514 or go to for more details.

About the Director:  
Jasmine Brooks is a Boston-based director and producer. She has previously worked at Company One Theatre as the Artistic Associate and NNPN Producer in Residence. as a director and producer. She recently served as Assistant Director for A.R.T.’s production of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and is currently Associate Director for The Huntington’s production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone in October. Her work has been centered on being a fierce advocate for marginalized communities and celebrating black joy.

About The Play:
The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she’s saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for.

By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is working on the Panama Canal. Being illiterate, Esther has one of her patrons respond to the letters, and over time the correspondence becomes increasingly intimate until George persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. Meanwhile, Esther’s heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both, and Esther consents to marry George.

When George arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be, and he absconds with Esther’s savings, frittering it away on whores and liquor. Deeply wounded by the betrayal, but somehow unbroken, Esther returns to the boarding house determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life’s experiences.

Character Breakdown:
ESTHER, African-American, early 30’s to early 40’s, A seamstress in New York City who makes her living sewing intimate apparel for clients ranging from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. She is described by herself and others as being a plain and unattractive woman. Note: this role includes on stage intimacy.

MRS DICKSON, African-American, 50’s or 60’s, owner of the boarding house where Esther lives.

MRS VAN BUREN, white, American, early 30’s to early 40’s, wealthy woman who lives on Fifth Avenue and is a client of Esther’s Note: this role includes on stage intimacy

MR MARKS, Romanian Orthodox Jewish immigrant, early 30’s to early 40’s, A fabric salesman who regards Esther as his favorite customer and is devout to his religion

MAYME, African-American, late 20’s to late 30’s, a prostitute who lives in the Tenderloin District, and a friend and customer to Esther. She is also a talented piano player. Note: The character plays the piano (not required, but please let us know if you do play piano), this role includes on stage intimacy

GEORGE, Barbadian immigrant, early 30’s to mid 40’s, A man who works on the Panama Canal and writes letters to Esther. Note: this role includes on stage intimacy

What to prepare:
Please bring a headshot and resume, and prepare a monologue up to 90 seconds
Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre
Smith College Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position in playwriting at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to begin July 1, 2023. Teaching responsibilities for this position will center on playwriting. We seek an artist whose work as a writer engages with Black, Indigenous, and people of color  (BIPOC) experience, and who can teach other BIPOC playwrights' work past and present. Additional skills might include teaching screenwriting and/or directing student productions.

The course load is 2/2. Candidates should have college teaching experience; and significant professional experience as a playwright. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to developing an inclusive approach to teaching a diverse student body, and to the role of theatre in a liberal arts education. M.F.A. in playwriting or a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is expected by the time of appointment. Candidates from groups underrepresented in theatre are encouraged to apply.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars and artists interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here: The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Department of Theatre may be found at

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity/inclusion statement, a statement about teaching theatre in a liberal arts college, two produced scripts, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Finalists may be asked for additional materials.  Review of applications will begin on November 1.


Now in its 3rd decade of promoting performing arts in the Pioneer Valley, In the Spotlight seeks 3 additional writers with backgrounds in theatre, musical theatre, classical music, and contemporary/ethnic music. In the Spotlight began as a free monthly newspaper in 50 cities in MA running 15 years, onto Bravo-on-the-Air weekly radio interview program, then to the Web. The following are basic rules for reviews, previews, feature stories, and interviews.

Qualifications: Know your subject matter, strict attention to deadlines, represent In the Spotlight in a professional manner, write well although getting out the word in a timely manner may have to supersede placing of a comma correctly.

Unfortunately, none of us are paid. Your compensation includes your byline, 2 free tix to each show that you review/preview, and the good feeling that you are helping the arts and patrons of the arts in our community.

The Process
1) As editor, I assign plays/music/dance/etc. to writers who know these particular genres.  2) If you have interest in an upcoming production and wish to review, let me know. However, avoid any conflict of interest.  3) DEADLINES: crucial! If you review an event that runs one weekend only, the review must be sent to me by the next morning/early afternoon so it can be posted immediately.  4) If the run of the show is two or more days, please send the review to me within 2 days.   5) In addition to myself, reviews will be checked by our website manager.  6) VERY IMPORTANT: spell the names of people correctly and consistency.  7) Once the review is sent to me, barring something that is unforgivable, the piece will not be returned to the writer and/or the venue covered in the review. This has been standard newswriting for decades.  8) Note the heading format on past reviews and use that as your guide.  9) If at all possible, provide a photo and cutline. 10) You have the right to refuse to write about something/someone. I only ask that tell me up front so I can assign someone else.  11) Never take it upon yourself to give the tix to a person who you know and ask them to write for you.

1) If you are sick, broke a leg, bad weather, call me. Can't reach me? Call the venue to sell your tix.
2) NEVER tell the reader the end or climax of the show. Writers do this! What are they thinking?  
3) NEVER say anything negative about children. If the kid performers aren't good, simply omit them.
4) YOU CAN be critical, not brutally honest about community productions. Never attach any one person. 
5) ONLY one space after each form of punctuation ending a sentence; this is correct newspaper format.
6) No plagiarism allowed. If you use a quote, then give proper credit where credit is due.

Contact me with questions or send 2 writing samples. We seek diversity in age, race, color; we want a variety of perspectives.
Shera Cohen, In the Spotlight, Inc. 

Dear Edwina Jr

Audition Registration

is now open!

Register Now

What is the show?

The performance is for "Dear Edwina Jr." and more information can be found at:

When are auditions?

The auditions will be held on January 5th, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

When are the performances?

There will be two performances. They will be on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th at 6:30 PM.

What's the rehearsal schedule?

Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at The Academy of Music from 5:00 to 7:00 PM starting January 10th.

Who can participate?

All children ages 9 to 16 years old are welcome! No experience required!

What if I have more questions?

Please contact Education Director Kyle Lawrence with any questions. He can be reached at

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