Performing Arts

CATA offers performing arts workshops in singing, drumming, dancing, juggling, and acting. Read more about our performing arts companies below:

The Juggling Connection

Directed by: Roger Reed & Michael Wolski

Former member of Mummenshanz Theatre, Roger Reed began his work with CATA in 2001 and soon The Juggling Connection–CATA’s troupe of jugglers–was formed. The Juggling Connection focuses on sometimes noisy, sometimes silent physical humor, object manipulation, magic moments, juggling, mime, and all-around foolery.

Excerpt from ‘Magic Moment’ 

The Moving Company

Directed by: Dawn Lane

Recognizing the ability, passion and curiosity of several individuals in her CATA dance classes, Dawn Lane formed The Moving Company in 1997. The company choreographs and performs work that both acknowledges and transcends disability and has performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, VSA International Arts Festival, Shakespeare & Company, and Made in the Berkshires Festival at Berkshire Theatre Group.

Excerpt from ‘Resilience’

The Serenaders

Directed by: Vikki True

This ensemble accompanied by Peter Schneider (on keyboard) and Sam Rosen (on guitar) consists of students and adults with a wide range of abilities. They learn and perform work written especially for them by Vikki True, as well as anything from Peter’s repertoire (and he can play anything). The Serenaders perform annually at Shakespeare & Company and have shared the stage with Tom McGrath, percussionist, composer, and producer; Ben Luxon, renowned baritone; Randy Courts, composer; and Donna Bullock, actor and performer.

Excerpt from ‘The People Chain’

Shakespeare’s Players

Directed by: Barby Cardillo & Diane Prusha

Based on an educational model developed for school residencies by Shakespeare & Company, this energetic group of actors has produced short adaptations of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest. The prompting of lines to all actors transforms the stage to a place where the audience and the actors focus on acting rather than disability. In fact, the cast includes actors who are not verbal, yet embellish scenes and enchant audiences with their presence onstage.

Excerpt from ‘…but they do’

The People’s Tap Dance Theater

Directed by: Stefanie Weber

Formed in 2004, The People’s Tap Dance Theatre is a group of nine mixed-ability tap dancers. Weber remarks: “We have grown from making subtle murmurs to making bold statements. Our intimacy with the art form and each other, and the intentions of CATA and our community have blossomed, and we find ourselves to be a valuable part of something much larger.”

Excerpt from ‘Power in Numbers’

The Art Cart Performs

Directed by: JoAnne Spies

Singer, songwriter and Art Cart troubadour, JoAnne Spies transforms the words and stories of Berkshire Health Systems nursing home residents into song and performance.

Excerpt from ‘Celebrate’