Theatre

Williamstown Theatre Festival

'62 Center for Theatre and Dance

From June through August, WTF brings Tony awardwinning actors and veterans of television and film to perform in a series of plays — comedies, dramas, musicals, classics and new work.

Mass MoCA

Downtown North Adams

Since its Building 6 opened in the summer of 2017, Mass MoCA has become one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, with vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages.

Williams College ’62 Center

Williams College

The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance — summer home of the Williamstown Theatre Festival — hosts theater and dance performances year-round while the college is in session.

Into the Woods

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

April 27 - April 29, 2018

Stephen Sondhiem’s masterpiece of music theatre: Cinderella marries her prince, Jack sells his best friend for a handful of beans, Little Red defeats the wolf, Rapunzel lets her hair down, and it all goes horribly wrong …

WordxWord

WordxWord

Spoken word poets run mentoring programs and writing workshops in Berkshire schools and hold events year-round, from National Poetry Month to an annual week-long summer festival in Pittsfield.

Into the Woods

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

April 20 - April 21, 2018

Stephen Sondhiem’s masterpiece of music theatre: Cinderella marries her prince, Jack sells his best friend for a handful of beans, Little Red defeats the wolf, Rapunzel lets her hair down, and it all goes horribly wrong …

Radha Blank: Happyflowernail

Mass MoCA

April 21, 2018 8:00 PM - April 21, 2018

Hollywood writer and thespian Radha Blank fills the whole stage in this one-woman show about a Korean-owned nail salon in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, as a rival salon opens down the street.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Clark Art Institute

May 3 - May 5, 2018

Williams College student theater group Cap & Bells presents three performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, written by Williams alumnus Bill Finn.

MacBeth

Clark Art Institute

May 12, 2018 2:00 PM - May 12, 2018

William Shakespeare’s terrifying tragedy brings Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff to the London National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, live on the big screen in HD.

Backstage Comedy

Oldcastle Theatre

May 19, 2018 8:00 PM - May 19, 2018 10:00 PM

Tom Lewis hosts an evening of adult laughter with Dave Feldman, winner of three three Prime Time Emmys for comedy writing, four Writers Guild Awards and a CableACE award.

Julius Caesar live in HD

Clark Art Institute

May 20, 2018 2:00 PM - May 20, 2018

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated elite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Williamstown Theatre Festival season preview

Clark Art Institute

June 7, 2018 7:00 PM - June 7, 2018

Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield for a sneak peek at the 2018 season and the reading of a new play with a cast of veteran actors.

The Closet

Williamstown Theatre Festival

June 26 - July 1, 2018

A comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw, brings Brooks Ashmanskas and Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick together in a satire inspired by the French film Le Placard.

The Sound Inside

Williamstown Theatre Festival

June 27 - July 1, 2018

Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Awardwinner Mary-Louise Parker stars in a world premiere: Under pressure, Bella Baird, a professor at an Ivy League university, allies herself with a brilliant student.

The Closet

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 3 - July 8, 2018

A comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw, brings Brooks Ashmanskas and Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick together in a satire inspired by the French film Le Placard.

The Sound Inside

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 3 - July 8, 2018

Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Awardwinner Mary-Louise Parker stars in a world premiere: Under pressure, Bella Baird, a professor at an Ivy League university, allies herself with a brilliant student.

The Closet

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 10 - July 14, 2018

A comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw, brings Brooks Ashmanskas and Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick together in a satire inspired by the French film Le Placard.

Artney Jackson

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 11 - July 15, 2018

Artney Jackson is a mentor and a respected employee at the local cable company. On the edge of promotion, he faces chaos as his son plans to move out and his employers and co-workers test his resolve.

Lempicka

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 19 - July 22, 2018

A new musical with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould, directed by Rachel Chavkin, follows two Russian aristocrats fleeing to Paris after the revolution.

Artney Jackson

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 17 - July 22, 2018

Artney Jackson is a mentor and a respected employee at the local cable company. On the edge of promotion, he faces chaos as his son plans to move out and his employers and co-workers test his resolve.

Lempicka

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 24 - July 29, 2018

A new musical with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould, directed by Rachel Chavkin, follows two Russian aristocrats fleeing to Paris after the revolution.

Seared

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 25 - July 29, 2018

In a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Chef Harry (Steven Pasquale) is a genius in the kitchen. His business partner wants to expand their restaurant, but Harry sees that as selling out.

Lempicka

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 31 - August 1, 2018

A new musical with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould, directed by Rachel Chavkin, follows two Russian aristocrats fleeing to Paris after the revolution.

Seared

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 31 - August 4, 2018

In a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Chef Harry (Steven Pasquale) is a genius in the kitchen. His business partner wants to expand their restaurant, but Harry sees that as selling out.

The Member of the Wedding

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 5, 2018

On the eve of a wedding in 1945, housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown is struggling to protect 12-year-old Frankie (Tavi Gevinson) from harsh racially motivated injustices outside their Southern home.

Dangerous House

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 8 - August 12, 2018

Noxolo is an aspiring footballer from Cape Town who moved to London for a fresh start, but with the World Cup coming to South Africa and the mounting sense that her ex-lover is in peril, she is pulled back.

The Member of the Wedding

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 7 - August 12, 2018

On the eve of a wedding in 1945, housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown is struggling to protect 12-year-old Frankie (Tavi Gevinson) from harsh racially motivated injustices outside their Southern home.

The Member of the Wedding

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 14 - August 19, 2018

On the eve of a wedding in 1945, housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown is struggling to protect 12-year-old Frankie (Tavi Gevinson) from harsh racially motivated injustices outside their Southern home.

Dangerous House

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 15 - August 19, 2018

Noxolo is an aspiring footballer from Cape Town who moved to London for a fresh start, but with the World Cup coming to South Africa and the mounting sense that her ex-lover is in peril, she is pulled back.

Barrington Stage Company

Barrington Stage

Twenty miles south in Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company fills two stages from June to August and with musicals, comedy and drama, including new works.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Berkshire Theatre Group

With stages in Pittsfield and Stockbridge, the Berkshires’ oldest theatre company is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2018.

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Co.

Founded in 1977, Lenox’s well-established troupe performs Shakespearean classics, contemporary works, adaptations of Edith Wharton’s short stories and more from May to September.

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Music

The Clark Art Institute

Williamstown Cultural District

With a permanent collection of Impressionist art, 19th-century artists and decorative arts across more than five centuries, the Clark Art Institute has become respected across the world.

Mass MoCA

Downtown North Adams

Since its Building 6 opened in the summer of 2017, Mass MoCA has become one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, with vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages.

Solid Sound Festival

MASS MoCA

Wilco takes over Mass MoCA with this festivalcurated by Wilco and showcasing bandmembers new work, emerging bands, art and comedy.

FreshGrass Festival

Mass MoCA

September 14 - September 16, 2018

FreshGrass is rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum.

Mass MoCA jam

Lickety Split at MASS MoCA

Enjoy coffee or breakfast while listening to some impromptu tunes at this weekly Saturday morning gathering.

Williams College music

Williams College

The college music department hosts a series of free concerts in the spring and fall semesters with faculty and visiting performers from across the country and across the world.

Tanglewood

Lenox

Symphony on the lawn, with crystal and silver picnics.

Shaker Barn Music: The Sweetback Sisters

Pittsfield, MA

June 2, 2018 7:30 PM - June 2, 2018

A modern take on country music, pushing country’s golden age into more adventurous territory with powerful rhythms and playful lyrics. 

Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention

Pittsfield, MA

June 9, 2018

Oldtone and Hancock Shaker Village present an old-time music gathering with workshops led by Bill & the Belles, Tara Linhardt, and Nils Fredland, an open jam in the Round Stone Barn and more.

Shaker Barn Music: Pi Power Trio

Pittsfield, MA

July 7, 2018 7:30 PM - July 7, 2018

Pat Irwin, Sasha Dobson and Daria Grace draw on instrumental rock ‘n roll. Irwin was a founding member of the No Wave bands The Raybeats and 8 Eyed Spy and a long time member of the B-52s.

Shaker Barn Music: Double Hitter

Pittsfield, MA

July 21, 2018 7:30 PM - July 21, 2018

The Autumn Defense — longtime Wilco multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone — and singer-songwriters Heather Maloney and Johnny Irion team up for a night of music. 

Shakerfest

Pittsfield, MA

August 18, 2018

Anna and Elizabeth create a day of music, ballads, storytelling, harmony workshops and dance, musicians blend with the audience — with no backstage and a green room in a vast field for picnicking.  

Williams College Gospel Choir

Williams College

April 21, 2018 4:00 PM - April 21, 2018

The Williams College Gospel Choir welcomes the community to its 2018 Spring concert, Life, to welcome in the season of new beginnings. The concert is free and open to all, and all are welcome.

Night club and dance party

Greylock Works

April 21, 2018 8:00 PM

Greylock WORKS will host some local nightlife — DJ BFG will be spinning music within LJ McZawa’s immersive light wizardry until midnight, with immersive bass on the dance floor and a lounge serving signature cocktails and fresh food.

Ensemble Court-Circuit: Mirrored

Clark Art Institute

April 22, 2018 3:00 PM - April 22, 2018

The Paris-based ensemble presents a concert of Beethoven and Helmut Lachenmann. Performers include soloists Pierre Dutrieu, clarinet, Frédéric Baldassare, cello, and Jean-Marie Cottet, piano.

Williams Percussion Ensemble

Williams College

April 22, 2018 3:00 PM - April 22, 2018

WiPE presents Once Upon a Time the World Was Round, a program of music for small percussion instruments, found sounds, and voices.

Chinese Music Ensemble

Williams College

April 25, 2018 7:00 PM - April 25, 2018

The ensemble will perform traditional music with instruments like the pipa, erhu, dizi, zhongruan and zheng, and rarely performed classical music of the qin, the eclectic 7-string zither of the Chinese literati.

Cendrillon

Clark Art Institute

April 28, 2018 12:55 PM - April 28, 2018

Laurent Pelly directs the Met premiere of Massenet’s opera based on the Cinderella fairy tale. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role.

Zemog El Gallo Bueno

Mass MoCA

May 5, 2018 8:00 PM - May 5, 2018

A group of eleven New York City musicians and friends, Zemog El Gallo Bueno, adventures through 1930’s Puerto Rican street cries and laments, ’60s free jazz and ’70s New York salsa in an unstoppable dance party.

The Decemberists

Mass MoCA

June 15, 2018 8:00 PM - June 15, 2018

Lead vocalist and guitarist Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query and drummer John Moen explore new approaches to making music and broaden their sonic range.

Grizzly Bear

Mass MoCA

June 16, 2018 8:00 PM - June 16, 2018

Celebrated indie rock act Grizzly Bear’s prog-rock-meets-chamber-pop sound won acclaim and helped to define a new wave of psychedelic-leaning sound. After a notable hiatus, the quartet is back touring.

Ray LaMontagne

Mass MoCA

June 29, 2018 7:00 PM - June 29, 2018

Ten years ago Ray LaMontagne released his first album, the start to a Grammy Award-winning, critically praised career. He performs tonight with pop icon Neko Case.

Courtney Barnett with Vagabon

Mass MoCA

July 12, 2018 8:00 PM - July 12, 2018

Courtney Barnett broke into the music scene and propelled herself from slinging drinks at a Melbourne bar to become an indie-rock  global sensation. She infuses her lyrics with a wit and wisdom and a driving guitar.

Blondie

Mass MoCA

August 3, 2018 7:00 PM - August 3, 2018

Blondie emerged out of nascent MTV as punk and new wave hit popular music. The band’s most recent album, Pollinator, was named one of Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017.

Party in the Park

North Adams

Annual summer concert series that is free and open the public.

BarN

Concert Venue

An intimate setting for acoustic music.

Concerts at Windsor Lake

North Adams

These concerts combine live music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket and let the sounds of music and water carry you away on a summer night.

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Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Since Ted Shawn established a revolutionary company for men on a mountaintop more than 85 years ago, Jacob’s Pillow has become a force in the international world of dance. …

Williams College ’62 Center

Williams College

The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance — summer home of the Williamstown Theatre Festival — hosts theater and dance performances year-round while the college is in session.

CoDA dance

Williams College

April 20 8:00 PM - April 21, 2018 8:00 PM

CoDa (Contemporary Dance Ensemble)  will perform new work by faculty, guest artists and students — this year’s works include Martha Graham’s 1934 Celebration with a score by Louis Horst, Graham’s longtime collaborator. 

Ephrat Asherie Dance: Odeon

Mass MoCA

April 28, 2018 8:00 PM - April 28, 2018

Ephrat Asherie offers a sneak peek at her work-in-progress Odeon, an exploration of hip-hop, house, and vogue. Her brother, Ehud, will perform a score by Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth.

William Kentridge: The Head and the Load

Mass MoCA

May 3 - May 4, 2018

William Kentridge brings a troupe of more than 50 performers for a two-week residency and work-in-progress performance that deals with subjects as sobering as apartheid, colonialism and totalitarianism.

Janis Claxton Dance

Clark Art Institute

June 17, 2018 2:00 PM - June 17, 2018

Scottish company Janis Claxton Dance makes its US debut with POP-UP Duets (fragments of love). A series of five-minute, site-specific contemporary dance duets, POP-UP Duets is based around the theme of love and designed public spaces.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

An ever-growing online collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today is available free to all.

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Film

Hunting In Wartime

Oldcastle Theatre

April 20, 2018 7:00 PM - April 20, 2018 9:00 PM

The Big Sky Awardwinning film from the Big Sky Doc Film Festival, is rooted in the stories of Tlingit American Indians from the village of Hoonah, Alaska, who served in the U.S. military in the Vietnam war.

Earth Month Film Series: At the Fork

Williams College

April 24, 2018 7:30 PM - April 24, 2018

Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola and his vegetarian wife, Lisa,  investigate the way the U.S. agricultural system raises farm animals — not corporations or agribusiness but farmers.

I Am Not Your Negro

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

April 27, 2018 5:00 PM - April 27, 2018

A free community screening of the film based on James Baldwin’s 1979 unfinished manuscript, an account of the lives and assassinations of three close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Images Cinema

April 28 - April 29, 2018

Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 classic children’s book ‘The Little Broomstick,’ a story of imaginative worlds follows a young girl trying to find a place to call home.

Agents of Change

Images Cinema

May 1, 2018 7:00 PM - May 1, 2018

Through the stories of young men and women in the 1960s who led the struggle for a meaningful education, the film reveals the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests.

Images Cinema

Images Cinema

Images Cinema is a year-round community film house, showing contemporary movies, documentaries, art and international films and more.

Mudbound

Mass MoCA

Two families are pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy in this epic story of farmers in the American South during World War II.

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Family Programs

Rock On!

Pittsfield

Explore rock, blues, and jazz with a great faculty. All levels welcome from Beginners to Advanced players.

Starlight Stage Youth Theater

Williamstown

Since being founded in 1976, hundreds of young people from the Berkshire County, southern Vermont and eastern New York state area have participated in the programs.

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Classes & Workshops

Assets for Artists

Assets for Artists, a project of Mass MoCA, helps artists in many disciplines to find and build financial and business resources and supports artists in moving to the area. Resources can include a matched savings grant program for individual artists,  professional development workshops and one-on-one coaching, a residency program at Mass MoCA and more.

FreshGrass Festival

Mass MoCA

September 14 - September 16, 2018

FreshGrass is rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum.

Rock On!

Pittsfield

Explore rock, blues, and jazz with a great faculty. All levels welcome from Beginners to Advanced players.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Since Ted Shawn established a revolutionary company for men on a mountaintop more than 85 years ago, Jacob’s Pillow has become a force in the international world of dance. …

Starlight Stage Youth Theater

Williamstown

Since being founded in 1976, hundreds of young people from the Berkshire County, southern Vermont and eastern New York state area have participated in the programs.

Sonatina Piano Camps

Bennington, VT

Immersive piano camps for adults and children of all level. 10- and 5-day piano camps for adults and 4 week piano camps for children in the summer.

Williamstown Theatre Festival internships

Williamstown Theatre Festival

WTF has developed a range of programs to support developing actors, playwrights and directors, including a Playwright in residence, writing residencies and a weekly reading series for works in progress.

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