Barrington Stage Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Richard Seltzer to the Board of Trustees.

"Richard has demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership in support of the arts in Berkshire County. We are very pleased to welcome him to our board," said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.

Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group.


In the Berkshires, he has enjoyed participating in several local organizations. Seltzer has been the president of the Stockbridge Bowl Association for the past nine years, leading a major campaign to restore the 375-acre lake to its former natural beauty. He has been chairman of the board of Hancock Shaker Village for the past two years, serving on its board for five years. He is currently also on the board of the Edith Wharton Restoration (the Mount) and enjoys supporting the Clark Art Institute, Chester Theatre Company, Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow.  

He has been increasingly trying to help organizations such as Doctors without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Technoserve, CARE, UNHRC and food banks in the Berkshires and New York City.

Richard and his wife Carol reside in Manhattan and Stockbridge.

"It is daunting to be joining an organization as successful as Barrington Stage. I feel like I am jumping onto a moving train," Seltzer said. He also noted that "strong cultural institutions, like Barrington Stage, are a crucial component in restoring the economic strength of Berkshire County."

 


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Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing: There's Both This Week on Local Stages

By Grace LichtensteinGuest Column

Downtown Pittsfield Third Thursdays — TL Collective

Each third Thursday of the month, streets are closed in downtown Pittsfield and all kinds of music rocks the city. Featured June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Dance Zone at the north end of the street festival is TL Collective, the athletic, family-friendly contemporary and hip-hop moves of Micaela Taylor's company. The group performs an evening length work "Drift." The aim, according to organizers, is to "demonstrate an individual's ever-changing relationship to self while exposing a personal season of self-growth."

You can find the dance zone near the corner of Bradford and North Streets in front of St. Joseph’s Church.  This program is a presentation of the Berkshires stalwart Jacob's Pillow.

 

Jacob's Pillow


Ballet BC is coming to Jacob's Pillow this week.

At the Pillow's expansive home in Becket, the featured company in the Ted Shawn Theater this week is Ballet BC, which is celebrating 10 years under the innovative leadership of artistic director and former company member Emily Molnar.

"Truly contemporary" is how one reviewer described the Vancouver-based troupe. On the bill this week is Molnar's most recent work "To this day," along with the U.S. premiere of "Bedroom Folk." The latter work originated with the Nederlands Dans Theater and was created by Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.

This program runs Wednesday, June 19, through Sunday, June 23, at 8 p.m.,  with matinees on Saturday and Sunday in addition to evenings.

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