Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat

Mission




Mission Statement

Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat (BCTR) develops new work for the stage that promotes and celebrates diversity. Emphasizing non-traditional casting, multi-ethnic participants, and bold theatricality, BCTR offers unique development opportunities for new plays and musicals that encourage dialogue among artists from a variety of cultures.



Vision Statement

Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat envisions an American Theatre where established and aspiring artists of color have generous opportunities to practice their craft, on- and offstage. In pursuit of this goal, BCTR will:

– Provide a safe, beautiful space in Salem, CT where artists can gather to develop new works that give voice to under-represented communities;

– Engage the communities of Salem, New York City and the American Theatre in dialogue, to advance the stories and artists associated with BCTR;

– Offer youth opportunities to learn from leaders in the field, in creative and administrative capacities that support BCTR programs.

Retreat Description

BCTR is an annual ten-day retreat at The Bingham Camp. Each season, participants work on the development of a single new play or musical. In addition, there are opportunities for readings and exploration of other work while on-site. It culminates in a presentation to an invited audience of local supporters, national art advocates and other professionals.

Under the artistic direction of Devanand Janki, the creative environment is collaborative and supportive, with the ultimate goal of creating high-quality work that has potential to be produced commercially so its message can reach larger audiences.

The quietude of the countryside around Bingham Camp offers the opportunity for participants to work without the interruption and distraction of a city. All artists receive a small stipend plus housing and meals.

LEADERSHIP

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – DEVANAND JANKI

Devanand is a New York-based Director and Choreographer who grew up spending summers at The Bingham Camp. His career spans all facets of the performing arts – theatre, opera, ballet and corporate entertainment. He began as a performer, appearing in numerous productions including Broadway’s Miss Saigon, Cats, The King & I and Side Show. For the past 15 years, he has been a freelance director, working regionally and in New York on over 50 shows including Aladdin, Junie B. Jones, Man of La Mancha, Rent, The Full Monty and Off-Broadway’s Zanna Don’t! for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award. His passion has always been creating new work for the stage. He is excited that The Bingham Camp, which inspired so much of his own creativity, is now a home for other theatre professionals. He looks forward to sharing their work with the community in the years to come. www.devanandjanki.com
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – MICHAEL GRAZIANO

Michael is a freelance non-profit leader, fundraiser and event producer based in New York City. He is best known for his 20-year tenure as Producing Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS where he produced and developed the organization’s iconic events such as Broadway’s Easter Bonnet Competition, The Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction and Broadway Bares, raising over eighty million dollars for the organization. He has supervised production on over 100 fundraising events including Chita Rivera’s 80th Birthday Concert, This Is Your Song with Elton John, The Year of Magical Thinking with Vanessa Redgrave, Broadway Celebrates the Spirit of Harlem with former President Bill Clinton and last year’s all-star reading of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde starring Michael Emerson, Sally Field, Jonathan Groff and Michael C. Hall. Among the numerous celebrities who have appeared in his productions are Julie Andrews, Daniel Craig, Carol Channing, Jane Fonda, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Cyndi Lauper, Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Daniel Radcliffe, Vanessa Williams and many more. His accomplishments lead to his selection as featured artist in Playbill Magazine’s “Life in the Theatre” column in May 2014. He is passionate about the importance of the arts and raising funds for social justice causes and is thrilled to contribute to the growth of Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat. In his spare time, he is also a yoga teacher, photographer and international traveler.

 

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE – DENNIS CORSI

Dennis is a resident director of RagTag Theatre at SoHo Playhouse (where his production of The Commedia Rapunzel was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award). He is creative director of Script Match, an app simplifying the process of finding plays and musicals. Dennis is the video director at B • OUT, an LGBTQ media company, where he is directing the new television series In Pursuit. Dennis has assisted directors Peter Flynn, Leah C. Gardiner, Tony Caselli, and Devanand Janki. Other directing credits include The Fierce Urgency of Now (Fresh Fruit), Dust & Ash (Samuel French OOB), Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks USA), Based on a Totally True Story (Renegade Theatre Festival), bare (Michigan State University), and Bless Me Father (Manhattan Rep). Engage with him on Twitter @corsidennis and www.denniscorsi.com
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Education and Internships

 

 

Youth Musical Theatre Intensive

BCTR’s musical theatre intensive is a brand new program devoted to inspiring future theatre professionals. We are seeking 15 students (ages 16 and up) who are interested in the arts. Students will be coached by Broadway professionals, receive one-on-one consultations to prepare them with the materials they need to work educationally and professionally, and will have the chance to create their own cabaret presentation, performing alongside Broadway veterans. They will also attend one rehearsal and the final dress of the new works musical presented at Bingham Camp, all while observing professionals work.

September 17th
Musical theatre workshop (12pm – 5pm)

September 20th
Cabaret rehearsal, dinner with cast, and A Cabaret Evening – starring our professional Broadway guest artists and showcasing our students! (3pm – 9pm)

Students will also attend two rehearsals of BCTR’s new musical.

Price: $375
(Scholarships are available based on need.)

Contact Jacqueline Wheeler for more info at (205) 999-3177 or info@binghamcamptheatreretreat.org

We are now accepting applications! APPLY HERE by September 12th. 

 


Internships

Desired Qualities for all interns:

• Positive attitude and willingness to learn

• Strong organizational Skills

• Excellent verbal and written Communication Skills

• Attention to detail

• Self-starter

• Sense of humor

• Willingness to assist in all areas of the retreat in an “all hands on deck” operation

• Commitment to the mission of diversity in the arts

• Familiarity with Excel, Word and Outlook

• Driver’s license helpful

 

STAGE MANAGEMENT INTERN 

Ideal candidate is interested in a career as a professional stage manager and has experience stage managing in high school or college

Responsibilities:

• Report to the Production Stage Manager and Artistic Director

• Assist AEA PSM in all aspects of rehearsals including set-up and breakdown, scheduling, copying scripts and music, props, and communication with actors

• Assist Artistic Director with all rehearsal needs

• Attend classes and workshops for the Musical Theatre Intensive Educational Program

• Stage Manage the Cabaret evening for the Musical Theatre Intensive Educational Program and Fireside reading

 

ARTS ADMINISTRATION INTERN

Ideal candidate is looking to get exposure to all aspects of running a non-profit theatre company and has strong organizational skills in creating spreadsheets and tracking expenses.

Responsibilities:

• Report to the Executive Director, Artistic Associate and Education Director

• Assist in all aspects of daily operations including rehearsals, food and beverage service, press, marketing, ticketing, FOH and donor relations

• Create and manage database for ticketing for workshop presentations

• Prepare written materials for programs

• Write and post on BCTR’s social media channels

• Assist in catering and meal preparation for artists

• Track expenses and prepare reimbursements

• Assist in all aspects of preparation for the Musical Theatre Intensive Education Program

• Attend classes and workshops for the Musical Theatre Intensive Education Program

• Run Ticketing and FOH for the Musical Theatre Intensive Cabaret Evening

 

COMPANY MANAGEMENT INTERN

Ideal candidate is interested in a career in Company Management or Arts Administration and be personable and organized.

Responsibilities:

• Report to the Artistic Director and Executive Director

• Provide an outstanding professional experience to guest artists

• Assist guest artists with all practical matters so they can focus on the show

• Assist in preparation of meals as needed

• Distribute payroll, petty cash and keep expense reports

• Communicate with actors about housing and meals

• Assist with Ticketing, Box Office and Front of House for Musical Theatre Intensive Cabaret evening, and all workshop public readings

 

Please send cover letter and resume to Executive Director Michael Graziano at michaelegraziano@gmail.com.

 

 

People

 

 

Board of Directors

Dennis Corsi

Dennis is a resident director of RagTag Theatre at SoHo Playhouse (where his production of The Commedia Rapunzel was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award). He is creative director of Script Match, an app simplifying the process of finding plays and musicals. Dennis is the video director at B • OUT, an LGBTQ media company, where he is directing the new television series In Pursuit. Dennis has assisted directors Peter Flynn, Leah C. Gardiner, Tony Caselli, and Devanand Janki. Other directing credits include The Fierce Urgency of Now (Fresh Fruit), Dust & Ash (Samuel French OOB), Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks USA), Based on a Totally True Story (Renegade Theatre Festival), bare (Michigan State University), and Bless Me Father (Manhattan Rep). Engage with him on Twitter @corsidennis and www.denniscorsi.com

Peter Flynn

Peter’s most recent credits include Kiss Me, Kate for the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre where he has directed productions of Man of LaMancha (Carbonell Award, Best Director & Best Musical), Sleuth, & Other Desert Cities. He will also direct the off-Broadway premiere of Marcy Heisler’s & Zina Goldrich’s Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School, choreographed by Devanand Janki with whom Peter has created over fifty productions. New York credits include Actors’ Fund concerts of On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie, Chess with Josh Groban, and Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, & Andrea Martin; Skippyjon Jones, & Junie B. Jones (nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical), and Rhapsody in Seth – Actors’ Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky. Other credits include the world premiere of Willy Holtzman’s new play, Smart Blonde at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre starring Andréa Burns; Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop; Gypsy at the St. Louis MUNY; and 1776 & The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Ford’s Theatre. Upcoming projects include The Audience for the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, and a completely new production of Ragtime for Ford’s Theatre. Peter is the director of Musical Theatre for the Stella Adler Studio for Acting & is on the faculty of Adler’s NYU Tisch Division. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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Staff

Meg Friedman  |  Development Associate

Meg is proud to be a volunteer writer and development associate for the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat. Meg is a professional stage manager, with credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at several leading regional theatres. A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Meg is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Goucher College.

Jacqueline Wheeler  |  Education Coordinator

Jacqueline is originally from Birmingham Alabama and graduated from University of Alabama with a degree in Musical Theatre and Communicative Disorders. After undergrad, she moved to NYC where she worked professionally as an actor and teacher. She recently received her MFA in Acting at Michigan State University, where she taught and created beginning acting, business of acting, and theatre history courses for the department. Her secondary focus while pursuing her terminal degree was the business of acting. Jacqueline has worked for Stephanie Holbrook Casting and the Krasny Agency in New York City. She has taught theatre all over the country and even traveled to teach English through theatre in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently, she is a specialty teacher for Perry School, in the West Village, teaching music, movement, art, and theatre.


 

 

Industry Advisory Committee

Cheryl E. Andrews  |  Literary Agent

 

Andrew Asnes  |  Executive Producer at 50 Shades! the Musical

Andrew has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. First, as a performer for The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance and in several Broadway and touring productions, and then as a Producer of both Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals. He has been a producer of The Color Purple Musical, Legally Blonde The Musical, All My Sons and Superior Donuts, all on Broadway. Asnes has led productions of Rated P…for Parenthood and 50 Shades! The Musical Parody for Off-Broadway, national tour and international licenses. He is delighted to support Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat and its inclusive mission. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia University.

Anastasia Barzee  |  Broadway, Film & Television Actor

Anastasia has starred on Broadway in Henry IV, Parts I and II with Kevin Kline, as Hope in Urinetown, as Emma in Jekyll & Hyde and as Ellen in Miss Saigon. She created the role of Josephine on the West End in Napoleon (also cast album). Anastasia is most recently known for playing Special Agent Olivia Dylan on the hit TV Sci-fi and Peoples Choice award winning show: Beauty & The Beast on the CW.

Other theatre credits include Lorna in Golden Boy (City Center Encores!), Hope In Anything Goes, Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, and Jenny in Company (Los Angeles Reprise!). Anastasia created the role of Betty Hanes in the premier of White Christmas (also cast album), the premier of Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close (also cast album), Beth in The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration production of Merrily We Roll Along, Mallory in Los Angeles and first national tour’s productions of City of Angels and others. Ms. Barzee’s films include Doug Liman’s Fair Game opposite Sean Penn, Those Who Wander (to be released), and Confessions (in post production), and her television credits include guest starring and recurring roles on The Mysteries of Laura, Elementary, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Younger, Golden Boy, White Collar, Made In Jersey, 666 Park Avenue, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order, Movie of the week: Murder She Wrote: A Story to Die For, Days of Our Lives, Herman’s Head, Get A Life and others. She recorded her solo album The Dimming of The Day, released on Sh-K-Boom Ghostlight Records.

 

Danielle Brooks  |  Actor – Orange is the New Black

 

Andréa Burns  |  Actor, Singer – Drama Desk & Jefferson Nomination

 

Brian Myers Cooper  |  Actor, Playwright, AEA National Council

Brian is an actor, writer, director, acting teacher and coach. Favorite credits include Miss Saigon (2nd Nat’l.), Romance, Romance! (Alfred/Sam – Lauren Kennedy, dir), Blues for Mr. Charlie (Parnel), I Love you, You’re Perfect (x 3!), the American premier of Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders (Florida Stage), and appearances on All My Children and Boardwalk Empire. For the past decade he has served on the National Council and Eastern Regional Board of Actor’s Equity Association, and he is a trustee of the Equity-League Pension & Health Trust Funds. He created Sonnet Play… or What a Heap of Wretched Infidel Stuff!, told entirely using Shakespeare’s sonnets, which he has performed in NYC, and will bring to the Folger Library First Folio tour stop in West Virginia next year.

Maria Di Dia  |  VP/General Management – Theatre Management Associates Ltd

Maria brings a robust passion for the creative process and over 40 years of upper-level theater management.. She began as an apprentice to Norman Kean at the Edison Theatre in 1970. She is the owner of Maria Productions, LLC servicing the entertainment community with specific expertise in Broadway and off-Broadway enterprises. Ms. Di Dia has served in a managing role for more than 300 theatrical ventures.

Notable theater successes: Original Associate General Manager for the blockbuster Broadway production of Chicago; Original Executive Producer/General Manager for off-Broadway’s Blue Man Group; A producer for Bebe Neuwirth’s HERE LIES JENNY both in New York and San Francisco.

From 2005-2006 Ms. Di Dia was the GM of Legit Booking at New World Stages . Ms. Di Dia is very proud to have been the Managing Director of BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS and continues as a member of the Board having been a founding member of its board of directors. She also has spearheaded fund raising events connected to the annual event, Nothing Like A Dame, for the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative of the Actor’s Fund of America. She has worked with in roles from Executive Producer to Stage Manager for National Dance Institute(Celebrating it’s 40th Year) Event of the Year helping to achieve NDI’s goal of bringing quality dance education to schools all over the country. She has also served on the NDI Advisory Board.

Anika Larsen  |  Broadway Actor and Singer – Tony & Lortel Nomination

Anika most recently created the role of Cynthia Weil in Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.  She has also appeared on Broadway in Avenue Q, Xanadu, All Shook Up and Rent.  Off-Broadway, she appeared in Closer Than Ever (York Theatre), Myths and Hymns (Prospect Theater), Miracle Brothers (Vineyard Theatre), Zanna, Don’t! and How to Save the World & Find True Love in 90 Minutes.  Anika wrote and performed in a musical, Shafrika, The White Girl, about her childhood growing up with 9 brothers and sisters from different races and countries.  She majored in theater at Yale University, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

 

Baayork Lee  |  Executive Artistic Director – National Asian Artists Project

 

Telly Leung  |  Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Producer

Telly is a Chinese-American actor, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Broadway credits include Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Rent (final Broadway company) and Godspell. He will be starring opposite George Takei and Lea Salonga on Broadway this fall in Allegiance, at the Longacre Theater. He created the role of Boq in the Chicago company of Wicked and he played Angel in the Hollywood Bowl concert production of Rent (directed by Neil Patrick Harris). Television audiences will recognize Telly as “Wes, the Warbler” from Fox’s Glee. His debut album, {i’ll cover you}, is available on iTunes, Amazon, & Spotify. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. Website: www.tellyleung.com. Twitter: @tellyleung

 

Norm Lewis  |  Actor – Tony and Drama Desk Nominee

 

Andrea Martin  |  Actor, Singer, Author – Emmy, Tony, Drama Desk & Theatre World Awards

 

Orville Mendoza  |  Broadway, Off-Broadway, Film & TV Actor – Drama Desk Award Nomination

Orville received a Barrymore Award and a Drama Desk nomination for originating the role of “Tempura” in Christopher Durang & Peter Melnick’s musical Adrift in Macao at the Philadelphia Theatre Co. and Off-Broadway at Primary Stages. He’s appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures and Peter and the Starcatcher. Off-Broadway credits include: Romeo & Juliet, Timon of Athens, and the original company of Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman’s Road Show all at The Public Theater/NYSF. Found (Atlantic Theater Co.), Passion (2013 revival at Classic Stage Company), Antigone, The Seagull, Blind Mouth Singing, A Play on War (all at National Asian American Theatre Company), Ivanov (NAATCO & The Mint Theatre), The Romance of Magno Rubio (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), Rashomon (Pan Asian Rep.). He has developed new works for The Public Theatre, The Old Globe, York Theatre, Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, NY Stage and Film, and New Dramatists. Regional credits include: The Orphan of Zhao (A.C.T. & La Jolla Playhouse), 5th Avenue Seattle, Kansas City Rep., Long Wharf Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, East West Players (Ovation Award nomination in the title role of Sweeney Todd), The Muny, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, TUTS Underground. On television he has appeared on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and several commercials.

Maria-Christina Oliveras  |  Broadway, Film & TV Actor

Maria is dedicated to developing new plays and musicals. Recent credits include: Zorba, directed by Walter Bobbie at City Center Encores; Pretty Filthy, by Michael Friedman and Bess Wohl with the Civilians; Hatuey at Sundance, by Elise Thoron and Frank London, directed by Leigh Silverman; and Here Lies Love, by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim, directed by Alex Timbers, a project which she developed since its inception. Broadway: Machinal, directed by Lyndsey Turner and starring Rebecca Hall; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Selected Regional: Williamstown, Long Wharf, Baltimore Centerstage, Huntington, Denver Center, Hangar. She has developed new work with the Lark, Ars Nova, Playwrights’ Realm, the Civilians, New Georges, the New Group, Ma-Yi, PRTT, EST, Primary Stages, Women’s Project, NYTW, Atlantic, the Public Theatre, the Huntington, INTAR, iD, Rattlestick, Terra Nova and New Dramatists, from which she received the Charles Bowden Actor Award. She is a member of The Actors’ Center and Partial Comfort Productions; volunteer at the 52nd Street Project; and has served on the faculty of Fordham and Yale. B.A.-Yale; M.F.A.-National Theatre Conservatory. Film and TV: Law & Order: CI and SVU, Nurse Jackie, Damages, Manhattan Nocturne, The Humbling, The Other Woman, St. Vincent, among others.

Barbara Pasternack  |  Artistic Director – TheatreworksUSA

For the past 30 years, first as Associate Artistic Director and since 2000 as Artistic Director for TheatreworksUSA, Barbara has developed and produced almost 90 original plays and musicals, creating a critically acclaimed, diverse repertoire of family entertainment. The shows Ms. Pasternack has created reach a national audience of millions of children each year, and ensure TheatreworksUSA is an established brand, valued by educators, parents and industry professionals. An important part of the company’s – and Ms. Pasternack’s  – mission is to discover and nurture emerging writers, directors, and designers, and to encourage established writers and directors to create quality entertainment for young audiences.

In 2001, Barbara accepted the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award presented “for TheatreworksUSA’ artistic vision and commitment to the support and development of theatre artists” and subsequently served on the 2004 selection committee. She has sat on panels for ASCAP, NYU and TCG and has been a Lucille Lortel Award nominator since 2005. And for the past four years has sat on the selection committee for The Rhinebeck Musical Theater Retreat.

In 2010 Barbara accepted The Andrew Goodman Foundation Hidden Heroes Award for outstanding achievement in promoting human dignity and civil rights.

 

Paige Price  |  Vice President of Actors Equity Association

 

Veronica Reyes-Howe  |  Theatre, Film & TV Actor

Veronica is an actor/director/writer who lives in NYC. She’s toured with shows like Rent, Miss Saigon and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and featured in TV shows like The Blacklist, Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. She’s also featured in the 2015 HBO documentary East of Main Street: Taking the Lead. Recently, she co-penned a children’s play that was a finalist at the Ruble New Play Festival and you can see her each month hosting the AOL show The Savings Experiment. She’s an avid animal video watcher and loves spending time with her husband Brad.

 

Seth Rudetsky  |  Musician, Actor, Writer, Radio Host – Sirius XM Satellite Radio

 

Nandita Shenoy  | Writer, Actor

Nandita a writer-actor in New York. Her comedy Washer/Dryer recently received its world premier at East West Players in Los Angeles and will be produced Off-Broadway this winter by Ma-Yi Theater. Nandita won the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting from the Abingdon Theater Company. Her one-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, and A More Perfect Date, have been produced in New York City as well as regionally. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Nandita holds a Bachelors Degree in English literature with distinction in the major from Yale University. www.nanditashenoy.com

 

Robert Tatad  |  SDC Director & Choreographer

 

Stephanie Yankwitt  |  Director of New Play Development – Barrington Stage Company


 

 

Local Salem Advisory Committee

David B. Bingham  |  Salem Land Trust Vice-President

David Bingham, MD is a retired physician (OB-GYN) and a neighbor to the Camp Theater Retreat property with an interest in promoting environmental causes that enhance the diversity and health of the community, including its plants and animals along with humans… “We are all in it together! The retreat brings a unique opportunity to include a far greater human diversity and interaction within this remarkable natural setting, through music and performance art that is universal in its appeal.”

Lucretia Bingham  |  Writer, Photographer

As a free-lance travel writer and photographer, Lucretia Bingham’s credits include publication in Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Islands, Smithsonian and Saveur. Peripatetic for many years, she now lives with her beloved husband Jim in Connecticut. Her first novel, The Talcott House, was recently published by Keith Publications and is maintaining steady sales.

Adventure and drama are in Lucretia Bingham’s blood. She grew up on an isolated island in the Bahamas where she and her brother more often hunted sharks and treasure than they went to school. Her grandfather is the famed Hiram Bingham, rediscoverer of Macchu Picchu, a Senator from Connecticut, and  the basis of the character of Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford. Lucretia literally walked in her Grandfather’s footsteps on the Inca Trail for Conde Nast’s Traveler, has danced in Trinidad’s Carnival for Saveur, revisited the remote fishing village in which she lived in as a child for Islands Magazine, and traveled all over the world for The Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Timothy W. Bingham  |  Attorney, Bingham Camp Trustee

Timothy W. Bingham graduated from Yale College in 1967, Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to the Yale Law School where he graduated in 1971. He was Assistant to the Dean of the Yale Law School 1970-71. He then clerked for Judge Gerhard Gesell in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. After working for the McGovern campaign in the summer and fall of 1972, he joined the Connecticut law firm of Tyler Cooper & Alcorn where he was an associate, then a partner. While in New Haven, he was on the Vestry of Christ Church, New Haven, and was one of the founders and then President of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. While in New Haven, he sang and performed in the Chancel Opera Company of Connecticut, which was an opera company that performed liturgical operas. In 1975, he moved from Connecticut to Pennsylvania to be near his son’s family. While in Pennsylvania, he has been on the board of directors of the Lehigh Conference of Churches and has been on the Vestry of The Episcopal Church of the Mediator. He is currently the Managing Trustee of the Trust for The Camp is on the board of directors of the Salem Valley Corporation.

Sharon Cooke  | Photographer, Teacher, Retailer

Sharon Cooke is a retired teacher and retailer, has loved the theater all her life, the last 21 of which she has lived in Lyme, Connecticut. She is thrilled to help in any way she can for the establishment of the BCTR to develop new theater works and new opportunities for diversity in casting. Here favorite duties include feeding and photographing the participants.

Abigail Bingham Endicott  |  M.A. Soprano, Composer, Solo Voice Teacher

Currently Solo Voice Teacher at National Cathedral and St. Albans Schools, Washington, D.C. Twice Winner American Women Composers Song Contest

Smith College B.A. Sociology and Anthropology  Smith College Master of Arts in Music, Solo Voice Focus

Her ongoing 40-year professional career as soloist and ensemble member/leader spans musical genres from original compositions, cabaret and musical comedy to international classical songs, operetta, chamber opera, professional church choral and solo singing, with guitar, piano or full orchestra. She has appeared as soloist on regional radio and television in the Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia areas. She has performed around the United States and abroad, in Germany, Israel, and Chile. Her 6 original RIVER SONGS (self-published CD), were featured on Richmond Public Radio.  Her original composition/performance recording of the Anthem of the International Canoe Federation has been used around the world since 1989 for World Championships opening and closing ceremonies.  She sang the Anthem live for the first time at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Deep Creek World Championships of Canoe/Kayak Slalom, the 25th anniversary of its composition.

She is delighted that music continues to present surprising opportunities, with wonderful people of all ages.S he grew up in Salem, Connecticut, granddaughter of the Bingham Camp builders, and is continually inspired by the beauty of nature there.

 

Kristina Len  |  Transition Coordinator – The Transition Academy

 

Catherine Masud  |  Filmmaker, Producer

Catherine is an American-born filmmaker, who has divided her time between the US and Bangladesh over the span of a 30-year career. Together with her husband & filmmaking partner Tareque Masud, she has made numerous shorts, documentaries and features, many of which have been nationally/internationally awarded and shown around the world. Since Tareque’s untimely death in August 2011, Catherine has devoted herself to the archiving and preservation of his work, and the completion of their unfinished oeuvre.

A graduate of Brown University, she also studied fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago, and film production at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Among many other films, she produced and co-wrote the acclaimed feature Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), directed by Tareque, which won the International Critics’ Prize at Cannes. Thematically many of their films address the relationship between religious and cultural identity in the context of South Asia. She edits all of her films and has taught numerous courses and workshops on various aspects of cinema, most recently as a visiting lecturer at Amherst College. She has also served as an adviser to the Bangladesh National Film Archives and the National Film and Television Institute.

 

Linda K. Schroeder  |  Salem Land Trust President

 

Alfreda B. Shapere  |  LCSW Bingham Camp Trustee

Alfreda Grew up in Salem in the 1940s and early 1950s,  She often visited her grandmother at the Bingham Camp and heard much music there including her grandmother playing the violin with other family members.  In 1995, after living in Chicago for 35 years, She moved back to Salem to her parents’ home.   She has raised a son and daughter and acquired a graduate degree in social work in Chicago.  She continues to practice as a family and psychiatric therapist in Connecticut and enjoy living with fields and trees and ponds surrounding her home.  She has been very excited by her nephew Dev reviving the family tradition of music at the Camp in the form of musical theater.