Over 50 Artists Announced for WAM and MopCo's 24HR THEATRE PROJECT, 5/18

For the third year in a row, WAM Theatre and The Mop & Bucket Improv Company (MopCo) will bring together over 50 theatre artists from the Berkshire and Capital Region areas to produce the 24hr Theatre Project. Together, these artists will mount five short works; all written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours. The 3rd Annual 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre is hosted by Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY, with a public performance taking place on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm.

Tickets are now available for purchase by calling Proctors at (518) 346-6204 or visiting www.proctors.org/events/berkshire-capreg-theatre-project.

Tony nominated actress Jayne Atkinson (Berkshire Theatre Group, TV's House of Cards and 24) joins the project as a director this year. Also directing will be Michael Burns (Artistic Director of the Mop & Bucket Company), Dina Janis (Artistic Director of the Dorset Theatre Festival), Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill (Artistic Director of Capital Repertory Theatre) and Kristen van Ginhoven (Artistic Director of WAM Theatre).

Nearly 100 submissions of interest were received this year for the project, which brings together professional actors, directors, playwrights, designers and technicians from the Berkshire, MA and Capital Region, NY areas. The 2013 ensemble list as of April 1 is below.

""What is magical about this 24hr Project is that it combines the spontaneous creativity of improvisational theatre with the rigorous professionalism and production value of scripted theatre. It's the best of both worlds!"" says Kat Koppett, Co-Director of the Mop & Bucket Company. "We can't wait for the clock to start ticking down again. It is always amazing to see how much comes together in 24 hours," adds Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director of WAM Theatre.

2013 Ensemble:

Dramaturge/On-Site Producers:
Mark Fleischer
Sara Katzoff

Assistant On-Site Producers:
Landrie Bock
Mary Darcy
Peter Delocis

Directors:
Jayne Atkinson
Michael Burns
Dina Janis
Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill
Kristen van Ginhoven

Assistant Directors:
Kelly Galvin
Noelle Gentille
Heather Liz-Copps
Rachel McEnemy
Matt Sekelenk

Playwrights:
Ellen Kaplan
Kat Koppett
Shami McCormack
Jeffrey Sweet
Randolyn Zynn

Composer:
Mark Merritt

Designers:
Brittney Belz (costumes)
Brad Berridge (sound)
William Domack (lights)
Jan Jurchak (sound)
Brian Massman (video/projections)
Denise Massman (sets and costumes)
Juliana von Haubrich (sets)
Nick Webb (lights)

Tech and Design Assistants
Lita Benson
Lily Cardopolli
Sam Craig

Production Stage Manager:
Christopher Donovan

Stage Managers:
Margaret Hall
Jesse Earl
Erin Ouellette

Actors:
Brendan Cataldo
Sue Caputo
Barby Cardillo
Emily Rose Ehlinger
Brittany Glenn
Dana Harrison
Kate Hettesheimer
Jacinthe Giroux O'Connor
Karen Lee
Richard Lounello
Phillip Lance
Ron Komora
David Marr
Derrick Maul
Hillary Parker
Eileen Schuyler
Leigh Strimbeck
Cara Vacek
Melissa Woolf

On-site photographer/pre-show slideshow:
Kate Burns

The Mop & Bucket Co. (MopCo) is the Capital Region's premiere improvisational theatre company, heralded as Best of the Capital Region by the Times Union and Metroland. The company has been in existence in its present form since 2005 and performs every Friday at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady and every Saturday at The Comedy Works in Albany, NY. MopCo also performs, teaches, and trains at other venues around the region, nationally and internationally. MopCo provides corporate entertainment, shows for private parties, school shows and special event talent. www.mopco.org

WAM Theatre is a theatre company 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 2009 by professional theatre artists Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck. WAM's philanthropic mission is two-fold; first, producing theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls; second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls. WAM has donated over $7000 to its beneficiaries by creating professional theatre for everyone that benefits women and girls. www.wamtheatre.com

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