Presented by Shakespeare & Company
Reading hosted by Carmen-Maria Mandley
The Elayne P. Bernstein Theater, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5.00 for students, seniors and military and $10.00 for the general public and are available through the Shakespeare & Company box office. For tickets visit  email, or call the box office at 413-637-3353.

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and Shakespeare & Company join forces to co-sponsor this special event celebrating young women writers ages 12-19 from the Berkshires and neighboring communities in an evening of poetry, short stories, and short plays. Participants hail from many different local schools, including Wahconah High School, Taconic High School, Pittsfield High School, Lenox Memorial High School, Mount Everett Regional High School, Miss Hall’s School, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Chatham High School, The Montessori School of the Berkshires, and Drury High School. Before the reading, participants will take part in a free performance workshop taught by professional Shakespeare & Company actors and directors, culminating the evening performance of their own work for friends, family, and the public.

Carmen-Maria Mandley is an educator, artist, actor, and artisan for Shakespeare & Company. She is the founder and artistic director of the Nickel Shakespeare Girls (in their 15th year), Founding Artistic Director of Bare Theatre, and a produced playwright and poet. Carmen attended National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois and continued her training at Shakespeare and Company and at the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She has been actively directing, teaching and performing Shakespeare for 20 years and has performed spoken word poetry in Chicago, Orlando, Louisville, and Raleigh. Awards include: Who to Watch in Theater 2003 (Triangle News and Observer, Raleigh NC), Order of Saint George Renaissance Award, Order of Saint Michael Renaissance Award, and Best Street Performance Act in the Nation for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 (Renaissance Magazine). She is currently working on a first novel, Loving Grendel.