Back by popular demand, the Performing Arts Initiative will offer a preview of the 2018 performing arts scene in our area. Find out in advance what awaits on stages at some of our premier venues, as well as some award-winning “outliers” in the Berkshires. We hope to hear from artistic directors of Jacob’s Pillow Dance, The Berkshire Opera, the Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company, et al. Also, we are planning to round up some of our reviewers and invite them to sit again at the Critics Roundtable for a lively discussion.

Friday, April 27, 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM. Critics Panel: Peter Bergman, Theatre Critic, Jeff Borak, Theatre Critic, Berkshire Eagle, Macey Levin, Critic, and Barbara Waldinger Critic

Friday, May 4, 11:15 AM – Noon: Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, Barrington Stage and Noon – 12:45 PM: Pamela Tatge, Director,  Jacob’s Pillow

Friday, May 11, 11:15 AM – Noon: Kate Maguire, Artistic Director, Berkshire Theatre Group and Noon – 12:45 PM: Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director, Shakespeare & Co.

Friday, May 18, 11:15 AM – Noon: Daniel Elihu Kramer, Producing Artistic Director, Chester Theatre and Noon – 12:45 PM: Laura Savia, Associate Artistic Director, Williamstown Theatre Festival


Naomi Spatz, Co-founder of New York City’s Golden Squirrel Theater, producing readings and workshops; created “Teachers Night on Broadway “and “Kids Day on Broadway.”

Nancy Vale, M.F.A., Northwestern University; taught acting at Northwestern; involved in various theater programs in the New York Metropolitan area; has appeared in local theater productions.

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