Click here to meet and read thoughts about the project from some of the 2012 participants!
Click here for photos from the sold out April 14 event!
The second 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project brings together playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers, technicians and actors from both the Berkshires and the Capital Region armed with the common task of mounting 5 new short works by women playwrights, all written, rehearsed and performed in 24 Hours. Producers WAM Theatre and MOPCO are delighted to announce that the 2012 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project will take place on April 13 + 14 at Shakespeare and Company in the Bernstein Theatre complex with a public performance taking place at 8pm on Saturday, April 14.
“Last year’s inaugural 24hr project took place at the Arts Center for the Capital Region in Troy, NY and sold out! It was such a success that we all decided to do it again this year in the Berkshires” says Kat Koppett, Training Director at MoPCp “We are delighted that Shakespeare and Company are supporting the event by hosting it in their Bernstein Theatre complex, the perfect place for such an event to take place” adds Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director of WAM Theatre.
Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre
70 Kemble Street
Saturday, April 14 at 8pm
$15 general seating
1-800-838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/217238 to order tickets
Kat Koppett- Co-Director of MOPCO, Capital Region
Kristen van Ginhoven-WAM Theatre co-founder and Artistic Director, WAM Theatre-Berkshires
Mark Fleisher-Producing Artistic Director, Adirondack Theatre Festival-Capital Region
Leigh Strimbeck-WAM Theatre co-founder and Artistic Advisor-Capital Region
Liz Duffy Adams
Capital Region- Ms. Adams’ recent productions include Or, (premiered Off Broadway at WP Theater) and Dog Act (Flux Theater Ensemble in NYC). Among other honors she has received a 2012 Women of Achievement Award, a Lillian Hellman Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a New Dramatists residency.
Berkshires- Ms. Newby is a playwright for the Barrington Stage Company Playwright Mentoring Program. She is also a writing instructor at MCLA, where she has worked closely with the Women’s Center on various theatrical projects. She is co-Artistic Director of Main Street Stage.
Capital Region- Ms. Koppett is the Co-Director of the Mop & Bucket Theatre Company (aka Mopco) and the author if ‘Training to Imagine’, a book on the use of improvisational theatre techniques to enhance professional performance. She was a finalist in the Playground Emerging Playwrights Festival in San Francisco. In 1995, Theatreweek Magazine named Kat one of the year’s unsung heroes for her creation of the improvised musical format, ‘Spontaneous Broadway.”
Capital Region- Ms. Parrish is a playwright, filmmaker, educator, and storyteller. HEROIC GIRLZ (the stage play she co-wrote with four 11-year-old girls, and then a film which she wrote and directed) has won numerous national and international awards, and has been performed or screened at many venues, including the United Nations. For a number of years, Cindy has been a playwright-in-residence in local schools.
Berkshires- Ms. Siegel’s writing credits include So Sing Already! at the New End, London and Callback for 10 Minutes in the Berkshires. She has worked as an actor at Stageworks Hudson, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Birmingham Rep (UK), and London’s Royal Court. She trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
David Bunce- Artist-in-Residence, Theatre Institute at Sage, Russell Sage College, Capital Region
Michael Burns- Artistic Director of MOPCO, Capital Region
Danny Eaton- Producing Artistic Director, Majestic Theatre, Berkshires
Sara Katzoff- Artistic Director of The Berkshire Fringe Festival, Berkshires
Corinna May- Berkshires-based Director/actor/playwright-
(Assistant Directors/Observers: David Sernick, Jamuna Yvette Sirker)
Brittney Belz-Costumes-Capital Region
Sam Craig-Scenic Assistant and Tech-Berkshires
Joe + Jan Jurchak-Sound-Capital Region
Nick Webb-Lights Assistant and Tech-Berkshires
Valerie Carlson*- Berkshires
Sara Friedman*- Capital Region
Margaret Hall*-Capital Region
Brandi Klein*-Capital Region
Front of House/Program:
Kathleen Carey-Capital Region
Lezlie Dana*-Capital Region
Tim Dugan*-Capital Region
Lora Lee Ecobelli*-Capital Region
Joey Hunziker-Capital Region
Ron Komora*-Capital Region
Daniela Malave*-Capital Region
Tony Pallone-Capital Region
Yvonne Perry*-Capital Region
Kevin Craig West*-Capital Region
Stewart Zully*-Capital Region
ABOUT WAM Theatre:
Inspired by the book ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM Theatre was founded in 2009 by professional theatre artists Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck. WAM’s philanthropic mission is two-fold; first, producing theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or the stories of women and girls; second, to donate a portion of proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls. WAM Theatre is based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Capital Region of New York State. www.WAMTheatre.com
Live performance fills a central, universal need of humankind. This need cannot be met by passive reception of electronic or virtual paths, but must be experienced with all five senses. MopCo believes that the best theatre comes out of an active collaboration between performer and audience. We constantly expand, refine, and redefine our own concept of what improvisation in performance is. This is because the company acts on the assumption that that which is unchanging is probably dead, and will therefore begin to stink soon, if it doesn’t already. www.mopco.org
SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is a new international holiday that celebrates women artists. It is an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of March (Women’s History Month) and the surrounding weeks.
The official date of the Fifth International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 31, 2012, and it will also be celebrated throughout the months of March and April 2012.
By focusing attention on the work of women artists, SWAN Day helps people imagine what the world might be like if women’s art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives.