Thursday, February 9, 2023

Pioneer Valley Theatre February 9, 2023

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February 9 - March 1, 2023

This is the closing weekend of Native Gardens at the Majestic - and don't miss the opening weekend of Clue, Plant at A.P.E., or quite a few other interesting shows coming up. 

The next issue will include events from February 16 - March 8. 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

The International Presenting Commons Convenes at Last
by Janice Paran

From the article: 

International Presenting Now was a coming out party of sorts for the International Presenting Commons (IPC), a volunteer collective of US-based arts professionals formed early in the pandemic with the purpose of keeping international cultural engagement alive and forward-looking, despite the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. After thirty-two months of virtual conversation, commiseration, information-sharing, and online events organized in collaboration with and supported by HowlRound, the IPC was finally able to offer an in-person, public-facing symposium to bring greater visibility to its mission, champion the ongoing efforts of its dedicated steering committee, invite new voices and new energies into the mix, and, as the convening’s subtitle laid out, open the door to “Collaborative Models, Practices, and Pathways Toward a Sustainable Future.”

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West Springfield’s Majestic Theater continues its 25th Season with Native Gardens, a contemporary comedy by Karen Zacarias.  The play, which runs January 5 through February 12, looks at how next door neighbors in an affluent neighborhood in Washington, DC hash out border disputes and cultural misunderstandings.  The timely comedy focuses on Frank and Virginia Butely, residents of a lush home who fill their time with dinner parties and tending to Frank’s prize-winning garden.  When lawyer Pablo Del Valle and his pregnant wife Tania move into the fixer-upper next door, they challenge the status quo by cultivating a “native garden,” planting only vegetation indigenous to the area, and threatening Frank’s annual entry to the Potomac Horticultural Society’s neighborhood garden contest.
Danny Eaton is producing director, while James Warwick is directing the play.  Associate Producing Director/Stage manager is Sue Dziura, and Stephen Petit is production stage manager.  Aurora Ferraro is associate production manager, and Josiah Durham is technical director.  The set was designed by Greg Trochlil, Dawn McKay is costume designer, and Daniel Rist is lighting designer. 
Cast members include J. T. Waite (Frank), Ellen Barry (Virginia), Peter Evangelista (Pablo) and Sara Linares (Tania).  They are joined by Tina Sparkle, Michael Morales and Mikey Perez.
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
The classic board game is brought to life in Clue! Six guests are invited to a dinner party thrown by an anonymous host. They are given aliases--Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, and Miss Scarlet. Though discouraged from revealing personal information, it is soon discovered that all of them have fallen victim to the same blackmailer, their very host of the evening. Each is presented with a weapon and an option: pay their extortionist double, or kill the innocent butler. What follows is a madcap, slapstick evening full of murder, mystery, and laughs as they seek to puzzle out the culprit amongst criminals.

February 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 2023
Understudy performance on Friday, February 17!

Purchase tickets: or 413-583-4301
Exit 7 Theater
37 Chestnut Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

Cast List:
Wadsworth: Joe Lessard
Yvette/Scarlet US: Lila Oren-Dahan
Peacock: Mary Marcil-Labbe
Scarlet: Hannah Labreche
White: Isabella Bonavita
Mustard: Ryan Bird
Plum: John Woytowicz
Green: Joshua Prouser
Cook/Peacock US: Taylor Raucher
Boddy/Wadsworth US: John Scully
Motorist/Clue Player/Green US: Devin Dumas
Unexpected Cop/Mustard US: Andy Price
Telegram Girl/Clue Player/Yvette US: Grace Peltier
Clue Player/Plum US: Eric Macksoud
Clue Player/White US: Jami Wilson
Chief of Police: Bruce Torrey
Directed by Krystle Bernier
Stage Managed by Zack Kingsley
Produced by Adam Malmborg and Chris Climo

The Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare Returns to the Berkshires on February 11

Shakespeare & Company will stage a special, Valentine's presentation of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., featuring the cast of the Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare and directed by Kevin G. Coleman.

I'll Be Thine, Valentine: Romeo & Juliet will be staged at the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company’s Lenox, Mass. campus, featuring Travis Ascione, Cameron Davis, Ptah Garvin, JoJo McDonald, Stephanie Neuerburg, Savanna Padilla, and Naire Poole, with costume design by Shakespeare & Company Costume Director Govane Lohbauer and production design by Devon Drohan.

Tickets range from $25 to $35, and $12.50 for students; for more information, visit, or call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353.

This production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Currently in residence at the A.P.E. gallery
Isabelle Bushue and Jackson Pelz
with their new music comedy

Work-in-Progress showing
February 11 at 7:30pm + February 12 at 2pm
A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main St.
Tickets at the door: $10-25 sliding scale
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Plant is a two-person absurdist musical in which the actors play each character at the exact same time. It is a "dark and twisted" tale of a young boy who has lost contact with his mystic mother and is forced to live underground, abandoning the academic regime of his intellectual father. 


PLANT is being developed in part through the LAB at A.P.E. More information HERE.

Northampton Center for the Arts and Play Incubation Collective
2023 Youth Performance Festival

February 11 at 7:00 PM, February 12 at 2:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.

The 2023 Youth Performance Festival (YPF), a collaboration between Play Incubation Collective and the Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley, is a FREE opportunity for youth artists ages 8-18 to create original performance pieces under the guidance of mentor artists in the fields of music, dance, theater, poetry/spoken word, and video. YPF centers the creative agency of young artists, and is committed to supporting them as they discover their own creative processes. YPF is proud to be in its 4th year of bringing together an intergenerational arts community. This year’s festival will feature the work of 35 youth artists, from towns all throughout the Valley, who have worked with a talented team of mentor artists over 6 weekends to develop their original work. We welcome all community members to join us for this celebratory arts festival.

More information.
William Simpson Fine Arts Series
"When I Put On Your Glove" Sandglass Theater's Shoshana Bass
February 15, 7:00 PM
Fuller Arts Center, Springfield College Campus

SANDGLASS THEATER’s piece about belonging, memory and inter-generational dialogue, “When I Put On Your Glove” is a puppetry, dance and spoken narrative piece that explores a daughter’s relationship to her father’s work building upon a premise that puppets are containers of memory. In it, a daughter explores what it means for her to slip into her father’s art – and not just the form, but the actual pieces. This work addresses universal questions of belonging, childhood, fear of loss, death and the complicated nature of navigating generational artistic legacy. The passing of these puppets into new hands marks a pivotal moment of generational transition for Sandglass Theater. It is an engagement with what legacy means in the field of puppetry; how an art form endures and transforms as it is handed to the next generation; meeting the voice of the past with the voice of the present, and singing it into the future. For ages 14 and up.
When I Put On Your Glove is supported in part by an award from the Vermont Arts Council.
Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc.
The Building, by Betel Arnold, a new play reading
February 16 at 7:30 PM
The Divine Theatre, 92 Race Street, Holyoke MA 01040

Silverthorne Theater Company presents a staged reading of Northampton playwright Betel Arnold’s newest play, The Building. Directed by Kyle Boatwright, the reading will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, February 16th, 2023 at the Divine Theater at Gateway City Arts as part of Silverthorne’s free Theater Thursdays reading series, with a talkback to follow.

Tickets are free, and Silverthorne welcomes donations so that we can continue making our work accessible to all.

The Building follows lifelong Brooklyn resident Agnes as she attempts to get her granddaughter Catalina out of their apartment building and off to a renowned fashion design program in France to further her education. When Agnes discovers that Catalina has been secretly dating the son of a notorious drug dealer, Agnes becomes all the more desperate, enlisting the help of her friends and eventually squaring off with the building’s landlord—who turns out to be much more than he appears.


Shakespeare & Company has announced a new, free lecture series: Behind the Curtain, launching Saturday, Feb. 18, and hosted by Shakespearean scholar Ann Berman.

Berman, who currently serves as Vice President of Shakespeare & Company’s Volunteer Company, holds a Master of Arts in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College, London through a program partnered with Shakespeare’s Globe. She will lead the series, often with directors, cast members, design-team members, or others joining as guest speakers, examining various themes surrounding Shakespeare’s works as well as other titles to be presented during the 2023 Season. 

The inaugural Behind the Curtain lecture will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre’s Jane Iredale Lobby, focusing on Romeo and Juliet, with an emphasis on how costume design can influence audience response. Shakespeare & Company Costume Director Govane Lohbauer will be the talk’s featured guest. 

The series continues on Saturday, March 4 with a discussion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be staged at Shakespeare & Company from August 1 through September 10; Saturday, March 18, exploring the topic of Shakespeare and Jealousy, and Saturday, April 1, tracing the historical source material that informed The Contention: Henry VI, Part II.

All Behind the Curtain talks are free, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a ticket, visit

About Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 by Tina Packer. Located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Company offers performance, education, and actor-training opportunities year-round, and attracts more than 40,000 patrons annually with a core of more than 150 artists.

About Ann Berman 

Ann Berman holds a Master of Arts in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College, London, through a program that partnered with Shakespeare’s Globe. She also holds a Master's of Education in Special Education from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton. Prior to relocating to Berkshire County, she served as a longtime volunteer with the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston, and taught Shakespeare’s plays at the Life-long Learning at Regis College program (LLARC), in tandem with what play ASP was performing at the time. Now a resident of Lee, Mass., Berman is also an active member of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI).

A Persian myth we can connect to: UMass Theater's Aurash is a story about an ordinary person's heroism
February 24, 25 and March 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m.
February 25 at 2:00 p.m.
The Curtain Theater, Bromery Center for the Arts
$15 general admission, $5 students and seniors 

Aurash is a Persian story of an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation, who found the spirit to carry out a heroic act that changed a country's future. In the months since Iranian director Behnam Alibakhshi proposed it for the 22-23 UMass Theater season, it has become ever more shatteringly relevant as a tribute to the courageous women and men fighting for freedom in his home country.
This stage version of Aurash, presented Feb. 24-March 4, is an hour-long immersion in a foundational Persian myth. Graduate student Alibakhshi has created a production that draws richly on the theater and storytelling traditions he grew up with and blended them with western theater forms. Audience members will see a set and costumes that reflect color palettes common to Iran; they'll hear Persian music as they enter the space, and they'll see actors moving in ritualized ways.
The story of Aurash the Archer (sometimes spelled Arash) began as an oral tradition in Persia (now known as Iran) and was written down over 1000 years ago. After a long and bloody war, an archer was charged with shooting an arrow that would determine the future boundaries of Persia, bringing a peaceful and prosperous age to the country. In the original telling he was a noble, but in this adaptation by Bahram Beyza’ie, one of Iran's leading playwrights, he is an ordinary man of modest background.
Alibakhshi has cast a woman as one of the actors who portrays Aurash, something he had considered even before the current protests began. Woman have been a part of protests in the country for a long time, he noted, despite pushback from the regime and the tremendous risk to themselves and their loved ones. "I think they are the bravest women in the world," Alibakshi said.
Iran has a long and rich cultural history. Alibakhshi noted that ancient Persian documents contain some of the first discussions of human rights. He is critical of the current government. 
"Where are those cultural values right now?" he asked. The myth of Aurash "is reminding people of a glorious past that we have lost."
Alibakhshi hopes audience members — and not just those from Iran — see something to inspire them in the story of this ordinary person who finds the spirit to act heroically.
Purchase your tickets now!
Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Center box office

Monday, February 27th
HCC's MGM Culinary Arts Institute
164 Race St Holyoke, MA
FREE TO ATTEND, but we appreciate advance sign ups. 

As always, our scheduled presenters will be followed by an open mic. We welcome and encourage you to bring something to share.  
Learn more and register to attend at
The Department of Film Media Theater at Mount Holyoke College is delighted to announce our third season production, Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy. At once funny, angry, warm, and sad, this timely and poignant drama deals with an inner-city public school on the brink of extinction. The fictional Chicago-based Tumbldn High School is severely underfunded and undermined. The impending closure thrusts its vice principal, teachers, and a student into a battle to save their beloved institution. Will the bonds forged in this battle be enough to rescue their school from extinction?

“...Holter's beautifully written piece crackles with energy and passion - it hearkens back to those early British plays by Harold Brenton and David Hare in the way it combines issues and politics with emotion and personality.” - Stage Raw.

Directed by Michael Ofori. Exit Strategy runs from March 2-5, 2023.

Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 pm

Rooke Theater at Mount Holyoke College
Lower Lake Road, South Hadley, MA 01075

Ticket prices:  
$10 general admission, $8 students
Majestic Theater
131 Elm St
West Springfield, MA 01089

Theater Lighting technician needed. Part time.  Must be skilled in hanging and focusing theatrical lighting and is comfortable in a Genie personnel lift.  Knowledge of Theatrical LED Fixtures preferred but not necessary. Hourly pay depending on skill level and experience.  Must be available on Sunday nights with some daytime work also needed. 

Send resumes to Associate Producing Director, Sue Dziura at

WAM Theatre looks forward to holding Equity Principal and General Auditions for our 2023 Season on February 10 and 11, 2023. Auditions will be hosted by Talya Kingston, Associate Artistic Director, and Producing Artistic Director, Kristen van Ginhoven. 

"We are excited to hold in-person auditions again at our new creative hub in Lenox," shared Kristen van GInhoven, who will be directing Heidi Schreck’s WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, (a co-production between WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theater Group).  "We look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new local actors." 

After WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME in the spring, WAM Theatre’s 2023 Season will continue with a summer Fresh  Takes Play Reading Series in July, and a Fall Performance and Benefit to be announced later this year. WAM Theatre works under an AEA Small Professional Theatre Contract.

Auditions: Friday February 10: noon-7pm & Saturday February 11: 10am-5pm.  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  e-mail: to set up an appointment. 

Where: WAM's New Creative Hub and Offices, 55 Main Street, Lenox, MA (ground floor of the Church on the Hill Administrative Office and Chapel).  Free street parking is available.  Space is wheelchair accessible. Free onsite childcare will be offered on Friday February 10.

Prepare: 1-2 minute contemporary monologue.

Auditions will be scheduled in 10-minute slots. Please note that no video auditions will be accepted at this time and that we are especially interested in meeting local actors.

AEA members may request an appointment by emailing with “2023 Season Auditions” in the subject line. Please indicate any time limitations otherwise you will be assigned the first available slot. Deadline to submit is February 6. All AEA actors who request an appointment will receive an appointment until slots are filled. Additionally, AEA actors may be seen as walk-ins on the day of if time permits.

Non-Equity actors will also be seen as time permits and should submit a photo and resume and indicate their non-union status in their request.

Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, are encouraged to audition.  Due to the plays we have slotted, we are particularly reaching out to African-American, Black and Latinx actors.

UMass Theater to hold auditions for Into the Woods Feb. 12-14!
This spring, UMass will take on one of most beloved musicals of all time, INTO THE WOODS. Our production will draw inspiration from American folk art to bring to life the world of Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and all their fellow fairy tale figures. In doing so, we hope to bring forward the idea that "if you know what you want, then you go and you find it and you get it" is exactly how you get giants in your midst, whereas realizing that "people make mistakes" and that you must "fight for their mistakes, honor their mistakes" is a way to make the next journey into the woods a little easier.


Who: All community members and non-majors who sing are welcome. Audition for the role you prefer, regardless of your gender or that of the character (vocal range will be a consideration)

When & Where
Feb. 12, 1-6 p.m.
Feb. 13 and 14, 6-10 p.m.
Callbacks are scheduled for Feb. 15 and 16, 6-10 p.m.
Bromery Center for the Arts, The Rand Theater Stage. Please come to the Green Room first for paperwork and instructions. 
Sign up for a slot on the SignUpGenius page
Please note that rehearsals begin February 21. There are no rehearsals over spring break. PERFORMANCES ARE APRIL 28-MAY 6

How to Prepare
Auditioners should prepare any number of the following solos listed below. In order to be considered for a role, you must prepare the solo associated with that role (in other words, if you are interested in multiple roles, you should prepare multiple solos). You may prepare as many solos as you wish, regardless of your gender or that of the character (vocal range will be a consideration). We may ask actors to sing solos they have not prepared as well, if they are willing. No monologue preparation is necessary, and we will not be hearing actors perform any songs besides the excerpts listed below.
Character descriptions and synopses for INTO THE WOODS are readily available online, and while we know that there are many versions of this musical available to watch, we encourage you to find your own version of the character to present. Be inspired by the versions you've seen, but don't try to recreate them. 
Audition Song Exerpts (click here to access the folder): 
Agony (both Princes)
Baker's Reprise (Narrator, Baker, Mysterious Man)
Giants in the Sky (Jack, Wolf)
Hello Little Girl (Wolf, Jack)
I Know Things Now (Little Red)
Last Midnight (Witch, Jack's Mom, Cinderella's Mom)
Steps of the Palace (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Stepsisters)
Moments in the Woods (Baker's Wife, Cinderella's Stepmother)
Directed by Professor Iya Judyie Al-Bilali, dramaturgy by Dr. Priscilla Maria Page  
Rehearsals start February 21, 2023, and performances run March 30, 31 and April 1, in the Curtain Theater. There will be a rehearsal on March 19, the final Sunday of spring break
Many Patterns, One Cloth is a multi-faceted performance piece that draws its inspiration across time and place to explore how the artistic and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora can restore balance in contemporary society. Utilizing Jazz Aesthetics, as defined by Omi Osun/Joni L. Jones and others, Professors Al-Bilali and Page are building a creative team that will meld storytelling, poetry, music, and dance in honor of the Divine Feminine.
When & Where
Audition: Feb. 13 and 14, 6-9:30 p.m.
Callbacks are Feb. 15 & 16, 6-9:30 p.m.
Bromery Center for the Arts, Room 204/203
How to Prepare
We are seeking a multiracial/multicultural ensemble for this piece that will include storytelling, music, poetry, and movement.  Members of this ensemble will have skills in the following areas:  improvisation, physical theater, music, movement/dance, and singing. An understanding of devised theater and an openness to collaborative process are welcome. Please come prepared with a 1-2 minute monologue that best shows us who you are. We will provide a monologue for those who do not have one.
Interested in performing at a Play Incubation Salon this year?

We are seeking artists who are interested in sharing 10 minutes or less of a work in progress that has the potential to spark civic dialogue, and for which they desire feedback/input from an audience primarily comprised of other artists. Use this link to our salon submission form where, in addition to sharing information about what you’d like to present, you will be prompted to submit the questions they would like to pose to the audience in advance. The audience will be guided through 10 minutes of feedback where they aim to only answer and address the questions that the presenting artists has asked. There is more detailed information about this on the salon registration page. You can access a video with more details about the salon, as well as a link to the registration form for info about feedback, at If you’d like to view a sample salon, you can do so here!

What can you share in 10 minutes? Here are some examples:
2-3 new songs
1-3 poems
A chapter or partial chapter of a novel
A monologue
A 10 minute scene from a play
A 10 minute scene from a video piece
A dance piece or a 10 minute portion of a dance piece
Below is the breakdown of the background actors we are looking for. The schedule could change here and there as we continue to fit the puzzle together leading up to our first day but these will likely be the dates background is needed. The priority for now is finding people to fill out the first week. Also, we want to make sure that people know that if they are established in a scene they are committing to staying until the scene is shot in complete. Many of the days it is just a scene or two that they will be needed so they won't be required for a full 12 hour shoot day. 
If you'd like, you can direct people to me if they have questions or would like to confirm interest. They can email me, along with a photo of themselves, at

Please let me know if you need anything else from me. 

2/14 : 10 funeral guests -  any race but we do need some black actors for this scene (likely needed for about 8 hours)

2/15 : 5 pedestrians on the street - can be any mix of people  (all day)
          10 bar patrons - blue collar bar types, likely some older  (all day)

          6 hockey players - blue collar guys in their 30s (all day)

2/18 : 10-15 students some ranging in age from 10-13  (one scene in the morning)
          10 trick or treaters with parents - kids in costume. NO licensed costume ie: Ironman, Star Wars... (needed afternoon into evening)

          3 bully teens in costume (needed afternoon into evening)

2/21 : 3 neighbors - 1 female 60's in hot rollers, housecoat and slippers. Others can range in age. dressed for home (one scene)

2/23 : 5 funeral guests - men and women 30's  (all day)

2/24 : 3 poker players - men 60's, 70's (one scene)

2/25 : 6 people - men and women 20s-50's  (one scene)

2/28 : 3 bank patrons - could be any age or gender   (half day)
          10 adult shoppers - range of age but at least one male in late teens early 20's   (half day)

          5 kids - at least one young girl   (half day)

          A parole board officer  (half day)

3/1 :  Disabled veteran being unloaded from van 
         5-7 veterans - all generations, race and military branches, disabled, amputees w prosthetics

         Officer - 30's - 60's 

3/2 : Security officer - 30's -60's  (one scene)
        3 nurses - 20's-60's  (one scene)

        8-12 veterans - one homeless. 30's -60's  (half day)

3/4 : 2 sketchy townies (one scene)
        Line Cook  (late afternoon into night)

        Waitress  (late afternoon into night)

        6 restaurant patrons  (late afternoon into night)

3/8 : 6-8 veterans range in age and gender  (half day)
        5-6 coffee shop patrons - range of age  (half day)

3/9 : 30 adults - parents and faculty for school talent show 
        10 students
Play Incubation Collective
Ukrainian Theatre Fundraiser Audition

February 15 and 16 at 6:00 PM
Ethel: The Barn Theatre, Southampton

Auditions for reading of I'm Fine, a new play by Nina Zakhozhenko. Roles for 2 F/2M, ages 18-30. The reading will happen on March 26 and will be part of a fundraiser for Ukrainian playwrights. Auditionees should prepare a dramatic monologue (can be read). Email Jay at to make an appointment
Important News about Upcoming Renovations and Building Use at 33 Hawley Street

As many of you know, the Northampton Community Arts Trust (the organization that owns, develops and maintains 33 Hawley) was awarded a federal earmark in 2022 that will allow the Trust to add to the capabilities of this already outstanding community art space. This round of renovations will provide 33 Hawley with a brand new art gallery, a finished lobby with an upgraded box office area and a concessions stand, a proper green room and dressing rooms downstairs, and more! 

The construction is scheduled to begin in March 2023. The building will be closed (no one but construction staff allowed onsite) Mondays thru Fridays from 7:30am-3:30pm. The Northampton Center for the Arts will continue to program the Flex, Eli's Room, and Carole's Dance Studio M-F after 4pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. This arrangement is currently scheduled to continue through the end of August 2023. A.P.E.'s Workroom will be closed for renovations until 2024. Keep an eye out for programming from The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, the company-in-residence at A.P.E. Northampton Open Media (NOM) will close its location at 33 Hawley Street to the public from March 1, 2023 through December 1, 2023. NOM will keep public hours at its home location inside the same building as Northampton High School at 380 Elm St., Northampton, at the rear of the building.

Starting in September 2023, and continuing for a few months, 33 Hawley will be completely shut down until renovations are completed. There will be no spaces to rent or any on-site programming from September 2023 until work is finished. We are all hopeful and expecting that the building will be fully open for business again in January 2024. At that point, we look forward to many more years of uninterrupted artistic programming with and for our community!

Registration opens on Monday, February 6th for

PIC Kids Summer!

At PIC Kids Summer, young artists (ages 7-11) will go on an adventure through the creative process as they explore theater, movement, and music. Each week follows a different theme, and all weeks will culminate in a sharing of the young artists' original work on Fridays at 2:30.

We are pleased to announce that we've added an additional week! 

JULY 17-21       Make 'Em Laugh

JULY 24-28      Growl and Groove

JULY 31-AUG 4   Soundscapes and Sorcery

AUGUST 7-11     Five Day Play

9am-3pm each day 


Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity, 130 Pine St, Florence​

Registration opens Monday, February 6th!
Learn more.

By popular demand, WAM Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of its acclaimed Elder and Teen Ensembles. This Spring,  WAM invites Berkshire-based women over 65 and teens ages 13-18 to join the company on a  journey of empowerment through creativity, teamwork, and devised theatre. WAM’s Elder Ensemble launched with a Meet & Greet in December; WAM is currently accepting applications for its 2023 Teen Ensemble now through March 10.

WAM Elder Ensemble
Devised Theatre and Creative Collaboration for Women over 65 years
Led by WAM Teaching Artists Kaia Jackson and Co-facilitator TBC
March 14 - April 25, 2023
At The WAM Theatre Creative Hub, 55 Main Street, Lenox, MA

WAM Teen Ensemble 
A paid theatre workshop for young people aged 13-18
Led by WAM Teaching Artists Kaia Jackson and Maizy Scarpa.
April 18-21, 2023
at The WAM Theatre Hub, 55 Main Street, Lenox, MA
Apply online at:
Application deadline: March 10, 2023
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

Easthampton Theater Company

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

Theater Between Addresses


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

World and Eye
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