2017 . . . THAT’S A WRAP!
A LETTER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Throughout 2017, WTF continued its traditions of developing and producing artistically vibrant and culturally resonant plays and musicals, incubating the next generation of great theatre artists, and connecting broad and diverse audiences with its work. This past summer, over just 55 days at the Festival, we produced more than 170 performances of 35 shows, readings, and special events as well as dozens of talkbacks, lawn talks, backstage tours, dinners, community events, panel discussions, workshops, and more!
Highlights of the season included The Model American, Jason Kim’s “bracingly imagined, refreshing and smart” (The New York Times) world premiere play which explored the contemporary immigrant experience in America and Where Storms Are Born, Harrison David Rivers’ world premiere play, which detailed, with “moving power and poignancy” (The Berkshire Eagle), one African-American family’s experience of grief and reconciliation. Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House probed the messiness of love and relationships in an “extraordinary… compelling… timeless… and masterful” production with “a truly outstanding ensemble” (The Boston Globe), while Anna Ziegler’s Actually focused on issues of consent, race, and privilege on college campuses in a co-world premiere production that transferred to an Off-Broadway theatre this fall. All of these plays began their journeys to the stages of the Festival last fall or earlier through workshops, readings, and other developmental activities in Williamstown and New York City.
In addition to developing plays for production, the Festival is renowned for developing talent – actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and more – who go on to create work across the country and around the world. In 2017, members of our Professional Training Program, including our Non-Equity Acting Company, 70 Apprentices, and more than 100 assistants and interns, joined established artists onstage and behind the scenes. Guided by a seasonal staff of creative, technical, and administrative leaders, these early-career theatre practitioners worked together to help us produce a full season of theatre in only eight weeks – a phenomenal accomplishment by any measure. I hope you will take a moment to peruse “Roll Call” below and learn a little about what a few of our collaborators are up to now.
The current moment underlines the importance of theatre’s potential to unify audiences through shared experiences and exposure to new perspectives. Our generous patrons and donors allow WTF to reach the broadest possible audience by keeping ticket prices reasonable, offering low-income EBT ticketing options, and continuing free-admission programs. We are particularly proud of our new community immersive theatre initiative, COMMUNITY WORKS, which engages Northern Berkshire area community members year-round and culminates in a world premiere family-friendly production, presented free of charge on our Main Stage, featuring more than one hundred locals alongside Festival actors. The ability of theatre to impact and affect its viewers and participants serves a powerful and vital purpose: in making a piece of theatre within the community, we see one another, we learn from each other and in fact, we strengthen the bonds of and within our community.
Our work manifests in the summer but, truly, is an endeavor that continues all year long. Our success depends upon the involvement of many talented, devoted people during those months. We are grateful to all of our patrons and donors, whose support allows us to do our work with integrity and excellence, year-round, in order to bring you and our community a singular, wonderful summer of impactful theatre in the Berkshires. Thank you.
From everyone at WTF, I wish you and yours a happy holiday season and a healthy new year. See you in a few months for our 2018 season!
YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST!
Premiering at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2016, Cost of Living by Martyna Majok enjoyed a subsequent production at Manhattan Theatre Club this year, opening on June 7, 2017. Jesse Green of The New York Times included Cost of Living among “The Best Theatre of 2017”.
Actually by Anna Ziegler had its co-world premiere with the Geffen Playhouse this summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival and a subsequent production at Manhattan Theatre Club this fall. Beginning previews on October 31, Actually opened on November 14 and enjoyed an extended run through December 10.
Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau had its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2015 and is being produced at Signature Theatre in New York City in 2018. Previews will begin on April 27 and the show will open on May 14.
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NEW WTF PRODUCTION RECEIVES AWARD
The world premiere production of Where Storms Are Born by Harrison David Rivers received a 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Selected by an independent panel, winning productions receive funding for extra time in the development and rehearsal process with the entire creative team, helping to extend the life of the show after its first run.
CLICK HERE to read more in American Theatre magazine.
2017 NEW PLAY COMMISSIONING PROGRAM
Established in 2015, the New Play Commissioning Program commissions and develops three to six projects annually from playwrights, composers, and other generative artists from across the career spectrum. Each commission also includes a writing residency at Williamstown Theatre Festival. The 2017 New Play Commission recipients are Big Dance Theater, Nathan Alan Davis, Meghan Kennedy, Justin Levine, Marsha Norman, Zoe Sarnak and Bess Wohl. The 2017 New Play Commissions are generously supported by Andrew Martin-Weber.
2017 L. ARNOLD WEISSBERGER NEW PLAY AWARD
Noura by Heather Raffo is the 2017 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award recipient. Noura was read at WTF on July 21, 2017 as a part of the Fridays@3 reading series. Raffo will also receive the $10,000 Jay Harris Commission to write a new play.
Williamstown Theatre Festival administers the L. Arnold Weissberger Award on behalf of the Anna L. Weissberger Foundation. Named for the noted theatrical attorney and avid theatre supporter L. Arnold Weissberger, the award recognizes excellence in playwriting. The recipient of the award receives a $10,000 grant, and the winning script receives a reading produced by Williamstown Theatre Festival during the following season, as well as optional publication by Samuel French, Inc. The playwright whose work is honored also receives the Jay Harris Commission in the amount of $10,000 to write a new play. Each year, theatres, agents, and playwriting programs across the country are invited to nominate scripts. Finalists are then chosen by Festival artistic staff and read blindly by a select panel of industry judges.
Michael R. Jackson joined us at the Festival as the 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright-in-Residence. Jackson holds a BFA in playwriting from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from the Tisch School’s Musical Theatre Writing Program. As a songwriter, he has seen his work performed at Merkin Hall, The Barrington Stage Company, The Laurie Beechman Theater, The Triad, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, The Metropolitan Room, The Bruno Walter Library at Lincoln Center, and ACT in Seattle. He is currently at work on a new musical called A Strange Loop, for which he is writing book, music, and lyrics as well as writing book and lyrics for a musical adaptation of the 2006 indie film Teeth, with composer Anna K. Jacobs.
The Playwright-in-Residence is both an artist and a member of the artistic staff, who works and lives at the Festival for the duration of the summer. He or she contributes not only by writing new work that will be potentially seen on stages inside and outside of the Festival, but also by creating program dramaturgy for playbills and moderating lawn talks and post-show talkbacks.
READINGS AND RESIDENCIES
More than two dozen artists had residencies at Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, including Big Dance Theatre, Oliver Butler, Jonathan Caren, Fernanda Coppel, Nathan Alan Davis, Casey Lee Hurt, Kate Kilbane, Justin Levine, Matthew Lopez, Jack Mitchell, Itamar Moses, Ashley Austin Morris, Marsha Norman, Jiehae Park, Carey Perloff, Heather Raffo, Zoe Sarnak, Benjamin Scheuer, Julian Sheppard, Annie Tippe, and Bess Wohl. Residency artists were given time and space to write, access to collaborators including Festival actors and members of our Professional Training Program, and administrative support.
Williamstown Theatre Festival also supported the development of new work through more than fifteen private readings and workshops in New York City in the spring, fall, and winter of 2017.
Our summer reading series Fridays@3 presented readings of seven in-process works to audiences in Williamstown, free of charge.
SEE WHAT THE WTF CREW IS UP TO!
A.J. Orth (Production Management Intern) is currently working as a Management Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Aaron Tacy (Assistant Lighting Designer) continues to freelance as an NYC-based Lighting Designer. This fall’s work includes designing at Detroit Public Theatre and assisting on Broadway’s Once on This Island.
Abby Rosebrock (Playwright, Fellowship Play) will be working on a Launch Commission with the Atlantic Theater, and her play Dido of Idaho will premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre in March.
Adam Lansing (Master Electrician) is traveling the country as the Head Electrician for the first national tour of School of Rock.
Alethea Bakogeorge (Apprentice) is currently playing Chrissie on tour with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!, directed by fellow WTF’s Jenn Rapp (Choreographer, Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires)!
Amanda Lyn Jungquist (Non-Equity Company) completed her MFA training at the Actors Studio Drama School, landed roles in both short and feature films, and made her off-Broadway debut in Tape.
Amanda Seyfried (Actor, Fridays@3 and Cabaret) finished filming “Mamma Mia 2” and has four other films being released this year; “Gringo”, “The Clapper”, “Anon” and Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed”.
Amy Nadal (Apprentice) recently participated in a developmental workshop/staged reading of Digging Up Dessa, a Kennedy Center commission, and is currently the Education and Engagement Director for Northwestern’s family theatre series.
Andrew Elk (House Manager) can be seen nightly as the house manager in the lobby of the Huntington Avenue Theatre.
Andy Lieberman (Business Management Assistant) is currently the Assistant Company Manager on the Broadway revival of M. Butterfly.
Anna Ziegler (Playwright, Actually) has two plays, Actually and The Last Match, this fall at The Manhattan Theatre Club and Roundabout, respectively.
Annie Tippe (Residency Artist) just finished directing a workshop of Bess Wohl’s Continuity at the Goodman in Chicago and an encore run of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, now running at New York Theatre Workshop. She is developing several new music theater pieces.
Ashley Austin Morris (Cabaret Performer) just taped her first stand up special, premiered her new comedy hour last month, and will soon perform in Theresa Rebeck’s The Way of the World, directed by Ms. Rebeck.
Baxter Pitt (Lighting Intern) is completing their senior year at the University of Evansville, where they recently served as the Master Electrician on the collegiate premiere of Fun Home.
Ben King (Assistant Production Manager) is entering his final year at Carnegie Mellon University studying Stage & Production Management.
Benjamin Scheuer (Commissioned Artist; Cabaret Performer) was writer-in-residence at the O’Neill Theatre Center, where he was working on his musical about Peter Mark Roget. He is also recording a new album, due out 2018.
Bernard White (Actor, The Clean House) is working with Oregon Symphony Orchestra as soloist in a new play by Dipika Guha. He comes to New York City in January to perform in An Ordinary Muslim at New York Theatre Workshop.
Bryce Payne (Company Managment Intern) is working at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort dispatching bellmen and managing guest luggage, while studying under Disney Live Entertainment professionals.
Carson Elrod (Actor, Fridays@3; Cabaret Host) returns to the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Merry Widow this month!
Casey Lee Hurt (Residency Artist) got engaged by the Taconic River in Williamstown this summer! Liz Tenuto (my wife) and I got married in New York City the next week!
Chris Myers (Actor, Fridays@3) can be seen in The Public Theatre’s The Winter’s Tale as well as “Sneaky Pete” Season 2 (Amazon) & “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix)
Christopher Cassarino (Non-Equity Company) is finishing his final year in the Graduate Acting program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts; recently closed a production of Glengarry Glen Ross playing Blake and is currently in rehearsals for a new Lucy Thurber play called A Daughter and Some Sons.
Christopher Lysik (Apprentice) is currently studying at Shakespeare’s Globe in London until February 2018.
Crissie Auguste (Apprentice) left WTF to make magic for others as a Disney College Program Intern at Walt Disney World.
Dane Urban (Stage Manager, Actually) is the Production Stage Manager for Actually at MTC Off-Broadway. His PSM debut Off-Broadway! Thank you, Williamstown!
Darron West (Sound Designer, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow) is keeping busy with upcoming projects; Paradise Blue (WTF 2015) at the Signature Theater NYC, and Lobby Hero on Broadway – with Trip Cullman (Director, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow) at the helm – as well as productions at ACT San Francisco (The Birthday Party), Baltimore Center Stage (Skeleton Crew), and Hartford Stage (Murder on the Orient Express).
David Shocket (Lighting Design Fellow) has been designing lights for plays and musicals in New York City, recently opening a show at Ars Nova, and additionally working with schools to teach theatre design to students.
Dylan Pickus (Literary Assistant) has just started in a new position as Administrative Assistant at SPACE on Ryder Farm.
Elanor Eberhardt (Lighting Intern) started off her junior year at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati as the lighting designer of a new work called The Earth is Flat by Todd Almond.
Eliza Bent (Residency Artist), after five different Bent events, is glad that the fall is over…next up Bunny Foo Foo at Actors Theatre of Louisville!
Ellen Goldberg (Stage Manager, Where Storms Are Born) is the Assistant Stage Manager of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Emily Blazek (Social Media Intern) joined Florida Studio Theatre as Digital Marketing Associate. She is thankful for how WTF prepared her for this new phase in her career!
Emma Whittum (Audience Services Intern) is busy in her junior year at Muhlenberg College in their Stage Management concentration, taking way too many classes, and preparing to study abroad in Spain next semester!
Estefanía Fadul (Directing Corps) is directing the undergrad company at Queens College in An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
Glenn Davis (Actor, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow) is going into rehearsals for You Got Older at Steppenwolf in late December.
Halley Feiffer (Playwright, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow) is writing / producing on a new Showtime half-hour called Kidding and dreaming about the next play she wants to write for WTF…!
Han Jonghoon (Non-Equity Company) is going to climb mountains and share hands with people who need help like the WTF family did to him.
Hannah Cava (Assistant Production Manager) starting working at Aurora Productions in August and has already opened her first show, Springsteen on Broadway.
Heather Raffo (Playwright, Fridays@3; Commissioned Artist) has a new play, Noura (2017 L. Arnold Weissberger Award), opening at the Shakespeare Theater in 2018. She’s then traveling to Abu Dhabi.
Hiram Delgado (Non-Equity Company) is finishing his last year in the Graduate Acting program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts!
Ian Smith (Apprentice) is playing Officer Lonnigan in the Ithaca College Main Stage production of Wonderful Town.
Jane Kaczmarek (Actor, The Roommate) played the Stage Manager in Our Town with Deaf West Theatre for Artistic Director Danny Feldman’s inaugural production at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Jeff McCarthy (Actor, A Legendary Romance) reprised Kunstler at Barrington Stage Company due to popular demand. He is soon headed back out with the national tour of Chicago, playing Billy Flynn.
Jen Silverman (Playwright, The Roommate) premiered Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties at Woolly Mammoth, and after a subsequent production at Boston Court in Los Angeles, it will move to London’s Southwark Theatre in 2018.
Jenn Rapp (Choreographer, Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires) directed/choreographed two current US tours: PJ Masks Live! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live. She is Assistant Director for multiple international productions of The Illusionists – Live from Broadway.
Jessica Fleischman (Stage Management Intern) has been working on Jersey Boys, both as a production assistant for the Off-Broadway company as well as a production assistant and substitute Assistant Stage Manager for the National Tour.
Jessy Yates (Non-Equity Company) had a solo piece put up at Prelude Festival. She can also be seen in the ABC sitcom “Speechless”!
Jiehae Park (Commissioned Playwright) had her play Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (2016 L. Arnold Weissberger Award) premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Peerless played at Marin Theater Company, Chicago’s First Floor, and Boston’s Company One.
Jillian Coratti (Costume Shop Draper) is teaching costume and craft classes at Montclair State University.
Jonathan Cantor (Apprentice) is currently enrolled in his last year of grad school at the Actors Studio Drama School. He will be performing in Book of Liz and Intuitively (a new play) for his thesis project. The plays go up at Three Legged Dog Theatre in the spring.
Joy Liebman (Development & Special Events Intern) is studying for her Masters in Culture and Society at the London School of Economics.
Katie Sheaffer (Carpenter) has worked for Netflix and Starz as a professional carpenter in New York City.
Keshav Moodliar (Non-Equity Company) is in his third year of training at The Juilliard School, and is starting rehearsal on Chuck Mee’s Queen’s Boulevard.
Kristen Sieh (Residency Artist) just opened The Band’s Visit on Broadway with Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk.
Kristin McCarthy Parker (Residency Artist) transferred Puffs Off-Broadway to New World Stages, travelled to The Second City with Recent Cutbacks, and continues to develop The Magnificent Revengers after a residency at University of Florida.
Kyle Birdsall (Stage Management Intern) just finished a Stage Management Internship with The Public working on Tiny Beautiful Things by Nia Vardalos.
Kyle Schaefer (Residency Artist) toured to Second City with Recent Cutbacks, and can be seen as a lead on the recently released web show “Brokers.”
Laila Robins (Actor, The Model American) is playing FBI director Janet Deakins in ABC’s “Deception”, slated to air in January. It is a one-hour drama in which the FBI meets magic!!
LT Gourzong (Associate Technical Director) is back at Yale University for her second year with the Technical Design and Production department.
Lloyd Davis, Jr. (Stage Manager, The Clean House) went straight from WTF to Two River Theatre to stage manage A Raisin in the Sun. He is now at Hartford Stage stage managing Sharon Washington’s Feeding the Dragon.
Lori Ann Zepp (Stage Manager, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow) is stage managing Sarah Gancher’s play Seder at Hartford Stage.
Luis Vega (Actor, Where Storms Are Born) will be playing the role of Richard (alongside Richard Thomas and Pamela Reed) in the upcoming national tour of The Humans by Stephen Karam.
Marissa Picciuto (Props Intern) is back at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for her second year of undergrad education, during which she is working on four shows.
Mark Armstrong (Residency Artist) finished his third season as the Executive Director for The 24 Hour Plays. Most recently, he directed Christopher Shinn’s Falling Away at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Meghan Anthony (Box Office Associate) moved to Boston and works as the School of Music staff assistant at Boston University.
Meghan Hornblower (Apprentice) is currently acting in two touring productions – Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth – to local high schools in the Boston area.
Mia Dedear (Company Management Intern) currently works as the Child Actor Supervisor at ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas as she continues her studies at the University of Texas.
Micah Stock (Actor, The Model American and Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow) is currently filming the Ben Stiller-directed Showtime miniseries “Escape at Dannemora” due in 2018.
Michael R. Jackson (Playwright-in-Residence) has playwriting commissions from LCT3, UARTS, Barbara Whitman Productions/Grove Entertainment. He has been awarded the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award.
Mitchel Austin Wolf (Costume Intern) worked as a shopper on the Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, a shopper/assistant to prep the national tour of Motown: The Musical, and just landed a job as a Production Assistant on ABC’s “Quantico”.
Myra Lucretia Taylor (Actor, Where Storms Are Born) is performing in the Off-Broadway world premiere of Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls: Or, The African Mean Girls Play. For TV, she is reprising her role as Donald Glover’s mom on FX’s “Atlanta.”
Naomi Reisner (Hair & Make Up Intern) is finishing her undergrad in costume design at Wright State University. She was the costume designer for Fiddler on the Roof, which opened last month.
Natali Arco (Lighting Intern) is the Lighting Director for Layon Gray’s touring production of Black Angels Over Tuskeegee. She is also the Season Lighting Designer for Winter Opera STL. She is programming the Off-Broadway premiere of Harry Clarke at the Vineyard Theatre.
Perri Edwards (Box Office Associate) moved to New York City at the end of the summer to work as the Individual Giving intern with Manhattan Theatre Club. She was promoted to Individual Giving Assistant, and is working with MTC full time.
Rebecca Gracey (Apprentice) was cast as Olympia in Skidmore College’s fall production of Big Love by Charles Mee.
Ryan A. Ross (Production Management Intern) has been working on Desperate Measures at The York Theatre Company. She was also a prop shopper for Meteor Shower on Broadway.
Ryan Haddad (Non-Equity Company) is developing a new play as a 2017-18 QUEER|ART Performance Fellow. He has been cast in the developmental lab of Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, and Ann McNamee’s new musical Other World, and he continues to tour his solo play Hi, Are You Single?
Ryan Rudewicz (Assistant Box Office Manager) is performing in Jen Silverman’s That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
Samantha Fremer (Stage Manager, The Model American and A Legendary Romance) is Assistant Stage Manager for the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit production of The Winter’s Tale, touring to recreational centers, shelters, correctional facilities, and other venues around New York City.
Samantha Galvao (Scenic Art Intern) is working in her sophomore year at Boston University. Her experience at WTF has given her the skills to work as a charge and lead scenic artist at school.
Seth Betzler (Stage Management Intern) worked as a Rehearsal Production Assistant for both the national tour of Jersey Boys and a new musical called The New World. He is currently stage managing The New School’s production of Language of Angels, directed by Jason McDowell-Green (WTF’s Director of the Professional Training Program).
Sophie Delaney (Props Intern) just closed Angels in America at Ithaca College, where she was Assistant Props Master.
Susie Knowles (Hair & Makeup Supervisor) was hired on to the full-time wig staff at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center!
Tamara Harris (Lighting Intern) is collaborating as the lighting designer for Lily’s Revenge as part of her MFA Lighting Design thesis production with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst this spring.
Taylor Fono (Apprentice) is currently playing Harper in Angels in America, Part 2 in Oklahoma University’s BFA Acting program. She is also directing The Nether for OU in the spring.
Taylor Kiechlin (Stage Management Intern) is the resident Assistant Stage Manager at Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, Pennsylvania for the 2017-18 season.
Trevor Guyton (Apprentice) just worked on a reading with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s project “Play On!” of a translation of Romeo and Juliet.
Vanessa Lopez (Business Management Associate) moved to Washington, D.C. to begin a new position with Studio Theatre as Finance Associate.
Victoria Collado (Directing Corps) is currently the Assistant Director of John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons on Broadway. She is currently developing a new play this December at Florida International University.
HIRING AND RECRUITMENT FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Williamstown Theatre Festival is now accepting applications for our prestigious training programs and seasonal staff for the 2018 Festival. WTF’s Professional Training Program gives invaluable on-the-job learning opportunities for performers, directors, writers, designers, technicians, and administrators. If you know someone who’s considering a career in the theatre, a summer in Williamstown in the best place to start. Every season, more than 200 early career actors, directors, designers, technicians, and administrators come to WTF for what is frequently the most challenging and rewarding summer of their lives.
Williamstown Theatre Festival is committed to telling diverse stories and to fostering an inclusive environment both onstage and off. For all of our educational, professional, and artistic positions, WTF actively seeks talented artists and administrators from all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. In addition, the Festival – in conjunction with the Kennedy Center’s Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative – offers scholarships for interns between the ages of 18-22 with disabilities.
CLICK HERE for more details and application information for the 2018 season.
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THEATRE BY AND FOR THE BERKSHIRES
In July of 2015, Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield charged Associate Artistic Director Laura Savia and Obie Award-winning playwright Lucy Thurber with creating a multi-year initiative that would build meaningful relationships with our neighbors in the Berkshires. The resulting COMMUNITY WORKS invites the people of Western Massachusetts to be a part of the Festival’s creative process – not just as audience members, but on stage! Now in year three, COMMUNITY WORKS brings together participants from diverse economic and social backgrounds and makes the Festival more accessible than ever. These diverse constituencies are connected with professional theatre artists and with each other through workshops, rehearsals, and a professional-caliber family-friendly production on the Main Stage at the Festival, presented free of charge for more than 2,000 locals.
CLICK HERE to learn more about COMMUNITY WORKS.
Funding for the research and community engagement for COMMUNITY WORKS provided by:
This program is supported in part by grants from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshires and the Pittsfield Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Williamstown, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GUILD!
We would love to give a huge shout-out to the Williamstown Theatre Festival Guild! The Festival Guild is a local volunteer organization that works to foster a closer relationship between the Williamstown community and the members of the WTF company. Now with more than 50 active members, the Guild makes company meals, promotes the Festival in the community, and provides local knowledge and assistance to the artists, technicians, staff, and their families, creating a fun, engaging, and memorable experience for all.
We could not do what we do without the WTF Guild! If you’d like to learn more about how you can participate, please contact Emily Bourguignon at email@example.com.
CLICK HERE more information about the WTF Guild and how to join!
2018 GALA IN NYC
Please join us for the annual Williamstown Theatre Festival Gala at Tao Downtown in New York City (92 Ninth Avenue) on Monday, February 5, 2018. Cocktails begin at 6:30pm, with dinner and fun following at 7:30pm.
Honoring Trustee Gary Levine, President of Programming at Showtime® and former Festival Managing Director, the evening will feature special appearance or performances by Festival artists including Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”, WTF’s An Enemy of the People) , Emmy Rossum (“Shameless”, WTF’s Romeo and Juliet), and Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, WTF’s When You’re Here).
Tickets prices start at only $150! CLICK HERE for more information about the 2018 Gala.
THE 2017 SEASON
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE BERKSHIRES
BABY WANTS CANDY
MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY WITH KELLY O’HARA
AN EVENING OF SONGS WITH ALEXANDRA SOCHA
TALKBACK WITH LONNY PRICE
MAJOR SEASON SUPPORT
Joan Benjamin & Laurance Cherkis
Margo & Bill Bowden
Elizabeth & Scott Delman
The Estate of Henry & Mary Flynt
Tom Fontana in memory of Sagan Lewis
James & Virginia Giddens
Matt & Jessica Harris
Harris Family Foundation
Joan & Jim Hunter
Todd & Wendy Jick
Kirsten Johanson & Tom Green
Jeff Johnson & Hy Conrad
Valerie & George Kennedy
Amy & Chris Kiplok
The Kraft Group
Renee & Carl Landegger
Maxine & Gary Levine
Jennifer Mascarenhas & Wade Davis
Elliot & Cathy Masie
Margery & Ted Mayer
Barbara & Don McLucas
Janet & Ed Miller
Anne & Josh Morris
Niclas Nagler & Alberto Alvarez
Annie & Nicholas Pell
Hon. Susan Phillips Read
Susan Rose & Alan Lafer
Caren Pasquale Seckler & Mike Seckler
Worden Family Fund
BUSINESS MEMBERS & LOCAL SUPPORT
The Williamstown Theatre Festival expresses our enormous gratitude to Williams College, our host and partner for 63 summers. We are deeply grateful to all the Williams College faculty & staff who support our work with grace and generosity.
AN IMMERSIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE IN TWO PARTS FROM THE FOREST OF ARDEN
Written and devised by Eric Berryman, Jen Silverman,
and the Company of The Forest of Arden
July 20 - August 12 | Williamstown, MA
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
Book by Daniel Goldstein
Music and Lyrics by Dawn Landes
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Inspired by A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure
July 16 - August 14 | The Clark Art Institute
Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo PlaysCelebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays
Directed by Colette Robert, Wardell Julius Clark, and Candis C. Jones
Guest curated by Robert O’Hara
Featuring new plays by Guadalís Del Carmen, France-Luce Benson, NSangou Njikam, J. Nicole Brooks, Terry Guest, Ike Holter, Charly Evon Simpson, Ngozi Anyanwu, and Zora Howard
July 6 - July 25 | Front Lawn of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
By Phone: 413.458.3200
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Snail Mail: PO Box 517
Williamstown, MA 01267