Thursday, November 9, 2023

Pioneer Valley Theatre News Noember 9, 2023

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November 9 - 29, 2023

Wow - it's looking like November is going to be a very busy month! Tonight alone: a new play reading at Smith, Angels in America at GCC, Lizzie at Ghost Light Theater, Moonglow at the Majestic, and probably more! Even more performances this weekend including shows by Springfield College, Valley Light Opera, APE Gallery, Play Incubation Collective, and Happier Valley Comedy. 

This week's local reviews: Max Hartshorne writes about VLO's Iolanthe and Ghost Light Theatre's Lizzie! 

The next issue will include events from November 16 - December 6. 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

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun, 2012-2020
by Porsche McGovern

From the article

Welcome to the final—for the foreseeable future—year of my study, which looks at who designs and directs in League of Resident Theatres (LORT) theatres by pronoun. You can find all the past studies here. This study encompasses data over eight seasons: from the 2012–2013 season up through the 2019–2020 season. The 2019-2020 and 2020 seasons have fewer productions than previous seasons due to the March 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shutdown in the United States. Some theatres had not begun or completed their designer hiring for their 2019-2020 and 2020 seasons. You can read the full study, as well as details on my process and notes on the data, in this PDF, or buy it in print if you prefer to engage with it that way.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Smith College Department of Theatre presents The Right Thing to Do by Patricia Mew
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Acting Studio 1

In 1960, on the heels of the Red Scare initiated by Senator Joseph McCarthy, Smith College became the focus of a nationwide hunt for certain 'undesirables.'  The scandal that followed the discovery of damning erotic material enveloped three professors, and the college where they taught, in a story of betrayal, moral ambiguity, and professional disgrace that rocked the academic world and forced the accused to grapple with what, exactly, was the right thing to do.
Greenfield Community College
Angels in America

Week 1: Thu Nov 9 (Alumni Preview) 7pm, Fri Nov 10 (Opening Night) 7pm, Sat Nov 11 7pm Sun Nov 12 2pm Matinee. Week 2: Thu Nov 16 7pm, Fri Nov 17 7pm, Sat Nov 18 (Closing Night) 7pm.

Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
Directed by Tom Geha

Ticket link:

Tickets: $15 General Admission / $5 Students & Seniors

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama Angels in America is one of the great epic American plays of this past century. We meet Louis and Prior and Harper and Joe, two couples whose relationships are on the rocks; the former because of Prior’s AIDS diagnosis and Louis’ inability to cope with illness, and the latter because of Joe’s closeted homosexuality and Harper’s incessant fears and hallucinations.

Angels in America continues this coming Spring with Part Two!

Also, Life Behind the Lens: Selected Stories from 40 Years in the Movie Industry with Mike Haley, assistant director to the HBO film version of Angels in America. Wed, Nov 8 at 7pm, C208 at GCC.
Ghost Light Theater
Lizzie, the Musical
Thursday November 9th, 8 PM Friday November 10th, 8 PM Saturday November 11th, 8 PM
Gateway City Arts, Holyoke, MA

On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Her story has become an American legend, and now her story sings.
You know the rumors, now discover Lizzie's truth. Experience one of the most notorious murder trials in raucous rock musica
l with a brutal edge.
From writers Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner, this piece of American history meets rock concert has been welcomed by audiences around the world. And now, Lizzie has been slashing her way through Gateway City Arts!!!
LIZZIE is four women fronting a six-piece rock band. LIZZIE is rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score.
Please be advised that this production contains adult subject matter - some of a violent and sexual nature. This is a 16+ show unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
Content warning: themes of murder, parental sexual abuse & suicide.
LIZZIE is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC. (



Romantic Comedy Set in Lowell, MA is by Playwright Jack Neary

The Majestic Theater will present an original work by Massachusetts playwright Jack Neary, Moonglow, as the second show of its 2022-2023 Season.  The romantic comedy will run October 26 – December 3 at the West Springfield venue, with Neary directing it.

Moonglow is set in Lowell, MA and tells the story of Ray Healy, a middle-aged music teacher and Catholic school band director whose personal life is “a big question mark.”  When his secretary finally admits her romantic aspirations for their relationship, secrets about Ray’s past are revealed. 

“Jack Neary’s plays have been favorites at this theater over the years, stated Danny Eaton, producing director for the Majestic.  “We’ve presented Jerry Finnegan’s Sister, First Night and The Porch to enthusiastic audiences and we’re happy to bring another of his romantic comedies to our stage.  Jack’s plays often portray elements of life in New England while presenting endearingly realistic characters facing relatable circumstances.”

The cast includes Brian Argotsinger (Ray), Stephanie Carlson (Arlene), Rand Foerster (Father Hackett), Nora Streeter (Dorothy), Stephanie Craven (Clancy) and Margaret Reilly Streeter (Linda).  Sue Dziura is associate producing director.  Production stage manager is Stephen Petit, and Aurora Ferraro is associate production manager.  The lighting and scenic designer is Dan Rist, costume designer is Dawn McKay, and scenic artist is Braith Dicker. 

Tickets are now being sold to all remaining plays in the Majestic’s current 2023-2024 Season, and range from $31 - $37.  Tickets to the Majestic’s annual Home for the Holidays show (December 7-22) are also now available and are $28-$26.  Box office hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm.   The wearing of face masks in the theater is optional.

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

Springfield College Theater

Friday, Nov 10 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Nov 11 at 2:00 pm and at 7:30 pm; Sunday Nov 12 at 2:00 pm
Fuller Arts Center, Springfield College campus, Springfield, MA

“Shorts & Briefs"
A Selection of 10-Minute Plays, including the Premiere of Original Plays by Springfield College Faculty Playwrights
Directed by Martin Shell
November 10-12
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
They hit the ground running and zip you to a surprise finish, when, before you can catch your breath, the next ride pulls you in! A complete evening of theater selected from the very best of 10-minute plays that will enthrall and engage you with a smorgasbord of emotions and a diversity of styles.  Novel, inventive, funny, heartfelt – something for everyone!
And don’t miss the premiere of three original plays authored by faculty members of our own Springfield College community!
Suggested Donation: General public: $5, students and senior citizens: Free
(Rated R for language)
Valley Light Opera's Iolanthe
Academy of Music, Northampton

Valley Light Opera Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s, Iolanthe Nov 3 -12 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. What happens when a Troupe of proud and pugnacious Fairies encounter a party of patronizing Parliamentary Peers? The answer—complete chaos! This is the community of players in place at the beginning of Iolanthe, the 7th and, some would argue, the greatest operetta from the collaboration of William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.  The opera premiered in 1882 and immediately became a favorite of Savoyards and Londoners.  Valley Light Opera is bringing new life to this wonderful operetta with an array of beautiful voices, lively dancing, glorious costumes, and a healthy helping of humor.   We invite you to an evening of laughter, merriment, and happy endings. In the world of Topsy-Turveydom that Gilbert embraced, everything was designed to amuse!

"for Jude"
A one-act play adapted from the off-Broadway play Occupied Territories
Created by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner
​Readings on:
November 11th at 7pm
November 12th at 2pm
November 17th at 7pm
November 18th at 7pm 
November 19th at 2pm

A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA
Readings are FREE, but seating is limited. 
Reserve seats HERE

In “for Jude”, two adult sisters reckon with their legacy as children of a Vietnam Veteran on the night of their father’s funeral. The powerful story integrates live performance with the artwork of Home/War/Home, creating a dynamic experience of theater and visual art. 
Happier Valley Comedy
2nd Saturdays Presents Location, Location, Location
November 11 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

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).

This month: Location, Location, Location- Six characters, three scenes, one location.
Discover a variety of people inhabiting the same space at different times. After all, what are the three most important things to consider when buying an improv scene?

Tickets: $15 online and at the door.
For more info:
Join Play Incubation Collective for the culmination of our 2023 Developmental Residency- Field Notes from a Feminist Theater Potluck. For our 2023 Residency we are doing something a little different. Field Notes is a devised theater creation: rather than an individual playwright working on their script and then adding actors into their development process, our ensemble of seven multi-disciplinary theater artists has been working collaboratively to create a new theatrical form.

We began rehearsal in January with the following questions: what do you crave from your community, and what does your utopia look like? Very quickly the notion of the potluck emerged as a perfect utopian anchor- a come-as-you-are DIY ethos that honors each person’s unique contribution to the whole and celebrates connection and community.

You are invited to be witnesses/participants on the journey of our theatrical process and stay for a nourishing meal and lively conversation. Two chances to come play and eat with us- November 11th from 1-3 and November 12th from 7-9 all at Bombyx in Florence.

Tickets Now Available. $10/person.

Learn More and Register
Starlight's Youth Theatre
Fall Performances
November 11 and 18 at 11:00 AM
Amherst Regional Middle School and St. Brigid’s Parish

Finding Nemo and The Adventures of Dory will be performing back to back at Amherst Regional Middle School on November 11th at 11am! Come see this 1st through 4th grade musical and an original devised piece by the 5th and 6th grade class!

Tickets for Finding Nemo and The Adventures of Dory are $7.00 and can be purchased during rehearsal starting Oct 28 or at the door.

The following week check out Twelfth Night at St. Brigid’s Parish in Amherst  on November 18th at 11am! This 7th through 12th grade class tackles their biggest Shakespeare production yet!

Tickets are $10 at the door for Twelfth Night.
Junkyard Shakespeare presents As You Like It - an immersive outdoor production that invites you to step into the Forest of Arden (literally).

November 13-17 @ 7pm
November 18 @ 2pm
Rain date: November 19 @ 2pm

The Dingle 257 South St. Northampton, MA 01060

ORLANDO: Felix Beauchamp
ROSALIND: Hilary Dennis
CELIA: Emma Elle Paterson

Design: Costanza Bugiani
Mental Health Coordinator: Sarah Woolf

*Please note: this is a private residence and not ADA accessible. You will be asked to walk up and down steep dirt paths in a dimly lit patch of forest. Wear supportive footwear. Please use your best judgment when determining if attending this show is right for you.

Check out digital program to read more! We can't wait to welcome you to our Forest of Arden.
Holyoke Community College Theater
A Bright New Boise

November 16 ay 7:30 PM, Friday November 17, 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted)  Saturday November 18, 2:00pm Saturday November 18, 7:30pm
Leslie Phillips Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Building, Holyoke Community College 303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke MA 01040 [2nd Floor]

The Holyoke Community College Theater Department will present A Bright New Boise, by Samuel D. Hunter

   After a tragic incident that resulted in the dissolution of his church, Will, age 39, is trying to reconnect with his teenage son Alex, who has been estranged since birth. To do so he applies for a job at Hobby Lobby in Boise Idaho where Alex is working for the summer. The store is managed by Pauline, a staunch advocate for order in a world of retail chaos. Also working at the store are Leroy, Alex’s fiercely protective older brother and Anna, a sweet and somewhat lost twenty-something.  

    A Bright New Boise was written by Samuel D. Hunter (Author of The Whale) and first produced in 2010 by Partial Comfort Productions at The Wild Project in New York City. The play earned Hunter a 2011 Obie Award for Playwriting. Hunter was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho and now lives in New York.  

This show is appropriate for audience members 13 years of age and older.
Contains strong language and graphic imagery.

Performance Dates:
Thursday November 16 7:30pm
Friday November 17 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted)
Saturday November 18 2:00pm
Saturday November 18 7:30pm

All performances will be in the Leslie Phillips Theater on the campus of Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke MA, 01040 [Fine and Performing Arts Building, 2nd floor]

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
This performance does not have an intermission  

HCC Students Staff and Faculty $5.00
General Admission $10.00
Seniors $8.00

Tickets available 1 hour before show, at the Leslie Phillips Box Office, or by calling 413 552 2528 to reserve tickets.
Great Falls Middle School/Turners Falls High School
Annie Jr.
11/16 at 7pm, 11/17 @ 7p, 11/18 @ 7p and 11/19 @ 2p
Turners Falls High school, 222 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls, MA

Come join the beloved redheaded orphan who finds a life, and love, while capturing the heart of Daddy Warbucks and everyone around her.

Cast includes Great Falls Middle School students w/some supporting TFHS students.

Tickets sold at the door
Students & Seniors--$8
Children under 5--$5
St. MIchael's Players
Footloose the Musical
No. 16, Nov. 17, and 18 @ 7 p.m. and Nov. 19 @ 2 p.m.
St. MIchael's Community Center 53 Somers Road East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Broadway musical featuring all those great 80's songs you love!
CitySpace & Elisa Gonzales presents Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido
November 17 and 18 at 7:00 PM
43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA 01027

Theatre artist Elisa Gonzales presents Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido on November 17-18, 2023, 7:00 PM in CitySpace’s Blue Room at Old Town Hall at 43 Main St. Easthampton, MA. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for other general admission.

Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido, a one-woman play with music (by Elisa Gonzales, music and additional lyrics by Moises Vázquez), is about the many untold stories of the Repatriation, based on heart-wrenching true-life events. In 1931, as the Great Depression darkened America, a new xenophobia swept through the country, aimed at hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and their American-born children. In a solo performance that transcends time and space, we witness the Repatriation through the eyes of three courageous women spanning across several generations of a Mexican family, and the songs of a shape-shifting musician who immortalizes the immigrant experience through corridos. A 2022 Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Music Theatre Conference, Gonzales will present two public staged readings of the latest iteration of the play, followed by a moderated talkback after each presentation.

Elisa Gonzales is a Pay It Forward recipient.

Photo by Ben Barnhart.
Tickets and More Information
Happier Valley Comedy Presents Not In Charge
November 18 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

HVC Presents: Not In Charge!
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: $15 online and at the door.

For more info:
Happier Valley Comedy Presents The Happier Valley Championship Show
November 25 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

The Happier Valley Championship!
In this competitive comedy show, two teams of improvisers face off through scenes and games to see who can win the ultimate prize: your laughter! Fourth Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $15 online and at the door.

For more info:

The Northampton Playwrights Lab proudly presents their 2023 Play By Play Festival
November 30 - December 3, 2023

APE Gallery Space, 126 Main Street, Nothampton

Tickets available here

Thurs 11/30 @ 7:30PM: PORT OF ENTRY by Talya Kingston

Friday 12/1 @ 7:30PM: THE FADE-AWAY ADVANTAGE by Meryl Cohn

Sat 12/2 @ 2:00PM: THE BUILDING by Betel Arnold

Sat 12/2 @ 7:30PM: HAUNTED HOUSES by Peter Kennedy

Sun 12/3 @ 2:00PM: THE FADE-AWAY ADVANTAGE by Meryl Cohn

Sun 12/3 @ 7:00PM: HEDGES by Stephanie Carlson and THE BIRDS THE BIRDS THE BIRDS by Harley Erdman

The Northampton Playwrights Lab, originally founded by Meryl Cohn, is a development workshop and creative laboratory for professional playwrights with an 18-year history in  Northampton. Members have had their work produced at theatres in New York, Boston, Cape Cod,  Provincetown, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Berkshires, and the Pioneer Valley. Play by  Play, which features local professional actors and directors, is a celebration of local talent and a new way to introduce theatre audiences to the innovative work being created by playwrights in the Valley.  Each new featured play will be performed in  Northampton’s beautiful A.P.E. Gallery, a popular space for art exhibits, literary readings, and  theatrical performances. Tickets will be available online at . Additionally, very limited seating will be available at the door on a first come, first-served basis.  Early arrival is recommended.


Port of Entry by Talya Kingston

In the back office of a small New England airport, TSA agent Hank is training newbie Chloe on the day a new law—commonly known as “The Muslim Ban”—is suddenly enacted. When Jana arrives on a flight from the Middle East, they all become entangled in the chaotic fallout from this new government mandate. In a rapidly shifting political landscape, this new play questions who is protecting our country and who are they protecting it from?

The Fade-Away Advantage by Meryl Cohn

A writer and her lifelong best friend meet at a Provincetown Airbnb to discuss an emergency plan they made years ago… but which plan is it? The plan to live together for the rest of their lives? Or the plan that would separate them forever? How far would you go to keep a promise to a friend? 

The Building by Betel Arnold

Step into the world of The Building, where trouble looms and secrets hide. Join matriarch Agnes in her desperate attempt to rescue her granddaughter, Catalina, from the notorious Romero family. When Agnes learns Catalina has been secretly dating Arturo Romero, she conspires alongside squabbling neighbors Maggie and Lincoln to get Catalina far away from the struggles and hustles of people in The Building, no matter what it takes. But has Catalina already fallen victim to the same forces that have limited the lives of the women before her?  

Haunted Houses by Peter Kennedy

What is the true nature of a ghost?  What does it mean to be haunted?  It’s 1978, and New Yorker journalist Zachary Noel is investigating reports of paranormal activity at The Sunflower, a small inn owned by the Crane family in the heart of the historic “burned-over district” of upstate New York. Madame Irene, a psychic with ties to the nearby Spiritualist community of Lily Dale, is convinced that a poltergeist has attached itself to troubled teenager Rachel Crane.  As disturbing incidents mount, the Cranes agree to a seance to put their ghosts behind them-- once and for all.

Hedges by Stephanie Carlson

A 10-minute play about beloved pets, high hedges, and a little bit of Northampton history.

The birds the birds the birds by Harley Erdman

Things are really messed up on earth. So three birds take to the heavens to build a better world there. Will they succeed? How high will they need to fly? And what happens when a stubborn human being pursues them to the stratosphere? Add in a dash of Alfred Hitchcock and some original songs: the result is a madcap exploration of the climate crisis that seems to be coming sooner than we thought.


Unreconciled: A workshop production of the solo play
November 30, December 1 and 2 at 7:00 PM, December 2 at 2:00 PM
43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA 01027

Written by Mark Basquill & Jay Sefton, directed by James Barry, and performed by solo theatre artist, Jay Sefton, Unreconciled is the true story of an adolescent actor cast as Jesus in a play directed by a pedophile priest. The workshop production of the solo play chronicles a survivor’s journey as he confronts his past and discovers the courage to use his voice and redefine what reconciliation means.

Tickets: $15.00 - General Admission

Jay is an actor and licensed mental health counselor, originally from Philadelphia, and currently based in Easthampton, MA. He is in collaboration with a local SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) chapter and Silenced by Stigma.

This event is a CitySpace Pay It Forward Project.

Photo Credit: Andrew Greto
Academy of Music hiring a Theater Manager

The Academy of Music Theatre, an 816-seat performing arts center, located in beautiful downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, seeks a Theater Manager who will ensure quality customer service and the smooth and effective operation of the theater during productions and other events. This individual is responsible for recruiting, training and supervising customer service staff, including house managers, concessions workers, and volunteers, and also oversees the activities of third-party vendors (e.g., caterers) who participate in supporting productions. The Academy is a fast-growing non-profit. Applicants with the following experience and skills preferred:

Front-of-House Responsibilities:

  • Provide appropriate house management for all rehearsals, performances and events, including development events
  • Oversee all front of house staff and volunteers, including recruitment, hiring, scheduling
  • Work closely with backstage staff to ensure a timely start to performances
  • Assist Development Committee and Executive Director with development and community events planning
  • Ensure that front-of-house staff follow proper procedures as established by the theater’s board and management to maintain guest safety and comfort
  • Serve as the point person for handling any situations that arise with guests immediately before, during and immediately after performances.
  • Supervise the maintenance and cleaning of public spaces, including the main theater seating area, lavatories, lobby and lounge, heating and cooling systems
  • Supervise Box Office
  • Arrange building maintenance with Central Services or outside vendors
  • Tracking rental charges and fees and providing invoice for renters

Concessions responsibilities

  • Coordinate concession and merchandise displays in the concession area
  • Manage vendors associated with concessions
  • Maintain concession inventory and reports
  • Apply for permits and licenses associated with concessions and vendor activities (e.g., liquor licenses, raffle permits)

Volunteer responsibilities

  • Recruiting, coordinating and training all front-of-house volunteers, including ticket takers, ushers, hosts, or reception workers
  • Communicating opportunities to existing volunteers
  • Providing proper supervision for volunteers at events at the theater
  • Coordinating any artwork, seasonal decorations or advertisement on display


  • Manage social media accounts
  • Manage E-newsletter
  • Poster displays
  • Marquee

Any other tasks assigned by Executive Director

  • B.A. in related field
  • Strong knowledge of theater, performing arts and film and experience working in theater or a related field
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities
  • Customer service skills and experience
  • Ability to manage staff effectively
  • Strong familiarity with computer software, including word-processing, Excel spreadsheets, email, and Webmail. Knowledge of Box Office software helpful.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry boxes, equipment and supplies up to 30 lbs.
  • Physical ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time and to climb stairs to access balcony areas.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends on a flexible schedule as required.
  • Certified in first aid procedures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) preferred
  • ServSafe or TIPS certification will be required upon employment

How To Apply:

Send résumé and three references by November 30th to Executive Director, Debra J’Anthony at or mail to Academy of Music, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060. No phone calls please. For further information, please visit

Apply by:
November 30, 2023
$56,000 - $60,000 /
About this Organization:
The Academy of Music Theatre is an 816 seat non-profit performing arts center located in the beautiful college town of Northampton, Massachusetts.

House Manager- Part Time

Job Description:
The Academy of Music Theatre seeks a part-time House Manager to join its Front of House team. This position will work an events-based schedule, with the possibility of cross-training in multiple positions.

More Information

Job Responsibilities:

  • Preparing the theater for an event.
  • Supervising other part time paid staff and volunteers working for the Academy.
  • Ensuring that the conditions of the rental agreement are met throughout the event
  • Guaranteeing the satisfaction and the safety of patrons
  • Assisting concessionaires as needed
  • Monitoring proper cash handling procedures for concessions/bar
  • Communicating with stage management for a timely, safe event
  • Overseeing the theater facilities and patrons during an event
  • Use the ticketing software to file house reports and be able to run sales reports if needed
  • Ensuring that the theater is cleaned and secured when the event is finished.

The successful candidate will have experience working in a live events setting, demonstrate leadership and a commitment to customer service, be comfortable upholding organizational policies with renters and patrons, and be able to calmly and discretely troubleshoot challenges in a busy, public environment. Customer service, cash handling and basic math and computer skills are required.

Pay rate: $18.50/hr

To apply, please submit a resume and three references to Melissa Cleary Pearson, the Academy’s Theater Manager, at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected.

Smith College Department of Theatre
by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Monica Lopez Orozco

Four literary heroines of the nineteenth century set conventionalism ablaze when they turn down marriage proposals from their equally famous gentlemen callers. What results is a confluence of love, anger, grief, and bloodshed, as the ensemble struggles to reconcile romantic ideologies of the past with their modern ideas of courtship. Everything you’ve learned about love from the pages of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and Little Women is turned upside down in this grand theatrical battle royale.

Sunday, November 12 and Monday, November 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA
Please let us know if you are interested but unable to make either date.
Callbacks will be on Tuesday, November 14

February 29, March 1, 2 at 7:30 PM and March 2 at 2:00 PM
in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Casting Breakdown: 
14 Actors. Actors of all ethnicities, ages, and identities are encouraged to audition.
Elizabeth Bennet, Jo March, Cathy, Jane Eyre
Fitzwilliam Darcy, Laurie Laurence, Heathcliffe, Mr. Rochester
Six Players who play a variety of characters.
See full character description on our website or email Nikki for details.

Audition Prep: 
No appointment necessary. Sides from the script will be available at the audition for cold reads. No preparation necessary. Perusal scripts available at Josten Library.

Production Manager, Nikki Beck,
Director, Monica Lopez Orozco,
The FAC is Hiring: 

Business Manager
Contract and Purchasing Manager
Website Manager
Director of Education and Engagement
Visual Arts Director
Associate Director of the Augusta Savage Gallery 
Production Manager Assistant

See the full listings at:
We're looking for a booking agent and/or tour coordinator to help us plan a local and regional tour of First Generation Ensemble’s Mother Tongue, a 90 minute multilingual physical theater piece. (info below). We have funding for a position averaging 20 hrs a month. 

We’ve received a grant from the NEA specifically to tour Mother Tongue, and although we have extensive experience performing in our area (Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties), we need to hire someone with experience who can help to broaden the reach our of tour to other states. 

We hope to find someone who can jump in asap and begin to connect with venues, reach out to new presenting partners, and developing our tour schedule for 2023-2024.  As a starting point, we already have a list of potential venues, some with already existing relationships and connections. 

The Performance Project’s First Generation is a multilingual physical theater ensemble based in Springfield Massachusetts. Members participate in artistic and leadership training, community building, social justice dialogues, and intergenerational mentoring. First Generation  creates multilingual physical theater performances inspired by their own life experiences,  and the experiences of their families and communities. Their work touches upon themes such as diaspora, language, culture, xenophobia, transphobia, hypermasculinity, racism, the power of youth voice, liberation, and revolution. 

$35/hr, approximately 80-100 hours of work
CONNECTING WITH VENUES: (some known / some new) 
REGION: Within 8 hrs drive 
VENUES: theaters, colleges, community venues, high schools, social justice conferences, festivals, corporate events (if only!) 
FEES FOR PERFORMANCES: to be negotiated 
The Performance Project, based in Springfield MA, is seeking a Lighting Designer/Board OP, Sound Op and Stage Manager for a local and regional tour of First Generation Ensemble’s Mother Tongue, a 90 minute multilingual physical theater piece. We’ve received a grant from the NEA specifically to tour Mother Tongue, and although we have experience performing in our area (Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Massachusetts counties), this will be our first time touring to other areas in MA and nearby states.  

We currently have two professionals (lights/sound) who know the show and have been running lights and sound, however they will not be available for all  performance dates, so we are looking for people to learn the show and take some of the performances. We do not have a stage manager and are looking to full that position. 
Contact: Julie Lichtenberg and
Fig Lefevre

Mother Tongue is a devised multilingual physical theater piece created by the Performance Project’s First Generation Ensemble. The piece is inspired by the experiences of First Generation ensemble members, their families and communities who are from Congo/Tanzania, Bhutan/Nepal, South Sudan/Darfur, Holyoke, and Springfield, Massachusetts. The 90 minute performance weaves together movement, music, dance, and stories in Arabic, Swahili, Nepali, and English. The piece incorporates themes of language, culture, identity, diaspora, hypermasculinity, xenophobia, transphobia, racism, the school to prison pipeline and revolution.  

The Majestic Theater
Searching for a Tech. Director

The Theater Project, inc., dba Majestic Theater, located in West Springfield, Massachusetts is seeking an immediate hire for a Theater Carpenter / Technical Director.

The Majestic is a year-round 229 seat professional theater operating under and SPT6 contract with Actors Equity Association. We produce a five play subscription season September to June, in July and August a three production Children’s Theater, and musical concerts over the Summer. More at:

This is a full time position which requires a number of years of hands-on experience in live theater and a skill set that includes carpentry, welding, and rigging. The Technical Director should also be versed in both stage lighting and sound design.

They are responsible for maintaining the scene shop in good working order with a focus always on safety. Additionally, from time to time, there may be repair and/or maintenance projects at the theater itself for which the TD is responsible.

Interested candidates should send an email to Business Manager, Regina Diemand with cover letter and current professional resume.
Starlight's Youth Theatre
Spring Musical Auditons: Lion King and Fiddler on the Roof
December 2 at 9:00 AM
Mapleridge Church and Community Center, Sunderland, MA

Lion King Jr. Classes Begin January 6th!
Tuition $245
Grades 1st-3rd at 9am
Grades 4th-6th at 10am
All classes Satuday mornings at Mapleridge Community Center, Sunderland, MA
Show on March 23 at Amherst Middle School
Come to the meet & greet
Register - Pick up Script - Sing some Songs
Sat. December 2, 9:00-9:45, Mapleridge

Fiddler on the Roof Classes Begin January 6th!
Tuition $285
Grades 7th-12th at 11:15am
All classes Satuday mornings at Mapleridge Community Center, Sunderland, MA
Performances on May 3 & 4th at the Academy of Music

Sat. December 2, 10-12, Mapleridge
Sign-Up for an Audition Slot Here:
Actors WorkOut Audition Workshop
Thursday, November 9.    6:00 - 9:00 PM
Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity, 130 Pine Street, Northampton,MA. 01062

Taught by acclaimed stage, screen and television actor and teacher, Raye Birk, The Actors WorkOut Audition Workshop will focus on audition material and techniques with specific attention to ways in which each participant can explore, prepare and present their best audition work.
participation is limited to 10 students
Workshop fee:  $50.00
K and E Theater Group’s Dance Studio Continues this Fall!
Join Eddie Zitka, Artistic Director of K and E Theater Group, two times a week learning musical dance choreography and feel more confident in your movement at your next audition! Studio lasts through November 16 – every session is different!
Classes available for beginners and intermediate/advanced dancers!
In the BEGINNER session
- Isolation warm-ups
- Acting-based dancing exercises across the floor
- A musical theater combination that will change weekly 
- Warm-up across the floor
- A more complicated and technical musical theater combination that will change weekly
- Combinations will be taught similar to an audition setting
Classes available for beginners on Tuesdays and intermediate/advanced dancers on Thursdays from 7-8 PM in Southampton, MA at the First Congregational Church of Southampton, 212 College Highway.
We’ve introduced new prices this fall with the new Dance Studio Punchcard – session pricing varies on the amount of times you come!
New pricing is below:
Cash or check payment accepted at the door!
Check out for more information and to sign up for your session! Each week's sign up will open the Monday prior.
Happier Valley Comedy
The Joy & Ease of Improv 1
Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

Registration opens Friday, October 20th at 7am for the Joy & Ease of Improv 1.

There are two sessions of this class!
Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30pm and Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30pm

The class meets on 8 Wednesdays from November 29th - January 24th at either 5:00-6:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm.

Would you like to play and laugh in a supportive community every week?
Want to get better at thinking on your feet?
Could you use some practice in mindfulness? Turning off your judgmental mind? Being brave?
Would you like to become more confident speaking in public?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, The Joy & Ease of Improv 1 would be an ever so lovely way to spend 90-minutes each week. Happier Valley Comedy's Founder and Head of Happiness Pam Victor offers this welcoming introduction to her original improv curriculum for adults who want to try something fun, rewarding, and mind-expanding. You'll learn a mindful, easeful approach to improv comedy in an incredibly positive, accepting, playful way. Through improv exercises, games, and simple scenework, you'll practice the vital improvisation skills of paying attention, agreement, redefining and disempowering failure, quieting your inner critic and amplifying your authentic voice to invite more joy and ease into your work ... and much more. Plus, you'll join a community of kind-hearted, happier people!

No experience necessary. Being funny is not required!
At Happier Valley Comedy, we believe everyone can improvise.
(No joke.)

More information

The Center for Actor Training at Shakespeare & Company will hold its 43rd session of its Month-long Intensive for mid-career actors at its Lenox campus from January 3 through 29.

For six days a week, morning to night, participants immerse themselves in voice, movement, text analysis, exploration of the actor/audience relationship, sonnet work, scene work, clown, stage fight, and in-depth discussions about the function of theater and the role of the actor in today’s world.

Director of the Center for Actor Training Sheila Bandyopadhyay said the Intensive offers training in classical text that can easily be applied to all forms of acting. 

“The Month-long is a unique opportunity for actors to concentrate on their craft in a supportive and courageous community of artists,” she said. “Alumni of the Month-long routinely find that our training is transformative for their work and is applicable to contemporary as well as classical acting.”

Complete applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the Intensive is filled, however an  early payment discount of $500 is offered until Saturday, Sept. 30. 

A limited number of scholarships are available for People of the Global Majority/BIPOC artists through the Dennis Krausnick Fellowship Fund; scholarship applications are due Sunday, Oct. 1.

Tuition costs include double-occupancy housing and all meals. Housing is located on the Shakespeare & Company campus; a limited number of single rooms may be available for an additional fee of $750. The campus is fully, COVID-19 vaccinated, including full-time employees, seasonal staff, artists, volunteers, and program participants. To ensure the health of the Shakespeare & Company community, all Center for Actor Training participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19 including the latest booster shot. Masks may be required for certain classes and events. As conditions of the global pandemic are ever-evolving, these guidelines are subject to change and will be updated accordingly. 

For more information, including regarding the topics covered during the Intensive, contact

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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