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PLAY in a way you’ve never imagined

EXPLORE hidden skills

Join us for a FREE, 5-day adventure exploring the possibilities of music, art, and Shakespeare.

This week-long residency is open to Dower Square residents age 7 and older. We will play games, make music, create art and explore the themes (and sword fighting!) of this summer’s free production on the Common—William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The week may culminate in a final performance for friends and family.

July 20–24, 2015
Monday-Friday from 9am–1pm
at the Dower Square Community Room


OR PHONE: 413-36-SHAKES (413–367-4253)

About the Teachers

Barby Cardillo is a professional performer and teaching artist and also holds a BA in social work from MCLA. As a teaching artist, Barby has been creating and directing drama workshops and productions in the Berkshires since 1992. With Shakespeare and Company she has directed Shakespeare productions at many area elementary, middle and high schools. She worked for  “Shakespeare in the Courts” for 6 years directing productions with adjudicated youth as a part of an alternative sentencing program. For 10 summers she was the Director of the Theatre Program at Camp Hawthorne in Maine. She directed kids 10-17 in a full -length production every summer. For 8 years, Ms. Cardillo was the drama instructor at the Valleyhead School, a residential treatment facility for girls aged 12-20 who have experienced severe psychological trauma. Her work with the girls was part of a comprehensive therapeutic arts program designed to heal through creative expression using visual and performing arts. Barby has worked since 1999 with Community Access to the Arts (CATA) an organization who’s mission it is to celebrate and nurture the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the arts. She creates and implements workshops for adults and teens with developmental disabilities in multiple settings throughout the Berkshires. As an Artistic Mentor with the Barrington Stage Company, Barby has lead groups of teens in creating theatre from their own stories as part of the award winning Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP). Barby was also the creator and teacher for the K.E.W.L (kids entertained while learning) Beanz, high school improv troupes that she has taught at Drury High, Pittsfield High, Taconic High and Hillcrest Educational Center. She has been seen on stage in many varied roles with WAM Theatre, Aglet Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Mixed Company, Castle Hill Family Theatre and the Boston Playwrights Theatre as well as being a founding member of the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe and a player with “The Majesters” an improv group in West Springfield.

Jessica Sovronsky has been a Theatre Director, Technical Director, Choreographer, Scenic & Costume Designer, and Props Artist for schools across New York for 10 years. Some of her favorite recent projects include Directing a Musical Theatre version of AS YOU LIKE IT at Hauppauge Middle School (where she has been the Theatre Director for six years) and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Bard College at Simon’s Rock (where she is currently an Adjunct Professor). Jessica is currently the Stage Manager for THE UNEXPECTED MAN at Shakespeare & Company and is the Production Manager for HOLY LAUGHTER for WAM Theatre. Jessica holds a Masters in Educational Theatre from CUNY City College and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.