Two grants benefit WAM Theatre

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LENOX — WAM Theatre is the recipients of two substantial grants — one, an unrestricted grant of $5,000 from the Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) Charitable Foundation; the other, a $2,000 grant from the Dramatist Guild Fund in support of the company's 2017 Fresh Takes play reading series.

"All of us at WAM are honored by these grants," WAM artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven says in a news release, "These two grants, received at a time when equality for all is more vital than ever, are a strong nod of encouragement by our supporters at the banks and colleagues in the theater to continue our work using theater to benefit women and girls. We look forward to using these grants in 2017 to create as much opportunity as we can. Many thanks to the Massachusetts Bankers Association and the Dramatist Guild Fund for including WAM in their awards ... ."

The MBA Charitable Foundation is supported by its 155 member banks throughout Massachusetts and New England. In 2016, 37 year-end community grants totaled a record $155,000, distributed over eight geographic regions to various social service agencies.

Other Berkshire organizations receiving grants include Louison House, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, and an honorable mention grant to the Berkshire Community Action Council.

Each year the Dramatists Guild Fund provides grants to nonprofit theaters and theatrical institutions across the country that develop and/or produce contemporary American plays and musicals in support of the American writer. WAM's Fresh Takes play reading series, launching its fourth season in 2017, introduces Berkshire audiences to ground-breaking works by established women playwrights who are contributing to the international conversation throughout the English-speaking theatre. WAM Theatre's artistic associate Molly Clancy, will be curating the series once again.

WAM Theatre — Where Arts and Activism Meet — was co-founded in 2010 by van Ginhoven, a Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer.

WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls.

Since 2010, WAM Theatre has donated more than $30,000 to 11 nonprofit organizations. In addition to main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre's activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series.


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