Williams College Off- Center Series

Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30pm

Adams Memorial Theatre, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA


For more information call the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance box office at 413-597-2425.


UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Thursday, February 12 at 7:30pm

1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY

Advance Tickets: $10/general public/$5 students, seniors and staff

Day of Show Tickets: $15 general public/$10 students, seniors and staff

Tickets can be purchased by calling the PAC box office at 518-442-3997


Pittsfield 10x10 Festival

Friday, February 13 at 7:30pm

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA


Tickets can be purchased by calling the Berkshire Museum at 413-443-7171 x 10


Emilie: Staged Reading Special Event

In February 2015, WAM Theatre has been invited to present a staged reading of their critically acclaimed 2013 production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson at three different locations in Berkshire County, MA and the Capital Region, NY.

Come hear Emilie, best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, defend her life by tallying her achievements in Love and Philosophy. The original production was deemed ‘highly imaginative and theatrical’ by the critics and ‘provocative, intelligent and funny’ by audiences.

Directed by WAM Theatre Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven, much of the acclaimed original cast returns, headed by Kim Stauffer in the title role. This enhanced staged reading will feature some audio and visual elements from the original production.

Click here for more information on the Williams College February 10 Event

Click here for more information on the UAlbany February 12 Event

Click here for more information on the 10x10 Festival Event


Suzanne Ankrum (WAM Theatre's Emilie)

SUZANNE ANKRUM (Soubrette) WAM Theatre: Emilie (Soubrette), Fresh Takes Series: Measure for Measure (Isabella), Blue Stockings (Tess) Elsewhere: The How and the Why (New Century), Tartuffe, Merry Wives of Windsor, Woyzeck, Fuddy Meers, A Christmas Carol (Clarence Brown Theatre); The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing (Henley Street Theatre Company);  Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Part 2 (Richmond Shakespeare) TV:  Orange is the New Black  Training: University of Tennessee -Knoxville (MFA), William and Mary (BA), Stella Adler Conservatory.  Et cetera: Suzanne is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and serves as the Director of Bated Breath’s Physical Theatre Training Center. Online: @suzanneankrum

Timothy Carter - Headshot 2TIMOTHY CARTER (Voltaire) WAM Theatre debut. Elsewhere: The Lion King (National Tour); Henry VIII (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); The Three Musketeers and Macbeth (The Acting Company); King Lear, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, and Henry V (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Richard III and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival); Hay Fever (Westport Country Playhouse); A Lesson Before Dying (New Repertory Theatre); The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Fulton Opera House); All My Sons (Northern Stage). Film/TV: Orange is the New Black Training: Brandeis University (MFA) Et Cetera: Timothy played Charlie in Kristen van Ginhoven’s recent production of The Whale at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. He’s thrilled to be working with her again.

BrendanCataldoBRENDAN CATALDO (Gentleman) WAM Theatre: Emilie… and the 3rd Annual Berkshires/Capital Region 24hr Theatre Project Elsewhere: Macbeth (Gallery Players, NYC), Pride and Prejudice (PCPA Theaterfest, CA), Black Tie (Adirondack Theatre Festival, NY), Altar Boyz (American Stage Theatre Co., FL) and Forever Plaid (Show Palace) Training: Niagara University, BFA-Theatre Studies (Performance) Online: www.brendancataldo.com


joan02JOAN COOMBS (Madam) WAM Theatre:  Emilie (Madam) 2013 production; ensemble 10x10on10 Festival; 24 Hour Theatre Projects (2011 and 2012); Shakespeare & Co: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Frieda); Tartuffe (Mme. Pernelle); Leap Year (Betty). Franklin Stage Company: Tartuffe; The Theater Barn: Better Late; The Hollow; Leading Ladies. Also: All My Sons; Death of a Salesman; The Cocktail Hour; Lettice& Lovage; Enchanted April. Film: Like Lambs. Voice: narrator Hamelot series for teen girls. Training: Shakespeare & Company. Et Cetera: So happy to be playing with this company again; kudos to Kristen for building WAM.

KimHeadshotKIM STAUFFER (Emilie) WAM Theatre: Emilie New York: Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Stuart, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre).  Regional: Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Tempest, Macbeth, Pericles, Lorenzaccio (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC); Circle Mirror Transformation (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire, The Crucible (Barrington Stage Company); Madagascar, Crime and Punishment (Chester Theatre); Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Othello (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Proof (Triad Stage); A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Company); Taming of the Shrew, The Crucible (Capital Repertory Theatre).  Film/TV: Hence the Stars, Pearl Divers, Small Shots: The Amish Matrix.  Education: MFA, University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

BRAD BERRIDGE (Sound/Projection Design/Musical Arrangements and Performance) WAM Associate Artist. WAM Theatre: In Darfur, Emile and The Old Mezzo (world premiere), The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls. Off-Broadway: Loot, Nightmare Alley, 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti, Himself and Nora, Cactus Flower. Locally: At Barrington Stage: The Whipping Man, The Best of Enemies (world premieres), The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire and many others. At Capital Repertory: Other Desert Cities, Gypsy, The God Game, A Christmas Carol, The Sister Rosensweig, and others. Brad is the Resident Sound Designer for The Sharon Playhouse. He is also the Creative Director for the sound art collective, Push The Button. Et. Cetera: Brad lives in the Berkshires with his wife, WAM Board President Ashley Berridge and their children, Emma and Charles. Website:  www.bradberridge.com

GOVANE LOHBAUER (Costume Designer) WAM Theatre: Emilie, In Darfur. Shakespeare & Company: Govane is in her 35th season with Shakespeare & Company where she is Costume Director and a principle designer. Credits include: Shakespeare’s Will, The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged), Private Eyes, It’s a Wonderful Life, Private Lives, Loves Labors Lost, King Lear, The Liar, The Learned Ladies, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Taster, Twelfth Night, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Ladies’ Man, Enchanted April, Ice GlenSelected Regional credits: The Wharton Salon’s The Long Run last fall, and other favorites – Red Noses, Metamorphosis, Top Girls, H.M.S. Pinafore, Gianni Schicci, Carousel, The Merry Widow.

ANDI LYONS (Lighting Design) WAM Theatre: Emilie Recent credits: include Imagining Madoff at Stageworks/Hudson; Twelfth Night at Williams College; Tosca at Tri-Cities Opera; Distant Music at Theater for the New City; Lonely Planet at Oklahoma State University; and Looking Over the President’s Shoulder at Capital Repertory Theatre.  Education: MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Et. Cetera: Andi has designed more than two hundred productions in a variety of professional and academic venues. She is the Resident Designer at UAlbany, SUNY.

VINCENT OLIVIERI (Composer) WAM Theatre: Emilie Broadway: credits include High and contributions to Radio Golf. Off-Broadway: credits include The Water’s Edge, Omnium-Gatherum, The Brothers Size, The God Botherers, and Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy. New York City Regional: credits include productions with Woolly Mammoth, Center Stage (Baltimore), Barrington Stage Company, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Gorilla Productions, The Juilliard School, Syracuse Stage, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (CEA Award), Virginia Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Yale Repertory Theatre. He has created designs for world-premiere productions by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Kirsten Greenidge, Charles L. Mee, Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck, and August Wilson. For three years, Mr. Olivieri was the Resident Sound Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. International credits include work in Italy, Korea, China, and Romania. His work was presented as part of the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibitions in 2007 & 2013. Training: Mr. Olivieri is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and serves on the faculty at University of California-Irvine.

NORAH SCHEINMAN (Stage Manager) WAM Theatre: Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatlet Defends Her Life Tonight. Additional credits: Mary Poppins (West Virginia Public Theatre), Mary Poppins and On The Town (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), La Boheme and La Cenerentola (Yale Opera), Trojan Women and The Winter’s Tale (Franklin Stage Company), Spirits of Exit Eleven (Theatre Row), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Atlantic Theatre Company), and Twelfth Night (NY Classical Theatre). Training: She holds an MFA in Stage Management from Rutgers University.Et. Cetera: Norah is delighted to rejoin WAM Theatre for this reading series! Website: www.norahjanescheinman.com

KRISTEN VAN GINHOVEN (Director) WAM Theatre: In Darfur (New England Premiere), Emilie (New England Premiere), The Old Mezzo (World Premiere), The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls and Melancholy Play Elsewhere: The Whale (Adirondack Theatre Festival), 10 Minute Play Festival (Barrington Stage Company), Petticoats of Steel (Capital Repertory Theatre), Footloose (Cohoes Music Hall), Children’s Hour (Siena College), Vendetta Chrome (Emerson College) Selected assistant directing: 42nd Street (Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada) Two Men of Florence (Huntington Theatre) Sleuth, Absurd Person Singular (Barrington Stage Company) Training: Dalhousie University (BA), Queen’s University (BEd), Emerson College (MA) Et cetera: Kristen is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a theatre artist for the International Schools Theatre Association. She was a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Website: www.wamtheatre.com

JULIANA VON HAUBRICH (Scenic Designer​) WAM Associate Artist. WAM Theatre: In Darfur (New England Premiere​), Emilie (New England Premiere), The Old Mezzo (World Premiere), The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls, Melancholy Play. ​Regional: The Whale (Adirondack Theatre Festival), All My Sons (Main Street Stage).  NYC:​ Taming of the Shrew (The Acting Company), Pudd’nhead Wilson (The Acting Company), La Cenerentola (The Juilliard School), Richard II (The Juilliard School), A Place Like This (Present Company), Word to No One (Present Company), The Mermaid (NY Fringe 2000)​ L.A.:​ In Real Life (Center Theatre Group), Ghosts in the Cottonwood (Echo Theatre Company). Training: University of Michigan (BA), California Institute of the Arts (MFA). Website: www.julianadesignsvonhaubrich.com