Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Piti Theatre Company

Piti Theatre Company was founded in 2004 by American playwright/actor Jonathan Mirin and Swiss choreographer, dancer and visual artist Godeliève Richard. We're based in Shelburne Falls, MA and Les Ponts-de-Martel, Switzerland. Piti (pronounced "pea-tea") is an ancient Indian (Pali) word translatable as joy or rapture. Piti creates original performances and community-building events that accelerate local transformation towards joy, sustainability and justice.

In the wake of COVID-19, Piti has made a variety of programs and performances available virtually, including "To Bee or Not to Bee", Hawai'i 5G (premiere: July, 2021), Your Town, Valley Playwright Mentoring and Valley Arts Mentors.

We also facilitate a unique cultural and human connection between Switzerland and the U.S. by making shows in french and english and offering the possibility of artist/student exchange between the two countries. The company produces two festivals annually - SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival and The Great Greenfield DinoFest (also available virtually).

Awards & Nominations

2019: Suzy Pollucci Food and Justice Award (for To Bee or Not to Bee)

2015: Children's Theater Foundation of America Aurand Harris Fellowship (Jonathan Mirin)

2014: Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Ten Year Anniversary Certificate of Recognition

2014: Club Passim Iguana Fund Award for Piti's musical collaboration with Carrie Ferguson

2008: Independent Reviewers of New England Nomination - "Best Solo Performance"

2004: Independent Reviewers of New England Nomination - "Best Solo Performance"

Jonathan Mirin: Two Time Finalist, Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heidemann Award

Additional Links: 
A quick video intro to Piti's residency program where local history is transformed into a musical featuring an all ages mixed cast of local and professional performers
A look at Artistic Director Jonathan Mirin's workshop as offered at Keene State College:
Interview and song clips from Piti Theatre's family audiences touring production about honeybee disappearance
"Mirin manages to find comedy in his struggle as he bounces between 20 different characters in this celebratrated hourlong production." - Boston Magazine"Mirin manages to make the story universal, not just his own . . ." - J. Becker, Jewish Advocat
A clip from Riding the's 2004 premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival. The show was the subject of a feature article on the front page of the New York Times Business section and nominated twice for an IRNE award (2004 & 2008).

I Have Worked With

  • October 2020

    Piti Theatre developed a series of podcasts for the Aldrich inspred by Ridgefield CT local history which addressed issues like women's rights, civil rights and emerging fascism. Piti also worked with the Aldrich Teen Fellows. The podcasts and related press + testimonials can be found at

    The collaboration was made possible in part by NEFA's New England States Touring Program and Connecticut Humanities.

  • February 2020

    The Redfern brought "Sammy and Le Grand Buffet" as their 2020 Family Series performance. They also added a workshop for the college community called "Storytelling and Conflict Resolution." You can watch a video of highlghts from the workshop in our video section of this profile as well as highlights from Sammy. More at and

  • February 2020

    Hawlemont Elementary School asked Piti Theatre to create a version of our "Your Town, The Musical" program for their two 3rd grade classes. A feature story about the production and testimonials can be found at


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Physical Address: 
224 Avery Brook Rd.
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Children's
Theater - Children's
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Musical
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Network of Ensemble Theaters
Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association
Fractured Atlas
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
New England Presenters
Member of APNNE or NEP presenters consortium
Masters in Playwriting, Boston University, Certificate of Completion, Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, NYC (Jonathan Mirin)
Admmi, Modern Dance School, Montreal, Canada and Dance School of Rosella Hightower, Cannes, France (Godeliève Richard) .
Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater, Certificate of Completion, NYC
Swarthmore College
Nominated twice for "Best Solo Performance, Small Company" by the Independent Reviewers of New England (2004 & 2008 - Riding the Mirin is a two time finalist for the Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Heidemann Award
Received Iguana Fund Award from Club Passim in Cambridge for collaboration with Carrie Ferguson
Suzy Polucci Food Justice Award (for To Bee or Not to Bee)
Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Ten Year Anniversary Certificate of Recognition
Children's Theater Foundation of America Aurand Harris Fellowship (Jonathan Mirin)
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
All of our performances have fairly simple technical requirements. Generally a large room and electricity is enough.
Fee Range Minimum: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Power+Systems Certified Trainer
Barrington Stage Company Playwright Mentoring Project (Artistic Mentor, 2018 - 19)
Avner Eisenberg Intro and Advanced Eccentric Performing
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