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meet the team!

Team Members

Amayah Zimboski (she/they)

Amayah Zimboski (she/they)

Production Assistant

Hey there! I’m Amayah, or AJ. I use she/they pronouns and I just graduated high school from TECCA. I enjoy the arts and live music a lot and plan to go into children’s theater as a career!

Dave Hayes (he/him)

Dave Hayes (he/him)

Festival Weather Consultant

Dave Hayes is a western MA regional weather reporter and writer, who puts his own personal twist on weather reporting with humor, gratitude, and a focus on the four westernmost counties of MA: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden.

Leo Hidy (he/him)

Leo Hidy (he/him)


Oberlin Class of 2023. Double Major in Economics and Comparative American Studies.

Cara Michaels (she/her)

Cara Michaels (she/her)

Social Media Intern

Hi! I'm Cara, I'm back in the area from college where I'm working toward my Bachelor's degree in Sociology. In the past, I have worked at the Railroad Street Youth Project, in Great Barrington, where the internships helped me hone my outreach and leadership skills. I've been to Berkshire Busk events before and I'm excited to help promote the performers this year as the Social Media Intern.

Eugene Carr (he/him)

Eugene Carr (he/him)

Festival Director

Cellist & arts executive turned tech entrepreneur with a passion for the Berkshires.

Lyra Abbott (they/them)

Lyra Abbott (they/them)

Production Assistant

Lyra Abbott is a college-trained stage manager with five years of theatre and arts experience. They were born and raised in the Berkshires and are thrilled to join the Berkshire Busk! team.

Carli Scolforo (she/her)

Carli Scolforo (she/her)

General Manager

Carli Scolforo is a 2021 Siena College graduate and Berkshire native with a love for live music and writing. She is also co-founder of 413Buzz, a local digital marketing company.

Joe Grochmal (he/him)

Joe Grochmal (he/him)

Production Manager

Raised in Great Barrington, Joe was an inaugural member of the Berkshire Busk Team and is a local arts enthusiast. He completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard in 2019 and recently completed a Dual Masters of Public Administration at the London School of Economics and Columbia University SIPA.


Harvey Shapiro, Sargoy Stein Rosen & Shapiro

Erik Bruun, CEO, SoCo Creamery

Leigh Davis, Member, Select Board, Great Barrington, MA

Kathleen Drohan, Vice President, Public Relations, New World Symphony

Robin Helfand, Owner & "Sweet Chief" Robin's Candy

Seth Keyes, General Manager, Saint James Place

Ellyn Kusmin, Director of Studio Operations/ Assistant to James Taylor


Paul Miller, NeverDark Arts Consulting


Mark Pruhenski, Town Manager, Great Barrington, MA


Richard Stanley, Real Estate Developer


Karin Watkins, Director of Finance and Administration,


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center


Peter Peirce

Sam Brewer

International Busking Festival Advisors

Bath Fringe Festival
‍Steve Henwood, Co-Artistic Director
Wendy Matthews, Co-Artistic Director

Festival of Fools
‍Zach Williamson, Festival Director 

Fremantle International Street Arts Festival
‍Brendan Coleman, Creative Producer 

Galway International Arts Festival
‍Kirsty Warren, Digital Marketing Executive 
Carly Zimmerman, Volunteer Manager and Resource Development Assistant 

Halifax Busker Festival
‍Christina Edwards, Senior Event Director
Kim Hendrickson, President  

Key West Sunset Celebration -- Key West Cultural Preservation Society
‍Ryan Stimers, Treasurer of the Sunset Celebration 

Lawrence Buskerfest
‍Richard Renner, Festival Producer

Minnesota Fringe Festival
‍Dawn Bentley, Executive Director  

Orlando Fringe Festival
‍Brian Sikorski, Marketing Director 

Sidewalk Detroit Festival
‍Augusta Morrison, Program Strategist
Ryan Myers-Johnson, Executive Director

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