Meet the team

Lia Russell-Self

Lia Russell-Self (Assistant Director)  Central Square Theater: debut; WAM Theatre: Associate Producing Director, Teaching Artist for Teen Ensemble (Fractured Dreams in conjunction with Elder Ensemble, Seeking Justice….Seeking Justice, What’s That Sound?), Girls Inc., Teen Ensemble at Reid Middle School (The Boy Who Cried Wolf), Assistant Stage Manager (Ann), Stage Manager (Swallow), Assistant Director (The Last Wife). Lia has been dedicated to creating a change in the arts scene, one way or another. They have worked with companies locally in the Berkshires, Chatham/Hudson area, and beyond to bridge the gaps of arts, activism, and education with companies such as Flying Cloud (Great Barrington, MA) and WiseBodies (Chatham, NY). Some of their favorite projects include: participating in a web series about college activism (activist, Riverwolf Productions); creating scenes paralleling biblical stories with current social issues (Gospel of Justice, Eighty4 Productions) and co-founder/co-Artistic Director of Eighty4 Productions, an all-arts company dedicated to intersectionality. Directing: The Tempest (Berkshire County Day School), The Typists and The Tiger (Director and Executive Producer, Eighty4 Productions), Disgraced (Assistant Director, Chester Theatre Company). Stage Management: The Tempest: A Musical (GhostLit Repertory Theatre); Acting: When Last We Flew (Real Live Theatre); The Virgin Trial, What’s That Sound? (WAM Theatre); Framing Churches (Performer/Collaborator, Ancram Opera House/Olana State Historic Site). Training: BA in Theatrical Studies and Creative Writing, Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In addition: Lia has been recognized as a 2018 and 2020 Berkshire Artist 30 Under 30 recipient.

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