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BSC Press Director Charlie Siedenburg, 551-655-0968
BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
RECEIVES $70K SHUBERT FOUNDATION GRANT
IN SUPPORT OF 2015 SEASON
(PITTSFIELD, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $70,000 grant from The Shubert Foundation.
The Shubert Foundation, Inc., bestowed $24 million to 488 nonprofit arts organizations in 46 states through its grants program for 2015. Granted in the category of Theatre, the award will support Barrington Stage Company’s 2015 season.
“We are thrilled with the Shubert Foundation support,” said Julianne Boyd. “It’s an important grant for any arts organization to receive since it recognizes excellence in the field by one of the prestigious granting organizations in the United States.”
The 70 year old foundation is sole shareholder of the Shubert Organization, Inc., which runs 17 Broadway and six Off Broadway theaters. The foundation’s grants program has awarded more than $360 million since its launch in 1977.
Ranging from $10,000-$325,000, the grants benefit a broad spectrum of arts organizations — large to small — that cover a wide range of locations around the country, from urban to rural. The Shubert Foundation is especially interested in providing support to professional resident theatres that develop and produce new American work.
Barrington Stage Company’s 2015 season, running from May through October, includes Man of La Mancha, Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, His Girl Friday, and Veils on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage; Butler, Shining City, the Musical Theatre Lab premiere of A Little More Alive, and Engagements on The St. Germain Stage; as well as numerous special concerts, cabarets, and the Youth Theatre production of Shrek!
About The Shubert Foundation
The Shubert Foundation is a national foundation, based in New York City, dedicated to supporting the performing arts in the United States, primarily theatre companies and secondarily, dance companies. In 2015, the Foundation allocated $24 million to 488 theatre and dance companies across the country.
About Barrington Stage Company
Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to 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 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which 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, originally presented in 2013, is currently on Broadway with BSC as a co-producer. Barrington Stage was voted “Best Live Theatre” by The Berkshire Eagle, named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region, and was awarded “Best Summer Theatre” by Yankee Magazine.
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