T101 | Berkshire Performing Arts Previews


11:30 am – 1:00 pm


3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19 & 4/26

Six Sessions 

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program

What awaits us on the summer stages in 2022?  Artistic Directors, who creatively set up productions on outdoor stages, in spacious tents, or around museum pools the summer of 2021, are at work on the tentative 2022 season.  Change is coming as two Artistic Directors, at Barrington Stage and Williamstown, are leaving. Join us by Zoom for a perspective on the local performing arts from a Critics Panel and a close-up of the new season from ten local artistic directors.

March 22, 11:30 am: Berkshire Critics Panel- Peter Bergman, Jeff Borak, Dan Dwyer, Macey Levin, and Barbara Waldinger 

March 29, 11:30 am: Berkshire Theatre Group- Artistic Director & CEO Kate Maguire; 12:15 pm: Bridge Street TheatreArtistic and Managing Director John Sowle & Associate Director Steven Patterson 

April 5, 11:30 am: WAM Theatre- Artistic Director and Co-Founder Kristen van Ginhoven; 12:15 pm: Shakespeare & CompanyArtistic Director Allyn Burrows 

April 12, 11:30 am: Berkshire Opera Festival- Director of Production and Co-Founder Jonathon Loy12:15 pm: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival- Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge   

April 19, 11:30 am: Williamstown Theatre Festival- Jenny Gersten, Interim Artistic Director: 12:15pm: Great Barrington Public Theatre- Artistic Director Jim Frangione

April 26, 11:30 am: Chester Theatre Company- Producing Artistic Director Daniel Elihu Kramer; 12:15 pm: Barrington Stage CompanyArtistic Director Julianne Boyd

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 Barbara Waldinger holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from City University of New York Graduate Center; taught at Queens College, Hofstra University and Marymount Manhattan; and since 2000 has served as the Artistic Director of HRC Showcase Theatre in Columbia County, NY. She is also a theatre critic and member of the Berkshire Theatre Critics' Association, co-founder of OLLI's Performing Arts Initiative and co-leader of OLLI's Playreading SIG.  

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