Berkshire Theatre Group leader, Kate Maguire, named a finalist for Mass Cultural Council Commonwealth Award


BOSTON — Pittsfield-based Berkshire Theatre Group CEO and artistic director Kate Maguire is a finalist for a 2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Award. Presented every two years, the award is the state's highest honor in arts, humanities and sciences.

Maguire was cited by the MCC "for her leadership to ensuring the health and vitality of the performing arts across Berkshire County. Maguire oversees the development, production and presentation of theatre, music and the performing arts on multiple stages. These represent a priceless cultural resource for the community."

In addition to its various programs in the schools and in the Berkshires community, Berkshire Theatre Group operates The Colonial Theatre and The Garage in Pittsfield, and the Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

Commonwealth Award winners will be announced at a ceremony April 8 at WBUR's new CitySpace. State government leaders including Senate President Pro Tempore William Brownsberger and Berkshires Senator Adam Hinds will be on hand to present the awards.

Delivering the keynote address will be renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Simon Bol var Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Dudamel will be in Massachusetts to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he will make his BSO subscription series debut with two weeks of concerts.

Other 2019 Commonwealth Awards finalists include:

- Aquinnah Cultural Center

- Boston String Academy

- Eileen McCaffery, Community Music School of Springfield

- Elevated Thought, Lawrence

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- Fitchburg Art Museum

- Lee Blake, New Bedford Historical Society

- Manship Artists Residency + Studios, Gloucester

- Mass Audubon

- Natick Center Cultural District

- Nina Zannieri, Paul Revere Memorial Association, Boston

- Provincetown Art Association & Museum

- The Care Center, Holyoke

"This extraordinary group of awardees exemplifies our state's unique cultural fabric," said Mass Cultural Council executive director Anita Walker says in the news release. "Their collective and individual achievements have made us a better Commonwealth."

In 2017, The Berkshire Eagle became only the second newspaper — the first daily — to receive a Commonwealth Award for its coverage of the Berkshires' arts and cultural community.

Jacob's Pillow, Shakespeare & Company, Barrington Stage Company, Community Access to the Arts, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nancy Jane Fitzpatrick, and Mass MoCA's Joseph Thompson are among other previous Berkshires Commonwealth Award winners.


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