A note from Executive Director Janis Martinson

Janis Martinson

Here at the Mahaiwe, we host world-class performances that any presenter would be pleased to have, and we do it with high production standards in a well-maintained historic theater. Thanks to our patrons, donors, and volunteers, the Mahaiwe stands among the best our county — and country — has to offer. The talent we present every year is a testament to the Mahaiwe’s position as a national stage.

At the same time, we are very much of this particular place, a product of the Berkshires and Great Barrington. This is a welcoming region. It’s the way the hills roll, and the towns alternate with green space. It’s in the farm-fresh food, the rich cultural offerings, the long tradition of civic engagement and community feeling. At the Mahaiwe, we take that friendliness as a standard to aspire to, and so we stay open all year, program for a range of tastes and ages, and offer tickets up and down the pricing scale, with discounts to boot. More than that, we try to reduce barriers by offering free online opera lectures, Spanish-language programming, and physical assistance for people with disabilities, from easy wheelchair access to assisted listening devices.

Most importantly, we try to get to know you, our audience and supporters. In part, that means working to learn what you want and need. But our highest aim is to put a face with a name, to hear what you thought of a show, to welcome your friends and family with you.

Welcome to the Mahaiwe. We hope you will come back again and again.