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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.

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Seeking Actors and Circus Performers!

posted Feb 23, 2015, 12:13 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Mar 4, 2015, 9:45 AM ]




A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, March 7, 12 – 2 pm OR Monday, March 9, 7 – 9 pm (for actors)

Saturday, March 14, 4 - 6 pm (for circus performers)

Auditioners with both acting and circus experience are encouraged to
attend BOTH an acting audition and the circus audition.

The Middletown, Connecticut based theater company ARTFARM announces public auditions for its 2015 Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Auditions for actors will be held Saturday, March 7, 12 – 2 pm and Monday, March 9, 7 – 9 pm in Founders Hall at Middlesex Community College. Auditions for circus performers will be held Saturday, March 14, 4 - 6 pm at Air Temple Arts, 1175 State St, in New Haven.

Auditioners must register for one of the above dates, dress to move, and plan to remain for the entire two hours. Actors please prepare a 1-2 minute Shakespeare monologue and bring your resume and head shot. Circus performers, please prepare a 1-2 minute act and bring your resume and head shot. Those with both acting and circus skills are particularly encouraged. There may be a limited number of Equity contracts available.
Ages 18 and over only, please. Stipend available for actors and performers.

This is ARTFARM’s tenth summer of presenting Shakespeare and live music in the beautiful Grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley on the Middlesex Community College Campus. ARTFARM is a professional Company with a Core Ensemble, but open auditions are held annually to fill many roles in our summer Shakespeare productions. All experienced actors and circus performers are welcome to audition.

Middlesex Community College is located at 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown. Production dates are July 15 – 26 in the Cedar Grove at the College. Rehearsals begin June 1 and will be held Monday – Friday evenings.

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

Seeking two Administrative Arts Interns!

posted Jan 13, 2015, 12:07 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Mar 14, 2015, 9:53 PM ]

ARTFARM is looking for two talented and energetic individuals who can take initiative, take direction
and be self-reliant while working on many administrative, artistic, technical and promotional
aspects of Shakespeare in the Grove, 2015.

The Interns will work with the Producer and other production staff and will be deeply involved in the
marketing, public relations, technical support and event coordination for a two week outdoor professional
run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

This is an opportunity to learn about all aspects of producing a large-scale theater event, from fundraising
to wardrobe, while playing a central role in bringing to life the

10th season of Shakespeare in the Grove.

The Interns will work about thirty hours per week, although some weeks will require more hours,
especially as opening night gets closer.

May 26 to July 29, 2015

Positions come with a $1000 stipend.


We are looking for current college students or recent graduates.

Relevant skills and experiences include internet literacy, desktop publishing,graphic design,
event management, set construction and painting,
writing skills, public speaking, marketing,
sales, imagination, attention to detail, 
and a general willingness to go where
the need is most acute and fill the gap.


ARTFARM is a non-profit organization in Middletown, CT which cultivates high-quality theater
with a commitment to simple living, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Send cover letter and resume by March 27, 2015 to:



119 Highland Ave.
Middletown, CT 06457

(860) 346-4390


Circophony featured in Hartford Courant January 4

posted Jan 6, 2015, 12:29 PM by ARTFARM info

Check out this great PHOTO GALLERY of Circophony in rehearsal and performance by Michael McAndrews of the Hartford Courant. He "shadowed" the company from September through the opening in December. 
Now booking for Winter and Spring tour performances -- get in touch before all the dates fill up!

Circus on the High Seas opens December 19!

posted Dec 17, 2014, 11:45 AM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 11:48 AM ]

Order your tickets now for the three performance opening run of Circophony's new show, Circus on the High Seas
7 pm on Friday, December 19 
Noon and 4 pm on Saturday, December 20. 
This delightful sea-soaked circus will charm all ages with its clown sailors, stilt-dancing pirates, juggling octopus, mermaid contortionists, acrobatic fish and all kinds of other maritime circus antics.
Circophony is a youth circus collaboration between ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse. 
All performances at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. 
Tickets are $12 for adults & $8 for kids/students/seniors.
Call (860) 347-6143 for reservations or go to www.oddfellows.org.

Circus on the High Seas is available to tour through June 2015. For more info, or to book a performance, contact ARTFARM: info@art-farm.org
Director: Dic Wheeler
Assistant Director/Head Trainer: Allison McDermott
Costume Design: Katya Vetrov
Rehearsal photos below by David Schulz

Arts and Aging Symposium a huge hit!

posted Nov 19, 2014, 10:05 AM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 10:12 AM ]

About 150 people joined us on November 7 for a "Symposium on the Arts and Aging" at Middlesex Community College. Dr. Bernie Siegel was the keynote speaker, kicking off the event with an inspiring hour-long talk entitled "Grow Young Along with Me". Workshops followed by John Basinger, Sari Rosenblatt and Carolyn Kirsch. The Symposium, which was co-sponsored by ARTFARM and MxCC, culminated in a panel discussion moderated by MxCC Professor Judith Felton. Panelists included Wendy Black-Nasta, Neely Bruce, Donna Fedus, Carlos Hernandez-Chavez and Carolyn Kirsch. Thank you to all the presenters and panelists, thanks Bernie, thanks to Judith Felton, Rebecca Loew and President Anna Wasescha at Mxcc, and a big thanks to all of you who attended the event.
See you at the next one. See photo highlights of the Symposium below, as well as a document from John Basinger's workshop entitled "Sharpening the Aging Brain":



Circophony's Circus on the High Seas!

posted Oct 15, 2014, 10:51 AM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jan 6, 2015, 12:21 PM ]

The thirteen young performers in Circophony Youth Circus are hard at work preparing for the opening of their new show, Circus on the High Seas,  December 19 & 20 at Oddfellows Playhouse. 
Circophony, directed by Dic Wheeler and ARTFARM teaching artist and performer Allison McDermott, is a collaboration between ARTFARM and Oddfellows. The new show features pirates on stilts, clown sailors, a juggling octopus, mermaid contortionists and a bunch of other sea creatures and aquatic circus performers. This show will be great for all ages! See it at Oddfellows, see it at First Night Hartford, or bring the show to your school, club or special event!
Friday, December 19 at 7 pm
Saturday, December 20 at noon and 4 pm
at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St., Middletown

First Night Hartford: 7:45 pm on December 31 at State House Square
Available to tour through June, 2015
Some rehearsal photos below. Costume photos coming soon!


King Lear celebrates a great two week run!

posted Aug 5, 2014, 5:21 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 5:22 PM ]

ARTFARM's production of King Lear brought record crowds to the Grove and received glowing reviews from audience members, many of whom returned more than once to see the epic. Here are a few photos by Bill DeKine of the two week run of King Lear in the Grove on the campus of Middlesex Community College. More extensive photo gallery coming soon!

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