Barrington Stage Names New Director of Development

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has named Jessica Provenz as its new director of development.

"We are thrilled that Jessica Provenz has joined us as director of development," Artistic Director Julianne Boyd said. "Her impressive credits and knowledge of theatre as well as fundraising in the Berkshires will aid us greatly."

"BSC is a local treasure with a national reputation for artistic excellence and an unwavering commitment to education and community outreach, both in full evidence to all residents and visitors of Berkshire County.  My arrival at BSC represents the merging of a career in development with a lifelong passion for the theater, and I could not be more excited to advocate for and champion this Berkshire institution," Provenz said.

Provenz was the director of the Annual Fund and Special Events at Berkshire Country Day School for the past three years, where she implemented all aspects of fundraising in support of the $3.5 million annual budget. She also helped complete a $3.2 million Capital Campaign, surpassing the $3 million goal, which resulted in the new Kim & James Taylor Music/Performance Room and the Kevin Hirt Library and Learning Commons and strengthened the Endowed Fund for Faculty Salaries.

She is the co-chair of the Berkshire County Development Alliance, a group of 150 area development professionals who meet and ​engage in meaningful dialogue on advancement issues facing the industry. Jessica serves as secretary on the board of Berkshire Baby Box, and has worked independently as a producer and writer for Berkshire nonprofits, including WAM Theatre and Berkshire International Film Festival.

​She is a regular correspondent for Berkshire Magazine and has written for The Berkshire Edge and the Nonprofit of the Berkshires' Connections Magazine.

Provenz has produced and written extensively for the stage and screen. Her work has been developed or produced by theatres including Irish Rep, New Georges, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Barrow Group, EST, and The Director’s Company. Jessica was Playwright-in-Residence at The Juilliard School, and is a two-time recipient of the Lecomte du Noüy Award for emerging playwrights.

She received an Artist's Diploma from The Juilliard School and her B.S. in theater from Northwestern University. She lives in Great Barrington with her son, Maximus Rhys.


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