To give communities a voice through theater.
To identify and engage with communities who lack equitable access to theater arts. In partnership with each community we will develop unique, custom, theater-based projects or curriculum to articulate a community’s voice.
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 worked with the Pittsfield Public School’s high school EOS/Educational Options for Success program and their summer Gateways ESL program.
Ann will be producing a community-based, site-specific production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" with the residents of Tyringham, MA summer 2017. In addition she is a Youth Mentor at Pittsfield Community Connection in Pittsfield. In 2015/16 she was a mentor with Multicultural Bridge’s Happiness Toolbox program in Pittsfield, MA. Ann was the Youth Advisor for the city of Pittsfield’s Youth Commission and served on the Board of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.
Directing projects with youth: The Hundred Dresses, A Fly In My Soup and Other Works, A Spy, A General and June Peas at the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshire.
Cultural Heritage Spoken Word and Maloh, a Congolese Tale at the Pittsfield summer Gateways ESL program.
Doubt: A Parable, Directing Project of scenes at Emerson College
Ann will be producing a site-specific, community-based production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with the town residents of Tyringham, MA Summer of 2017
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.
To provide theater experiences that empower and engage communities. Theater 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 theater and addressing accessibility barriers we can enrich the cultural life of area residents of all ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Theater can be an instrument through which to celebrate a community’s character and articulate its individual voice.