Who We Are
Kristen van Ginhoven
Artistic Director, co-Founder email@example.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
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
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.
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
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.
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