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Bard College at Simon’s Rock alumnus Anton Spivack ’03 was one of only two students awarded a Williamstown Theatre Festival VSA Arts apprenticeship this year. Applying through VSA Arts, an organization devoted to providing opportunities for emerging artists with disabilities, Spivack secured financial support, which allowed him to participate in the highly prestigious summer program.

While at Simon’s Rock, Spivack completed his BA in theatre, studying under faculty member Karen Beaumont. His relationship with theatre work has been a long one. He made his debut at age eight in Jerry Herman Tonight, an AIDS benefit.

Now 23 years old, Spivack is an actor/playwright living in New York City. He has been a member of the 2007 Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience, where he began his first full-length play, Mixed Messages, based mostly on his own experience with Asperger’s syndrome. “Having Asperger’s syndrome has influenced my life in the sense that I have found it difficult to socialize and communicate with others, so my passion for theater has enabled me to work with others and develop empathy and understanding,” Spivack says. He currently seeks to have his play produced, while taking improvisational comedy training at the People’s Improv Theatre in New York City.

During his apprenticeship with the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, Spivack will learn about the different aspects of professional theater through stage performance classes and hands-on work.