Past Education Events

Updated: May 18

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Victory Players Contemporary Music Ensemble School Workshops Conductor Tianhui Ng and the Victory Players ensemble: Giovanni Pérez (Flute), Eric Schultz (Clarinet), Elly Toyoda (Violin), Clare Monfredo (Cello), Nathan Ben-Yehuda (Piano), and Robert Rocheteau (Percussion).

Chicopee Comprehensive High School Workshop Thursday, June 6, 2019

Holyoke High School Workshop Thursday, June 6, 2019

Gateway Regional High School Workshop Monday, June 3, 2019

South Hadley Plains Elementary School Workshop Friday, May 31, 2019

Around the World in 80 Days The Holyoke High School Theater Company, part of the Holyoke High School Performing & Media Arts Academy (PMA Academy) had the opportunity to shadow the National Players in the load in and setup of the public performance for Around the World in 80 Days. 

A Special School Performance of The Crucible was performed by the National Players at Holyoke High School on May 2, 2019. Students then got to participate in two master classes: Movement for Actors and Stage Combat, after the performance.

Open rehearsal of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in Dancing In My Cockroach Killers 

Holyoke High School Theater and Media Literacy students and teachers at the open rehearsals with Pregones/PRTT, MIFA, and Palante




Victory Players Contemporary Music Ensemble School Workshops with Conductor Tianhui Ng, Cellist Yu Mi Bae,  Pianist Han Chen, Flutist Giovanni Pérez, Percussionist Robert Rocheteau, Clarinetist Eric Schultz, and Violinist Elly Toyoda.

Holyoke High School Workshop Wednesday, June 6, 2018


Chicopee Comprehensive High School Workshop Thursday, June 7, 2018

Plains Elementary School South Hadley Workshop Friday, June 8, 2018

The Great Gatsby School Performance and Workshops National Players with the. Friday, May 4, 2018, Sears Auditorium, Holyoke High School at 9AM

700 Holyoke High students attended the National Players production of The Great Gatsby. 

10 students participated in the Theater Tech Workshop Led by National Players Dylan Arredondo, Melissa Carter, Amy Desrosiers, and Jared Graham

La Gringa Education Workshop with the The Urban Theater Company of Chicago.

Friday, September 22, 2017, El Mercado, 413 Main Street in South Holyoke.

Students from Kelly Elementary School, Morgan Elementary School, LightHouse Holyoke, and Holyoke High School participated with members of the The Urban Theater Company in an acting workshop.


Photo by radioplasma.com of “La Gringa” Education Workshop


Upon touring the Victory Theatre in November of 2016, students of LightHouse Holyoke became interested in coming back and using the Victory in their film projects.

Here is one short film by Crew, a student at LightHouse Holyoke:


“Thanks so much for the access and opportunity.” – Catherine Gobron, Co-Director and Co-Founder of LightHouse

MIFA hopes this will be the start of a great career in film for these students! We look forward to building more connections with local schools to incorporate the Victory Theatre, now and once it’s reopened, as a local learning tool for the Valley.

The Grapes of Wrath School Performance and Acting Workshop Monday, May 8, 2017, Sears Auditorium, Holyoke High School at 9AM

Cast members Adam Turck and Moira Todd of the 68th Company of the National Players hosted a acting workshop with the Holyoke High School students.

22 students participated in the Acting Workshop.

Photos by Michael Moriarty of OneHolyoke CDC

LightHouse Holyoke added 25 new photos. November 19, 2016 ·


Masterclass with Compagnie des Petits Champs

April 6, 2016, 7:30PM,  New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College.

Students are invited to a masterclass with leading French actors! Members of the Paris-based Compagnie des Petits Champs Audrey Bonnet Clément Hervieu-Léger Daniel San Pedro Guillaume Ravoire will share their expertise with area theater and French Language students!

To actively participate, please prepare a scene in French or English. We suggest plays from the French dramatic repertory, i.e. Molière, Duras, Racine, Corneille, Sartre, Anouilh, etc., or other francophone playwrights of your choosing. Limit one scene per organization. The masterclass/workshop will be conducted in both French and English

10 Students from Mount Holyoke College

20 Faculty & community in audience.

Photos by Dan Overton:


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(Left to right: Mt.Holyoke Prof of French Catherine Le Gouis, actor Daniel San Pedro, Production Manager Martin Roch, Mt.Holyoke Prof Theatre Arts Chair Vanessa James, actor/director Clément Hervieu-Léger, actress Audrey Bonnet, actor Guillaume Ravoire, Princeton Senior Lecturer in French & Italian Florent Masse, and MIFA Managing Director Kathy McKean.)


Conversation with a Living Legend: Archie Shepp September 16, 2015, Holyoke Senior Center, 3 – 5 PM

Moderated by Hampshire College Assistant Professor of African American studies, Christopher Tinson, featuring jazz great Archie Shepp, who spoke with music students from Holyoke High School (HHS) and Springfield Conservatory of the Arts (SCotA) about his unique history as a composer and performer. Enchanted Circle Theater and Stephen Burrell created a school workshop to familiarize the students with Shepp’s work and the history behind it, in advance of the conversation.

6 Students from HHS & SCotA

Workshop, Friday September 11, 2015, 12:00PM:  Springfield Conservatory of the Arts 32 Students

Workshop, Tuesday September 15, 2015, 12:15PM: Holyoke High School 45 Students


Students from the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts (SCotA) with jazz legend Archie Shepp.

Students from SCotA with Archie Shepp



From left to right: Stephen Burrell of Even Keel Productions, SCotA principal David Brewster, jazz legend Archie Shepp, MIFA Executive Artistic Director Don Sanders, Professor Christopher Tinson of Hampshire College, and MIFA Managing Director Kathy McKean.

Stephen Burrell, David Brewster, Archie Shepp, Don Sanders, Christopher Tinson, and Kathy McKean


This MIFA Education Program Special Event was made possible by grants from MassHumanities and Springfield Cultural Council

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket showing & African Drum performance Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Holyoke Community College, Leslie Phillips Theater

8  Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School Students

5  Incarcerated youth program students

1  Student Drummer from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (PVPA)

Audience members volunteer to play with renowned West African drummer Kabisko before the screening of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket. Kabisko, formerly a resident teaching artist at New York’s Lincoln Center, now teaches at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (PVPA) and the Five Colleges.

To Kill a Mockingbird, School Performance and Acting Workshop Monday, May 4, 2015, Sears Auditorium Holyoke High School.

350 Students attended the  Special School Performance.

21 Dram Club students participated in the Acting Workshop.


Cast members Adam Turck and Anthony Golden, Jr., of the 66th Company of the National Players hosted a acting workshop with the Holyoke High School Dram Club students.

The workshop took place at Holyoke High’s Sears Auditorium after the Players special school performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

du Printemps! After School Performance Friday, May 30, 2014, 4:00pm, The Hub at Gateway City Arts.

100, K-12 students, from the Boys and Girls Club & Girls Inc. of Holyoke.

MIFA Victory Theatre and Vermont Performance Lab bring French choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang to New England for a three-week workshop and residency. Niang selected 24 local participants ages 60-90 (12 from the Holyoke area and 12 from Vermont) to work together to stage a powerful re-imagining of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) Concert/Workshop  Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

75 Holyoke High School Students

The HVGO is made up of an unusual combination of twenty world-class guitarists who play a dazzling array of acoustic and electric guitars. The result is a new and beautiful sound that comes from an eclectic mélange of talent and instruments, and a sound that inspires musicians from a variety of traditions to work together. HVGO presents the music of popular and classical composers, whose works musical director Blanchette arranges to showcase the unique tonal characteristics and strengths of the ensemble. Sears Auditorium, Holyoke High School, Holyoke, MA

Film & Music Extravaganza Alexander Nevsky

30 Holyoke High School chorus members, 

Mark Todd: Choral Director (choral and musical director at Holyoke High School and Music Department head of the Holyoke Public School)

Edwina Cruise: Language Coach (retired professor of Russian at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA)


at Holyoke High School


at United Congregational Church of Holyoke

Film & Music Extravaganza Alexander Nevsky: School Performance

The Republican | Mark M.Murray

November 15, 2012

 200 Subsidized  Student Tickets (William J. Dean Technical High School & Holyoke High School)

30 Holyoke High School chorus members

Mark Todd: Choral Director (choral and musical director at Holyoek High School and Music Department head of the Holyoke Public School) Edwina Cruise: Language Coach (retired professor of Russian at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA) United Congregational Church of Holyoke, Holyoke, MA read article here: Students enjoy cultural matinee Transportation provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s “Big Yellow School Bus” grant  

Hal Holbrook in his legendary one-man show ‘Mark Twain Tonight’   


MarkTwainTonight

November 19, 2011 at 8:00pm,  Holyoke High School, Holyoke, MA

132 Subsidized  Student Tickets

6 Student Technical Crew