(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is pleased to welcome Richard Seltzer to the Board of Trustees.
“Richard has demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership in support of the arts in Berkshire County. We are very pleased to welcome him to our board,” said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.
“It is daunting to be joining an organization as successful as Barrington Stage. I feel like I am jumping onto a moving train,” says Seltzer. He also noted that “strong cultural institutions, like Barrington Stage, are a crucial component in restoring the economic strength of Berkshire County.”
Richard Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the NYC law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group. In the Berkshires, he has enjoyed participating in several local organizations. Richard has been the president of the Stockbridge Bowl Association for the past nine years, leading a major campaign to restore the 375-acre lake to its former natural beauty. He has been chairman of the board of Hancock Shaker Village for the past two years, serving on its board for five years. He is currently also on the board of the Edith Wharton Restoration (the Mount) and enjoys supporting the Clark Art Institute, Chester Theatre Company, Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow. He has been increasingly trying to help organizations such as Doctors without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Technoserve, CARE, UNHRC and food banks in the Berkshires and NYC. Richard and his wife Carol reside in Manhattan and Stockbridge.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning regional theatre located in Pittsfield, MA in the heart of the Berkshires. BSC, co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009, BSC premiered Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way in 2012) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre in 2013. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical On the Town was originally produced at BSC in 2013 before transferring to Broadway in 2014, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. In 2016, Barrington Stage swept the first annual Berkshire Theatre Awards by winning 20 out of the 25 awards. In 2016, BSC produced the world premiere of American Son, which won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play and will be opening on Broadway in November 2018. In 2017, BSC produced the much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit. In 2018, BSC produced the critically-acclaimed production of West Side Story in honor of Bernstein and Robbins’ 100th birthdays. In 2017 and 2018, BSC won the Best of the Berkshires Readers’ Choice for Best Live Theatre. 2019 marks BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.