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Pioneer Valley Theatre News November 30, 2023

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November 30 - December 20, 2023

Giving Tuesday is over, but your favorite non-profits could probably still use some more money. Don't let your donation wait for next year! 

Lots of exciting events coming up - including the Play by Play festival put on by the Northampton Playwrights Lab. Six readings of six new plays at APE Gallery - I believe there may still be a few tickets left for tonight's reading, and a small handful available for walkups for the other plays. 

The next issue will include events from December 7-27. 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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Northampton Playwrights Lab presents Play by Play
November 30-December 3 at A.P.E. Gallery 
Tickets available here
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
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from Howlround

How “Pay As You Are” Changed Theater Mu
by Lianna McLernon, Wesley Mouri, Anh Thu Pham

From the article

According to the 2020 US Census, Minnesotans who identified as at least part Asian and at least part Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander populations continued to grow in leaps and bounds in the last decade, with a 44.7 percent and 51.3 percent respective increase. But this isn't surprising to Theater Mu.  Since the company was founded in 1992, its leaders have known that Asian Americans have been a part of Minnesota's history for centuries. Mu's leaders have also known that Asian American stories have been overlooked just as long.  

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

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



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

What: A Drag For the Holidays, a family friendly drag holiday show featuring Joe Dulude II
When: December 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm
Where: Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
How: Tickets are $20 and children are free. Purchase at or at the door.

Eggtooth Productions is pleased to bring back their traditionally untraditional holiday show for the seventh year at the Shea Theater. A Drag For The Holidays is a variety show that features Joe Dulude II of Providence, RI, Jane Williams of New Salem, MA, Myka Plunkett of Northampton, Kat Adler of Greenfield, Emily Pritchard of Amherst, and Lori Holmes Clark of Deerfield. 

Dulude lived for several years in the Valley and is best known for his Broadway, film, and TV makeup designs for shows like Wicked, Annie Live! Jesus Christ Superstar live (Emmy Nomination), The Holdovers, Black Flame, Don't Look Up, The Gilded Age, Castle Rock, GhostBusters and many more.

Quoted Joe Dulude II as Mr. Drag, "What happens when Mr. Drag comes back to visit his sisters for the holiday season only to find out that their whole world has been turned upside down into a strange and bizarre alternate reality?  Only a slew of song and dance numbers will help him make sense of it all….and of course a few several martinis.  Join us for this ridiculously fun Holiday Show filled with music, cocktails, confusion and of course cheers!  A Drag for the Holidays will lift your spirits with the characters you’ve come to love and the Shea’s new full bar of spirits promises to lift the rest of you!"

by Dario Fo and Franca Rame
English translation by Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante
directed by Behnam Alibakhshi
The Rand Theater, Bromery Center for the Arts
Dec. 1, 2, 6, 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
$17 general admission
$5 students, seniors, and Card to Culture patrons
Tickets sold through the Fine Arts Center Box Office (call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the box office website), and at the door on the night of the show.
The UMass Department of Theater is pleased to participate in the Card to Culture program. For details, please visit our Card to Culture page.

Recommended for audiences age 12 and up

What if people got so fed up about the rising cost of food that they started looting to fill their pantries?
They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay!, by Dario Fo and Franca Rame, takes a real, not-so-funny situation and mines comedic gold by taking it to absurd extremes that include faked pregnancies, sit-com style slapstick, and a whole lot of poking fun at authority figures.

UMass Theater presents Fo and Rame's farce in the Rand Theater from Dec. 1-8, with tickets onsale now. Concurrently to the show's run, the department is running a food drive for the Amherst Survival Center.

Director Behnam Alibahkshi said he selected the play "because I was looking for something that related to my situation as an Iranian person and also related to the Unites States." Iranian currency devaluation means food prices are skyrocketing, and in the US, inflation means many households are struggling to afford the basics. Amherst Survival Center staff say current demand for their services far eclipses even the worst of the pandemic need.

Alibahkshi was looking for something that would give people hope, and he knew comedy would offer that.

"Talking about a very dark situation in a very funny way can reduce the amount of pressure in the situation," he said. 

David Keohane, the play's dramaturg, added that the play's message of solidarity and collective action is both inspiring and relevant in a moment of heightened union activity around the world.

Join UMass Theater for a production that gives us an opportunity to laugh at the absurdity of our present moment, and hopefully find a little relief along the way.

LAVA Center to host Climate Change Theatre Action, “All Good Things Must Begin” play readings

Saturday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield 

Facebook event

Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide festival of short plays about the climate crisis, presented biennially to coincide with the United Nations COP meetings.

The theme this year, “All Good Things Must Begin,” is inspired by the journal entry of American science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Butler was incredibly prescient, writing about extremism, racial justice, and climate change some 30 years ago. By setting intentions and visualizing a positive outcome, she defied the odds and became the author of many celebrated novels, winning each of science fiction’s highest honors. While the worlds of her novels depict the violent challenges of today’s interlocking crises, her protagonists remain devoted to thriving, to achieving survival beyond the destructive and oppressive societies they come from.

The climate crisis demands the same kind of imaginative leap: we will create a just and regenerative world only if we dare to imagine it first, and use that vision to guide us through the difficulties. We all need to be solarpunks and envision radical pluralistic futures where nature and community thrive, and where we reject the apocalypse and embrace counterculture, post-capitalism, and decolonization.

The LAVA Center will present two programs of short plays as staged readings, on Saturday, Dec. 2, 7 pm and Saturday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. There is a $5–20 suggested donation for the plays — no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The December 2 program will be directed by Kiersten Samalis and will be followed by a facilitated debrief activity led by a local theater troupe to be confirmed.

The December 9 program will be directed by JuPong Lin and will be followed by a facilitated debrief discussion led by Lin.

The programs will also be available online, on demand for a short time following the live performances. Visit for details.

Climate Change Theatre Action launched in 2015, and the LAVA team has been presenting these plays, in some form, since 2017, years before The LAVA Center was born! Greening Greenfield has been a supporter of this programming since the beginning.

The Climate Change Theatre Action readings are part of LAVA’s two months of Climate Crisis, to get us both thinking about the Global Climate Crisis and to begin thinking of ways to adapt. On display through December are the Climate Crisis Community Photo Exhibit and local JuPong Lin’s installation on the climate crisis.

Happier Valley Comedy
The Understudies Improvised Musical
December 2 at 7:00 PM
The First Saturday of Every Month
Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

The Understudies: An Improvised Musical!
Be part of the fun as these brave improvisers and their trusty musician create an entire musical from scratch. First Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $15 online and at the door.


Majesters Bring Night of Holiday-Themed Improv Comedy to Theater December 18

West Springfield’s Majestic Theater will present its annual seasonal variety show, “Home for The Holidays,” December 7-22. 

The family-friendly show, featuring Pioneer Valley-based performers, has become a tradition at the theater for more than a dozen years.  Similar in style to nostalgic holiday specials of years past headlined by Andy Williams and Perry Como, “Home for The Holidays 2023” will be co-hosted by singer Ray Guillemette, Jr., who has headlined countless "A Ray of Elvis" sold-out shows at the Majestic, and Ben Ashley, a Majestic favorite who has performed in several hit shows including “Mamma Mia” and “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”

Joining Ray and Ben onstage will be several veteran Majestic performers, including Kait Rankins, Steve Sands, Nikki Wadleigh, Myka Plunkett, Brad Shepard, Lori Efford, and special guest Santa Claus.  The show will be directed by Stephen Petit, who also serves as production manager, and Mitch Chakour is the music director/arranger.  Set design is by Bev Browne, Dan Rist is the lighting designer, and wardrobe mistress is Christine Thompson.

Tickets are $28 & $26 for adults, and $15 for children 10 and under, and are available by visiting or calling the Majestic Theater Box Office at (413) 747-7797 during its hours of operation (Monday – Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 10am - 1pm). 

“Holiday Stress Relief,” a night of improv comedy with The Majesters is set for Monday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.  General admission seating is $15 at the door the night of the show.

The Majestic is also selling its popular holiday gift packages which consist of gift certificates (redeemable for tickets and café purchases), café gift cards, and a gift item packaged in with the certificates, and they will be available during the holiday season.

For additional information, visit

Bar Dykes: Merril Mushroom's one-act play
December 8 and 9 at 7:00 PM, December 10 at 4:00 PM
43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA 01027

Theatre artists, producers, and directors Emily Fuller and Erin Ferrentino present Bar Dykes on December 8, 2023 at 7 PM; December 9, 2023 at 7PM; and December 10, 2023 at 4 PM in CitySpace’s Blue Room at Old Town Hall at 43 Main St. Easthampton, MA.

Tickets are sliding scale from $15-$40. Masks required.

The one-act play Bar Dykes was written by lesbian playwright Merril Mushroom in the early 1980’s as a means to archive and preserve the cultural legacy of gay bars in the 1950’s. In the foreword to a recently published edition of the play, Faythe Levine and Caroline Paquita note: “In an era where dating apps have seemingly replaced ‘cruising,’ the much needed archiving of the dyke bar culture of the twentieth century has become imperative, in order to record this rapidly disappearing underground herstory.” The play will feature a queer cast and crew.

Keep up to date on Bar Dykes as well as future queer community theater endeavors and productions at @queercommunitytheatre on Instagram.

This is a Pay It Forward project.

Improv Through the Ages at Northampton High School

Friday Dec 8th from 7:00-9:00

 On Friday December 8th, the Scarlet Sock Foundation will present an evening of fun, delight, and spontaneity with Improv Through the Ages! 

The Scarlet Sock Foundation supports underrepresented populations by administering small grants to community organizations and individuals of all ages to increase exposure and access to social justice theater. Our efforts aim to increase the number of people from underrepresented populations involved in community-based theater by partnering with and providing funds for programming such as theater classes, the development of new plays, ticket purchases, pre/post show lessons, talkback opportunities, and other educational materials. We have funded social justice theater projects in Hampshsire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties. 

Improv Through the Ages will feature Heidi Haas’s theater students, the Ookie-Wookies (grades 1st-4th) and the Pickle Heads (grades 5th-8th) and the Northampton High School troupe, Funktionlust! Special guests include Kelsey Flynn and Paul McNeil from Happier Valley Comedy. 

Funktionlust, now in its 18th year is the only Improv group at NHS and has enough liveliness to power Childs Park! But with all their spontaneity and enthusiasm, they have entertained their audiences at Northampton’s First Night, Happier Valley Comedy, Click Workspace and with their fellow students at NHS!They are psyched to be on stage with all the other Improvers!

The show is family friendly. Tickets are available at the door and the cost is suggested at $5 for students and $15 for adults. As it’s a fundraiser, audience members are encouraged to give what they can to support the Scarlet Sock Foundation’s mission. 

“Mother Tongue,” by First Generation 
Saturday, December 9th, 2023
Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, 
130 Pine St, Northampton, MA 01062
Ticket link

Mother Tongue is an original multilingual physical theater performance, created by the Performance Project’s First Generation Ensemble. Mother Tongue is inspired by the experiences of the ensemble members, their families and communities who are from Congo/Tanzania, Bhutan/Nepal, South Sudan/Darfur, Puerto Rico, Holyoke, and Springfield, Massachusetts. The 90 minute performance weaves together movement, music, dance, and stories in Arabic, Swahili, Nepali, Spanish, and English. The  piece incorporates themes of language, culture, identity, diaspora, hypermasculinity, transphobia, racism, the school to prison pipeline and revolution.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up. 

About Mother Tongue
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Happier Valley Comedy
2nd Saturdays Presents Location, Location, Location
December 9 at 7:00 PM
The 2nd Saturday of Every Month
Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

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?

2nd Saturdays Presents... a dive into theatrical improv formats you'll love, from classics like Armando and Shrink to new creations like Theater On The Spot and Location, Location, Location!
Featuring experienced improvisers Mandy Anderson, Maddy Benjamin, Scott Braidman, Moe McElligott, Laura Patrick, Pam Victor, and Kate Zak,
with frequent special guests joining the fun!
Phantom Sheep Players
LaughCrafters Holiday Show
December 15 at 7:30 PM

Unity House Players, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA
Annual free performance full of improv and sketch comedy that celebrates and satirizes the holiday season.

Facebook event
Phantom Sheep is Western MA's longest running professional comedy troupe. They also offer weekly improv classes for adults at Unity House Players.
Happier Valley Comedy
Happier Valley Comedy Presents Not In Charge
December 16 at 7:00 PM
The 3rd Saturday of Every Month
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:
In 2024, PIC will be holding free, monthly salons called PIC PIPS, or Plays In Progress Series, at the Workroom (33 Hawley St, Northampton) featuring readings of new work in front of an audience. PIC is seeking a wide selection of plays representing diversity amongst the writers (age, race, gender, location, experience, etc) and diversity in terms of writing genre and approach to storytelling. PIC is specifically looking for plays with the potential to spark community conversation.

From November 20-December 20, PIC is accepting submissions of full-length and one-act scripts-in-progress by local playwrights. Priority will be given to playwrights based in Hampshire, Hamden, and Franklin counties, but  playwrights also based in Worcester, Berkshires, Northern CT, and Southern VT may apply.

Submission Form Due By December 20, 2023

We WILL continue to have a few multi-disciplinary salons this year which will feature short excerpts of works-in-progress (scenes, songs, poems, dances, video etc). If you are interested in sharing an excerpt of work, fill out the salon submission form here.
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:

Real Live Theatre seeks a stage manager for our Summer 2024 premier of When the Mind’s Free, an original dance-theatre piece which lifts language, ideas, and story from Shakespeare’s King Lear and places them in a contemporary context, that of a lesbian family dealing with the early onset Alzheimer’s of the matriarch and the addictions of the youngest daughter.

We are looking for an experienced stage manager, and it is a plus to have stage managed dance-theatre specifically.

The ideal candidate will: 

-have excellent communication skills

-be comfortable with Google Drive, Zoom, email, etc.

-be highly organized and detail-oriented

-have a patient and supportive management style

-be a cooperative and thoughtful team player 

Life experience relevant to the themes of the play are a plus.

The language in the piece is mainly contemporary and has emerged out of improvisations outlined and shaped by the director and performed by the ensemble, as well as in consultation with memory care organizations, caretakers, families, and individuals dealing with memory loss. In When the Mind’s Free, the epic arc of King Lear is condensed into one day in the life of this family. Scenes of caregiving, some of which blossom into imaginative play, others of which devolve into frustration and tears, are interspersed with dances which take the audience outside of that repetitive reality, into the inner thoughts and emotions of the characters.

We are guided in our work not only by our study of the text of King Lear, but also by these big questions: What does it mean to have accurate memories, and why do we need them? Separated from our memories, who are we? Can we maintain intimate relationships without shared memories? How can the Buddhist principle of non-attachment help us in caring for those with memory loss and those who struggle with addiction? And finally, how do we bring levity and light into our darkest hours?

A core component of this project is direct community engagement; each performance of the piece will be accompanied by a facilitated space for discussion. We hope to give audience members time to reflect on their experiences of caregiving and being cared for, to share stories and resonances, and to connect with local resources and with one another. From our own experiences, we know how lonely caregiving can be, and we hope to provide space to foster community connectedness.

The piece will rehearse and perform in the CT River Valley of Western Massachusetts between July 1 and August 11, exact schedule and dates TBD. 

During that period the stage manager must be available during a mix of times, including weekdays. There will also be some minimal remote work (emailing and zoom meetings) starting January 2.

Stipend $1,500. 

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Ellen and Toby 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 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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