It is with pleasure I shine light on Enrico Spada as this week’s Freak. Enrico is conjuring up free cultural magic for the City of Pittsfield that should be known far and wide! Here is a glimpse into his realm. Enjoy, Support, Share
1. What is your line of work?
I am a theatre educator/director and also a graphic/web designer. I’ve lived in the Berkshires for six years, worked with Shakespeare & Company as an actor and teacher for eight, and have been building my freelance design business for the last three (give or take!). I am launching a new endeavor this summer called Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park which is a free, outdoor Shakespeare production for the community of Pittsfield and beyond.
2. Tell a story, have we met? When? Where? Who introduced us? Oh, maybe you are my niece, well just tell a little history here. People love a setting.
We met briefly at the announcement press conference for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, after you generously offered to support our endeavor with a generous deal on your picnic blankets.
3. If you had the power to make one change in the world what would it be?
I would switch the Education budget with the Defense budget.
4. What is your current passion?
My current passion is building things in the Berkshires — I’ve started my freelance business (enricospada.com), plus a small co-working space in Lenox, and now Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park. I guess my passion right now is trying to see if the Berkshires will work for me and if I can work for the Berkshires.
5. Who/What has been most influential in your work?
I’ve learned a lot from my teachers at Shakespeare & Company, and the many students that I have worked with in its Education programs. Thanks to the training I received and the influence of colleagues I’ve met there, I’ve been able to develop my own sense of how and why Shakespeare should be staged — which I plan to now put into action!
6. Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?
From other artists — from actors that I am teaching or directing, from designers with whom I discuss the plays and stories, from the work of other theater artists and visual artists that I come across here and there.
7. Aside from working, how do you spend your time?
I’m doing a lot of reading...I read on a Kindle and it’s really fantastic. I also am a big fan of quality serialized television shows.
8. Do you have a prized possession? What is it?
What comes to me is this: I have a little royal blue plastic bookworm bookmark with googly eyes that I’ve had since I was in the third grade…through many moves and cities I have lost it and found it many times — with the requisite despair and joy — and somehow I still have it.
9. If you were able to spend an afternoon with anyone – dead or alive, who would it be? What plans would you make for your outing?
Walt Disney (dead) or John Lasseter (alive — he’s the guy from Pixar who took over Walt Disney Feature Animation). We would go to the Magic Kingdom and ride the rides and just talk about animated movies.
10. What is your favorite color? Why?
I like green — a sort of bright leafy green. I don’t have any clue why.
11. What is your favorite place and way to spend time?
At home with people I like.
12. What is your goal or main focus for your next 12 months?
To raise enough money to make Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park a thrilling and successful show. To survive the freelance lifestyle.
13. Do you have an upcoming event or significant happening that you would like to promote with your blog posting? When? Where? Details and contact information please.
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream still has a way to go for funding. What I’ve been telling people is this — perhaps you cannot contribute, but you probably are interested in seeing this come to life. So if you can’t give you can tell your friends — post on Facebook, send an email, Tweet it like crazy. The show is scheduled for July 17–27 in Springside Park in Pittsfield. Tickets are free. If all goes well, I hope to see everyone there!
Here is a link to Enrico’s site: http://www.pittsfieldshakespeare.org/ where you can contribute or just learn more about his endeavor.