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.

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Some ARTFARM Videos:                              
11 minute video documentary of Fall, 2013 ARTFARM/Bread and Puppet Theater Collaboration. Funded by Network of Ensemble Theaters. Video created by Rebecca Cashman.   
4 minute Circus for a Fragile Planet SUBMERGED! Highlight Video  
Check out WHAT'S NEW below:

Shakespeare Slam and Elizabethan Birthday Bash!

posted Apr 8, 2014, 10:37 AM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Apr 8, 2014, 11:02 AM ]

ARTFARM's Fifth Shakespeare Slam is just around the corner, and this year we shall be celebrating with more ferocity than ever -- celebrating not only the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, but the 80th birthday of our King Lear, John Basinger. 
The Shakespeare Slam and Elizabethan Birthday Bash 
will take place on 
Saturday, May 10 at the Community Health Center, 
675 Main Street in Middletown. 
From the ground level stage to wine and beer in the roof top garden, the Health Center will provide a charming and beautiful venue for this celebration. 
We hope that you will join us. 
For those of you who have never participated in the SlamBash, here are a few FAQs to help you understand this unique event:
What is the Shakespeare Slam and Elizabethan Bash? The SlamBash is ARTFARM's primary fund raising event which allows us to stage our annual Shakespeare in the Grove summer productions. It is a blend of performance and party. At the center of it is the Shakespeare Slam -- bold and often silly performers present short pieces of Shakespeare in imaginative ways. These performers hustle to get Sponsors (or "Patrons", the more proper Elizabethan term) to support their performances by donating to ARTFARM. The performers who accumulate the greatest amount of Patronage receive prizes, the audience laughs, shudders, gapes in awe and generally has a great time, and ARTFARM is able to mount King Lear in the Grove on the Middlesex Community College campus July 17 - 27.  It's a win-win-win!!!!

Who can perform? Anyone who musters a minimum of $50 in patronage can perform any piece of Shakespeare (sonnets, monologs, scenes, mash-ups, you name it) up to 2 minutes in length. Performers generally include youth, college-age, adult amateur and adult professional performers. Performers must pre-register by May 5! (see the Slam Guidelines document below for full details).
What else goes on? What doesn't go on at the SlamBash??? There is fine music provided by the ARTFARM Irregular Orchestra; costumed servers and entertainers; Queen Elizabeth I in person; lots of fine food from various Middletown Restaurants; wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages; lots of friends, old and new; and whatever charm and imagination you and your party bring to the event!
Is there a charge to attend?  Entrance to the SlamBash is $25 for adults, $15 for age 25 and under. Performers attend for free.

Contact us with more questions! Enjoy the photos below by Ben Jordan from last year's SlamBash, and see the Guidelines and Sponsor Form below for more info or to start recruiting PATRONS! 

Bread and Puppet visit a great time for all!

posted Nov 11, 2013, 9:44 AM by ARTFARM info

Nine puppeteers from Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theater were with us in Middletown October 24 to 28. This was part two of a two part artistic exchange supported by the Network of Ensemble Theaters. In addition to two shows at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford (integrated with ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge's two week residency at the school), the Puppeteers and ARTFARM led a day-long workshop in Creating New Work at Michael Pestel's Barn on October 27. Below are photos from our visit to Bread and Puppet and their visit to ARTFARM. Thank you Bread and Puppet, Michael Pestel, Kingswood Oxford, Middlesex Community College and everyone else who participated and helped out. What a great visit!
Photo of two buses at Prout Hill Road by Allison McDermott. Photos below of workshop participants and final performance by Rebecca Cashman.


Much Ado About Nothing: A Huge Success!

posted Jul 31, 2013, 8:44 AM by ARTFARM info

The Set has disappeared from Middlesex Community College, marking the end of another Shakespeare in the Grove season!  
Photo By Bill DeKine

Thank you for everyone who joined us in making our own Messina here in Middletown: The Actors, The Musicians, The Audience, and Everyone Backstage! 

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