Shakespeare & Company Garners 13 Berkshire Theatre Critic Nominations


Shakespeare & Company Garners 13 Berkshire Theatre Critic Nominations


PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Shakespeare & Company, a five-theater performance venue based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, has earned 13 nominations for outstanding work during the region’s 2023 season from the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association (BTCA).

The Berkshire Theatre Critic Awards — also known as The Berkies — recognize plays staged from October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023 in Berkshire County, the Pioneer Valley, Southern Vermont, Northern Connecticut, and Eastern New York State, including the Capital District and the Catskills.

Amy Handelsman, managing director for Shakespeare & Company, said the acknowledgement from BTCA speaks to the level of quality productions presented in 2023.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition,” she said. “The breadth of the nominations speaks the strength of our artistic season, and bolsters our excitement as we plan for 2024.”

The awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Zion Lutheran Church Community Room, 74 First Steet (Route 7) in Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company’s 2023 Berkie nominations are:  

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Bella Merlin, The Contention (Henry VI, Part II)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

Brian D. Coats, Fences

Jacob Ming-Trent, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical

Jon Savage, Fences

Outstanding Solo Performance

Annette Miller, Golda’s Balcony

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Ariel Bock, Dear Jack, Dear Louise

Christopher V. Edwards, Fences

James Warwick, Lunar Eclipse

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Reed Birney, Lunar Eclipse
“ranney”,  Fences

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Ella Joyce, Fences

Outstanding Production of a Play

Dear Jack, Dear Louise, by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Ariel Bock

Fences, by August Wilson. Directed by Christopher V. Edwards

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About the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theater in the region. The BTCA was founded in August 2016 by theater critic Larry Murray of organization was formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on April 24, 2017.

About Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 by Tina Packer. Located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Company offers performance, education, and actor-training opportunities year-round, and attracts more than 40,000 patrons annually with a core of more than 150 artists.

Photo caption: Shakespeare & Company has received 13 Berkshire Theatre Award nominations from the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association, including Outstanding Production of a Play. The 2023 “Berkies” will be held Monday, Nov. 13 in Pittsfield. 



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