Carolyn Yalkut’swork for the stage includes Big Boy(at the Syracuse Civic Center) and A Daughter is Not a Father is Not a Lover (at the Minor Latham Playhouse in New York City). A winner of the Machlachlan Prize for Poetry, and a former magazine editor in New York City and Washington, DC, she recently conducted research in Italy and France for her next play, Bastards — in which Giuseppe Verdi, Arthur Miller, and Peter Abelard meet. Her scholarly work explores the synergy between journalism and literature, and she teaches drama, film, and literature at the University at Albany.
As co-artistic director of Bazaar Productions and The Berkshire Fringe, Sara Katzoff has spent the last decade devising, developing and curating new work for the stage. Recent projects include: 10X10on10 (in collaboration with WAM Theatre for the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival) The Visit Home and Grounded (WAM’s 24 Hour Theater Project); Miss Valentine (Pinto Gallery, NYC); Hurricane Hotel (Daniel Arts Center) and The Waypoint (MASS MoCA, artist in residence). As a performer, Ms. Katzoff has toured nationally with Landis & Company and Dell’Arte and appeared in My Children.... My Africa! (Rattler Productions) Othello (Infamous Genius Theater), Shotgun Wedding,
(Dell’Arte Company) 900 Dreams (Spencertown Academy) and DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike (Berkshire Fringe). Her original plays include The Scissor Tango Variations, The Stalk, and R. Stiltskin. She is a founding company member of Kickwheel Ensemble Theater, a graduate of the Dell’Arte International and holds a B.A in performance studies from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre is based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Capital Region of New York State. Inspired by the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM Theatre was founded in 2010 by professional theatre artists Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck. WAM Theatre’s philanthropic mission is two-fold: first, to create theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls; and second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls. Since 2010, WAM Theatre has donated more than $10,500 to its beneficiaries.