Faculty News

Summer Theatre Roundup

Several members of the Bennington College community have been participating in the 2022 summer theatre season.

Jackson and Janis Faculty Photos

For Living Room Theatre, drama faculty member Kirk Jackson directed a three-week run of Nicholas Payne’s global hit, “Constellations." The storyline swirls around the romance between beekeeper Roland and physicist Marianne. Marianne harps on about cosmology, quantum mechanics, string theory and the belief that there are numerous universes that take humans on differing paths. The production took place on the grounds of the Park-McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion in North Bennington. 

Jackson will also be directing Kevin Artigue's Sheepdog for the Oldcastle Theatre Company from August 26 through September 4. Kaiya Kirk '20 is the Assistant Director/Dramaturge and drama faculty Michael Giannitti is the production’s lighting designer. A mystery and a love story with high stakes and no easy answers, Sheepdog fearlessly examines police violence, interracial love, and class in the 21st century.

For The Dorset Theatre Festival's 45th Season of professional summer theatre, drama faculty Dina Janis (also the Festival's artistic director) directed the World Premiere of Scarecrow, written and performed by Heidi Armbruster. 

Scarecrow is one woman's heartwarming and funny look back at the last 33 days of her father's life. A New York City actress lands herself on her family's dairy farm to grieve herself back to life. Performances of Scarecrow ran from July 14 through July 23.