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Pioneer Valley Theatre News March 30, 2023

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March 30 - April 19, 2023

What a busy week! The last new play reading of the semester at Smith, The Moors at Mt Holyoke, Many Patterns, One Cloth at UMass, The Glass Menagerie's closing weekend at the Majestic, Hairspray at Turners Fall High School, The Revolutionists at Springfield College, and Pioneer Valley Ballet's The Little Mermaid at the Academy of Music. That's where I'll be this weekend! 

The next issue will include events from April 6 - 26. 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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Turners Falls High School presents Hairspray: The Musical
March 31 at 7pm, April 1 at 2pm and 7pm, April 2 at 2pm
Turners Falls High School / Tickets at the Door
Easthampton Theater Company presents God of Carnage
May 11, 12, 13 at 7:30PM, May 14 at 2PM - CitySpace's Blue Room in Easthampton
Tickets and More Information
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from Howlround

Community Engagement, Anti-Oppression, and Digital Space
by Nikki Shaffeeullah

From the article: 

It has always struck me as odd that theatre director training spaces rarely focus on facilitation skills. Script analysis, building a vision, communicating with designers, sure; but the lens of “facilitation” is so often underused. I have noticed that in many well-funded, professional “community arts” spaces, there is an equal neglect of facilitation skills as a central part of the toolkit needed for success. Talk of how to build cross sectoral partnerships, how to realize work of ambitious scale, or how to navigate participant absences becomes favored over thinking about the actual mechanics of community arts facilitation: How do we lead creative rooms that can address challenging conversations in ways that are honest, generative, deep, but not (re-) traumatizing? How do we lead these spaces in ways that honor difference? How do we adapt our artistic visions to make room for the new ideas that inevitably result from complex collaboration?

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

Smith College Department of Theatre
New Play Reading Series : The Illeist by Claire Trivax, MFA ‘24
Thursday, March 30 – 7:30 PM – Acting Studio 1

The Smith College Department of Theatre’s New Play Reading Series presents The Illeist by Claire Trivax, MFA ‘24.  It’s been 2,500 years of  slander and libel by men who benefit from keeping her reputation in the dirt. In this modern retelling of Euripides’ Medea, our titular character faces her toughest challenge yet: showing us the real Medea.

Free and open to the public. Masks welcome.

Department of Film Media Theater at Mount Holyoke College
The Moors
March 30–April 1 at 7:30 pm, and April 2 at 2pm
Rooke Theater at Mount Holyoke College

The Department of Film Media Theater at Mount Holyoke College is delighted to announce our final production of the season, Jen Silverman’s dark comedy, The Moors. Two sisters, Agatha and Huldey live on the bleak and savage English moors. The arrival of a governess in search of their mysteriously absent brother Mr. Branwell sets the household on a path of confusion, jealousy, betrayal, a quest for love, and a quest to be seen.

“However you classify “The Moors” — comedy, drama, thriller, satire, farce all apply at various times — there’s no equivocating on its entertainment value.” - Chicago Suntimes

The Moors is directed by FMT graduating senior Nicole Tripp and will run from March 30–April 2, 2023.

Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 pm

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

Ticket prices:  
$10 general admission, $8 students
UMass Theater presents Many Patterns, One Cloth
A multi-disciplinary performance project led by Dr. Priscilla Maria Page and Professor Judyie Al-Bilali
March 30, 31, and April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
April 1 at 2 p.m.
In the Curtain Theater
$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). 

Many Patterns, One Cloth is a rich tapestry that draws on inspiration from Afro-diasporic cultural traditions, global perspectives, and contemporary theater-making practices. The rise of the Divine Feminine and the restoration of balance on our planet lie at the center of this devised theater piece.
This performance, originally conceived by two UMass faculty members, Dr. Priscilla Maria Page and Professor Awotunde Judyie Al-Bilali, includes a community of creators who contributed to the research and writing in the last six months. Many Patterns, One Cloth runs March 30-April 1 at the Curtain Theater as part of UMass Amherst Theater's 50th anniversary season.

It's also worth noting that the production's creative team features a host of UMass Theater alumnae. Page, Al-Bilali, lighting designer Lara Dubin, and costume/scenic designer Calypso Michelet all graduated with MFAs from UMass Theater, while co-playwright Rodriguez was a theater major and is currently working in her PhD in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies.
A classic American drama takes center stage at the Majestic Theater when The Glass Menagerie is presented February 23 through April 2.  Tennessee Williams’ play about family and the fragility of memory is part of the Majestic’s 25th Anniversary Season of theater and live performances at the West Springfield venue.
The Glass Menagerie tells the tale of Amanda Wingfield, the faded Southern Belle, who is desperate to marry off ailing daughter Laura, and worries about wayward son Tom.  Saddled with the obligations left to him by his absent father, Tom, who also acts as the play’s narrator, arranges for an acquaintance, a gentleman caller, to pay a visit to Laura and sets off not only her own, but her mother’s hopes for a romantic future.  This memorable play is set in St. Louis during the Great Depression and is widely considered to be one of the most significant plays of the 20th century.
Danny Eaton is producing director, while Rand Foerster is directing the play.  Associate Producing Director/Stage Manager is Sue Dziura, and Stephen Petit is production manager.  Aurora Ferraro is associate production manager, and Josiah Durham is technical director/set designer.  Dawn McKay is costume designer, and Daniel Rist is lighting designer.  Scenic Artist is Bev Stevens Browne.
Cast members include Robbie Simpson (Tom), Cate Damon (Amanda), Abigail Milnor-Sweetser (Laura), Tosh Foerster (Jim) and Ann-Marie Messbauer (Musician).  Understudies include Chris Rojas (Tom/Jim), Myka Plunkett (Amanda) and Caelie Scott Flanagan (Laura).
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
Turners Falls High school
Hairspray: The Musical

March 31 at 7:00 PM, April 1 at 2pm and 7pm, April 2 at 2pm
Turners Falls High school, 222 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls, MA

Hairspray is a fun (and powerful) musical set in 1962 Baltimore. Join us as 16 year old Tracy Turnblad, her family and friends, address themes still relevant in 2023. She is a girl with big dreams and she will have you jamming as she dances and sings her way into our hearts !

Tickets sold at the door
Springfield College Theater
"The Revolutionists"
March 31 at 7:30 pm, April 1 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; April 2 at 2:00 pm
Fuller Arts Center, Springfield College Campus

Four badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.  A playwright, an assassin, a former queen, and a Caribbean spy walk into a room and attempt to save the soul of France while avoiding the edge of the guillotine’s blade. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world.

Before it was a Disney blockbuster, it was a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Since its original publication in 1837, The Little Mermaid has won fans through picture books, musical theater, animation, and dance. On April 1st & 2nd, Pioneer Valley Ballet (PVB) will bring its own extravagant adaptation of this audience favorite to Northampton’s Academy of Music Theatre for three performances.

Set to a musical score by Camille Saint Saens, PVB’s The Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the ocean and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. A Sea Witch helps her reach the human realm, but on dry land the mermaid faces new dangers and a strict deadline. Will she win the love of her prince before time runs out and she is reduced to sea foam? Join us to find out what happens!

Performances Saturday, April 1st 1:00pm & 4:30, Sunday, April 2nd 1:00pm
Tickets and more information.

Springfield Central High School Theater Dept. presents:
The Drowsy Chaperone
April 5th and April 6th at 7pm, April 8th at 2pm
Tickets sold at the door. $8 students, Senior citizens and school staff, $10 Adults
Springfield Central High School Theater, 1480 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01109

The original Broadway Version (2006) was the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score. The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.
With the houselights down, a man, a die-hard theater fan, appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

It was hailed by New York Magazine a "The Perfect Broadway Musical" The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theater genre.
Williston Northampton School's The Grum Project in association with The Williston Theater present La Mona Ilustre's Juan Salvador Tramoya.

The Chilean company La Mona Ilustre enters the imagination of a stagehand whose daily job is cleaning a theater dressing room. This Chaplinesque tinged tragicomedy inquires the subtle and important difference between what others say we should be and what we really are. Juan Salvador Tramoya captures the ordinary routine of a character with the simple task of tidying up things, but whose rich imagination transports us to absurd and unexpected places, and makes us value who he really is: an inimitable human being.

This event is open to the public and tickets are free. Reserve your seat
Performance Project’s First Generation Ensemble presents “Mother Tongue” at 7:30pm on Friday, April 7 at the Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA. 

Developed by members of First Generation, an intergenerational arts and youth leadership organization based in Springfield, MA, “Mother Tongue” is inspired by family stories and events from Congo/Tanzania, Bhutan/Nepal, South Sudan, Holyoke, and Springfield. The performance incorporates movement, music, dance, and weaves together stories in Arabic, Swahili, Nepali, and English. Themes addressed in this 90-minute original work include culture, identity, diaspora, masculinity, xenophobia, racism and revolution, among others.

Tickets are sliding scale $15-$25. No one will be turned away. Appropriate for ages 13+ 

This piece is presented with support from Transhealth, RiverCulture, the Shea Theater, and MCC Local Cultural Councils of Montague and Gill 
The Holyoke Community College Theater Department will present Stop Kiss, by Diana Son
April 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 PM and Matinee at 2pm on the 15th
Holyoke Community College 303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke MA 01040

HCC Students and Faculty $5.00
General Admission $10.00
Seniors and Non-HCC students $8.00
Tickets available 1 hour before show, at the Leslie Phillips Box Office, or by calling 413 552 2528 to reserve tickets.
The life story of one of the most influential pioneers of 1950’s rock and roll comes to the Majestic Theater with the return of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story April 13 through May 28.  The rock musical by Alan James was the first play presented when the Majestic re-opened to the public in March 1997, and it became an immediate crowd-pleaser.
The play follows the musical path of the young man from Lubbock, Texas who created some of rock’s first big hits including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Rave On,” “Oh Boy,” and “Peggy Sue,” among others featured in the show.  Holly led the way in writing and producing his own songs, as well as playing all the instruments with his band, The Crickets.  Buddy also features many other hit tunes of the era including “Chantilly Lace” and “La Bamba.”
Cast members include Dan Whelton, Caleb Koval, Shaun O’Keefe, Tina Sparkle, Josh Karam, Jacob Nichols, Chelsea Nectow, Josh Mason, Steve Henderson and Brad Shepard.  Producing Director Danny Eaton will direct the play, and Sue Dziura is associate producing director.  Music director is Mitch Chakour and Stephen Petit is production stage manager.  Set director/technical director is Josiah Durham, and Dawn McKay is costume designer.  Dan Rist is lighting designer and sound design is being handled by Doug Wallace.
According to Eaton, “The demand for another presentation of Buddy has never subsided.  Over the years our audience members have kept requesting that we present the show again, and we figured it would be a great addition to our 25th Anniversary Season at the Majestic.  The show is timeless, the songs are brilliant, and the story of Buddy Holly, one of the most talented and endearing figures in early rock and roll, has touched audiences around the world.”
Ticket prices range from $31 - $37 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.)
Effective March 2023, audience members are encouraged to wear face masks, but they are no longer required at the Majestic.  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
Westfield Theatre Group
4/14, 4/15, 4/21, 4/22, 4/28, 4/29 at 7:30 PM

Westfield Womans Club ,28 Court Street Westfield  MA

3 Matinee shows also available on the Saturday dates. New ticketing website so seats can be reserved online!
Dancing at Lughnasa" is coming to Ashfield in April 14 through April 22!
It's a funny, bittersweet play by Irish playwright Brian Friel about five impoverished Irish women in 1936, their priest/somewhat demented older brother, a "love child" of 10 and the child's unreliable but charming father.
There are plenty of jokes.  And, a bit of dancing and pathos.

"It's so great to be doing theater again in the wonderful Ashfield Town Hall!" said Jackie Walsh, who plays Maggie in the play and founded Footlights at the Falls in 2015. "I absolutely can't wait for the lights to come up on the stage, for the sisters' banter to begin, and to see all the faces of the audience."

The play has lots of surprises, tension and joy. In it, Father Jack has recently returned from Uganda, where he was missionary at a leper colony.  He has grown to love the rituals of the people living there, even preferring them to his own Catholic rites.  That leads to interesting reactions on the part of his sisters.  The play tackles religious intolerance ... and religious tolerance!

The shows happen at Ashfield Town Hall's theater at 412 Main St at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

Tickets are $14, $10 for children 12 and under, and $10 for the matinee.

In an effort to diversify its audience. Footlights is also offering $5 tickets to EBT card holders, who can buy four tickets for $5 each.  It's part of the state's Card to Culture program, which offers people with limited means tickets at a discount for plays, the New England Aquarium and historical/cultural sites.  People are encouraged to urge anyone with an EBT card (which pays for groceries) to come to the show!

Reservations aren't necessary, but anyone can reserve seats by emailing Jackie at Please bring cash to pay for them at the door.
Cultural councils in the hilltowns have generously donated to this production.  Town Hall is wheelchair-accessible.

The full cast is Paul Rothenberg as Michael, Sue Tracy as Kate, Jackie Walsh as Maggie, Nina Pollard as Agnes, Carol Delorenzo as Rosie, Heather Williams as Chrissie, Marc Kaufman as Jack and Jim Lobley as Gerry.  Jean Koester directs. James Neeley is the sound/lights designer, Marcine Appel is the costumer, Kevin Tracy designed the set, Melanie Reneris is the choreographer, Walsh and Koester are producing, Katherine Taylor and Karen Schaeffer are doing props, and Jen West is managing the house, with help from Louise Krieger and ushers.
Tony Isham presents Camilla’s Annual Extravaganza for Girls, Inc., “A Night at the Grammys” on Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Tiffany Street in Springfield, MA.  This is the 25th year that Isham has presented a drag revue to benefit a nonprofit, and this year’s recipient is Girls, Inc.
The show will feature an array of performers from within and outside of the Pioneer Valley who will showcase music from the 1960s to today. In addition, the ticket price will include dinner, dessert, and, for VIP ticketholders, wine choices.  Non-VIP individual tickets are priced at $50.  A VIP table for eight is $520, and a VIP table for 10 is $650.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting Isham at (413) 222-4763.
 “This event has attracted renowned drag performers from Provincetown and Connecticut in addition to our incredible local talent,” stated Isham, the event’s producer.  “This year’s benefactor is Girls, Inc. in recognition of their support for the inclusion of a variety of pronouns identified by many of our young people.  We want to show our support of inclusion and imagining the drag community in as positive a way as possible. We’re excited to present a dazzling evening of professional entertainment and to extend a hand to communities who deserve to thrive.”
Girls, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, established in 1864, that encourages girls to be “strong, smart and bold” through direct service and advocacy.  The organization prioritizes equipping girls with the skills to navigate through economic, gender, and social barriers and to grow up as independent individuals. It is one of the longest continuously operating organizations offering girls-only programming.
Play Practice: Exploring Yoga & Theatre (Spring Break Mini-Session)
Monday, 04/17-Thursday, 04/20, 1-4 PM Daily
Yoga Sanctuary, Thornes Marketplace Level 3, 150 Main St, Northampton, MA, 01060

Largely based on Ellen’s popular summer camp program, this “mini session” will feature yoga practice and theatre-making, as we use our bodies, breath, and voices to develop skills for acting and storytelling. Each day will include yoga techniques, theatre games, and creative exercises designed to unleash each student's unique expression, as well as foster dynamic group creation.

Play Practice is open to students ages 10-13 of all experience levels (including no previous experience) and all physical abilities—yoga and theatre are for every body! Reach out to us with any questions.

Play Practice is led by Ellen Morbyrne, a local teacher and parent with over 20 years of experience as both a theatre-maker and a yoga practitioner. Ellen has been teaching and directing theatre at North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens since 2003, has taught theatre locally at high schools and homeschool co-ops and at the Drama Studio, and has been teaching yoga to folks of all ages since 2009. She is the cofounder of Real Live Theatre and teaches weekly yoga classes here at Yoga Sanctuary.
World and Eye
Earth and Fire Arts Fest
April 19 - April 23
Times vary throughout the festival - See the website for details

The Blue Room at CitySpace
43 Main St. Easthampton, MA. 01027

The Earth and Fire Arts Fest spans the week of Earth Day. Workshops run by professional artists include visual arts, storytelling and multi-disciplinary experiences around the theme of sustainability and our relationship with nature. The final weekend includes a free family giant puppet parade and the culminating evenings for teens and adults include an exhibit, networking with environmental groups and performances of storytelling, puppetry, dance, and music about care for the planet that sustains us. Tickets: $5- 35. For Information about the workshops, shows and tickets

CONCERT IN SPRINGFIELD - In case you hadn’t heard yet… the Performance Project’s SHOUT! ELEVATE! INSPIRE! Benefit Concert 2023 is coming up on APRIL 22nd @ Springfield Technical Community College!

This year’s concert will feature Vocalist Samirah Evans and trumpeter Haneef Nelson who will offer up a smokin' evening of Jazz and Blues with some New Orleans spice sprinkled into the mix! With additional performances by Iyawna Burnett, Fynta Sidime, and First Generation Ensemble.


Academy of Music

Technical Director  –  Full Time Position

Reports to: Executive Director

The Technical Director (TD) has the daily responsibility for the theatrical technical operations of the Academy, including lighting, sound, set design and construction, and coordinating necessary theatrical maintenance. The Technical Director will act as crew chief, determining number of stagehands and scheduling staff for all productions.  The TD will act as liaison with the steward of I.A.T.S.E. Local 232, communicating the number of stagehands required and will oversee union crew during production. The TD is responsible for all technical operations during all shows. 

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.

  • Engineers and provides for set ups, maintains and operates all house systems including but not limited to rigging, lighting, projections and sound systems for theater, dance, music, and other productions and projects; assists guest designers and artists with technical matters.

  • Engineers, supervises and assists with set and stage construction, installation and management. 

  • Oversees stage crews and back stage staff; responsible for hiring and firing non-I.A.T.S.E stagehands and for maintaining records of job performance for all stage hands. Makes recommendations for training.

  • Orients Academy renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the Academy.

  • Monitors the condition of and maintains all Academy theatrical equipment including lighting, sound, projection and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budget; performs preventive maintenance on equipment; prepares annual budget for equipment purchases and maintenance.

  • Assists with the preparation and control of Academy production budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies. 

  • Provides estimate for production costs prior to rental contract execution and for Academy productions; provides invoice for work performed to Executive Director.

  • Assists Front of House Manager with facility maintenance.

  • Any other tasks assigned by Executive Director


  • At least 3 years of relevant experience with a performing arts venue

  • Working knowledge of current techniques, methods and procedures of theater, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.

  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skill

  • Master Electrician preferred 

  • BFA in Technical Theater or commensurate experience

  • Experience working in a union house preferred

The Majestic Theater is seeking to hire a Business Manager

The Business Manager is a full-time staff person working with the Box Office Manager, theater Accountant, and Producing Director to:

· Plan and manage all daily operations of the Theater & Cafe
· Manage theater marketing and fundraising projects


· 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, TeamViewer  and box office systems
· Education and experiences that would be beneficial
· Reliable transportation


· Starting as soon as available.
· Annual salary to be determined based upon experience.
· Benefits available and to be reviewed.
· Average 40 hours a week, with nights and weekends, because we are a theater!

Job Type: Full-time
Salary: From $50,000.00 per year
Schedule: 8 hour shift Weekend availability


  • Must have experience with Live Theater 

  • Management-People and Projects

Work Location: In person

Interested candidates should sent a current resume and cover letter to Associate Producing Director Sue Dziura at

More information.

Shakespeare & Company seeks two young, local actors to alternate in the role of Raynell: a bright, hopeful, seven-year-old Black girl who appears in the final scene of August Wilson’s Fences. 

August Wilson’s Fences will play a six-show week at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Mass., Tuesdays through Sundays with some evening and some afternoon performances. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, June 27, with previews starting Saturday, July 22; the show opens on Thursday, July 27, and closes Sunday, August 27.

A Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, Tony Award winner for Best Play, and part of the playwright’s acclaimed American Century Cycle – August Wilson’s Fences is part of a series of 10 plays that charts the African American experience throughout the 20th century. It follows the story of Troy Maxson – a working-class Black man struggling to provide for his family in the 1950s. 

The young actors will share the role, performing in shows on a scheduled rotation. The actors do not need to be at all rehearsals, and schedules can be flexible; adult, backstage supervision and a weekly salary will be provided.

For more information contact Producing Associate Ariel Bock, or (413) 637-1199 ext. 107.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Capacity Grant for Individual Artists

until April 7th

CALLING ARTISTS NEW TO VALLEYCREATES! Designed with the support of our ValleyCreates Community Advisors, the Capacity Grant (formerly known as the ValleyCreates Working Capital Grant) is a capacity-building and sustainability initiative for artists who currently live or have studio space in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties in Massachusetts.

This program pairs a $2,000 grant with coaching, workshops, and artist community-building. The Capacity Grant program has been designed so that each artist determines what they need from a broad array of opportunities.

Interested? Apply Today!
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
Limited Space Available for Tuning Your Instrument Workshop, April 20 and 21

Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training will hold a two-day acting workshop titled Tuning Your Instrument at its Lenox, Mass. campus in the Berkshires on Thursday, April 20, and Friday, April 21. 

This special addition to Shakespeare & Company’s actor training workshops, led by the Company’s Director of Training Sheila Bandyopadhyay and Producing Associate Ariel Bock, offers a deep-dive into Linklater Voice and Pure Movement practices that can help strengthen participants’ connection to their instruments, and to develop open channels for breath, sound, and physical expression. 

Tuning Your Instrument will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and tuition is $200 USD.  Single-occupancy dorm rooms are available for an additional $45 per night.

Actors at all experience levels are welcome; Tuning Your Instrument is ideal for any artist familiar with voice and body work seeking to revisit the practices, and can also serve as an addition for those attending the Lenox Weekend Intensive April 21 – 23*. Discounted tuition ($150) is available to those also attending the Lenox Weekend Intensive.

For more information or to apply, visit

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

Amherst Community Theater

Arena Civic Theatre

A.C.T. Youth Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Completely Ridiculous Productions

Drama Studio

Double Edge Theatre

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

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