It is important for both men and women to take action for these issues. I am part of WAM because I am a father and a husband and being part of a theatre organization benefiting women makes me proud.Brad Berridge
Brad Berridge is an American Sound Artist. His work focuses on Sound Design and Composition for Theatre and Live Entertainment, Sound Art Installations, and furthering the development of sound into the artistic world. His original music and sound designs have been heard in theaters across the United States. His work with the sound art collective, Push The Button, has been viewed all over the U.S. and Eastern Europe. Brad is also in the new music duo, The Night I Found Out I Was Adopted. TNIFOIWA has performed in the eastern half of the U.S. and Europe. Brad is the Resident Sound Designer for The Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut and an Associate Artist for WAM Theatre. http://www.bradberridge.com/
My two passions in life are theatre and social work so when WAM came to town and I heard about the double philanthropic mission, I knew I wanted to get involved! I’m excited to help our education department grow into a Berkshire County classic.Barby Cardillo
Barby Cardillo is a professional performer and teaching artist and also holds a BA in social work from MCLA. She came to WAM in 2011 having been cast in the mainstage production of “The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls” Also for WAM, she has performed in the Fresh Takes Series, The 24 Hour Theatre Project, the Word by Word Festival and the Ten x Ten arts Festival As a teaching artist, Barby has been creating and directing drama workshops and productions in the Berkshires since 1992. With Shakespeare and Company she has directed Shakespeare productions at many area elementary, middle and high schools. She worked for “Shakespeare in the Courts” for 6 years directing productions with adjudicated youth as a part of an alternative sentencing program. For 10 summers she was the Director of the Theatre Program at Camp Hawthorne in Maine. She directed kids 10-17 in a full -length production every summer. For 8 years, Ms. Cardillo was the drama instructor at the Valleyhead School, a residential treatment facility for girls aged 12-20 who have experienced severe psychological trauma. Her work with the girls was part of a comprehensive therapeutic arts program designed to heal through creative expression using visual and performing arts. Barby has worked since 1999 with Community Access to the Arts (CATA) an organization who’s mission it is to celebrate and nurture the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the arts. She creates and implements workshops for adults and teens with developmental disabilities in multiple settings throughout the Berkshires. As an Artistic Mentor with the Barrington Stage Company, Barby has lead groups of teens in creating theatre from their own stories as part of the award winning Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP). Barby was also the creator and teacher for the K.E.W.L (kids entertained while learning) Beanz, high school improv troupes that she has taught at Drury High, Pittsfield High, Taconic High and Hillcrest Educational Center. She has been seen on stage in many varied roles with WAM Theatre, Aglet Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Mixed Company, Castle Hill Family Theatre and the Boston Playwrights Theatre as well as being a founding member of the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe and a player with “The Majesters” an improv group in West Springfield.
After over a decade as an accidental banker I am so happy to be a member of the WAM Theatre team. I feel my journey is coming full circle and I am back where I belong. Not only creating theatre, but with WAM Theatre’s double philanthropy mission, empowering and helping women and girls close to home and worlds away.Freda Grim
Originally from Spokane, Washington, Freda Grim and her husband, Dan Courchaine, now reside in Lee, MA with their children, Oscar and Iris. Freda is currently the Office Manager for WAM Theatre, as well as a freelance artist and arts administrator. Freda spent 15 years as a scenic artist, for plays, operas, films, and television for the likes of Hartford Stage Company, Spoleto Festival, USA and DreamWorks Pictures. In addition to painting, she supervised and trained scenic artists up and down the east coast. Freda is a volunteer for several organizations in the community. She is chair of the Lee Educational Enrichment Fund (LEEF) of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. Freda is a member of the Lee Finance Committee, Lee High Band parents and LMHS/LES Drama clubs. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from UMASS-Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Eastern Washington University. When not working or fundraising, she enjoys gardening, drawing, knitting, felting, and kayaking. Freda’s fiber art can be seen at art fairs and at Etsy.com. Freda is an enthusiastic life-long learner, loves dance, movies and Broadway shows.
I prefer to watch theatre that brings to light the current topics and issues in our world while delving into the human spirit which WAM Theatre excels at producing. And it’s fantastic to have another company here in the Berkshires that works hard to utilize the skills and talents of local artists and production personnel.Hope Rose Kelly
Hope Rose Kelly is an Equity Stage Manager based in the Berkshires. She has worked at many companies in the Northeast and across the country: Shakespeare & Company (where she serves as Production Stage Manager), Montana Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Wilma Theatre, L/A Public Theatre, Hangar Theatre, McCarter Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Wallis Center in Beverly Hill, George Street Playhouse, and Stonington Opera House – to name a handful. Hope attended Ithaca College and the University of Toronto. She currently serves on the Board of the Stage Managers’ Association and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
“WAM has rekindled my love of creating theatre by channeling the work I do into meaningful avenues that support and uplift the lives of women and girls. For me, it takes my creative expression to another level of significance that I cannot achieve anywhere else.”Juliana von Haubrich
Juliana von Haubrich is a visual artist working in theatre and graphic design. Originally from Michigan, Juliana obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Juliana was also the founding Technical Director & Resident Designer for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. In 1999, she received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design from the California Institute of the Arts (Calarts). While in Los Angeles, Juliana designed sets for theatre, film, and television, earning a “Best of L.A. Award” from L.A. Weekly. Moving to New York City in 2000, Juliana focused on theatre, designing for The Juilliard School, The Acting Company, and other off-Broadway companies. Currently in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts, she continues to design for WAM Theatre Company, and has also started a new path in Graphic Design and Book Illustrations. www.JvonHDesigns.com