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Jayne Kinsella Brookes

WEST HARTFORD, CT. Jayne Kinsella Brookes, most recently of West Hartford, CT, died Sunday, August 2, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital of congestive heart failure. She was 91 years old. She is survived by her third husband, Dr. Michael C.T. Brookes, and Richard Francis Mooney, a son from her second marriage. Born in Pittsfield, MA, she studied at the Open Theatre in NYC and for 20 years, was a theatre director at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA where she directed 51 plays. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Theatre Festival. In addition to directing plays on both the Main and Unicorn stages of the BTF, she founded and ran the Playwrights' Workshop. After moving to New York City, she started her own company, Apple Acting, and worked at Actors' Repertory Theater, Inc. Jayne was also actively involved with the Theatre for the Handicapped and Bailey House. She began a blog called LavenderDoorDays https://lavenderdoordays.wordpress.com/ , writing about her experiences directing the community theater group for non-patients and patients of Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge MA. Funeral plans have not been finalized. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 7, 2015
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