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Julieano, Balcom Win State Free Throw Titles

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Lenox's Grace Julieano and Pittsfield's Ahna Balcom won state titles at the Knights of Columbus free throw shooting state championships on Sunday.
 
Julieano, made 23 of 25 shots to win the 10-year-old girls division. Her 23 makes tied for most out of about 60 competitors at the state competition.
 
Balcom won the 13-year-old girls divison with 22 made free throws in 25 tries.
 
David Kirchner and Katie Shove, both of Lenox, won second place, while Patrick McLaughlin of Dalton won third place.
 
Julieano, Kirchner and Shove are represented by Council 314. Balcom represents Council 103.
 
All participants had to win their local, county and regional contests in order to advance to the state level. 
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Shakespeare & Company Names Interim Director of Center For Actor Training

LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company recently appointed Susan Dibble as interim director for the company's Center for Actor Training.

Dibble, a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, is an educator and artist. Her movement work was seen on stage this past season in "Twelfth Night" and for the past four decades she has been faculty member for the training program, teaching at the Month Long Intensive, Summer Shakespeare Intensive (formerly the Summer Training Institute), and various workshops.
 
"We're truly thrilled to welcome Susan Dibble on board as interim director of training," said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. "Susan has a keen eye on all that is exciting about the training program and the company's work: a vigilance toward the specificity of language and honesty in acting, a generosity of spirit, and a clarity of purpose on stage. She brings a depth of knowledge from within and a breadth of experience from elsewhere that will enrich the training on a personal and a professional level for all participants going forward."

Dibble is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. She graduated from SUNY College at Purchase with a B.F.A. in Dance in 1976. For the past 39 years, she has worked at Shakespeare & Company as a master teacher of movement and dance for actors, movement director and choreographer, at the same time teaching at a variety of universities including the NYU Tisch MFA in Acting Program. She joined the faculty of the Theater Arts Department at Brandeis University, where she is a full professor and teaches Movement for Actors, Modern Dance, Choreography, Clown, Mask, Period Styles, and Historical Dance. She has been on the faculty at Brandeis for 31 years and served as Theater Arts Department chair for eight years. Dibble received the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Festival of Creative Arts Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Arts at Brandeis.

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