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Pioneer Valley Theatre News March 14, 2024

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March 14 - April 3, 2024

Happy Pi Day! (Get yourself a slice of pie on your way to a show tonight!)

The next issue will include events from March 21 - April 10. 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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Devereux Productions & Pauline Productions present The Cemetary Club
March 15-17, 22-24 at Ashfield Congregational Church
Tickets and More Information
Starlight's Youth Theatre present The Lion King Jr 
March 23 at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM at Amherst Regional Middle School
Tickets and More Information
Turners Falls High School presents Chicago: Teen Edition 
March 21, 22, 23 at Turners Falls High School 
Tickets Available at the Door
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
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Teaching Dramaturgy as a Creative Practice
by Jessica Elaine Ellison

From the article

In the fall of 2019, I was a theatre minor in crisis. It was the start of my senior year of college, meaning that I was quickly running out of time to complete the practicum credit that would allow me to graduate with a theatre minor. At the time, I was an actor and anthropology major who was slowly realizing that I couldn’t see myself pursuing acting long-term. I was also a theatre lover who finally had to accept the fact that I was not good at stagecraft and had no desire to work long hours at the light or sound boards. This was also around the time that I began to panic about life after college. What career could I possibly make out of anthropology and theatre?

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K and E Theater Group Presents Ride the Cyclone at 
Northampton Center for the Arts, March 14-17, 2024, for 5 Performances Only!
K and E Theater Group presents the Pioneer Valley debut of Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell’s Ride the Cyclone, a “delightfully weird and just plain delightful show” (The New York Times) that will take the characters—and audience—on the ride of their lives. The company will present the cult hit at the Northampton Center for the Arts, March 14-17, 2024. This show marks the first production of their fourth season titled “Twists and Turns.”

In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other — the chance to return to life. Part comedy, part tragedy and wholly dazzling, Ride the Cyclone, celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and how great it is to be alive.

K and E Theater Group's production of Ride the Cyclone features Kelly Gagner as Constance Blackwood, Caleb Koval as Noel Gruber, Emma Rucci as Jane Doe, Carina Savoie as Ocean O'Connell Rosenberg, Chris Webber as Ricky Potts, David Webber as Mischa Bachinski, and Joshua Aaron Mason as The Amazing Karnak. Eddie Zitka serves as director and choreographer. The band is led by musical director Bill Martin.
Performances are:
Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 15, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
The closing performance is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 2:00 PM.
All performances are at Northampton Center for the Arts, located at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Tickets are $27 and general admission.
This production contains  mature content, language and themes including discussion of untimely death and mature situations including references to sex, drugs and violence; recommended for ages 13+. Stage effects include strobes and bright moving lights.

Tickets and performance information for Ride the Cyclone are available at
Northampton High School
Freaky Friday: The Musical

3/14, 3/15, and 3/16 at 7pm -- 3/16 and 3/17 at 1pm
Northampton High School

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic.


MARCH 14- 24

Debut of Producing Director Danny Eaton’s Newest Contemporary Drama

The Ladyslipper, described as a “heartfelt exploration of family, friendship and finding love in the least likely of places, will be presented at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater February 15 through March 24.

Written by the Majestic’s Producing Director Danny Eaton, the play follows the chain of events following the death of a local watering hole proprietor.  Her long-lost daughter is discovered and arrives from England to make decisions about the future of the restaurant.  She is invited into the lives of a cast of local folks who each have their own ties to the place, and to the woman who founded it.  The Ladyslipper focuses on everyday people living ordinary lives, and the joy and simplicity of community that become family.

Eaton is producing director, Sue Dziura is associate producing director, and James Warwick will direct the play.  Cast members include Madeleine Maggio, Jay Sefton, Chelsie Nectow, Mark Dean, Jay Torres, and Linda Storms.  Stephen Petit is production stage manager, and associate production manager is Aurora Ferraro.  Dan Rist is set and lighting designer, and costumer designer is Dawn McKay.

 Tickets are now being sold for The Ladyslipper, as well as The Play that Goes Wrong, which is the final show in the Majestic’s current season, and runs April 18 – June 2.  Tickets range from $31 - $37 and are available either in-person at the box office or by calling (413) 747-7797.  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

Human Agenda Theater
Gorgons by Megan E. Tripaldi
March 15th, 16th at 7 p.m. and March 17th at 2 p.m.
The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center - 289 Main St 4th Floor Greenfield, MA 01301

Medusa is dead; Stheno and Euryale, her two sisters, remain. As a century passes they are left behind to process their own grief over her demise and their own grief over being trapped in the shadows by the gods and to figure out who they are without her.

We hope you will join us for the first fully staged production of this incredible original play.

Production possible due to the support Scarlet Sock Foundation and Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils.

Content Warning: suicide/self-harm, discussion of death and sexual assault.
Pauline Productions & Devereux Productions
The Cemetery Club
Fri March 15 2pm*, Sat March 16, 7pm, Sun March 17 2pm , Fri March 22 7pm* , Sat March 23 2pm and 7pm Sun March 24 2pm

Ashfield Congregational Church, 429 Main St, Ashfield

Three Jewish women in Queens, NY—friends with deep bonds—meet monthly for tea and a visit to their deceased husbands' graves. The widows are at various stages of "moving on" in their romantic lives. When one of them meets a man she likes the women's friendship is put to the test. A poignant comedy featuring Jaris Hanson*, Louise Krieger and Jeannine Haas* as the widows and Frank Aronson,*as the love interest. (*member Actors Equity Assn. appearing under a Members' Project Code).

Jeannine Haas of Pauline Productions, the resident theatre company at First Congregational Church of Ashfield, teams up with Jean Koester of Devereux Productions to mount this full production. Both Koester and Haas are attracted to projects featuring juicy roles for mature women, a population whose stories and presence are largely under-represented onstage. The play ran on Broadway in 1990 and was later made into a major motion picture. TICKETS: Advanced Tickets (recommended): at Ashfield Hardware (cash or check) and online at or at Door: one hour before the show (cash or check). Adults $15, $25, $35, Children $10 (ages 12+). Less or more gladly accepted. For more info:
Happier Valley Comedy
Happier Valley Comedy Presents Not In Charge

Mar 16, 2024 7:00 PM
The 3rd Saturday of every month at 7pm

Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

Don't miss this talented group of friends in an improvised show inspired by true stories from the cast! Not In Charge is Mandy Anderson, Maddy Benjamin, Sally Ekus, Julie Waggoner, Jim Young, and Kate Zak. NEXT SHOW: Saturday, March 16th at 7pm Happier Valley Comedy Theater 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley


Turners Falls High School
Chicago: Teen Edition

Cast #1--3/21 @ 7p and 3/23 @ 7p. Cast #2--3/22 @ 7p and 3/24 @ 2p
Turners Falls High School--222 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls, MA

A double cast performance of Broadway’s longest-running American musical. Set in 1920s Chicago, it follows Roxie Hart, a wannabe vaudevillian star who murders her lover and is arrested. In the Cook County Jail, Roxie meets her hero, the famed double-murderess and nightclub performer Velma Kelly. When both acquire the same lawyer, the greedy and lustful superstar, Billy Flynn, tensions come to a head as they vie for the media spotlight.

Tickets available at the door
Hampshire Regional High School
Mary Poppins
March 22 and 23 at 7:00 PM, March 24 at 2:00 PM
Hampshire Regional High School, 19 Stage Rd., Westhampton, MA 01027

Hampshire Regional High School is thrilled to present the high-flying musical production, Mary Poppins, March 22-24, 2024. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Prepare to be swept away by breathtaking music, dancing, scenery, costumes, and bits of magic! Performances are March 22 & 23 at 7 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Hampshire Regional High School auditorium in Westhampton, MA. Myka Plunkett returns to direct her 8th production at HRHS with Co-Director, Nicole Tripp. They are joined by Music Director, Graham Christian, and Choreographer, Loryn Engelbrecht. The talented cast and crew of over 55 HRHS and local elementary school students will be accompanied by our pit band of incredible local musicians. Ticket prices are $15 for adults/general admission, $10 for seniors and children under 18, and $5 for HRHS students and staff. Tickets are available by calling (413) 437-5587, emailing, at the door, or through this GoFan link: HRHS Students and staff can get $5 tickets through the code available at HRHS, or by visiting the main office. There is a service fee for all tickets purchased online.
Starlight's Youth Theatre presents The Lion King Jr
March 23, 2024 at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Amherst Regional Middle School

Witness the magic of the Lion King as performed by Starlight’s 1st-6th Grade students at Amherst Regional Middle School! With classic songs like “Hakuna Matta” and “I Just Cant Wait to Be King”, join in what is sure to be a delight for the whole family. Performances are March 23 at 10:30 am (BLUE CAST) and 1pm (RED CAST). Tickets are $10 adults, $8 students/seniors.
Happier Valley Comedy
The Happier Valley Championship Show

Mar 23, 2024 at 7:00 PM
The 4th Saturday of every month at 7pm
Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" meets The Super Bowl! Two funny teams face off in this fast-paced short form improv comedy show. Games are inspired by audience suggestions and participation and even scored by an audience panel of judges to see who can win the ultimate prize: YOUR LAUGHTER! (And some old trophies we found in someone's attic.) Our player roster includes Hillary Bucs, Chris "Tina" Cronin, Katharine Daube, Ben May, David Milgrim, Chris Mirabal, Dave Ruderman, Holly Ruderman, and Ivy Weiskopf. Our next show: Saturday, March 23rd at 7pm Happier Valley Comedy Theater 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT THE DOOR FOR $15

Scarlet Sock Foundation
2024 Scarlet Sock Gala

Mar 23, 2024 at 6:30 PM
The Blue Room, CitySpace

Come join us on March 23rd at the Blue Room/CitySpace in Easthampton to celebrate our 2023 grant recipients: The Drama Studio, Human Agenda Theater, Arts Integration Studio, Springfield Technical Community College, Pittsfield Public Schools and WAM.  You’ll be treated to an inspiring evening showcasing the work these innovative organizations created and learn why investing in their work changes communities for the better.  During the program, which is free to attend, attendees will be invited to donate to the Scarlet Sock Foundation. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Scarlet Sock Foundation (SSF) 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. The need for arts funding continues to explode and there are so many incredible organizations and people creating, exploring and sharing their work with our communities. Scarlet Sock Foundation was able to support many of these groups that ensured social justice theater programming continued to give voice to historically silenced communities and stirred hearts across Western MA in 2023!



March 29, 30, April 5, and 6 at 7:30PM

April 7 at 2:00PM

I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream—past the wit
of man to say what dream it was…
(Bottom, Act 4 Scene 1)

Dare to dream with us in a world beyond the wit of man. Join us for a journey into the extraordinary—where dreams and reality collide in our dystopian setting of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

Under the brilliant direction of Fiona Ross, a renowned practitioner with over two decades of experience at the Royal Shakespeare Company, this production is set to be an immersive experience that will challenge and expand your perception of Shakespeare’s classic play.

In a dark and fragmented future, Shakespeare’s enchanting tale is reimagined in our dystopian vision of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Our adaptation strips the original down to its core, creating a raw and intense experience that mirrors the chaos of a crumbling world.

Love becomes an act of rebellion, and laughter is a beacon of resilience in a world overshadowed by tyranny. Witness Athens transformed, where the union of Theseus and Hippolyta heralds a consolidation of power, not a celebration of love. Journey with our lovers, who embody the struggle against an oppressive family and regime, their quest for love mirroring the fight for freedom in a world that grants little or none.

Venture into a toxic wasteland where mutated fairies reign, reflecting nature’s wrath against human folly. Here, Oberon and Titania’s conflict transcends personal strife, echoing the more significant battle for control in a crumbling society. Find solace in the resilience of the Mechanicals, whose comedic endeavors shine as a testament to the enduring human spirit, even in the darkest times.

Join us for a night that mirrors our own world’s struggles and triumphs. Where shadows illuminate truths, laughter liberates, and dreams dare to defy the darkness. This isn’t just Shakespeare—it’s an invitation to witness the enduring power of love and resistance.

Reserve your journey into this transformative event. Be part of the dream that dares to defy the darkness.

Join Us at the Shea Theater Arts Center

Performances will be held on March 29 and 30 and April 5 and 6 at 7:30 PM.

Matinee performance will be held on SUN. APR 7, AT 2:00PM

Book your passage to this extraordinary world and rediscover ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as an exploration of universal themes within a theatrical globe.

Tickets are available on the Shea website and at the box office on the evening of the show beginning one hour before the start of the show.

*For group bookings and inquiries, please reach out to

Join us for a night that mirrors our own world’s struggles and triumphs. Where shadows illuminate truths, laughter liberates, and dreams dare to defy the darkness. This isn’t just Shakespeare—it’s an invitation to witness the enduring power of love and resistance.


Spindrift Theatre presents MY MAMA AND THE FULL SCALE INVASION by Sasha Denisova. Directed by Robert Freedman. Performances August 22,23,24, 25 at the Workroom Theater. Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton

STORY Sasha returns to Kiev at the outset of the current war to get her mother Olga to leave Ukraine. Olga refuses to leave and is ready to take on Putin herself. A surreal comic drama with fantasy and reality. The heart of the play is the complicated relationship between mother and daughter through the years and the ongoing war.

Needed: One female actor and one very versatile male actor. Age range for both 35-45. Stipend.

AUDITION: Saturday April 6. 12:15-3:15. Forbes Library Northampton. Community Room. CALLBACKS, Monday April 8     6-8 pm, Forbes Library, Watson Room, 2nd floor.

For script and all other information call 413-531-4164 or email
General Manager

Majestic Theater, W. Springfield, MA

The General Manager is a top leadership position at the Majestic Theater, which originated as a movie house and reopened in 1997 as a live performance venue for plays, music and comedy.

Working in tandem with the Producing Artistic Director and his Associate Producing Director, the GM will ensure the smooth running of a 225-seat jewel-box gem, located in the town of West Springfield, MA, with 4,000 subscribers and a five-play production season. Responsible for all administrative, operational and financial functions, the ideal person would have strong organizational abilities, business acumen, elevated people skills; and a flexible, can-do attitude and roll-up-the-sleeves willingness to step in on an as-needed basis with levity, tact, calm, and humor. Extra consideration will be given for those with experience working in theater or other performing arts, but first and foremost is the love of theater and an entrepreneurial spirit to “take ownership” of this non-profit venture with a great potential for financial upside.

Among the responsibilities for the General Manager are:

Finance & Legal

· Approves weekly and twice-monthly payroll with our accountant, including full- and part-time staff and those under union contracts (AEA, etc.); communicates with the payroll service, PayChex

· Approves invoices and bills for accounts payable; reviews W2’s and 1099 tax forms

· Negotiates with vendors and all service providers; reviews all contracts

· Approves purchasing of all supplies for facilities and the in-house café

· Works with auditor and accountant for annual non-profit audit

Box Office, Ticketing, Front of House & Café

· Supervises the Box Office Manager and helps problem-solve any ticketing glitches or patron complaints

· Reviews sales reports from box office software, WinTix

· Develops and reviews protocol for Front of House Manager, staff and ushers

· Oversees the operations of a 70-seat in-house café, a social gathering place and draw for many patrons dining before or after a show

HR & Staffing

· Ensures the working environment is safe and that policies are consistent, accessible and equitable; intercedes if there are issues with employee relations or grievances

· Negotiates salaries for full- and part-time employees and

· Sets objectives for increased revenue-generation

· Fills in gaps in labor on a short-term basis, as needed


· Composes text for all marketing materials and reviews design with graphic artist

· Interfaces with web provider regarding billing and any backend issues (Shopify)

· Proofs copy and layout for accuracy for all productions, including credits for donors and sponsors

Business Sponsorship & Other Contributed Income

· Helps solicit sponsorship from small businesses and individual patrons

· Oversees annual raffle of classic car to defray operating budget deficits

Ambassadorship to the Community

· Is a front-facing theater representative to donors, patrons and local businesses

· Ensures the audience feels welcome; arranges curtain speeches and talkbacks

· Stewards those relationships and promptly addresses any concerns

Facilities & Production

· Troubleshoots any technical or mechanical problems with repair people (IT, plumbing, electrical, etc.); hires and monitors cleaning service

· Negotiates labor and parts and arranges access to the theater, company housing, scene shop and any other owned-and-operated buildings

· Meets with Production Team and staff to monitor all production needs


· Reviews contracts for play performance rights and royalties

· Reviews programming and scheduling with Artistic Staff; discusses play selection, cast, directors and designers and any changes that may be required during rehearsals or actual performances

It is important that the General Manager reside close to the theater. This is an ideal position for someone wishing to live in the beautiful Pioneer Valley; relocation expenses will be considered.

Starting salary: $50,000, with an opportunity for salary increases and/or bonuses as the successful candidate takes “ownership” of the non-profit Majestic Theater, controls expenses and increase sales—thus boosting the possibility of a larger compensation package.

NO PHONE CALLS. Please send cover letter and resume to:

Apply by:
April 01, 2024
$50,000 /
Valley Light Opera Call for Stage Director

Valley Light Opera is seeking a Stage Director for its Fall 2024 production of Orpheus in the Underworld. 

The Stage Director creates the overall artistic concept of the show. S/he/they works closely with the Music Director as well as the set and costume designers, the choreographer, and technical staff to carry out the concept. The Stage Director also rehearses principals and chorus in dialogue, acting, blocking, and dancing (under guidance of the choreographer). 

Rehearsals begin in early September and are typically three nights a week plus a full tech week prior to opening night. Rehearsals are typically in Hadley or Amherst. Performances will be at the Academy of Music in Northampton the first two weekends in November. 

All participants in VLO are volunteers, including all producers, directors, performers, and crew. The Stage Director will be awarded a $500 honorarium at the conclusion of the show. 

Here is the link to the link to the dialogue and lyrics.
To receive a pdf of the vocal score or to apply, please email 
To apply, please include: 1. Letter of interest/artistic concept (under three pages, please) 2. Theatrical and/or music resume 3. References Applications/letters of interest will be accepted through March 8, 2024.
Any applicants who are unfamiliar with the VLO are encouraged to explore our website at 
Valley Light Opera

A program designed for early-career directors has been launched
in honor of Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer

Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Mass. has created the Tina Packer Women of Will Directing Fellowship, designed to further the development of early-career directors who identify as women and have a passion for Shakespeare.

Created in Packer’s honor, the fellowship was conceived and funded by actor and Shakespeare & Company training alumnus John Douglas Thompson, with matching funds from an anonymous donor. Additional gifts were also made by a group of women directors whom Packer mentored at Shakespeare & Company.

The Company will choose one Women of Will Fellow each year, who will be in residence at Shakespeare & Company throughout the rehearsal period of a Shakespeare production, helmed by an experienced woman director. The Fellow will observe and work as Assistant Director throughout the process. In 2024, she/they will assist director Kate Kohler Amory on The Comedy of Errors, June 10 – July 20, and will also have the opportunity to return for one week in August to observe Packer directing an enhanced reading of The Winter's Tale.

Following their time at Shakespeare & Company, Fellows will continue to receive support through continued access to their Mentor Director, the members of an advisory committee of women directors, and other members of the Company.

“Fellows will join in creating a legacy of Women of Will mentoring others in the field, bringing a contemporary and culturally diverse female gaze to Shakespeare’s plays and the theater community,” said Thompson.

Applicants should have either completed their academic training or possess experience equivalent to at least four years of college. They should have at least two years of directing experience outside of an academic program, including experience directing Shakespeare. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply, as are theater practitioners who have worked professionally in other areas of theater and are expanding their careers into directing, and those reentering the field after a pause. “Early-career director” does not carry an age limit.

For more information and to apply, visit Applications are due by March 25. The inaugural Fellow will be selected by mid-April.

Calling all Valley actors!

Help us raise the curtain on the Valley Players.

On Sunday, April 28, 12pm-3pm, the Valley Players will hold its first Sceneathon—an evening of local theater and local dining in downtown Amherst. The Sceneathon is the inaugural fundraising event for the Valley Players and an opportunity to showcase some of the tremendous acting talent here in the Valley.

Any and all actors are welcome to sign-up to be a part of the show and to stage a scene or speech from a play of their choice. To sign up, email with:

    1.) the names of the people who will be performing and everyone’s contact info;
    2.) the play, act and scene from which the scene/speech comes;
    3.) the approximate run-time of the scene/speech (no more than 10 minutes).

100% of proceeds from the event will go to support the programming and mission of the Valley Players, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Connecticut River Valley region of Massachusetts by producing high-quality community theater and related arts, education, and cultural programming.

(Performers at the Sceneathon eat for free, but guests are welcome to purchase tickets at Ticket sales close on April 21.)
Managing Director, Operations & Advancement

We encourage you to review the complete job profile via the link below. What follows is an abbreviated version.

Key Areas of Focus for the Managing Director, Operations & Advancement (MD)

Given the momentum of this moment at WTF, the following areas of focus will be at the forefront of the work the Managing Director will embark on:

  • Advancing change by galvanizing a variety of constituents. This MD will enter a community eager and poised for change. With a deeply committed board, staff, alumni network, and community of patrons, the Festival will need this leader to appreciate various points of view and inspire each circle to take steps forward into a new chapter for the organization.
  • Translating vision and strategy into an organizational action plan. With an understanding and embrace of strategic risk-taking and entrepreneurial ventures, the MD will be both an optimist and realist as they transform visionary ideas into tactical steps.
  • Building a vibrant festival destination in Williamstown. With the goal of augmenting the traditional theater-going experience with additional events and immersive experiences, the entire WTF team will be trying out new ideas, engaging artists differently, and experimenting with platforms to build an intensified festival atmosphere in the years to come. The MD will draw on their own artistic management, event, or producing experience to bolster these efforts.
  • Stewarding the needs and goals of the anti-oppression and anti-bias work to which the organization is thoroughly committed. While the Festival is well underway in its process to build a culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression within its operations and community, the MD will play a leading role in continuing that work, along with the Board and their co-Managing Director. As a team, they will ensure that as the organization evolves, the commitment to care of team members, the surrounding land, and the Williamstown community is a standard operating principle.
  • Champion of relationship building. This is a moment for the Festival to activate new partnerships, strengthen internal and external relationships, and foster greater trust within the larger theatrical and cultural field. This new MD will have a unique opportunity, given the tremendous history of WTF, to leverage greater support and create a welcoming atmosphere for a new generation of creators and arts enthusiasts.
  • Cultivating a sustainable work environment through clear communication and calm solution-oriented processes. As chief administrator of the organization, this MD will oversee each area of the organization’s work in a slightly different way, but will be called upon to set clear goals and provide accountability, with a sure-footed approach to leadership in a fast-paced festival environment.


Job Description

Position Summary

The Managing Director, Operations & Advancement is responsible for the overall business, administrative, and operational management of the organization in Williamstown, MA, and in the additional team office in New York City. The position will require substantial work in Williamstown throughout the year; therefore, WTF is prioritizing candidates who are prepared to reside in the Williamstown area (see the compensation section below regarding housing). That said, employees residing in other areas of the northeast are welcome to apply, provided they are prepared to travel frequently to Williamstown. Additional travel will be expected periodically.

The role includes leadership and oversight in the areas of festival operations (including production), fundraising and board relations, budgeting and financial management, HR, and hiring of key senior staff. Along with the Managing Director, Strategy & Transformation, this individual will manage external partnerships, artist engagement, and strategic planning to deliver the organization into its next chapter of achievement.


Henry Balzarini to host improv workshop at The LAVA Center

A Saturday Dose of Fun (improv games for grownups with Henry Balzarini)

Saturday, Mar. 16, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield

More information.

Facebook event.

The LAVA Center will host a free improv workshop for adults, led by local improv teacher and performer Henry Balzarini, on Saturday, Mar. 16, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Warning: This workshop may cause multiple moments of mirth, foster greater comfort in new situations, inspire creativity, lift your mood, release stress, make you more spontaneous, ease you into connecting enjoyably with other people and even make you laugh out loud.

Using improv games, we will become a fast thinking, in the moment, loose goose brigade.

You’ve been warned.

Oh and it’s free!

No improv experience necessary. Intended for adults. Limit of 15 please, so sign up now: email

about your host:

Henry Balzarini is a native of Boston. In the 1980’s he lived in New York City where he studied acting and tapped into Big Apple essence. Back to Boston, he acted in various scripted roles and then found improv, and hasn’t been the same since. He performed in improv groups and productions in Boston and Brattleboro, and taught teen groups in Keene, NH and most recently, Zoomed improv during the pandemic.

Henry says, “Many of the surefire routes to joy, in my life, have been the times I’ve spent doing improv-based activities, whether it’s creating, playing, performing or just transforming a moment. To me it’s more a state of mind/being. When I watch the joy and transformation that comes about when people play improv games and work together as a group, I’m transformed as well. In a safe setting, participants, especially adults, can let loose and go places they never thought they could. It’s the act of letting go, of enjoying a perfect synthesis of minds. It’s all made me a better person. It’s time again to share that joy.”

Sonnet Sessions: The Art of Speaking Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Zoom)

Sat - March 16 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

TO REGISTER: Sonnet Sessions: The Art of Speaking Shakespeare's Sonnets (

Dive into the eloquence and emotional depth of Shakespeare’s sonnets with our “Sonnet Sessions: The Art of Speaking Shakespeare’s Sonnets” workshop. Guided by the Nia Lynn voice and text coach for The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon), this 2-hour interactive Zoom live online session is a gateway to exploring the richness of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, each a universe of emotions and expressions waiting to be unlocked and made your own.

Nia’s workshop is an invitation to both seasoned Shakespeare lovers and newcomers to experience the sonnets as living, breathing pieces of art that speak to the human condition across the ages. Join us to make Shakespeare’s sonnets your own, discovering your unique voice within his enduring poetry.

In this live Zoom workshop, you’ll discover:

Diverse Themes and Emotions: With themes ranging from love to betrayal, joy to sorrow, and everything in between, you’ll get to explore sonnets that resonate with your own life experiences, learning to express them in a way that’s deeply personal and impactful.

Interactive Learning: Choose to actively participate or simply observe as Nia Lynn delves into the sonnets. This interactive learning experience allows you to interact with the text and her in real-time and receive personalized feedback if you choose to speak.

Understanding Sonnet Structure: Unlock the secrets of Shakespeare’s sonnet structure, understanding how the rhyme scheme, meter, and thematic shifts enhance the emotional power of the poems.

Expressive Techniques: Learn how to use your voice to convey the myriad emotions and nuances within the sonnets, making them come alive for your audience, whether you’re speaking to a crowd or simply enjoying the sonnets for yourself.

A Sonnet up Your Sleeve: By the end of the session, you won’t just have a sonnet to memorize – you’ll possess a deeper understanding and connection to the text, enabling you to imbue it with your own personal flair and emotions. This workshop goes beyond mere recitation. It’s about making the sonnet resonate with your own experiences, perspectives, and voice. You’ll learn how to dissect the sonnet’s themes, language, and emotions, transforming it into a piece that’s uniquely yours. Armed with these skills, you’ll be equipped to select any sonnet and understand how to make it your own. It won’t be just reciting words but a story you will tell with your personal touch and interpretation.

Community Engagement: Engage with a community of fellow Shakespeare enthusiasts, sharing insights, discoveries, and the sheer joy of bringing Shakespeare’s words to life.


The Montague Shakespeare Festival is envisioned by Executive Director Kenny Butler. Proceeds will benefit the Shea Theater Arts Center. This vibrant celebration of Shakespeare's work is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Shea Theater, RiverCulture, and the generous support of The Amherst Cultural Council and a Mass Cultural Council Festival Grant.

WAM Theatre Teen Ensemble Now Accepting Applications

Calling Teen Theatre Artists & Change Makers for Paid Immersive Performance Opportunity

WAM Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of its acclaimed Teen Ensemble. The Lenox-based theatre company is currently soliciting applications from young artists aged 15-19 in the Berkshire County region, who will create an original performance to be presented to the community in downtown Lenox over Memorial Day weekend. 


WAM Theatre has been working with teenagers to devise original performances on activist themes since 2014. Devised theatre uses a collaborative process where an ensemble uses a variety of techniques—writing, improvisation, games, movement, brainstorming, and more––to create original performance material. 

Based out of WAM’s Creative Hub and Offices in Lenox, this year’s program focuses on “Immersive Performance for Changemakers.” The ensemble will train in devised theatre techniques with the goal of creating short site-specific performances. The program kicks off with a week of Theatre Skills & Activist Training from April 16-19th, which is spring break for area public schools.  According to WAM’s Director of Community Engagement Maizy Broderick Scarpa, who will co-facilitate the ensemble, “that week is when Teen Ensemble artists become a company and develop a shared toolbox which they'll use to build their performance.” The group will reconvene for the Site-Specific Performance Weekend on May 24-26 (in conjunction with Berkshire Arts Week).

“As a devised theater lover, I deeply believe in the mana (power) of telling stories from one’s own experience as a way to ignite positive change in the world.” Malia’Kekia Nicolini, who will co-facilitate the Ensemble, explains. “I am excited to uplift the stories from this cohort of Teens to create some magic for our community. Mahalo (thank you).” 

While no theatre experience is required to participate, interested individuals are required to complete and submit a brief application form available on WAM’s website. Candidates may be invited to a brief interview where facilitators and candidates learn more about one another and ask any outstanding questions about the ensemble. The criteria for participation is enthusiasm, creative impulse, and the desire to advocate for causes that are meaningful to the participant. Interested youth should be prepared to devise, perform and be open to embracing new experiences with an open mind. 

Besides age and availability, WAM Theatre will select candidates who demonstrate an understanding of collaboration and the value of community in art-making. “It’s important for the ensemble members to embrace difference as a strength.  We need folks who care about the world around them, who listen to each other and to their community, and who are ready to speak up when the situation demands,” says Scarpa. “If this sounds like you, we hope you’ll apply!” 

The submissions window is currently open, and set to close on March 17th. Interested individuals can apply online at:  This is a paid opportunity. Participants in the Teen Ensemble will be provided a stipend for their work. 

Parents, counselors, teachers, and community leaders are also encouraged to nominate students who would thrive in this kind of collaborative creative environment.  Nominations should be directed to Maizy Broderick Scarpa, Director of Community Engagement ( Nomination should include the name and contact information of the person you are nominating, along with 1-3 sentences about why you are nominating them.

Questions, and requests for assistance with the application, should also be directed to

MONTAGUE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL WORKSHOP-Ensemble Building Workshop: The Power of Words and Play in Theatre

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm

In our “Ensemble Building” workshop, part of the Montague Shakespeare Festival, Fiona Ross invites participants to delve into the art of ensemble theatre through a unique lens. This 3-hour workshop is about the mechanics of collaboration and the profound relationship between language, personal interpretation, and collective creation.

Fiona Ross, with her two decades of experience at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon, brings a depth of expertise and insight to the “Ensemble Building” workshop at the Montague Shakespeare Festival. This 3-hour workshop, led by Fiona, is designed to unravel the complexities of collaborative theatre-making, emphasizing the synergy between language, personal interpretation, and collective creativity.

Under Fiona’s guidance, participants will dive into the nuances of ensemble dynamics, exploring how individual contributions can significantly influence and enhance the group’s collective output. With her rich background at the RSC, Fiona has honed her skills in nurturing actors to bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues, fostering environments where collective storytelling thrives.

Workshop Highlights:

1. RSC-Inspired Techniques: Learn ensemble-building strategies developed through Fiona’s extensive experience at one of the world’s leading theatre companies.

2. Language and Performance: Engage in exercises that demonstrate the power of language in shaping ensemble dynamics and bringing text to life on stage.

3. Collaborative Creativity: Discover how your unique interpretations can contribute to a richer, more nuanced group performance.

4. Practical Application: Through hands-on activities, participants will apply the concepts of ensemble theatre to actual scenes, experiencing firsthand the transformative power of collaborative creation.

5. Personal and Collective Growth: Develop skills that will not only enhance your individual performance but also elevate the group’s overall artistic output.

This workshop is an invaluable opportunity for actors and aspiring actors to learn from a seasoned RSC practitioner. Fiona’s approach, grounded in her extensive experience and passion for theatre, is designed to inspire and educate, offering a unique perspective on the art of ensemble building. Whether you’re looking to refine your skills or discover new approaches to collaboration, this workshop will provide you with the tools and insights to transform text into dynamic, collaborative performances.

REGISTRATIONEnsemble Building Workshop: The Power of Words and Play in Theatre - Montague Shakespeare Festival

Montague Shakespeare Festival Workshop: Shakespeare in the Classroom!
Friday, March 22, 9:30 am until 3:30 pm

“Shakespeare in the Classroom!” is a dynamic 5-hour workshop tailored for English and drama teachers, part of the Montague Shakespeare Festival. This Fiona Ross-led session aims to provide teachers with cutting-edge tools and strategies for teaching Shakespeare in a fun and approachable way that goes beyond conventional glossaries.

We have successfully secured comprehensive sponsorship for educators in the Montague district. Please email, and they will provide details for sign-ups.

Fiona Ross

With over two decades of association with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at Stratford-upon-Avon, Fiona’s expertise and passion for Shakespeare’s works run deep.

Her tenure at the RSC has seen her lead national and international projects, imparting her knowledge and enthusiasm for Shakespeare across the globe—from Bangkok to the Cayman Islands and New York. Her dynamic approach has enabled actors, community groups, and educators to engage deeply with Shakespeare’s texts, fostering a profound appreciation and understanding of his works.

Workshop Overview:

Innovative Teaching Techniques: Learn creative strategies to introduce Shakespeare’s works in a way that captivates and connects with students of various age groups.

Analyzing Shakespeare with Fun: Discover methods to analyze Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets that are both enjoyable and educational, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding among students.

Practical Classroom Activities: The workshop includes various hands-on activities that can be directly applied in the classroom, making the learning process interactive and enjoyable.

Workshop Highlights:

Engagement Without Glossaries: Explore how to teach Shakespeare’s language and themes without relying heavily on glossaries, making his works more approachable and relatable for students.

Interactive Learning Approaches: Dive into interactive teaching methods that encourage active student participation, discussion, and exploration.

Building the Perfect Essay: Gain insights into guiding students to write insightful and original essays on Shakespeare’s works derived from their own understanding and enjoyment of the text.

Why Attend?

“Shakespeare in the Classroom!” is more than just a professional development session; it’s an opportunity to transform how Shakespeare is taught and perceived in educational settings. This workshop aims to break down the barriers that often make Shakespeare’s works seem daunting to students, replacing them with a sense of excitement and discovery.

Join Fiona Ross for this enlightening workshop and redefine how you bring Shakespeare to life in your classroom. Foster a new generation of Shakespeare enthusiasts by making his timeless works accessible, enjoyable, and relevant.

REGISTRATION: Shakespeare in the Classroom!: An Educators Retreat with Fiona Ross - Montague Shakespeare Festival 

Making Shakespeare Your Own: A Personal Approach to the Bard (Zoom)

Sat - March 23 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

TO REGISTER : Making Shakespeare Your Own: A Personal Approach to the Bard (

Join us for an extraordinary journey into the heart of Shakespeare’s texts with our “Making Shakespeare Your Own: A Personal Approach to the Bard” Zoom live online workshop, Nia Lynn voice and text coach for The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon), as part of the Montague Shakespeare Festival. This 2-hour interactive session on Zoom is a unique opportunity to delve deep into the Bard’s text and language, making it resonate with your own voice and life experiences.

Whether you’re a seasoned Shakespeare enthusiast or new to his works, this workshop is designed to demystify the Bard’s language, helping you discover how to make his words sound as natural and relevant today as they were centuries ago. Nia Lynn, with her extensive background in voice coaching and Shakespearean performance, will guide you through techniques to lift Shakespeare’s words off the page and bring them to life in a way that is uniquely yours.

What will you get from this workshop?

Interactive Experience: Engage in an interactive live Zoom session where you can choose to participate or observe. For those who wish to interact, you’ll have the chance to work directly with Nia and the text, receiving personalized guidance and feedback.

Personal Connection: Learn how to connect your own emotions and experiences with Shakespeare’s characters and language, making the texts more accessible and impactful.

Practical Techniques: Nia will share practical techniques to help you interpret and vocalize Shakespeare’s works in a way that feels authentic and true to you, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of the text.

Empowering Insights: Gain insights into how to approach Shakespeare’s language with confidence, removing any intimidation and discovering the joy and relevance of his works in our modern world.

Community Interaction: Join a community of Shakespeare enthusiasts where you can share your experiences and learn from others in a supportive and inspiring environment.

Our live Zoom workshop is perfect for anyone who loves Shakespeare, from actors and students to educators and enthusiasts. If you want to deepen your connection with Shakespeare’s works and discover how to make his timeless language your own, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Join us and transform your relationship with the words of one of the greatest playwrights in history.

Montague Shakespeare Festival Workshop: Character Development WorkshopMonday, March 25, 2024 at 6:30 PM-8:30PM

In our "Character Development" workshop, led by Fiona Ross, participants will embark on a two-hour journey into the world of Shakespeare. They will focus on understanding and embodying the playwright's most complex characters, like Hamlet and Rosalind. With her 20 years of experience at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Fiona brings a deep knowledge and unique perspective on approaching these iconic roles.

This workshop is not just about acting; it's about diving deep into the essence of character creation, using Shakespeare's text as a roadmap. Fiona will guide participants through a series of exercises and discussions that reveal the layers within Shakespeare's writing, helping actors to find and connect with the emotional and psychological depth of the characters.


Key Features of the Workshop:


1. Text Analysis: Learn how to dissect Shakespeare's language to uncover the motivations, fears, desires, and complexities of his characters.


2. Personal Connection: Fiona will teach you how to draw upon your own experiences and emotions to create a genuine and relatable portrayal of your character.


3. Physicality and Voice: Discover how to use your body and voice to fully embody the character, bringing them to life on stage with authenticity and confidence.


4. Interactive Exercises: Engage in hands-on activities that encourage exploration and experimentation with Shakespeare's text and characters.


5. RSC Insights: Benefit from Fiona's extensive experience at the RSC, learning techniques and approaches that have been honed on one of the world's most renowned stages.


This workshop is an ideal opportunity for actors and aspiring actors to delve into the art and science of character development, particularly within the realm of Shakespearean drama. Whether you're preparing for a role or looking to deepen your understanding of Shakespeare's work, this workshop will equip you with the tools and insights to create compelling, nuanced characters that resonate with audiences.

REGISTRATION: Character Development Workshop: Bringing Shakespeare's Characters to Life - Montague Shakespeare Festival


Shakespeare & Company Hosts Tuning Your Instrument in Lenox, Mass. this April

The two-day workshop will focus on voice and movement practices for artists at all levels

Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training presents Tuning Your Instrument, a two-day workshop focused on voice and movement practices on Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19 at its Lenox, Mass. campus.

Led by Shakespeare & Company’s Director of Training Sheila Bandyopadhyay and Faculty Member Ariel BockTuning Your Instrument is open to artists at all experience levels and offers a focused exploration of Linklater Voice and Pure Movement practices to improve vocal and physical expression. 

The workshop is designed for anyone interested in performance-based voice and bodywork, and can also serve as a complement to the 2024 Lenox Weekend Intensive, held April 19 through 21. 

“An actor’s instrument is their body, voice, and imagination," said Bandopadhyay, "and that instrument needs to be flexible, open, and responsive - this workshop is a way to develop practices that do just that.”

Tuning Your Instrument will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day; tuition is $200 USD. Discounted tuition of $150 will be offered to participants also registered for the Lenox Weekend Intensive.

For more information or to apply, visit, or call (413) 637-1199, ext. 114.

Registration is open now for Riotous Youth, Shakespeare & Company’s summer theater program for children and teenagers, slated to run from Monday, July 1 to Friday, August 16.

These one-, two-, and three-week sessions are tailored to different age groups, introducing participants ages seven to 17 to the language, stories, characters, and ideas in Shakespeare’s plays through imaginative and playful methods. Exercises and games incorporating voice, movement, and acting enable participants to explore Shakespeare’s text emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Participants then create a performance piece based on their experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of each session.

2024 summer sessions include:

One-week session

Julius Caesar: August 12 – 16

For Ages: 7 – 12 

Tuition: $425

Two-week sessions

Twelfth Night: July 1 – 12 (sessions A and B are waitlist only)

Henry V: July 15 – 26 (session D: limited spots available)

Love's Labor’s Lost: July 29 – August 9 (sessions G and H: limited spots available)

For Ages: 7 – 15

Tuition: $825

Three-week sessions 

Riotous Company

For Ages: 14 – 17

Tuition: $1075

All sessions are held at the Shakespeare & Company campus at 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, Mass., and limited financial aid is available. Visit to learn more and apply. For more information, contact Education Residency and Riotous Youth Programs Manager Caitlin Kraft at or (413) 637-1199 ext. 132. 

The Shea Theater offers TWO two week sessions of summer theater with Atticus and Enzo Belmonte for children ages 8-12.

Each day of the program will be dedicated to creating and rehearsing the immersive theater performance, as well as learning and participating in various acting games and workshops.

The cost is $650 per session with a limit of 20 children in each section. This fee includes snacks but not lunch. To register:

July 8-19, 2024 and
July 22-August 2, 2024
Monday - Friday

Program runs 9 AM to 3 PM. Performance of the immersive play will take place on the second Friday at 10 am at the Shea on 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

In this program, the performers will rehearse and perform in an immersive theater show based on a fairytale, a Shakespeare play, or a myth. This immersive approach encourages imagination, collaboration, and creativity while teaching acting and movement techniques in a nurturing and holistic environment.

A check may be made to:
Shea Theater
PO Box 773
Turners Falls, MA 01376

Deposit of $100 is required at registration with remainder due by June 15, 2024

Atticus Belmonte is a writer, director, actor, and theater major at Bard College. He is a founder of Patch Productions that he formed with his brothers and several friends taking his immersive theater pieces to the Shea where they have offered several productions.

Enzo Belmonte is 16 years old and grew up doing theater, specifically Shakespeare and immersive theater. He has a special skill set in technical theater and will create lights and sound for the show.

The medium of Immersive Theater is an innovative theater format allows audience members to wander wherever they wish within a play, finding characters and scenes at their own will in different rooms and spaces. No audience member has the same experience; they all will see different scenes in different locations, piecing together the story as they go.

Registration is now open!

Is your creative kiddo ready for a fun-filled summer of a creating their own fairy tale, channeling their inner wild creature, going on a magical musical adventure, and channeling their inner clown? Does your tween or teen feel that creative spark? Registration is now open for PIC Kids Summer with options to pay in full or a deposit only.

This year we are excited to have offerings for young artists ages 7-11 AND ages 11-15!

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

JUL 22-26        Fairy Tale Mash Up!

JUL 29-AUG 2  Growl and Groove

AUG 5-9          Soundscapes and Sorcery

AUG 12-16       Theatrical Clown

9am-3pm each day 


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

Older youth artists (ages 11-15) will explore all things ensemble, co-creating a brand new collaborative performance. Using theater games, writing exercises, improvisation, movement, songwriting, and art, participants will draw upon their dreams, original perspectives, and hopes for the future. All of this collaborative fun will culminating in a sharing at 4pm on Friday, August 16th.

AUG 12-16       PIC Kids Ensemble: Our Dreams!​

9:30am-3:30pm each day 


The Workroom at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton

Learn more and register

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