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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Circophony Teen Circus Training Program 

starts September 8

If you are a dancer, an acrobat, a clown, a parkourista, a juggler, an athlete, a magician, if you have a special skill, physical quirk, or just love to do the impossible, the circus might be the thing for you. Circophony’s Fall 2015 Circus Training Program for Teenagers starts on Tuesday, September 8 in Middletown and is open to anyone ages twelve to nineteen regardless of experience. 

Circophony meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street in Middletown. 

The eight week fall session will culminate in a public Circus Showcase on Friday, October 30.

Circophony, now in its fourth year, is a Teen Circus program co-sponsored by Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and ARTFARM. The program is directed by ARTFARM Executive Director and Children’s Circus of Middletown founder Dic Wheeler with circus performer, aerialist and teaching artist Allison McDermott.

This fall Circophony is offering an eight week Circus Training Program, open to anyone between the ages of twelve and nineteen. Students will build strength, flexibility, performance skills and imagination while developing new circus skills and improving existing ones.  Training will include tumbling, acrobatics, balance, juggling and other forms of object manipulation, stilt dancing, unicycling, rolling globe, acting for circus performers, clowning and physical comedy.

Participants will be challenged to develop all-around circus skills while training hard in a disciplined but non-competitive environment. Circus is a unique and ancient art form in which performers strive to do the impossible, individuality is rewarded, and being different and unique is celebrated. Everyone who is willing to work can find their place in the circus!

The Fall Training Program is open to all, though space is limited. Tuition is $250. Participants will be encouraged to join the circus-infused Winter Production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors at Oddfellows, and to audition for Circophony’s Spring Tour.

To register, or for more information, contact Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143 or info@oddfellows.org. If you want more information about the program, contact ARTFARM.


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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