Berkshire Pulse Hires First Executive Director

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Pulse (Pulse) announced that Abigail "Abi" Rollins will join the organization as its first-ever Executive Director. 
Rollins will partner with Founder and Artistic Director, Bettina Montano, to fulfill Pulse's mission of strengthening and enriching community life through diverse and accessible programming in performing, movement and the creative arts. Rollins will begin her role at Pulse on July 15, 2024.
"Pulse has entered a new chapter of strategic growth, and Abi will help us manage that growth while also building for a sustainable future," Gail Belmuth, Berkshire Pulse's Board President said. "Her relevant experience, smart and collaborative approach, and mission focus will be a great addition to a wonderful team." 
Rollins joins Berkshire Pulse from Berkshire Opera Festival, where she has served as Executive Director since 2019. Abi moved to the Berkshires from Boston, where she held the positions of General Manager and later Managing Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, for a total of nine years. Rollins held positions at Trisha Brown Dance Company, Lyric Stage Company, and Boston Ballet, among others. She has an MA in Arts Administration from Boston University, and a double-major undergraduate degree in Dance and Psychology from Kenyon College.
At Pulse, Rollins will drive strategic and business planning as well as development, and will oversee day-to- day operations including finance, administration, and facility operations. 
"I first began my career specifically with the aim of working with and supporting dance artists. Along the way, I have had many rewarding opportunities outside of dance, gaining real world experience and refining my skills as an arts administrator which I am eager to apply to my work as Pulse Executive Director. It hasn't been a straight path getting here, but I know this is the opportunity I've been working towards during my 20+ years of learning and working in dance and arts administration," Rollins said. 
Rollins first experienced Pulse in early 2023 when she started taking dance classes there after a long hiatus from dancing. 
Rollins lives in Pittsfield with her husband Matt, an associate professor of theater and freelance scenic and lighting designer. 
Bettina Montano, who will increase her focus on leading Pulse's mission and artistic vision, curriculum development, and continuing standards of excellence in programming and performance, added "I am so looking forward to partnering with Abi and to working with her and the outstanding staff team and board that have played a significant role in bringing us to this moment. I am excited for the future of our Pulse and so grateful."

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Triplex Cinema Celebrates One Year Anniversary

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Triplex Cinema will celebrate its one year anniversary with a party on Saturday, July 27 at 5PM on the Triplex terrace. 
Free wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served, courtesy of Guido's Market, and Triplex board members and staff will be on hand to celebrate the many successes of the first year of the community-owned Triplex. The event will also kick off the Triplex seat naming campaign.
The seat naming campaign offers cinema patrons the opportunity to purchase a seat and have a specially made brass plaque affixed to the seat, in perpetuity, honoring the donor. As part of the campaign, the Triplex will be offering a raffle for a free seat naming opportunity, and all attendees of the anniversary celebration will be able to enter that raffle by filling out a form which will be provided. 
"We look forward to welcoming and thanking our community, which has so generously supported the Triplex over our first year of operations. During the past twelve months we have offered an amazing array of special programming and events, in addition to showing the best of newly released studio, independent and documentary films. The coming year promises to be even bigger as we look forward to the opening of our fourth screen," Triplex Board President Nicki Wilson said.
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