All of us at Berkshire Theatre Group look forward to joining you, our patrons, in performance as soon as possible.

We are living through times of enormous historical significance.
There are now six poets who have contributed their work and artistic inspiration to Presidential Inaugurations.
Please click here to VIEW each poem including Amanda Gorman’s reading at the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on 1/20/21.

BTG PLAYS! Year-Round Education Program

Cast of Disney’s Aladdin JR.; 2019; Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music, and entertainment. BTG’s celebrated four 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, educates, invigorates, and transforms artists and audiences.

BTG PLAYS! Year-Round Education Program serves 13,000 school children in over 26 schools across 15 towns. There are approximately 5,429 students in Pittsfield, of which we serve 3,467. Through careful planning and programming, BTG offers children and families access to culturally enriching activities. Thirty percent of families participating in these programs are economically disadvantaged and all Pittsfield Public School students qualify for free and reduced lunch. BTG provides free and reduced ticket prices, camps, and internships. 

BTG PLAYS! includes 12 different initiatives in three distinct categories:

  • School Partnership Programs
  • Performing Arts for Young People
  • Pre-Professional Internship Programs

In School Residency Class at C T Plunkett Elementary School, Adams, MA.

In-School Residency

BTG’s In-School Residency is a 14-week creative and collaborative process in which students develop and write their own one-act plays. In this program students with a variety of learning styles grasp the fundamentals of playwriting. The Student Study Guide, distributed to each student, includes concepts of theatre, literature, writing, and playwriting.

After School Program

BTG’s After-School Program is a hands-on kinesthetic learning experience celebrating each student’s unique artistic voice. Trained actors encourage students to trust their own imaginations and work within the context of a group. Offered throughout Berkshire County schools, BTG tailors each session based on school and individual needs.

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Field Trip and Touring Performances

For more information, contact

Allison Rachele Bayles
Administrative Director of Education
(413) 448-8084 x19

Brian Marshall and Isabella Brown at <em>A Christmas Carol</em> Opening Night, 2016. Photo by Madelyn Gardner.

Brian Marshall and Isabella Brown at A Christmas Carol Opening Night, 2016. Photo by Madelyn Gardner.

Students at Conte Community School during the BTG PLAYS! In School Residency Program, 2017. Photo by Courtney McLaren.

Students at Conte Community School during the BTG PLAYS! In School Residency Program, 2017. Photo by Courtney McLaren.

BTG PLAYS! Summer Class at the Colonial Session One (Ages 7–10). Photo by Katie Brumfield.

BTG PLAYS! Summer Class at the Colonial Session One (Ages 7–10). Photo by Katie Brumfield.

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We believe the performing arts can transform a community.
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Of the 16,000 Berkshire County school children, we serve 13,000 through our BTG PLAYS! Year-Round Educational Programs.
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Theatre is the place where we go to understand what lies in the human heart.
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BTG's buildings, on two campuses in Stockbridge and Pittsfield, are historic treasures.
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Berkshire Theatre Group believes that the creative arts are dependent on a free society that encourages freedom of speech and debate.
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In a Boston Globe article by Don Aucoin on Covid‑19, Artistic Director Kate Maguire said:
"Out of need will come the way. Once the pandemic ebbs, whenever that is, there will be an incredible need to gather again." The theatre has existed from the time of the Greeks. We will go on.
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