Berkshire Theatre Conversations



10:00 am - 11:30 am


6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26

Four Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended Berkshire County’s cultural sector, especially theatre companies. Join us for a series of conversations with noted theatre critics and the artistic directors of Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Chester Theatre Company and Shakespeare & Company. We’ll discuss how they're adapting to producing theatre in the age of social distancing, creative responses here and elsewhere, and take a look at what's to come.

June 5:  Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Allyn Burrows with Berkshire On Stage theatre critic Macey Levin and Gloria Miller, Curtain Up chief critic; co-founders of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

June 12:  Barrington Stage Company Artistic Director Julianne Boyd with Berkshire Edge & Berkshire Bright Focus theatre critic J. Peter Bergman 

June 19:  Berkshire Theatre Group Artistic Director & CEO Kate Maguire with Berkshire On Stage critic & Berkshire Eagle correspondent Barbara Waldinger

June 26: Chester Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Daniel Elihu Kramer with Berkshire Eagle arts editor Jeff Borak

Moderator Naomi Spatz is the co-founder of New York’s Golden Squirrel Theatre.  She created “Teachers Night on Broadway “and “Kids Day on Broadway.”  The arts run in the family as she is married to playwright and OLLI instructor, Steven Somkin.

Moderator Nancy Vale holds a MFA from Northwestern University where she taught acting.  Ms. Vale is involved in various theatre programs in the New York metro area and has appeared in local theatre productions.

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