Previous Theater Productions & Groups
May 2003: Inaugural UMass Shakespeare Festival. Midori Harris and Shannon Stillings, Co-founding producers and artistic directors.
Fall 2003: Organization of the Amherst Renaissance Company (ARC) by Theater Department undergraduates and local high school students. Adam Sanders and Midori Harris, Co-Artistic Directors, Dr. Alec Wild, Faculty Advisor
January 2004: Performance of A Merry Play of John John (John Heywood) at the Amherst Club (ARC)
Spring 2004: Performance of The Changeling (Thomas Middleton); Jones Library, Amherst, MA; Greenfield Historical Society; Boltwood Community Center; Frontier Regional High School
May 2004: Shakespeare Festival, Midori Harris, Producer and Artistic Director, Dr. Dominica Borg and Dr. Arthur Kinney, co-advisors
Spring 2005: Performance of Arden of Faversham (anon.), directed by Lucinda Kidder
May 2005: Shakespeare Festival, Midori Harris, Producer and Artistic Director.
November 2006: Performances of Endymion (John Lyly) , directed by Ann Garner
April 2007: Rough Magic – a compilation of scenes from Renaissance Drama, directed by Ann Garner
May 2007: ShakespeareFest, Department of Theater students
Fall 2007: Re-organization as Renaissance Center Theater Company (RCTC)
Spring 2008: Creation of Black Box Theater space in Center barn
April 2008: Performances of Measure for Measure (Shakespeare), directed by Matteo Pangallo
May 2008: Renaissance Festival, Department of Theater students, Amherst Renaissance Dancers, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School Commedia Troupe
October 2008: Performances of Macbeth (Shakespeare), directed by Nathaniel Leonard
Spring 2009: Recording and broadcast of The Henriad, (Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Henry V), directed by Matteo Pangallo
April 2009: Performances of Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Ann Garner
October 2009: Performances of The Knight of the Burning Pestle, directed by Nathaniel Leonard
February 2009: Performances of Everyman, directed by Valerie Gramling
April 2010: Performances of Doctor Faustus, directed by Lucinda Kidder
September 2010: Performances of Noah, directed by Valerie Gramling
April 2011: Staged Readings of Surprised by Love, translated and adapted by Dennis Porter, The Mandrake, directed by Nathaniel Leonard, and El Amor Medico, translated and adapted by Josephine Hardman and Sara Brew.
April 2013: The Festival of Madness and Mayhem! A staged reading of Ben Johnson’s The Alchemist, as adapted by Alison Bowie, in the Upper Rand Lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center. Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, directed by Dori Robinson, was performed in the Black Box Theater.
Summer 2013 - Present: Youth and Shakespeare Academy with the Enchanted Circle Theater. Part of the Five week Holyoke Public Schools CONNECTIONS intensive program for 6th to 9th graders, offering an exciting and unique exposure to the dramatic arts through the work of the playwright William Shakespeare. Students had the opportunity to explore the world of theatre: acting, directing, dance, costuming, and set design. The program culminated in early August with a performance here at the Renaissance Center. The student actors presented their own remixed scenes from a Shakespeare play of their choosing.