BCC Alum of the Month

Issue: # 2 October/2009
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In celebration of Berkshire Community College's 50th year, we are proud to feature the BCC Alum of the Month!  Throughout the 2009-2010 academic year, we will spotlight outstanding alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their professions or communities.  Through distribution of this E-Newsletter, we seek to recognize alumni who are doing interesting things in the world, and to celebrate the rich diversity of BCC alumni over the past 50 years.

Larry Carroll '71, Fine and Visual Arts
Larry Carroll
Larry Carroll is a director, filmmaker, and painter, living in Southern California.  Larry grew up in Pittsfield and attended St. Joe High School before coming to Berkshire Community College.
Larry says he was drawn to BCC by the reputation of its Theatre Department and Professor Bob Boland.  He remembers that as theatre students from 1969-1971, the environment at BCC was "exciting and invigorating."  Bob created "an open, inviting, creative atmosphere...we all felt like we mattered."

Larry and his classmates often worked all night building sets and rehearsing shows, and occasionally they would crash in the beds in the nursing labs, only to be woken up by the nursing students coming in for class the next morning.  Larry remembers that Bob trained students to react quickly on stage if they forgot their lines by giving them improv exercises.  Soon, they were creating their own improvisations.  One involved making blind phone calls to area businesses.  One student would dial a local business then hand the phone off to another student, who did not know who he was calling.  The challenge was to maintain a normal conversation for at least three minutes. In what sounds like a Saturday Night Live skit, Larry's call was to Roy's Orthopaedic on Tyler Street, where he kept the person on the line by discussing the availability of orthopaedic shoes with laces up the middle versus up the side.  He did it without too much laughter giving himself away!

 After BCC, Larry majored in Advertising Design at the University of Florida, and he worked as an Art Director producing hundreds of television commercials.  He later became a director and moved to Los Angeles where he worked in filmmaking as well, co-creating and directing the TV series "Peacemakers" starring Tom Berenger.
Larry returns to Pittsfield every year for Thanksgiving, where 23 family members gather for the holiday.  He has also exhibited in the Group W Artists show in Pittsfield.  Larry is married with two daughters in college.  For more information on Larry's work, visit www.larrycarroll.net.
"Barn in Richmond"
Larry Carroll's "Barn in Richmond"

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