Dorset Theatre Festival Turns 40, Names New Leadership
Fresh from garnering a Best of the Berkshires theatre award for its regional collaboration of ‘The Norman Conquests,’ the Dorset Theatre Festival is charging into its 40th season with a newly minted Board of Trustees.
New Board president Patricia Nelson, an intellectual property attorney who specializes in copyright, trademark and media and entertainment law, states, “The Festival is now a major player on the national landscape and we are raising the bar for professional theatre in the region. I’m excited to be a part of it!”
DTF Board chair Kim Beaty is a member of one of Broadway’s royal families; her grandfather was composer Richard Rodgers of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Rodgers and Hart fame; her mother was acclaimed musical theater composer and author, Mary Rodgers, and her brother is fellow Vermonter Adam Guettel, a musical theater composer and lyricist and Tony award winner.
Kim, a well-regarded portrait artist in her own right, recently commented, “It’s astounding to me that our festival, which is practically in my new backyard, manages consistently to offer our community the same quality of performance that one could see on and off Broadway. From the actors to the playwrights and directors, Dina Janis and her troops bring new voices and old favorites to our area every summer.”
Dorset Theatre Festival collaborates with its artists, audiences and community to redefine the American theatrical landscape by developing new plays and producing theatre that matters. For more information, go to dorsettheatrefestival.org or call 802-867-2223.