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 tri-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.

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 Education and Community Outreach Coordinator Caitlin Teeley at 413-644-9040 x116 or

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 Education and Community Outreach Coordinator Caitlin Teeley at 413-644-9040 x116 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 Education and Community Outreach Coordinator Caitlin Teeley at 413-644-9040 x116 or


See the list of schools we serve in the tri-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 of our partnerships with community organizations.

Spanish-language Advisory Network (SCAN)

The Mahaiwe’s Spanish-language Community Advisory Network (SCAN) works to bridge the Mahaiwe and Latinx community, inform programming, and communicate performing arts opportunities through trusted social networks.

El Spanish-language Community Advisory Network (SCAN) de Mahaiwe trabaja para unir la comunidad de Mahaiwe y Latinx, informar la programación y comunicar oportunidades de artes escénicas a través de redes sociales confiables.

SCAN members include: Gonzalo Bermudez, Balbina Laura Cabrera, Jessy Calderon, Marina Dominguez, Deisy Escobar, Fredy Hernández, Karen Ruiz Leon, 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 Theater Policies/Discounts for more information.