Welcome to ARTFARM!

ARTFARM is a non-profit, professional theater organization, based in Middletown, CT.  It was created and is being led by long-time local artistic leaders Dic Wheeler and Marcella Trowbridge. Every summer, ARTFARM brings outdoor Shakespeare to residents in Connecticut and beyond through its signature event, Shakespeare in the Grove. Throughout the year, ARTFARM continues to have touring shows, teaching residencies in local schools and arts centers, and a circus arts training program.

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Shakespeare Acting Laboratory with Marcella Trowbridge
February 1 - March 21, Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge has a special knack for opening actors up to Shakespeare’s verse, and for using Shakespeare to help actors discover a deeper level of work. Participants in ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Acting Laboratory, which starts February 1, will get the opportunity to work with her in an intensive, small-group setting. 

Shakespeare Acting Laboratory is open to experienced and aspiring actors age eighteen and over. The eight week class will meet Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm from February 1 through March 21, culminating in an informal public presentation of Shakespeare performance work on March 21. Snow date is March 28. 

Known as both an exceptional performer of Shakespeare and a challenging acting coach, Marcella will lead participants in a focused exploration of Shakespeare from the actors’ point of view. The work will involve text analysis, scansion, developing emotional literacy and accessibility, voice and breath, physical training, and play. Students will work with Shakespeare's text as individuals, in small groups and as an ensemble.

Marcella is the co-founder of ARTFARM and a classically trained actress who has appeared in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Key West and most recently in Sri Lanka. Local audiences have seen her in many roles in ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove, including Cordelia in King Lear, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Katharina in Taming of the Shrew, both Hermia and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Lady Macbeth. 

Tuition for the Shakespeare Acting Laboratory is $250. The course will be held on the campus of Middlesex Community College in Middletown, but is an independent course offered by ARTFARM and not part of the College's course offerings. 

Shakespeare Acting Laboratory is included in the Shakespeare400 Passport, a year-long Connecticut-wide initiative produced by ARTFARM to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Death of Shakespeare. Passport holders are encouraged to participate in Shakespeare events and performances throughout the State, and people with 10 or more stamps in their Passports will be entered into a drawing for great prizes after the Shakespeare Quatercentenary on April 23. 

ARTFARM is a Middletown based company, founded in 2001, which cultivates high-quality theater with a commitment to simple living, environmental sustainability and social justice. Photo below shows Marcella as Titania in 2015 Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer night's Dream with Raphael Massie as Oberon. Photo by Bill Dekine.


For more information, or to register, contact info@art-farm.org, call (860) 346-4390.


Support Kids' Circus by attending Cirque du Soleil!
See below for this great opportunity to support ARTFARM while enjoying Cirque du Soleil's production of OVO in Hartford on June 15 at 7:30!
Use this  LINK and you can buy tickets at the regular price, but 75% of the price of each ticket will go directly to support ARTFARM circus programs for young people in Hartford and Middletown! You must buy your tickets using this special LINK, however, and the offer is only for the June 15 performance. Cirque has made 100 tickets available for this offer, so you will be at the show with friends! If you would rather use this opportunity to purchase tickets for young circus performers who cannot afford to attend, please contact us at info@art-farm.org. 

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Shakespeare in the Grove 2015,


Photos by Bill DeKine. 
Poster and billboard design by Jason Leinwand.
Photos show Raphael Massie* as Oberon and David McCamish* as Bottom. (*Courtesy of Actors Equity Association.)
Photos also feature Dyllan Vallier, Marcella Trowbridge, Emily Seibert, Samantha Dena, Allison McDermott, Riley Lassin, Dalton Davis, Elizabeth Swan, Corey Welden, and Andrew Lemieux.

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