When: Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Where: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA


Reserved Seating

Premium Seating B Ticket
$75.00 ($25.00 of this ticket sale goes to WAM Education Program)

Premium Seating A Ticket
$125.00 / Includes Post Show Reception which will be held on the Mahaiwe stage and will include food, drink and a chance to meet the panel and other special guests.


Change Makers

Celebrating WAM Theatre’s first five seasons with a panel discussion of extraordinary people effecting positive change through the arts.

marsha0097_3SarahLaDuke-WAMCStaffPicThe evening will now be hosted by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Marsha Norman and WAMC Producer Sarah LaDuke, who are replacing Jayne Atkinson, who has to jet off to the Emmy Awards!


In addition to the 45-60 minute panel discussion, the benefit will also include a sneak peak of WAM Theatre’s fall 2014 production In Darfur and the announcement of the beneficiary of that production.


Jessica Blank is author (with Erik Jensen) of The Exonerated, a play based on interviews with wrongly convicted death row inmates (Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First, Herald Angel awards); they also adapted the film starring Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover. Their play Aftermath, based on interviews with Iraqi civilian refugees, ran at New York Theatre Workshop, toured internationally, and garnered two Drama League award nominations. Their new play, How to be a Rock Critic, will be at CTG and South Coast Rep next season; they have television projects in development with Fox TV Studios, Fox 21, and Condé Nast. As an actor Jessica appeared regularly on Made in Jersey (CBS). Other TV includes The Mentalist, Bored to Death, Rescue Me, Law & Order: CI. Film includes The Namesake (dir. Mira Nair) and several indies; she has four films coming out in 2014.



Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright and founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights. Her drama In Darfur was inspired by what she saw as New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s researcher at the start of the genocide in Darfur in 2004. She then traveled with Kristof to villages and refugee camps along the Chad/Sudan border after winning the 2006 “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie Theater and the Playwrights’ Center. In Darfur premiered at The Public Theater for a sold-out run; a subsequent staged reading in the Public’s 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park – a first for a play by a woman – drew a standing-room-only crowd. Miller’s plays include The Penetration Play, The Arrival, Paternity, Amandine and Seedhttp://wintermiller.com/


John Stanmeyer by Rob Becker

John Stanmeyer, a Berkshire-based photographer, has worked extensively with National Geographic over the past decade. He has long focused on exposing social injustice, eradicating global poverty, promoting human rights, and raising awareness of vanishing cultures. His latest book, Questions Without Answers (Phaedon, 2012), chronicles the past 30 years of global conflict and change. Stanmeyer has received numerous honors for photojournalism, including the Robert Capa, NPPA, and National Magazine awards, and, most recently, the World Press Award, the most prestigious global recognition in photojournalism. http://www.stanmeyer.com/



Cynthia Wade won the Academy Award in 2008 for her short documentary Freeheld, about a dying policewoman’s fight to leave her pension to her female life partner. Wade is now producing the Hollywood adaptation of this story, which stars Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Zach Galifianakis. In 2013 Wade received her second Oscar nomination for her HBO documentary Mondays at Racine, about a hair salon that caters to women undergoing chemotherapy. Her Clio-winning 2014 short film Selfie (shot at Monument Mountain High School in Great Barrington), about girls’ body image and social media, went viral, capturing five million views within the first ten days of its internet launch and earned Wade and her subjects a slot on the Today Show. Wade’s work has been seen on HBO, Cinemax, PBS, MTV, Discovery, History Channel, A&E, Oxygen and LOGO; she has won more than 45 film awards worldwide. http://cynthiawade.com/ 


marsha0097_3Marsha Norman gained celebrity as the author of ’night Mother, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Award, and was adapted into a film. She won 1991 Tony and Drama Desk awards for her book for the Broadway musical The Secret Garden, and another Tony nomination for The Color Purple, a musical that had a three-year run on Broadway. She was most recently represented on by Broadway the musical The Bridges of Madison County, which debuted last summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival; a national tour of the show is slated for the fall of 2015. Norman has won a Peabody Award for her writing for the HBO series In Treatment. Her latest play, The War on Women, is a commission from the UN and concerns trafficking and violence toward women worldwide. Norman is co-chair of the Playwriting Department of the Juilliard School and a co-founder of the Lilly Awards, started in spring 2010 as a way to honor the work of women in the American theatre. 

SarahLaDuke-WAMCStaffPicSarah LaDuke grew up in Saranac Lake, NY, where she worked part time at Pendragon Theatre (mostly behind the scenes) throughout high school and college. She has worked at WAMC, Northeast Public Radio since May 2006, primarily as producer for The Book Show and The Roundtable. Her love of theatre is familiar to public radio listeners, as is her dulcet voice, thanks to her occasional on-air interviews with actors, playwrights, filmmakers, musicians, and dancers including Carol Burnett, John Patrick Shanley, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Philip Glass, and Jeff Tweedy.