Barrington Stage Receives $30,000 Grant for Playwright Mentoring Project

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $30,000 grant from Berkshire United Way to support its award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP).

“We are ​honored​ to receive th​is​ Berkshire United Way grant ​and to continue our partnership with them,​” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “This significant grant allows us to work more deeply and to engage the young people in Berkshire County through our Playwright Mentoring Project.   It is our hope that the underserved students of today become the outstanding members of the community tomorrow.  When the youth succeed, we all succeed.”

Kris Hazzard, President & CEO of Berkshire United Way says, “Mentoring is more than just a nice idea.  Research has shown that it’s an effective strategy for strengthening communities – kids who have a trusted adult (mentor) in their lives are much more likely to make healthy decisions and stay on track to graduate high school and progress toward financially stable futures.”

“Berkshire United Way is proud to partner with Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project, which uses theatre as a catalyst to develop and foster these crucial mentoring relationships, supporting Berkshire United Way’s mission of building a stronger community,” she added.

Berkshire United Way has served 26 towns throughout Berkshire County for over 90 years, mobilizing the resources necessary to address the most pressing issues and lead the way to a thriving community. As part of a global network, we focus on creating lasting change by giving parents the tools they need to be partners in their child’s success, leading to healthy decision making by youth and resulting in a successful, stable life. For more information about Berkshire United Way, visit www.berkshireunitedway.org.
 
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
 
Barrington Stage Company is a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA.  It was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which later transferred to Broadway where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009, Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session ran more than ten weeks on Stage 2 and later moved Off Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way in 2012) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre in fall 2013. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical, On the Town, was originally produced at BSC in 2013.  In 2014, it opened on Broadway with BSC as a co-producer, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.  In 2016, Barrington Stage swept the​ first Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards by winning 20 out of the 25 awards.  In 2016, BSC produced three World Premieres; Presto Change-O, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and American Son, which won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play.
 
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