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Founded in 2005 by Mark Giza and Rick Rubin, the Theater Guild of Hampden, a nonprofit organization, has been dedicated to providing quality theater experiences to audiences of all ages. Giza enjoys premiering Broadway shows such as “The Full Monty” and “The Producers” as well as directing audience favorites such as “Chicago” and “Gypsy”. The Theater Guild also enhances the lives of the community children with their annual children’s show which is always sold out. The Theater Guild of Hampden looks forward to the years ahead as a Regional Theater presenting an unforgettable theater experience to our audience.
Mark Giza has directed over 26 musicals and plays both in Connecticut and Massachusetts. In 1980, Giza’s production of “My Fair Lady” was chosen as one of the top ten musicals by the Hartford Courant. Giza, who also dabbles in TV, has interviewed such stars as Halle Berry, Russell Crowe, Kevin Kline, and most recently Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner from the Oscar winning picture “The Hurt Locker.” In 1992, Giza received an ACE nomination for his interview with director Arvin Brown. In 2008, Mark became a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The owner of Mark Henry Florist, Giza can also be seen on "Real to Reel" on WWLP 22 News in Springfield where he serves as a film critic.
The Theatre Guild of Hampden has collaborated with some of the area's top Musical Directors for their productions. The artistic talents of Tom Slowick, Elisabeth Weber, Devon Bakum and Mark Cloutier, along with their many years of experience in musical theatre, has greatly contributed to the success of the TGOH.
No show would be complete without first-rate choreography. Kathleen Delaney and Sandy Coughlin-Wegrzyn are creative, accomplished choreographers who have lent their time and talents to the Theatre Guild of Hampden for many years.