Soccer Referee Course to be Offered in Lenox

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LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Soccer Referee Committee will hold a new Grade 8 course on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Hampton Inn on Pittfield Road (Route 7).
 
The U.S. Soccer entry-level course will be led by a U.S. Soccer-certified instructor. 
 
The course is in three parts. Students are required to complete the following:
 
1. Online study modules (approximately 4-6 hours work). To allow for verification, the modules must be completed a minimum 72 hours before classroom attendance.
 
2. Eight hours classroom attendance
 
3. A test on the laws of the game, completed in the classroom - passing grade 80%.
 
The class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including testing. Students should wear appropriate clothing and bring a lunch.
 
Participants must be at least 14 years old on the day of the course and must upload a full-face headshot to their Massref account. Participants aged 17 and older as of Dec. 31, 2019, also must provide a government-issued i.d. (like a driver's license) for validation.
 
The cost is $115, which includes registration, administration and course fees. The course must be prepaid; participants' seats are not reserved until payment is received.
 
U.S. Soccer-affiliated leagues can only assign U.S. Soccer-certified referees.
 
For information, contact courseadministrator@massref.net.
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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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