Education/Community Engagement

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is a meaningful and important part of the community it serves and has a profound impact on local schools, community organizations, and the economic well-being of the area.


Mahaiwe education programs offer world-class theatrical experiences to students from throughout the four-state region. It is an important component of the Mahaiwe’s mission to support the community by incorporating arts and humanities into education outreach. Fund education programming.

The Mahaiwe has welcomed 25,710 students from over 73 different schools across the region to performances from around the world over the last ten years. For many this is their very first experience inside a theater, and we believe we are creating unforgettable highlights of each school year while also transforming many young people into lifelong arts lovers.

School-Time Field Trips

Mahaiwe audience youth

Photo by Michael Lavin Flower

Mahaiwe education programs include live performances of dance, theater and music on location as field trip events.

For more information or for upcoming programs, contact Executive Director Janis Martinson at 413-644-9040 x106 or

Upcoming Programs

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 10:00 am

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 12:30 pm

In-School Residencies

Hip Hop Theatre with Open Thought Productions

Photo by Michael Lavin Flower

In addition to education programming at the theater, the Mahaiwe provides in-school workshops and residencies around the region.

For more information or for upcoming residencies, contact Executive Director Janis Martinson at 413-644-9040 x106 or


The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is located at 14 Castle Street. However, because of limited turning radius near the venue, school buses must use special student drop off, pick up and parking procedures. Students and/or teachers with mobility issues should be dropped off in front of the theater in a car/van.

School buses are directed to turn on Taconic Avenue to drop students and teachers off at the train station. Students and teachers must walk down stairs and through the tunnel to cross the street to enter the theater. Buses will be parked off site and return for pick up after the performance.

For more information, contact Executive Director at 413-644-9040 x106 or


See the list of schools we serve in the four-state area.


Our Community Engagement program is committed to establishing and growing partnerships with neighboring community and arts organizations to develop pathways for overcoming social and practical barriers so that immigrants, people of color, communities with low income, and others who have traditionally been underserved in the performing arts, can attend performances at the Mahaiwe.  Recent partnerships include those with VIM (Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires), Clinton Church Restoration, and the Town of Great Barrington W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee. Fund Community Engagement programs.


See the list of our partnerships with community organizations.

Spanish-language Community Advisory Network (SCAN)

The Mahaiwe’s Spanish-language Community Advisory Network (SCAN) is comprised of 10-12 cultural ambassadors, advising on inclusive programming and reducing barriers to access to ensure that members of the Latinx communities in Berkshire County become a well-represented cohort at the Mahaiwe, attending performances, films, and events and – over time – joining staff and board in shaping the organization. Since its formation, SCAN advisors have helped organize free Spanish-language film screenings and live performances at the Mahaiwe and in Berkshire County.

El Spanish-language Community Advisory Network (SCAN) de Mahaiwe está compuesta por 10-12 embajadores culturales, asesorando sobre programación inclusiva y reduciendo las barreras de acceso para garantizar que los miembros de las comunidades latinx en el condado de Berkshire se conviertan en una cohorte bien representada en Mahaiwe, asistiendo a espectáculos, películas, y eventos, y, con el tiempo, unir al personal y la junta para dar forma a la organización. Desde su formación, los asesores de SCAN han ayudado a organizar proyecciones gratuitas de películas en español y presentaciones en vivo en Mahaiwe y en el condado de Berkshire.

SCAN Advisors/Asesores: Paola Alta, Marina Dominguez, Deisy Escobar, Diana Lotero, Liliana Ortiz-Bermudez, Gladis Rave, Marco Soasti, Vladimir Soasti, Marcela Urrea

Presenting Partners

We provide the stage and the “final mile” of production support for regional arts organizations and other non-profits to bring their content to audiences. See the  list of presenting partners.

If you are interested in becoming a presenting partner, see more at Rent the Mahaiwe.


The Mahaiwe welcomes audiences of all abilities. Physical accessibility information can be found on the Accessibility page.

Financial accessibility: We thoughtfully serve a broadly diverse audience with low ticket prices. See our Ticketing Offers page for more information.