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       Masterclass with guest artist, Gierre Godley, sponsored by the Groove Fund

The Groove Fund supports enhanced student experiences in the performing arts through the Department of Theater and Dance, to provide Amherst students with unique on-campus experiences, field trips, and state-of-the-art support. Each year, the The Groove Fund supports projects that fulfill at least one of the following goals:

  • support the hiring of guest lecturers and collaborating guest artists 
  • provide resources to enhance student performance projects
  • develop unique summer internship programs for Department of Theater and Dance majors
  • fund future Department of Theater and Dance facility improvements and expansion projects

How it Works

The fund supports selected projects at the discretion of the chair of theater and dance, in consultation with the department faculty.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about The Groove Fund, please contact the department chair, Associate Professor Ron Bashford at or 413-542-5349.


The Groove Fund was created in 2016 by Matt Popoli ’98 and Paula Popoli to promote the study of dance, theater and the humanities, and to encourage Amherst students to “unplug” from our technology-obsessed culture. For nearly 200 years, Amherst has promoted the value of a liberal arts education in which no single area of study is more important or valuable than another. The College’s open curriculum is one of the boldest and most productive initiatives in higher education and encourages students to pursue wide interests and cross-disciplinary study.   

The Groove Fund derives its name from the colloquial meaning of the word groove, echoing the rhythmic quality of music, dance and theater that is emotionally communicative and soulful. Groove is the celebration of movement as an art form.


If you would like to learn more about supporting The Groove Fund, please contact Amherst's Development Office at 413-542-5900.