Ann Gallo
Founder/Artistic Director

Producer

  • Tyringham Arts Festival, July 28, 2018

  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder. A site-specific, community-based production with the residents of Tyringham, MA, 2017

Director

UBU Theater

  • A Fly in My Soup

  • Happiest Years

Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires

  • The Hundred Dresses

  • A Fly In My Soup and Other Works

  • A Spy, A General and June Peas

 Pittsfield Schools' summer Gateways ESL program

  • Cultural Heritage Spoken Word

  • Maloh, a Congolese Tale

Emerson College Graduate Directing Project with high school youth.

  • Doubt: A Parable

Mission

To give communities a voice through the arts.

Vision

To identify and engage with communities who lack equitable access to the arts. In partnership with each community we will develop unique, custom arts and theater-based projects or curriculum to articulate a community’s voice.

Community

Produced the Tyringham Arts Festival in July, 2018 with the residents of Tyringham, MA. In August, 2017, Ann produced a community-based, site-specific production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" with the residents of Tyringham, MA.

Teaching Artist

Teaches UBU Theater acting/scene study in Tyringham, MA. 2018 collaborated with the Barrington Stage Company's WSS Youth Council exploring themes from "West Side Story". In 2015 Ann initiated the first theater program at the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield, MA for middle and high school youth. She has also taught theater with the Pittsfield Public Schools' high school EOS/Educational Options for Success program and the Pittsfield Schools' Summer Gateways ESL program.

Mentoring/Youth Empowerment

She is a Youth Mentor at Pittsfield Community Connection in Pittsfield. In 2015/16 Ann was a mentor with Multicultural Bridge’s Happiness Toolbox' program in Pittsfield, MA. Ann served as the Youth Advisor for the city of Pittsfield’s Youth Commission from 2014 to 2016. 

Education

Ann holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College ‘13, and a B.A. in Theatre and Music Composition from Bennington College ‘82. She has attended professional development workshops across the U.S. at theaters and arts organizations including Cornerstone Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Arena Stage, AATE National Conferences and the Mass Cultural Council, among others.  

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Why Community?

To provide artistic experiences that empower and engage communities. Theater and the other arts can be inaccessible for a variety of reasons: economics, distance, accessibility, unfamiliarity or simply lack of exposure or understanding of the arts. By providing access to community-based artistic experiences, and addressing accessibility barriers we can enrich the cultural life of area residents of all ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. The arts can be an instrument through which to celebrate a community’s character and articulate its individual voice.