Who We Are


The editorial team at Amherst Live is solely responsible for the content of the show, the show’s online presence, and various other events that may occasionally be presented by Amherst Live.

Oliver Broudy, Host & Executive Director
Oliver Broudy is a bestselling author and widely published magazine writer. His work has taken him to China, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and elsewhere. He has written about anarchy in Missouri, a kung fu master in Humboldt, and football in Dallas. In 2009, his dissection of a fatal car crash for Men’s Health was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Broudy has also served as a managing editor of The Paris Review, and now brings his suite of skills as a writer, editor, and organizer to the challenge of regularly putting out a live, high-quality, next-generation magazine. You can find out more about Oliver at http://www.oliverbroudy.com.

Karen Skolfield, Poetry Editor
Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the First Book Award for Poetry from Zone 3 Press, and the 2014 PEN New England Award, and several other awards that at this point have become too numerous to mention. She is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry fellow, and a contributing editor at the literary magazines Tupelo Quarterly and Stirring. Her poems have appeared in Best of the Net Anthology, Cave Wall, Memorious, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, West Branch, and others. She teaches writing to engineers at UMass Amherst, where she earned her MFA.

Casey Beebe, Nature Editor
Casey Beebe is the Environmental Educator/Community Programs Coordinator at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst, MA.

Kathy Aidala, Science Editor
Kathy Aidala is an associate professor of physics at Mt. Holyoke College. She is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, as well as a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2008, Aidala received the Cottrell College Science Award for beginning faculty members from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. Her research has been published in Nature PhysicsPhysical Review Letters, and Nano Letters. Kathy is also the founder and organizer of the SciTech Cafe.


Lucinda Kidder, Director
Lucinda Kidder has worked in theater for 43 years as a director, teacher, and arts administrator. She has directed over 150 productions, ranging from Shakespeare to Sondheim, and founded four theater companies and a performing arts school. She holds advanced degrees in directing and theater education, specializing in Renaissance drama and international theater. Lucinda is currently co-director ofis the co-director of the Silverthorne Theater Company.

John Bechtold, Lighting Designer
John Bechtold is a teacher and a theater director/designer. For most of the year, he acts as the head of the Performing Arts Department at Amherst Regional High School; in the summer, he directs of Deerfield Academy Arts Camp.

Hugh Hall, Set Designer
Hugh Hall got his start as the technical director of the Alaska Repertory Theater Company. Since then, he has gone on to design stores and displays for international conglomerates like LEGO, Boeing, and Swarovsky. He has also designed the sets for Amherst Leisure Services’s last five theater productions—including, most recently, Les Misérables. He is currently the technical director for the Academy of Music in Northampton.

Peter Chilton, Graphic Designer
Peter Chilton runs a design studio based in Greenfield, MA, specializing in identity, print, and website design. His past experience includes a 10+ year musical career with two successful punk rock bands. He is also the Website and Brand Manager at New England Public Radio.


Amherst Live’s executive and advisory boards broadly back the Amherst Live mission—to produce live events to help local citizens build community, live smarter, and make the most of the place where they live—but have no input on the actual content of the show, or any of its related activities.

Board of Directors: Tom Porter, Tony Maroulis, Oliver Broudy.

Advisory Board: Baer Tierkel, Cynthia Brubaker, Lou Cove, Tony Maroulis, David Mullins, Tom Porter, Vira Douangmany-Cage, Carol Ross.


Daniel hales, and the frost heaves
Daniel hales, and the frost heaves. have released 3 albums: “Contrariwise: Songs From Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass” (2014), “You Make A Better Door Than A Window” (2012), and “Frost Heaves” (2009). Two of their songs (“Questions for a Carjacker” and “Singing in the Breakdown Lane”) have been played on NPR’s Cartalk. To hear more and see some music videos, visit them at www.thefrostheaves.com.