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Business Briefs: New headquarters for Barrington Stage; CHP adds board members

The new building will house Barrington Stage Company's administrative offices, which will be under one roof for the first time since the Company moved to Pittsfield.

Barrington Stage Company to move to new headquarters

Pittsfield — Barrington Stage Company (BSC) has announced the creation of the Wolfson Theater Center at 122 North St. The center is made possible through a gift from Jessie and Bernard Wolfson, and will serve as the center of BSC’s operations. Renovations on the building are set to begin in August 2016, with the administrative offices set to relocate in November 2016. BSC’s current office space at 58 Union St., known as Octagon House, will be converted into company housing.

Through the Wolfsons’ generosity, BSC will be able to customize the 28,000-square foot building to serve as its main headquarters. The building will house BSC’s administrative offices, which will be under one roof for the first time since the Company moved to Pittsfield. The offices will accommodate 20 year-round staff members as well as 40 additional seasonal staff members. The facility will also contain two large rehearsal studios; classrooms for the Playwright Mentoring Project, KidsAct! and the Musical Theater Conservatory; a costume shop, including storage for the large costume inventory amassed in BSC’s 22-year history; a year-round box office; and an additional reception area for staged readings and other public events.

–E.E.

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CHP adds two new members to board

Portrait of Suffolk University MHA Professor Rick Gregg.
Richard Gregg.
Brian Drake.
Brian Drake.

Great Barrington — Community Health Programs (CHP) has added two members to its board of trustees: Richard H. Gregg of Lenox and Brian W. Drake of Williamstown.

Richard Gregg is the director of programs in healthcare administration, chair of the healthcare administration department, and a professor of healthcare administration at the Suffolk University Sawyer Business School in Boston. He is a past director and CEO of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and former executive director of a Suffolk master’s degree program in philanthropy and media. He holds an MBA from New York University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Rutgers University. He is a faculty associate at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a member of the ACHE of Massachusetts board of directors. He has served as a consultant for the Pediatric Development Center and the Brien Center, both in Pittsfield. A Lenox resident for nearly 26 years, he is married to Dr. Linda Smothers, a medical director of the Brien Center and a member of the medical staff at Berkshire Medical Center.

Brian Drake is vice president of employee benefits at True North Insurance in Williamstown and also serves as a consultant for Benemax, Inc. Drake’s career has spanned across several insurance industry companies including Allstate, Guardian Life Insurance and Assurant. He earned his MBA from UMass-Lowell and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. A native of Williamstown, Drake resides there with his wife, Kendra, and their two daughters.

–E.E.

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