Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is a not-for-profit professional theatre company with a three-fold mission: to produce 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 Company has become the fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, attracting more than 55,600 patrons each year, and gaining national recognition for its superior quality productions and comprehensive educational programming.
In July 2005, BSC purchased a 1912 vaudeville theatre in downtown Pittsfield. (In its first 11 years, BSC operated from rented space at the Consolati Performing Arts Center at Mount Everett High School in Sheffield.) In January 2006, BSC began renovations and by June 2007, BSC opened its doors to a completely renovated 520-seat, state-of-the art theatre. The space is now known as the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.
In the spring of 2012, BSC purchased the former VFW building in Pittsfield, three blocks from the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. The building, now called the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in honor of the BSC patrons who made the purchase of the building possible, houses the St. Germain Stage (formerly Stage 2) and Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, a 99-seat cabaret space.
Together with other cultural institutions, BSC has become an integral part of downtown Pittsfield’s economic revitalization. In 2009 the Massachusetts Cultural Council presented a “Creative Community” Commonwealth Award to the City of Pittsfield in recognition of its efforts to boost the creative economy in Massachusetts.