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Berkshire Theatre Group was created in 2010 by the merger of two of Berkshire County’s oldest cultural organizations, Berkshire Theatre Festival founded in 1928 in Stockbridge and The Colonial Theatre build in 1903 in Pittsfield. One of the largest and most exciting arts organizations in the area, BTG oversees the development, production and presentation of theatre, music and the performing arts on 5 stages.

1.-The-Colonial-Theatre-Circa-1912On September 28, 1903 The Colonial Theatre, designed by J. B. McElfatrick, opened its doors. McElfatrick designed 220 theaters in total, 39 of which were on Broadway, the Colonial is one of only a half dozen still standing. The Colonial was built in five and a half months and boasted pristine acoustics and 2.-The-Historic-Colonial-Theatre-Lobbyclassic gilded age architecture. As was sometimes the custom in that day, the exterior of the theater was designed by a respected local architect, Joseph McArthur Vance who also designed Pittsfield’s Masonic Temple, the Christian Science building, the superstructure of the Wahconah Park Stadium, Mount Greylock’s Bascom Lodge, and the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington.

3.-The-Colonial-PlayersIn 1912 the Colonial Players were founded. They were an in-house company that produced weekly shows from May through October. Edith Luckett, Ronald Reagan’s mother-in-law, was the original star of the Players. After extensive renovations, the perfect proportions of the Colonial Theatre were enhanced with state-of-the-art theatrical technology—footlights, 4.-Edith-Luckett-with-daughter-Nancy-1931border lights and a switchboard by the General Electric Company. Maude Adams, Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Sarah Bernhardt, Eubie Blake, Billie Burke, George M.Cohan, Irene Dunne, 5.-Sarah-BernhardtGrace George, William Gillette, Walter Hampden, Helen Hayes, Al Jolson, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Julia Marlow and E.H. Sothern, Will Rogers, Lillian Russell, Ted Shawn, Noble Sissell, Ruth St. Denis, Laurette Taylor, Ed Wynn and many others performed on the Colonial stage throughout its life.

7.-Eubie-Blake6.-Will-RogersIn 1927 The Colonial Theatre presented Eubie Blake in his own production of Shuffle Along. George M. Cohan also appeared in his hit, The Song and Dance Man. In a curtain speech Cohan praised Pittsfield and the Colonial as “his favorite theater in America.”

8.-Berkshire-Theatre-Festivals-1928-production-of-CandidaIn 1928 the Berkshire Playhouse was founded when Mabel Choate sold the Stockbridge Casino to financier Walter Clark. Clark immediately contacted three friends—Daniel Chester French, Dr. Austen Riggs and the New York Tribune’s theater critic Walter Prichard Eaton. With their help the Three Arts Society was formed, and a check written for the $20,000 needed to dismantle the casino and haul it in pieces by horse drawn wagon to the far eastern end of Main Street where it was repositioned at the bottom of Yale Hill. The Three Arts Society remodeled the casino’s interior by adding a stage and seating for 450 people, and christened the new theatre the Berkshire Playhouse. With the talented young actor Alexander Kirkland as its Executive Producer and F. Cowles Strickland as its Director, the Playhouse opened on June 4, 1928 with The Cradle Song, starring Eva LeGallienne. Years later her words of inspiration still provide guidance: “the theatre is a great force capable of spreading beauty and understanding.”
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In 1929, during its second season, the Berkshire Playhouse launched a theatrical school, welcoming Jane Wyatt as one of their first students. Katharine Hepburn had small roles in two plays and James Cagney was in Oh, Boy! by P.G. Wodehouse.

10.-Thornton-Wilder-in-Berkshire-Theatre-Festivals-1939-production-of-Our-TownIn 1934 The Colonial Theatre closed due to the depression and the Berkshire Playhouse began its search for a new director. Walter Clark called his four most loyal board members—Mabel Choate, Daniel Chester French, Austen Riggs and Walter Prichard Eaton—to determine the Playhouse’s future. Together, they decided to continue operations under the direction of 23-year-old Billy Miles, a bit actor during the Playhouse’s first season who later worked as a gofer for Strickland. The icing on the cake of that 1934 season was Zoe Akins’s Declassee with Ethel Barrymore. Though she was 55 years old, 15 years older than she’d been when she’d played the glamorous role on Broadway in 1919, the Playhouse’s audiences were thrilled with Barrymore’s performance. In the years to come, Miles continued to pursue female stars. It was, as Brook Atikinson called it, “the Era of the Matriarch,” and featured the likes of Tallulah Bankhead, Ruth Gordon, Lillian Gish, Eve Le Gallienne, Peggy Wood, Ruth Chatterton, Shirley Booth, Kay Francis, Sylvia Sydney and Gloria Swanson. Billy Miles remained the Berkshire Playhouse’s director for 18 years.

11.-A-Colonial-Theatre-Movie-Poster-circa-1946In 1937 the Colonial reopened, a new marquee, projection room and two retail stores having been added to the front of the building, dramatically altering its classic lines. It operated primarily as a movie theater although some community performances continued until the day the theater closed.

12.-Buster-Keaton-in-Berkshire-Theatre-Festivals-1949-production-of-Three-Men-on-a-Horse-By the end of 1949, which featured a Berkshire Playhouse season that included Eva Le Gallienne, Kay Francis and Buster Keaton, Miles came to a remarkable conclusion, “Last season with more stars available than ever, regardless of acting ability, audiences began to discriminate. They recognized the fact that a Hollywood name in large type on a poster was no guarantee of a good performance. The Playhouse had a very good regular stock company that came back year after year. Some of these actors were so well-liked that if we couldn’t get a first class star, we would feature one of them and nobody felt the difference.”

In 1951 the Colonial closed again due to the rise of TV and the decline of touring theatrical companies.

In 1952, the Colonial was put up for auction. Although George Miller was the lowest bidder, he wanted to save the building rather than demolish it, and thus Miller Art Supply moved into what had been the orchestra level. One final performance, Curse You, Jack Dalton, was given by the Pittsfield Town Players on the Colonial stage on December 21, 1952. To accommodate a retail paint and art supply business, the orchestra floor was leveled and a drop ceiling was added, concealing—and preserving—the balconies and elaborate architectural details. The Miller family is credited for maintaining the structural and decorative integrity of The Colonial Theatre until the community was ready to bring it back into service as a community entertainment center.

13.-Berkshire-Theatre-Festivals-1964-production-of-Guys-and-DollsIn 1964, the Berkshire Playhouse was reorganized as a non-profit organization and renamed the Berkshire Theatre Festival. The board hired a new president, Stockbridge resident and playwright William Gibson, who had two Broadway hits to his credit: Two for the Seesaw and The Miracle Worker.  Both had been directed by another Berkshire resident Arthur Penn, and had starred one of the country’s most outstanding actresses Anne Bancroft. The Berkshire Playhouse was about to become a theatrical force amongst regional theatre across America. Not only did it have a new name, a new way of doing business, and a new president but, with William Gibson, and his new artistic director George Tabori guiding it, the theatre had a new direction, a revitalized sense of creative vision and a bold excitement. Gibson had opened the door to theatrical experimentation, and the BTF gallantly soared ahead, embracing what was to become the most fertile and dynamic period it had ever known.

The 1966 season opened with Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Arthur Penn, and featuring Anne Bancroft, Alvin Epstein, Estellle Parsons, and the youngest and least well known member of the company, Frank Langella. Also that season: The Merchant of Venice, bravely updated and set in a German prison camp; The Cretan Woman, a Greek tragedy with Tabori’s wife, the actress Vivica Lindfors; two new one-act comedies by a new, young American playwright Terrence McNally, and Samuel Beckett’s existential comedy Waiting For Godot with Lou Gossett; The only new play of the 1966 season was Murray Schisgal’s Fragments, with two old friends and former roommates who had both just completed making films that were to change their lives: Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman. A year later Dustin would receive an Oscar nomination for The Graduate and Gene would receive one for Bonnie and Clyde.

14.-Al-Pacino-in-Berkshire-Theatre-Festivals-1967-production-of-Does-a-Tiger-Wear-a-Neck-TieThe following year, 1967, Producer Peter Cookson joined Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the season was chosen by him, Arthur Penn and Gibson. Beatrice Straight appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire; Al Pacino played a juvenile delinquent and drug addict in Does A Tiger Wear a Necktie, a new play by Berkshire playwright Don Peterson which went on to Broadway where the young, virtually unknown Pacino won a Tony for his performance. Frank Langella appeared in Dracula; Anne Jackson starred in John Lewis Carlino’s The Exercise, which went on to Broadway.

15.-Rita-Moreno-in-Berkshire-Theatre-Festivals-1971-production-of-Are-You-Now-or-Have-You-ever-Been-BlueIn 1976, The Berkshire Theatre Festival’s playhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1979, The Berkshire Theatre Festival Board launched a nationwide search for a new artistic director, finally settling on a 29-year-old college drama teacher from Vermont. Josephine Abady remained at Berkshire Theatre Festival for nine years, and during that time produced only American plays, many of them revivals, written prior to World War II, particularly the ’20s and ’30s, including: The Butter and Egg Man, The Petrified Forest and The Little Foxes. She also produced works by Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Christopher Durang, Edward Albee and Robert Anderson. Under Josephine, Beatrice Straight appeared in The Glass Menagerie, Sigourney Weaver in The Animal Kingdom, George Grizzard in Harvey, Kim Hunter in A Delicate Balance, Dorothy McGuire in I Never Sang for My Father and Christopher Walken in The Rain Maker.

16.-Karen-Allen-in-Berkshire-Theatre-Festivals-1981-production-of-Two-for-the-SeesawIn 1994 Friends of the Colonial Theatre Restoration was formed by Bob Boland.

In 1996 The Unicorn Theatre was reopened after a lengthy renovation and became BTF’s official second stage. Since the beginning, Berkshire Theatre Festival had a focus on training. Early acting apprentices renovated a space in the old Mellon Barn to rehearse and perform scenes and monologues. By the 1980s this Unicorn Theatre became a home for new and experimental work and in 1992, the Unicorn was home to cabaret acts from New York City and a workshop style production. 

In 1997, public tours of The Colonial Theatre led to increased community awareness of its potential. Then State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. of Pittsfield announced that the pending Commonwealth of Massachusetts Convention Center Bond Bill included $2.5 million in funding for the Colonial Theatre Restoration Project. Subsequent regular public tours of the building were scheduled by the Friends of The Colonial Theatre Restoration, Inc. and public sentiment about the value of the project to Pittsfield began to grow.

17.-Hilary-Clinton-at-The-Colonial-Theatre-1998In 1998, after many years of effort by the Friends of The Colonial Theatre Restoration, Inc. to have the theater’s historic significance recognized by the community and the nation, The Colonial Theatre was designated a National Historic Treasure by the Save America’s Treasures Program of the National Park Service. Reinforced by a visit to Pittsfield by then First Lady Hillary Clinton, this designation provided national credibility to the plan to restore and operate The Colonial Theatre. Senator Nuciforo continued to secure additional Commonwealth support for the project as others built local momentum and plans for the theater.

In 2001, The Colonial Theatre was purchased from the Miller Family and in 2004 The Colonial Theatre Association began the process of restoration by removing the temporary walls and ceilings and having the layers of paint analyzed to confirm that the original ornamentation matched its description in news reports from its 1903 opening. After years of design, planning, and community fundraising, the rehabilitation of the historic Colonial Theatre and the extensive renovation of the adjacent Berkshire Auto Garage were undertaken.

18.-The-Colonial-Theatre-Restoration-photo-by-Nick-WhitmanIn 2006 the Colonial reopened after a $21 million restoration. The twenty-two-month construction process preserved and reinstalled all historically significant architectural and design features while creating a modern performance center equipped to handle the needs of artists and audiences alike. Audiences were awed by the vaulted gilded entrance, the elaborately decorated boxes and balcony, the meticulously crafted custom plasterwork, and the exquisitely painted ornamental detail. The upper Gallery level preserved the original rare high-backed “pew” seating from which the view of the original “sail vault” over the proscenium, complete with its restored central mural featuring the muses of art and music, could once again inspire all who saw it. The inaugural performance was a touring production of RENT.

19.-RENT-the-Inaugural-Performance-at-the-Newly-Renovated-Colonial-Theatre-2006In 2007, singer-songwriter James Taylor returned to the Colonial for 3 days in July to record his One Man Band tour for world-wide TV and home video release. Joining him was Larry Goldings (his keyboardist and sole band member for the tour). Also, legendary theater and film score composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch performed on September 8th at the Colonial’s annual Gala celebration.

In 2010 Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre merged to create Berkshire Theatre Group. As Kate Maguire, Artistic Director, CEO, said “Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial share the distinction of having provided an artistic home for the Lunts and the Barrymores; each are registered as National Historic Landmarks. The combined stories of these theatres provide a mirror of insight to the American Theatre—indeed they represent the strength of the American story and capture the essence of our understanding that the arts provide doorways to growth and windows to all that lies in the human heart.”

In 2011 Berkshire Theatre Group built the Neil Ellenoff Stage. This glorious outdoor stage provides the perfect back drop for family entertainment. Berkshire Theatre Group also opened The Garage, located in the lobby of the Colonial. Its name pays homage to its former owner, Berkshire Auto Co. Garage. This newly developed venue, complete with stage, lights and sound system, is BTG’s dedicated venue for local and regional music performers.

20.-First-Lady-Michelle-Obama-at-The-Colonial-Theatre-2012In 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at The Colonial Theatre as a part of President Obama’s re-election campaign.

In 2013 Berkshire Theatre Festival celebrates its 85th summer season and The Colonial Theatre celebrates its 110th birthday. 

 

History of the Colonial Theatre

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The Colonial Theatre is one of America's finest
turn-of-the-century theaters to survive intact!

Designed by the noted firm of theater architects, J. B. McElfatrick and son, the Colonial Theatre’s stage and audience chamber were a class above most playhouses of the day. McElfatrick designed hundreds of theaters throughout North America during the latter half of the 19th and first few years of the 20th centuries – upwards of 51 in New York City alone – but the Colonial is one of only a handful still standing.

 

Script Submissions to Berkshire Theatre Group

Berkshire Theatre Group accepts submissions of plays, musicals, translations, and adaptations. All submissions are considered for productions at BTG and for development opportunities.

Playwrights must submit their work either through established agents or by first sending a letter of inquiry, accompanied by a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a résumé. These materials will be reviewed and BTG will contact playwrights regarding its interest in reading a full manuscript. Berkshire Theatre Group will not read unsolicited manuscripts.

Submissions are accepted year-round

Materials may be sent to:

Script Submissions
111 South St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201

 

History of Berkshire Theatre Festival

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  • The Buffoon – A. Tupper and Howard Lee
  • Candida – George Bernard Shaw
  • Captain Applejack – Walter Hackett
  • The Cradle Song – Martinez Sierra
  • The Enchanted April – Kane Campbell
  • Meet the Wife – Lynn Starling
  • Mr. Pim Passes By – A.A. Milne
  • Outward Bound – Sutton Vane
  • The Romantic Age – A.A. Milne
  • The Swan – Ferenc Molnár

1929

  • Arms and the Man – George Bernard Shaw
  • Caroline – Somerset Maugham
  • The Dover Road – A.A. Milne
  • Oh Boy – P.G. Wodehouse
  • Rip Van Winkle – Joseph Jefferson and Dion Boucicault
  • The Royal Family – George F. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
  • Thunderin the Air – Robbins Miller
  • The Truth About Blaydes – A.A. Milne
  • You Never Can Tell – George Bernard Shaw
 

Auditions

ALAN FILDERMAN
CASTING DIRECTOR
NEW YORK, NY  

THE BERKSHIRE THEATRE GROUP at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield MA will be holding Equity Auditions for their 86th Anniversary Season. Listings of shows and information can be found below.  

Artistic Director: Kate Maguire 

AEA “Independent Producer of LORT.”                                                                                

LOCAL AUDITIONS: 

Wednesday, March 19th

Type:              Required Equity Principal Auditions

Location:        The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Time:              10:00am – 6:00pm;

Contact:         Call Corey Cavenaugh at 413-448-8084 ext. 102 to schedule an appointment. 

Please prepare a monologue approximately (2) minutes in length. 

For directions to the theatre, please visit: http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/visit/directions/colonial-theatre-pittsfield.html

Seeking:
Equity male and female actors for Berkshire Theatre Festival’s following productions:

Fitzpatrick Stage: 

IRMA VEP: R-6/2, O-6/28 C-7/19 CAST 

CEDARS: R-6/30, O-7/26, C-8/9 CAST 

A HATFUL OF RAIN by Michael V. Gazzo, directed by Gregory Naughton. R-7/21, O-8/16, C-8/30 

POLO POPE: Italian-American, 28 to 38. Emotionally still a child. The black-sheep brother to Johnny’s “golden child”.   Masculine but submissive, sweet but tough.  

JOHNNY POPE: Italian-American, 28 to 40.  Handsome.  The 1st and “golden” child.   Naturally stoic (which helps mask his heroin addiction from his loved ones) but his war experience in Korea has left him deeply wounded (on the inside).  

CELIA:  28 to 38.  Emotional center of the play.  A nice girl from the suburbs who is trapped in this grim urban working-class environment. Has discovered that she is stronger than even she knew. Nonetheless, after the last 5 years of Johnny’s absence, she is at the breaking point. 

JOHNNY POPE SR (FATHER): Italian-American, 55 to 75. Johnny and Polo’s estranged father. A stern and physically imposing man (or once was). Selfish with a hot temper and strong bias for his first son (Johnny) — though he was abusive and neglecting of both. 

MOTHER: Male 40-55. Drug-pusher and addict. His intensity and ruthlessness may be misconstrued as sadism, but Mother is more accurately a stone-cold business man. Can be charming, but must be scary. 

Unicorn Stage: 

BENEFACTORS: R-6/16, O-7/12, C-7/26 CAST 

POE: R-9/11, O-10/2, C-10/25 CAST

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Berkshire Theatre Group was created in 2010 by the merger of two of Berkshire County's oldest cultural organizations, Berkshire Theatre Festival founded in 1928 in Stockbridge and The Colonial Theatre built in 1903 in Pittsfield. One of the largest and most exciting arts organizations in the area, BTG oversees the development, production and presentation of theatre, music and the performing arts on 5 stages.

Our campus in Stockbridge, which is home to Berkshire Theatre Festival, presents work at three venues: The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, The Unicorn Theatre and The Neil Ellenoff Stage.

THE FITZPATRICK MAIN STAGE (408 seats), founded in 1928, is the ultimate "summer theatre." This iconic building, designed by Stanford White, helped establish the Berkshires as a cultural destination. Each summer, the finest in classical theatre and world premieres are produced on our historic stage.

THE UNICORN THEATRE (122 seats), a theatrical jewel, is the home for new and emerging artists, and challenging and thoughtful work.

In 2011, Berkshire Theatre Group built THE NEIL ELLENOFF STAGE. This glorious outdoor stage provides the perfect back drop for family entertainment.

Berkshire Theatre Festival Campus

6 East Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Administrative Phone: (413) 298-5536
Ticket Office: (413) 298-5576

Our Pittsfield location is home to our oldest and newest stages: The Colonial Theatre and The Garage.

THE COLONIAL THEATRE in Pittsfield (780 seats) was built in 1903 and re-opened in 2006, following a $21 million restoration. This stage boasts pristine acoustics, classic gilded age architecture and state of the art technical systems and hosts family entertainment, comedy, live music and more year round.

Located in the lobby of the Colonial is THE GARAGE. Its name pays homage to its former owner, Berkshire Auto Co. This newly developed venue, complete with stage, lights and sound system, is our dedicated space for local and regional music performers.

The Colonial Theatre/The Garage

Video: An Inside Look at "The Garage"

111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Administrative Phone: (413) 448-8084
Ticket Office: (413) 997-4444

Come be a part of the excitement on five stages!

  • Concessions are available in the lobbies of all of our theatres.
  • Lost and found articles should be turned in to an usher or House Manager.
  • Inquiries regarding lost articles may be directed to the Ticket Office.
  • Complimentary coatrooms are available to theatre patrons at the Colonial.
  • Berkshire Theatre Group management is not responsible for personal property left at the theatre.
  • Designated handicapped parking is available at all of our theatres.
  • Public entrances and exits are all handicap accessible.
  • Handicapped seating and infrared assisted listening systems are available on all levels and in every price range. Please advise the ticket office staff of any special needs at the time of ticket purchase.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in any of our theatres.
  • The photographing or sound recording of any performance or the possession of any photographic or recording device inside our venues without the written permission of the theatre management is prohibited by law.
 

Awards & Recognition

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Awards and Accolades 2013

BTG was named “Best Live Theatre” for Best of the Berkshires 2013 and the 2013 “Berkshire Theater of the Year” by the Pittsfield Gazette. The Colonial Theatre was picked as the “#1 Best Performance Space in the Berkshires” by Jiminy Peak magazine and one of the top ten winter destinations by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.

Oklahoma! (directed by Eric Hill) was named one of the top five for Best Theatre 2013 by Metroland newspaper. Extremities (directed by Karen Allen) was named one of the top five in Best Theatre 2013 by The Berkshire Eagle newspaper. Anna Christie (directed by David Auburn) was selected for “Best Performance” for Rebecca Brooksher’s role as Anna Christopherson  and Mary and Edith was hailed as a “Best Surprise” by The Westfield News newspaper.
 

BTG also received the “2013 American Graphic Design Award” for their 2013 Summer Season Poster from Graphic Design USA, an international graphic design organization. BTG was selected from over 8,000 entries from across the nation, representing the highly selective 15 percent of excellence in design.


The Berkshire Eagle's
 2012 Outstanding Stage Artists:

Eric Hill, director of A Chorus Line
Gerry McIntyre
, choreographer of A Chorus Line
Steven Freeman, music director of A Chorus Line 
Michael Chybowski, lighting designer of A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line & Bettye LaVette Named Best Theatrical and Musical Events of 2012 by the Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire Theatre Group Named 2012 "Berkshire Theater of the Year" by the Pittsfield Gazette

Berkshire Theatre Group's 2012 Production of Edith is Nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association's Annual ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award

NETC Regional Award for Excellence in Theatre, 2012

Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre is a recipient of the New England Theatre Conference’s 2012 NETC Regional Award for Excellence in Theatre. The NETC recognizes organizations that share in its common causes, which are to develop, expand and assist theatre activity in New England on the educational, community and professional levels, to study and preserve the theatre in its many aspects, to develop the highest possible standards, to foster, support and promote the educational aspects of theatre, and to encourage interchange and mutual aid, with close cooperation between our region and other state, regional and national theatre organizations, and with organizations in the other fine and applied arts. This is one of the first regional awards to a Berkshire County theatre in 30 years, since 1982. Berkshire Theatre Festival was a recipient of a regional award in the late ‘70s.

Best Historical Attraction, The Colonial Theatre, Berkshire Eagle Reader's Choice, 2012
Best of the Berkshires 

 

Colonial Rental Info

The Colonial is available to rent for performance events as well as other events/functions. With its extensive facilities the Colonial has played host to both rock bands and weddings, comics and business meetings. Our rental information may be found below.

 

Mission

About Mission

Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Berkshire Theatre Group's celebrated five stages reflect the history of the American theatre; they represent a priceless cultural resource for the community. Our vision is to be a center for creative work that enriches, invigorates and transforms artists and audiences.

 

Board of Trustees

About Board

Board of Trustees

James Ruberto Honorary Chairman
Ruth Blodgett President
Michael E. MacDonald President Emeritus
Gary P. Scarafoni President Emeritus
David L. Lloyd, Jr. Executive Vice President
William H. Booth Vice President
Neil E. Ellenoff, Vice President
A. King Francis
Vice President
Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. Vice President
Robert H. Jones, Jr.
Vice President
Lee Perlman Vice President, Finance and Treasurer
Robert M. Berzok Secretary

David L. Auerbach
Sandra L. Brown
Wendy Carver
Linda James Cooper
Reggie Cooper
Marie V. Feder
Ralph Frisina
Shari Haddad
Oskar K. Hallig
Robert Halper
Michael D. Hess
Tom Laurin
Andrew H. Mick
Madeline Phelps
Roger L. Pierson
Ian Rasch
Casey Meade Rothstein-Fitzpatrick
Marvin H. Seline
Alli Sheehan
Carole Siegel, Ed.D.
Maureen M. Stanton
Kate Maguire Artistic Director, CEO

Emeritus Board

Hilary Somers Deely
Bridget Fawcett
Armand V. Feigenbaum
James W. Giddens
Henry Goldstein
Bobbie Hallig
Jane Harte
Barbara Haubold
Randolph Hawthorne
Stuart Hirshfield 
Gordon Hyatt
Margery Jassy
Elizabeth Ireland McCann
Martin E. Messinger
Kate Morris
Mary Mott
June Ellenoff O’Neill
Pauline D. Pierce
Fredric D. Rutberg
Margery Steinberg
William Swan
Aso O. Tavitian
Robert B. Trask
Julie Weiss
B. Carter White
Jane M. White
Robert G. Wilmers

 

Staff Directory

About Staff

Colonial Ticket Office:

Phone: (413) 997-4444

Administrative Office:

Phone: (413) 448-8084
Fax: (413) 448-8772

Stockbridge Ticket Office:

Phone: (413) 298-5576 ext 33

Administrative Office:

Phone: (413) 298-5536
Fax: (413) 298-3368 

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Employment

About Employment

Berkshire Theatre Group is seeking a Facilities Manager for the summer season. 

Dates: Early May to Early September. 

Responsibilities will include: maintaining the Berkshire Theatre Festival building in Stockbridge in regards to upkeep and repairs; working with contractors and utility workers for the properties; some basic landscaping; performing basic plumbing and electrical repairs; ordering supplies; removing trash and cleaning theatres and dormitory dining room and bathrooms daily; mowing of lawns; keeping spending within the budgets; and performing general tasks related to repair and/or improvements.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume and reference to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

or: Peter Durgin
Colonial Theatre
111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Summer 2014 Internships Currently Available.
Please click here for more information: http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/about/employment/87.html

 

Technical Info

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The Colonial Theatre

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FILE NAME FILE TYPE CONTENTS/NOTES
General Information ZIP Contains technical specifications, square footage, lineset schedule and parking informations
Lighting Information ZIP Contains channel hookup, instrument schedule, magic sheet, rep plot, dimmer locations, and house light patch.
Theatre Drawings ZIP Contains ground plan, section, stage dimensions and detail of SL and SR wings
 
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Ticket Office Hours
Monday–Friday: 10am–5pm
Saturday: 10am–2pm
Performance days 10am–curtain

BTF ticket office will re-open on 5/25.

Colonial Ticket Office 
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Pittsfield, MA 01201
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83 East Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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