Who We Are

Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione and Matthew Penn

Joe Cacaci

Co-Artistic Director

Joe Cacaci was the founding director of East Coast Arts, where he produced twenty world premiere plays over seven seasons, and the Producing Director, with Dan Lauria, of The Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble in L.A., where over 500 new plays were given staged readings. Joe co-produced David Mamet’s Obie-winning play Edmond at the Provincetown Playhouse. His own plays have been produced at The Public Theater and The Coconut Grove Theatre, where he also directed, and at The Long Wharf Theater and The Alley Theatre. He has also directed at The Westport Playhouse and commercially in New York and Los Angeles. Most recently, he directed Wendie Malick and Gary Cole in Richard Dresser’s Closure (developed at BPL) at NJ Rep. It will open at the Falcon Theater in LA in 2017. Last fall, Joe directed Carol Schneider’s new play, Movements of the Soul (performed in ASL and spoken English) at BPAC in NYC. He co-created the CBS prime time series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill and  was executive producer (show runner) of two prime time series: Showtime’s The Hoop Life and CBS’ The Education of Max Bickford, which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden. He directed the PBS pilot Cop Shop. Joe teaches television writing in the graduate program of the Film School at Columbia University and undergrad at Wesleyan University.

Jim Frangione

Co-Artistic Director

Jim Frangione most recently performed in David Mamet’s Prairie Du Chien at the Atlantic Theater Company. Also, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spikeat Shakespeare & Co., the 2013 Humana Festival of New Plays’ production of The Delling Shore and Off Broadway in Scrambled Eggs, directed by Matthew Penn. Jim has performed in the NY premiere of several of David Mamet’s plays, including The Old Neighborhood (Broadway), Oleanna (Off Broadway and Nat’l Tour) and Romance at the Atlantic Theater Company. Also with Atlantic: The Night Heron, Hobson’s Choice,Edmond, and Hellhound on My Trail. Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, The Front Page; Merrimack Repertory Theater, The Seafarer and The Pursuit of Happiness; Berkshire Theatre Festival, American Buffalo; The Alley Theater, Oleanna; Mark Taper Forum,Romance. Jim directed Romance at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Private Life at HERE Arts Center and Seriously Funny, An Evening of Mamet, Pinter and Shel Silverstein at the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at ART. Film: Joy,Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide,SuitsClaire Dolan, Maryam, and Frozen Impact. Jim is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 200 titles, including The Chet and Bernie Mysteries, The Black Dagger Brotherhood series and most of Dennis Lehane’s novels, among others.www.jimfrangione.com

Matthew Penn

Co-Artistic Director

Matthew began his directing career on the stage at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theater. He continued his theatrical ventures at the George Street Playhouse where he directed numerous productions. But Penn is best known for his work in episodic television where he has directed and /or produced over 150 episodes of TV’s best known series. His credits include: LAW AND ORDER, DAMAGES, THE SOPRANOS, HOUSE, NYPDBLUE, THE CLOSER, ROYAL PAINS, BLUE BLOODS, PRIVATE PRACTICE,  the new CBS series GOLDEN BOY and the netflix series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and many others.  Penn was nominated for a directing Emmy for the 200th episode of Law and Order starring Julia Roberts. Penn was also the show’s Executive Producer during which time he produced nearly 100 episodes. He has had roots in the Berkshires for over 40 years. He is also a co-artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.

Ann Garner

Managing Director

Ann Garner joined BPL in 2014. Prior to that, she worked on the artistic and administrative sides of several theater companies including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare & Company, Hampshire Shakespeare and Chester Theatre Company. She co-founded two theater companies: Plumline Productions, which performed small, intimate plays in unusual venues (galleries, bars, park pavillions) and the Renaissance Center Theater Company at UMass Amherst, which served as the performance wing of the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies and was dedicated to testing academic theory with practical performance. Ann is an award-winning teacher and writer. She holds a PhD in Renaissance Drama.

Board of Directors

Stacey Gillis Weber – Board Chair

Chris Blair (Secretary)
Joe Cacaci (Vice President)
Jim Frangione (President)
Robin Schultz Gerber
Deann Halper
Jonathan Hankin
Fred Harris (Treasurer)
John Katz
Matthew Penn
Josh Sessler
Marcie Setlow
Michael Wolkowitz

Advisory Board

Malcolm Fick
Annette Grant
Andrew D. Hamingson
George Minkoff
Kate Wenner
John Whalan