Gail M. Burns
57 Linden Street
Williamstown, MA 01267-2511
Phone: 413-458-4246


2007 & 2008, creative non-fiction essays published in the first two issues of The North County PERP.

Interim Editor, The Tri-State Pennysaver, a publication of Hersam Acorn Newspapers, January & February, 2007
Edit articles in Quark XPress for all sections and compile calendar of events for weekly free newspaper.

Contributing Writer, The Women's Times, 2006-
Author of several lead feature and cover interview stories for this free monthly paper distributed throughout western Massachusetts, northwestern Connecticut, southwestern Vermont, and eastern New York state.

2005, "The Morning Walk," creative non-fiction published in upstreet no. 1

Contributing Writer,, 2005-2006
Write 6-12 weekly posts on clothing, furnishings, comfort aids, and other items that make life easier and more enjoyable for people who fall outside what the market considers the “average” size range.

Freelance Copywriter, Storey Publishing, LLC, 2004-2007
Copy for catalogs, press releases, "Meet-the-Author" interviews, etc. on an as-needed basis.

Weekly Calendar Editor, The Yankee Shopper, a publication of Hersam Acorn Newspapers, 2004-2005
Compile and edit calendar of cultural events for the greater Berkshire region for weekly free paper. Write 400-word front page feature article on a selected event each week.

Author, chapter on northern Berkshire County for Fodor's Gold Guide to Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. 2004
This book, the first Fodor's guide to cover western Massachusetts exclusively, was published in May 2005 by Fodor's Travel Publications, a division of Random House, Inc.

Freelance Copywriter, Crane & Co., Inc., 2003-2005
Copy for advertising card decks, booklet on replying to sympathy notes, catalog samples, and 200+ electronic “Imprintables” templates.

Theatre Editor, Images FOCUS Arts Monthly, 2003-2007
Responsible for all theatre content for arts monthly, originally published jointly by Images Cinema and The North Adams Transcript, then in collaboration with The Valley Advocate.

Author, 250th Anniversary update to the book Williamstown: The First Two-Hundred Years by R.R.R. Brooks, et al. 2003
Researched and wrote a chapter updating the 1953 bicentennial history of Williamstown, MA, to include the fifty-year period between 1953-2003 in celebration of the town’s ducenquinquagentennial (250th anniversary). Published December 2005

Freelance Writing Projects, 2002-2007
Articles and special sections for The North Adams Transcript and The Advocate. Advertorial pieces such as Meet Your Berkshire Merchants 2003, 2004, and Intros 2005, and the BRTA 30th Anniversary Tab for the Berkshire Eagle.

Copywriter, Hersam Acorn Newspapers, offices in Bennington & Manchester, VT and Lee & Dalton, MA 2002-
Provide copy as needed for a variety of free special edition publications, including all copy for the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Business Progress specials, Vermont/New York Resource Guide in 2002 & 2005, the Berkshire County Resource Guide in 2002, 2005, 2006 & 2007, and 101 Things to Do in the Summer, the 2002 edition.

Editor of Parish Histories, 2001-2002
Gather and edit for clarity and consistency the individual histories of the 67 parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts for the Diocese's centennial publication.

Theatre critic, for the The Chatham Courier. 2001-2008
Cover productions by three professional theatre companies and two community theatre groups in Columbia County, NY.

Corporate Copywriter, Storey Publishing, LLC, 2000-2002
Supply all copy needs for Sales and Marketing, Publicity, and Editorial departments at a small publisher of books in the gardening, equestrian, cooking, pets, crafts, mind/body/spirit, animal husbandry, and building categories.

Webmaster, GailSez, 2000-
Maintain an up-to-date clickable listing of all professional, amateur and educational theatre productions in the greater Berkshire area. I currently review productions at the Barrington Stage Company, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Chester Theatre Company, Oldcastle Theatre Company, the Mac-Haydn Theatre, the Theater Barn, the Ghent Playhouse, the Cohoes Music Hall, the Copake Theatre Company, the New York State Theatre Institute, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall, the Town Players of Pittsfield, Main Street Stage, Mill City Productions, as well as other productions as I am able to see them.

Columnist, Berkshire County edition of StreetMail, 1998-2002
Compile and edit events listing for weekly e-mail newsletter read by 8,000+ area residents.

Theatre Critic, The North Adams Transcript 1998-2000
Covered productions by six professional theatres, three community theatre groups, and two college theatre departments in the tri-state region (Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York state).

Editor, The Tripod Insider, 1998
Wrote and edited the weekly e-mail newsletter read by millions of Tripod members worldwide.

Williamstown Correspondent, The North Adams Transcript 1993-1997
Generated 2-3 articles per day six days a week on deadline. Covered everything from local politics to cultural events to church bake-sales.

Prolific unpublished playwright and novelist

Fund Raising

Admissions and Development Assistant, Buxton School, Williamstown, MA 1999-2000
Responsible for publications, public relations, and moving all of Buxton's giving records to the GiftMaker Pro data base software.

Development Associate, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA 1991-1993
Responsible for annual fund, capital campaign, and membership for living history museum. Raisers Edge

Director of Development, Pine Cobble School, Williamstown, MA 1988-1991
Responsible for friend-raising, fund-raising, publications, and public relations for N-9 independent day school.

Director of Alumnae Relations, Miss Hall's School, Pittsfield, MA 1985-1987
Responsible for alumnae reunions and regional events, alumnae notes and articles in alumnae newsletter, and alumnae volunteer recruitment, training and management for events and fund raising.


Office Administrator & Assistant to the Pastor, First Congregational Church of Williamstown, 2002-
Write and edit weekly church bulletin, monthly newsletter, and annual report. Maintain church Web site. Manage and schedule all building use requests.

Member Development Specialist, Tripod, Inc., 1997-1999
Recruited over 150 volunteers via e-mail and phone to serve as chat hosts, message board hosts and special interest community leaders for leading online page building community.

Director of the Williamstown Studio of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic 1993-1997
Responsible for volunteer recruitment and training, and meeting tape production standards and goals.

Producer/host of "The Culture Vulture" a weekly half-hour public access TV show highlighting local cultural events.

Co-Director, Starlight Stage Youth Theatre, 1981-
A hands-on theatre experience for ages 8-18. In addition to my managerial duties I have directed large cast productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and plays by playwrights such as Tom Stoppard, John Guare, and Eugene O'Neill.

Elementary Classroom Teacher, grades 2-4, at The Brearley School and St. Bernard's School in New York City, and at the Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, MA. 1978-1983

Design and Publicity

Brochures, posters, programs, invitations and press releases for:
Berkshire Unit - Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Buxton School
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
My TV show, The Culture Vulture
Dale Guldbrandsen & Associates, a human resource management firm
Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
First Congregational Church - UCC of Williamstown
Friends of the Williamstown Public Library
Greylock Chapter, A Better Chance (ABC) Program
Hancock Shaker Village
Hoosac School Summer Program
Imagine That! Children's Theatre
Mohawk Theatre Guild
Oldcastle Theatre Company
Pine Cobble School
Northern Berkshire Council of the Arts
Northern Berkshire Cultural Planning Consortium
St. John's Episcopal Church
Starlight Stage Youth Theatre
Summer Stages, a collaborative of ten theatre companies
Williamstown Ecumenical Association
Williamstown House of Local History
Williamstown Preschool Scholarship Association
Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Northern Berkshire - Women's Exchange & Exchange II


The Brearley School, New York, NY. 1974

B.A. in Theatre & Early Childhood Education, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY. 1978

Graduate study, Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., 1979-1980

Community & Volunteer Activities

Guest Poster,, 2006-
Regularly post and occasionally write press releases for events in northern Berkshire County for community news Blog.

Press Releases, Williamstown House of Local History, 2007-
Write and distribute press releases for HLH public events. Create and maintain e-mail press contact list.

Press Releases, Oldcastle Theatre Company, 2006-2008
Write and distribute press releases for Oldcastle productions. Create and maintain e-mail press contact list.

Host, WordPlay at Papyri Books, 2005-
Host for Inkberry of a monthly reading series and open mic at Papyri Books in North Adams, televised on Northern Berkshire Community Television. Book guest readers and write publicity materials.

Member, Board of Directors & Marketing Committee, 2002-
Inkberry - a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the literary arts in Berkshire County and the surrounding area.


American Theatre Critics Association

International Association of Theatre Critics

Computer & Internet Skills

Proficient with IBM and Macintosh systems; Quark XPress, Photoshop, and most commercial word processing, database and spreadsheet packages including MS Office. Strong basic HTML skills.

Online Resume:

Web site: GailSez