The Colonial Theatre when it announced a merger with BTF in 2010.
The Colonial Theatre when it announced a merger with BTF in 2010. (Ben Garver)
Thursday October 25, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Two Up street theaters -- Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre, and Julianne Boyd's Barrington Stage Company -- are among six recipients of the New England Theatre Conference's 2012 Regional Award for Excellence in Theatre.

The awards will be presented at the annual banquet on Saturdayin Natick as a part of NETC's 61st annual convention.

BTG artistic director/CEO Kate Maguire will accept the Colonial's award and deliver a presentation about the history, restoration and merger of The Colonial with Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Barrington Stage will be represented by its managing director, Tristan Wilson.

Commenting on the award by email from her office at the Colonial, Maguire said BTG is honored to receive NETC's award for excellence.

"It is our goal to present and produce the highest quality of work for our community," she said. "We are grateful to be recognized by the NETC for doing just that. In the past year, having served 100,000 patrons and 17,000 school children, the merger has clearly strengthened both The Colonial Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Festival."

In a brief statement from Rome, where she is vacationing, Barrington Stage's founding artistic director, Julianne Boyd, said she is "thrilled that both Pittsfield theaters, Barrington Stage Company and the Colonial, have received such distinguished awards.


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The (BSC) board, staff and I are honored that Barrington Stage is being recognized by the New England theater community."

The other honorees are:

n Jared Bowen -- journalist, reporter, producer; member, Elliot Norton Awards Selection Committee;

n Curtain Call Theatre -- a community theater in Braintree;

n Theatre Espresso -- a professional acting ensemble and educational theater company in Boston;

n and Urban Improv -- a professional acting ensemble, also in Boston.

The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. is a non-profit corporation composed of individuals and organizations in the six-state region of New England, who are active or interested in the performing arts.