Silverthorne is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization. If you are interested in supporting our work by becoming a member of the Board of Directors, please contact us via email to find out more about our work.
Ezekiel Baskin is a freelance director, lighting designer, stage & production manager, and arts educator. They have stage managed three productions for Silverthorne: Bright Half Life, The Revolutionists, and Stupid Fucking Bird; and were delighted when they were invited to join the board in October 2021 to help Silverthorne chart a course for the future.
Directing credits include Plague Wedding (Theater Between Addresses), Grail Knight (Electric Lite Collective), Night Train (Electric Lite Collective), Queer Intimacies (Eggtooth Productions), Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Hampshire College), and Caeneus (HC). Stage management and design credits include the world premiere of NOW (Pauline Productions), A Little Night Music (Greater Worcester Opera), Athena (Real Live Theatre), The *Annotated* Taming (Hampshire Shakespeare Company), The Life and Death of Queen Margaret (RLT) and The Final Say (Strident Theater).
Ezekiel is connected with a number of other Valley theatre organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for Valley Light Opera, and as a proud Governing Member of Real Live Theatre. They are a Founding Member of Theater Between Addresses, a collective of theatre artists & writers focused on fostering and creating new work, and serve as Resident Lighting Designer for Pauline Productions. Ezekiel holds a B.A. from Hampshire College in Theatre, Education & Psychoanalytic Studies, with a focus on facilitating collaborative spaces. Beyond the stage, Ezekiel works in public health, currently serving as a Public Health Accompaniment Specialist with Partners in Health.
Michael Garcia (he/him/his) has been passionately involved with theatre and music for over 30 years. He is a creative professional who has been vigorously finding outlets for his creative passions from on stage to backstage, and in any job in between. His love for the performing arts at a young age has set him up with a diverse bank of knowledge to pull from to enhance any project he consults on. Michael has been in numerous regional productions in the area, including Silverthorne’s The Waiting Room and When We Get Good Again. Garcia also has a history of working with impactful, emerging arts organizations such as the Pioneer Valley’s Rise Up Productions. In his personal life, Michael is also a father to two children and a husband to his wife Jessica.
Robby has been involved with Silverthorne since the very beginning. A graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, his first experiences in theatre were working backstage on David Rowland’s shows. Robby graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance Studies, concentrating in technical theatre and theatrical design. He has worked on many aspects of STC productions, such as set construction, lighting design, and stage management, as well as arts administration. Robby has directed, designed, and provided technical support for local theater at Greenfield High School and the LAVA Center.
Kyle Boatwright (she/her/hers) is an Easthampton-based performing artist, educator, and arts consultant. A long-time resident of the Pioneer Valley, she is deeply committed to equality, change, education, and activism through exceptional artistry. Kyle has acted in countless regional productions nationwide, including Silverthorne’s 2022 production of Bright Half Life. She is also an acclaimed music director/designer, composer, and writer, and holds a B.A. from Amherst College. Kyle is the co-founder of Rise Up Productions MA, a progressive Pioneer Valley collective that produces musical and theatrical benefits to support marginalized communities in the area.
Harley Erdman is a dramaturg, playwright, and scholar whose work focuses on adaptation and translation. His commissioned work as a translator of contemporary Latin American theater includes plays from Mexico, Nicaragua, and Chile. His Women Playwrights of Early Modern Spain (ITER, 2016) features his translations of ten plays, for the first time ever in English. It won the Josephine Roberts Award for best scholarly edition in the field of early modern women and gender. He is the author or editor of five other books, and a winner of the Association for Hispanic Classic Theater’s Translation Prize. Erdman has also published on the history of Jewish representation on the American stage.
His dramatic writing projects focus on rebels and outsiders in local history. These include the opera librettosThe Scarlet Professor and The Garden of Martyrs, both with composer Eric Sawyer, as well as the screwball comedy Nobody’s Girl, which debuted at the Northampton Academy of Music. His cabaret musical, My Evil Twin, in collaboration with Sawyer, has toured Fringe festivals in the U.S. and Canada.
Erdman has taught in Scotland, El Salvador and Sri Lanka – in the latter country, as part of a Fulbright Fellowship. He is a professor in the UMass Theater Department, and a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Gina Kaufmann is a director and teacher who moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2017 to join the Department of Theater faculty at UMass Amherst, where she is a professor of Acting and Directing. Her first (and very joyful) experience with Silverthorne Theater was directing Lauren Gunderson’s feminist comedy, The Revolutionists, in 2019.
Gina is a member of the Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). She has worked as a director and acting coach in numerous regional venues, including Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company. In New York, she directed for SoHo Rep, HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, Wings Theatre, and Dixon Place.
Throughout Lucinda Kidder’s 50-year career, theater and non-profit management have been interwoven. Since high school stage work piqued her interest in that world, and her first directing job in India cemented it. She completed her MA in Theater Education at Emerson College and went on to direct over 150 plays, teach all aspects of theater at every level from little kids to university courses, and found and manage seven different theater groups wherever she has lived.
In 1999 she returned to academia to pursue an MFA in directing at UMass Amherst. There, and through subsequent doctoral studies, she explored and worked in the areas of Renaissance Theater, International Theater, Shakespearean Analysis and Performance, Multiculturalism, and Translation Studies. While at UMass she initiated a five-week intensive summer program for middle school students in Holyoke and Springfield, and with two collaborators, organized Unexpected Journeys – a festival of plays by women from Islamic cultures.
Kidder joined forces in 2014 with Northfield Mount Hermon colleague David Rowland to create Silverthorne Theater Company, and acted as managing director through 2021
Kimberly has been acting in the Valley since 2016 and has performed in shows at Silverthorne, Hampshire Shakespeare Company, UMass, Smith College, and GCC. During the school day, she can be found teaching adorable third and fourth graders in her classroom by the woods at Shutesbury Elementary. Kimberly is passionate about the transformative power of both theater and education. She considers herself blessed to be able to contribute as an actor and a teacher.
Sam Samuels is an actor and director who first appeared onstage in the Pioneer Valley in 1978 and has been in many performances since. At Silverthorne he’s appeared in The Mystery of Irma Vep and Tar2f!. He’s also acted in productions at UMass Amherst, New Century Theatre, Panopera, Happier Valley Comedy, and Mt. Holyoke College Summer Theatre. Sam has directed operas for Panopera and for the Smith College music department.
He holds a degree in English from Harvard and an MFA in acting from NYU Tisch School for the Arts and completed coursework in the nonfiction writing program at The University of Iowa. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Sierra, and Smithsonian Magazine, among many others. He is Director of Gift Planning for Smith College. Sam is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the American Guild of Musical Artists. He was a contestant on Jeopardy! He came in second. The attorney came in third.
The art and love of storytelling began with my dad and me playing piano and making up songs. These often evolved into short “scenes” which would include family characters and events. I taught Photography and Filmmaking while working as librarian at Mount Holyoke College for many years. This is where I put images to many of these stories.
While working at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia I volunteered at Quintessence Theatre Group. Then, moving back to “the Valley”, I discovered Silverthorne and joined the board. I am also on the board of the Deerfield Valley Art Association in Northfield and Friends of the Dickinson Library in Northfield. It’s been a creative time and I look forward to another exciting – though with unique circumstances – year of theater!
David Rowland retired in 2013 after 47 years of teaching, the last 35 as director of the Theatre Program at Northfield Mount Hermon School where he taught Acting, Directing, and other theater courses, and directed over 100 major productions. Shortly after his retirement, Rowland and Lucinda Kidder began talking about starting a professional theater company in Franklin County.
Silverthorne Theater Company, named after the principal performing space on NMH’s old Northfield campus, was officially founded in 2014, celebrating that first year with productions of Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy (directed by Kidder) and Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle (directed by Rowland) in NMH’s Chile’s Theater.
Following two years at GCC’s Sloan Theater, Silverthorne moved in 2017 to its present home on the fourth floor of Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield. Rowland directed the first production in this new venue, the Long, Singer, and Winfield parody, The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged), with three actors offering comically twisted excerpts from the Bard’s collected works.
Rowland directed A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters as a benefit for Silverthorne in the LAVA Center, Greenfield, in February of 2020. After retiring from active membership on Silverthorne’s board of directors, Rowland consulted with the board to help chart Silverthorne’s course through and beyond the current pandemic.