Shea Theater Arts Center

Board of Directors

  • Monte Belmonte, President
  • Josh Goldman, Vice President/ Treasurer
  • Emily Lichter
  • Christopher McInerney
  • Francia Wisnewski
  • Suzanne LaMonto, ex officio


We’re Creating Something For Everyone

When Turners Falls asked the community what to do with the Shea Theater, a group of us imagined a place that would serve all of us — artists, families, students, elders, youth, businesses, and nonprofits — who make our homes in Franklin County.

Now, we have a rare opportunity to create something amazing: an arts center and community space for the 21st century. A place for those who have been here for generations and those just arriving.

Carefully conceived upgrades coupled with significantly enhanced programming will make the Shea a regional destination, a center of conversation, and a headquarters for Franklin County’s cultural and economic revival.

The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Franklin County has an exceptional community college, a new generation investing in social entrepreneurship and the local food economy, a blossoming arts scene, and a strong sense of community. A publicly owned, non-profit theatrical performance space will enhance all these efforts, making our community an even better place to live and visit.

With 330 seats, the Shea is the perfect venue to encourage the growing local arts scene. 25 years after its initial renovation, the Shea Theater Arts Center (STAC) will realize the original vision of providing a dynamic center for performing arts.

STAC will offer diverse, creative programming – from punk rock to poetry slams – supported by energetic marketing, strong operational and fiscal management, and a commitment to inclusive community engagement.

Join us in ensuring that the Shea becomes a vital asset, making our community stronger for all of us.

Artistic Collaborators (to date)

  • Amherst Ballet
  • Arena Civic Theatre
  • Double Edge Theatre
  • Eggtooth Productions
  • Four Rivers Charter Public School
  • Ghost Light Theater
  • Green River Festival Productions
  • Greenfield Community College
  • Lisa Leizman Dance Company
  • Paintbox Theatre
  • Blanchette and the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra
  • Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares
  • SHOW Circus Studio
  • Signature Sounds
  • Starlight Youth Theater
  • The Ha Ha’s
  • Turners Falls Riverculture
  • Welcome Yule
  • Young Shakespeare Players

Modest Campaign, Huge Impact

With your help, we will have:

An exciting new facade — new signage, rich colors, improved lighting, and an awning to integrate the building with the street, helping it to read as a performance venue.

A Welcoming Lobby — a destination in itself, a beautiful hotel-style bar with great lighting, locally crafted tables and art, and new sound attenuation.

Enhanced Systems — a needed roofing repair, high-efficiency HVAC, and improved sound and lighting will make the Shea a great place to perform and see the highest quality regional shows.

Programmatic Support — A modest fund will give us working capital to support the operations and establish a diversified revenue base.


“We are excited about the possibilities for our music, theatre and dance students to showcase their talents. We are especially appreciative of the efforts to open the doors to the arts and culture for all. The creative economy is alive and well in franklin county!” - Bob Pura, President GCC

“I am very excited about the new leadership and energy that will guide the Shea Theater to a more prominent place in the arts and culture scene of Turner Falls and the entire Valley. It is a special venue, which deserves our support to make it a more vibrant and sustainable centerpiece of our community’s creative economy.” - Steve Kulik, State Representative

Fundraising Committee


  • Monte Belmonte
  • Josh Goldman


  • Kent Alexander
  • Lisa Davol
  • Marylou Edmond
  • Greg Garrison
  • Leigh Rae
  • Liz Gardner

Discrimination Policy

STAC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, members,volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and audience.

STAC is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.