Who We Are

Kristen van Ginhoven

Artistic Director, co-Founder kristen@wamtheatre.com

Reading Half the Sky made me believe, for the first time in my life, that I could make a difference. By co-founding WAM, I have found a way to help turn oppression into opportunity. Doing philanthropy through the arts is working and it feels great.

Kristen van Ginhoven

About Kristen
Kristen’s WAM Theatre credits include directing the New England Premiere of  “In Darfur” by Winter Miller (beneficiary: 13 Housemothers at the Mother of Peace Orphanage in Illovo, South Africa); Northeast Regional Premiere of “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight’ by Lauren Gunderson (beneficiary: The Rites of Passage and Empowerment for Girls Program); World Premiere of “The Old Mezzo’ by Susan Dworkin (beneficiary: Shout Out Loud Productions); ‘The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls’ by Martha Ross, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Jennifer Brewin, Alisa Palmer and Leah Cherniak (beneficiary: Berkshire United Way Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative);  ‘Melancholy Play’ by Sarah Ruhl (beneficiary: Women’s Fund of Western MA) and ‘The Last Standing Protestor’ by Lydia Styk for ‘A WAM Welcome’ (beneficiary: Women for Women International). She is a participant of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada, where she will assistant direct the 2015 production of “The Physicists”. Additional directing credits include “The Whale” (Adirondack Theatre Festival), “10×10 Festival” (Barrington Stage Company, 2013/2014), “The Cabbage Patch” (Majestic Theatre), “Petticoats of Steel”(Capital Repertory Theatre). Kristen has also directed at Sienna College, Emerson College and Cohoes Music Hall. Selected assistant directing: 42nd Street (Stratford Festival of Canada) Two Men of Florence (Huntington Theatre) Sleuth, Absurd Person Singular (Barrington Stage Company,). She is an associate member of the Society of Stage Director’s and Choreographers, a member of the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association (CAEA) and was a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. As a theatre educator, Kristen has worked as an artist in residence and adjunct faculty at various colleges and universities, including Emerson College and Queen’s University. She is a freelance artist and consultant for ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association), an association devoted to international youth theatre education who hold events and festivals worldwide where young people, teachers and artists come together to explore theatre through intense collaboration. Kristen has a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College, where she received the Presidential Fellowship, a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s Universitywww.kristenvanginhoven.com

Molly Clancy

Artistic Associate

Working for WAM is pure delight because it means investing in the future of women and girls. By telling the stories of women and supporting women as storytellers, we become the catalyst for creating a clearer and more vibrant depiction of our world. To me that’s what theatre is all about, telling the untold stories that stir universal questions and conversations of change. Molly Clancy

About Molly
Molly Clancy is a young theatre professional and artist living in the Berkshires. She works at Shakespeare & Company as the Publicity & Playbill Director and at WAM Theatre as the Artistic Associate. Currently, Molly is curating the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series for WAM.  Previously, Molly has worked at Florida Studio Theatre and Home Made Theatre. Recent directing credits include Assistant Directing “In Darfur”, “How The World Began”, and “Seven Homeless Mammoth Wander New England” with WAM. Directing “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Wizard of Oz” at Forest Lake Theatre, and Directing “The Rwandans’ Visit” at the Lougheed Festival of the Arts at SUNY Potsdam, where Molly graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and English.

Gwendolyn Tunnicliffe

Philanthropy and Outreach Coordinator

Theatre helps me to better understand the history, belief systems, and needs of others. WAM Theatre excels at creating inquisitive theatre that encourages audiences to continue their conversations after the performance has ended. By diversifying the stories told in theatre, WAM provides the opportunity for a broader range of people to connect.

Gwendolyn Tunnicliffe

About Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn Bliss Tunnicliffe is an arts administrator and performer with a passion for community based work. As a Berkshire native, she is thrilled to be a part of an organization that actively seeks to promote and enrich dialog in her community. Gwendolyn’s recent administrative work includes serving as the Marketing Intern and Stage Manager for Hampshire Shakespeare Company, Stage Manager for The Lonely Soldier Project, which partnered with the VA Northampton branch and Soldier On, and serving as House Manager for Bennington College’s music venue. As a performer, some of her favorite roles include Wendy in “Peter Pan” at UMass Amherst, Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro” at Williams College, and The Transcendentalist in “The Emily Dickinson Project” with TheatreTruck. She recently completed the Professional Certificate in Arts Management through the Arts Extension Service at UMass Amherst.

Alicia Maher

Education Coordinator

I seek to bridge my longtime interest in theatre-making with a desire to serve others. I longed to become a part of the WAM Team because this double wish is embedded into its mission. I am eager to help extend WAM’s guiding mission to its Education program and to work with creative young women and girls of Berkshire County.

Alicia Maher

About Alicia

Originally from Iowa, where she received her BA in Art History from Grinnell College, Alicia now lives in Berkshire County with her young family. She spent her undergraduate years performing in college productions and spent a semester at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Alicia found the opportunity to share a love for theatre-making with young people at The Painted Turtle, a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, and worked for the next few years to help grow the arts and recreational programs of the camp. Alicia completed her Master of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in the Drama/Theatre for Youth and Communities program where she focused on applied drama, devised theatre, and museum theatre projects. Alicia has performed locally through the Sundance Theatre Lab at Mass MoCA and in “Orpheus in the Berkshires” with the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Gail Burns

PR & Marketing Associate

As a theatre critic, I have seen many companies come and go in this region. What set WAM apart from the very start was their clear mission. Everyone says “We’re going to mount great shows,” but WAM established a clear agenda for supporting women and girls in all areas of life, whether its the artists they employ, the beneficiaries of their fall productions, or the themes of their excellent panel discussions. When an opportunity came for me to join the WAM Team I knew immediately that it was a perfect fit for my own skills and values. Who doesn’t want to play for the winning team? Gail Burns

About Gail
Gail M. Burns has been a professional, independent theatre critic since 1997. She studied theatre at Sarah Lawrence College with Obie Award-winner Shirley Kaplan and Tony Award-winner Wilford Leach. She has been working with young people in the theatre since 1971. The Burns family own and operate the Starlight Stage Youth Theatre in Williamstown, MA, which will celebrate its 40th season in 2015! Gail is a direct descendant of Eleanor of Aquitaine, among many, many other people.

Dawn Martin

Volunteer Coordinator

There are many people like me who have found themselves moved and uplifted by Kristen and her vision for culture that calls attention to human issues through exquisite theater, while addressing the needs of women and girls in our time through financial sharing. I am looking forward to channeling that enthusiasm along with volunteers who want to be part of the action by giving of their time to WAM Theatre. Dawn Martin

About Dawn
Dawn is a relatively recent transplant to the Berkshires, having worked and raised children in the Far East (that would be eastern Massachusetts.) Her career has encompassed arts administration and teaching art for SMARTS Collaborative, the Department of Youth Services, The Sage School, Lanesborough Elementary School, the Berkshire Museum, and private instruction. Dawn’s degrees are in Art History (Syracuse University) and Art Education (Massachusetts College of Art and Design.). She enjoys making art, planting gardens, and exploring the stellar cultural corridor she now calls home.

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