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ARTFARM is a non-profit, professional theater organization, based in Middletown, CT, USA 

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ARTFARM recognizes that many existing systems of power grant privilege and access unequally.

We believe that equity and access are essential for a vibrant, healthy, stable society. Since our inception, ARTFARM has been dedicated to social justice, and we will maintain accountability as we acknowledge and commit to dismantling inequities. We will commit to community growth, service, inclusivity, diversity and increased understanding as an organization and as we continue to pursue cultural consciousness and transformation through the arts.

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Please listen to our newest audio project:
REELASE. FORGIVE. A Soundscape for Dying (with Buddhist Sutras)
Marcella Trowbridge & Joseph Getter

Juggling with Allison
6 On-Line Sessions January/February 2021
Sliding Scale- $60-$150
contact info@art-farm to register & for the link! You can pay thru Justgiving above!

This just in from our friend, Jonathon Ellison, Environmental Architect & Clown Extraordinaire- and Founder of Water for African Women
"Thank you again to the great folks at ARTFARM in Middletown, CT.
Aissatou and Lala, and their moms, their aunties, their sisters, and their grandmothers, are about to have a 2-acre, solar-powered garden installed in their village.
A whole lotta women's lives are about to experience a massive, positive and sustainable change. Hallelujah, and ARTFARM is a part of this great success!"



An Embodied Community Grief Ritual with Marcella Trowbridge

was held outdoors at The Sanctuary in East Haddam, CT

This is what it was all about:

We will come together to honor our sorrows- personal, for other beings, and for the planet. We will create a container for what the individuals and the group need to navigate. We will journey together through the waters of these uncharted times. 

We will look at grief as a threshold – or gateway- towards more integrated Selves, increased consciousness, healing and a deeper connection to, appreciation for- and even celebration of the now.

Movement. Fire. Contemplative Practice. Space for Personal and Group Work.          Contact with the Earth.

Ritual and community are in our bones. Re-igniting these spaces holds the potential to shift the collective consciousness and help us to bring our individual purposes forward into the world.

Marcella is a long time physical theater artist. She is a soul-activist, healer and Community Ritual Keeper. Marcella is a Justice of the Peace and a Certified Death Doula.

ARTFARM receives Environmental Award from the 
Rockfall Foundation!
"for providing high quality theater that promotes a connection to the land, environmental sustainability, social justice, and an understanding that the choices we make today as individuals and communities will impact the planet for decades into the future."
Thank you Rockfall!

    ARTFARM Friends.    
        We hope you are feeling safe and sane and healthy
If your body is healthy, 
    we hope that you are finding connections 
  that are nurturing your Essence
in this time.
We are reckoning with 
the soul of a nation- of a world.
         Creativity. Compassion. Nature. Loved Ones. Equity.
     May we open our hearts
       and be able to un-clench our fists.
    May we operate not from a place of fear,
  but of Love.
Wishing for World Peace Wellness Safety
                           - FOR ALL                                 

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                          ARTFARM's new work-in-development

                          - with it's earliest feedback audience

In the early days of Covid, we took a leap- to the screen, and on Fridays in May shared a serialized reading/performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring a fabulous cast of adult and teen actors, including ARTFARM veterans Marcella Trowbridge, John Basinger and Gabriel Aprea. Watch it on Facebook Live on ARTFARM's FB page (
Each evening featured 5 - 7 minutes of live local music, followed by about a quarter of the classic comedy.
Musical Guests
May 1: Noah Baerman
May 8: Nekita Waller
May 15: Anitra Brooks
May 22: Bryan Titus
A Midsummer Night's Stream was a collaboration between ARTFARM, Oddfellows Playhouse, and 
Russell Library, supported by the Friends of Russell Library.
This early 'zoom' performance was quite well received (!!), and was viewed by audiences around the globe. 

Circophony teens wowed audiences and welcomed a special guest! 
Instagram star, Tonka, a sugar-sweet rescue dog, 
joined the cast of Circophony in four performances!
Teen jugglers, acrobats, unicyclists, clowns, contortionists
- and a dog:
you couldn't beat it!

Thank you performers, directors, coaches, Tonka and audiences.
Circophony's Teen Circus 
Spysight is 20/20
was phenomenal. 

Tonka's Journey on Instagram
Tonka's Journey on FaceBook

Circophony Teen Circus
premieres a new circus-theater spectacle, Spysight is 20/20,
February 27 – 29 at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown.
This original circus performance features ten teen performers and an American Bully dog named Tonka in a raucous parody of the spy genre, from James Bond to Austin Powers. Action, intrigue, deception and juggling! Join our cast of acrobats as they try to figure out who is brainwashing the planet and why – the answer may not be what you expect!
This family-friendly performance features acrobatics, juggling, stilt-walking, balancing, physical comedy, contortion and unicycling performed by an impressive ensemble of trained teen circus performers. The show is created and directed by Circophony Lead Artist Allison McDermott, who is a professional circus performer and instructor and is Director of Advanced Training at the Children’s Circus of Middletown. Contortion coaching, choreography and Tonka the American Bully dog are provided by Naja Muller. Set and properties are designed by Robin Leet, costumes by Marion Imbruglio, and lighting design is by J-P LaRocco.
Circophony, a collaboration between Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM, has been providing Connecticut teenagers with circus training and performance opportunities since 2004.
Performances of Circophony’s Spysight is 20/20 are February 27 – 29 at 7 pm and also February 29 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids. Thursday, February 27 is a “pay-what-you-can” Preview.

Tickets may be purchased online
or over the phone at (860) 347-6143.

Little Apple Circus
at Annie Fisher School on March 17 (Canceled, due to Covid)

Circus for a Fragile Planet
May 1 at Central Connecticut State University
as Keynote Performance
for statewide Climate Action Conference (Canceled, due to Covid)

Protest, Plays and Planetary Paths


Calling Climate Activists, Artists and Everyone who can Imagine a Healthy Planetary Future!

ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse invite you to join us for "Protest, Plays and Planetary Paths" on Saturday, December 7 at 3 pm.

The event will begin at Oddfellows at 3 pm. We will go for a short demonstration/performance on the corner of Washington and Main Streets in Middletown. From there we will walk up the hill a short distance to Oddfellows Playhouse, where we will present staged readings of a few short Climate Action plays and some other examples of activism as performance.

Finally, we'll break into smaller groups for a short brainstorming session about creative activism toward real change on a local and global level.

"Protest, Plays and Planetary Paths" was inspired by a national initiative called "Climate Change Theater Action". For this dozens of theaters across the country are producing plays and creating actions to educate and provoke the population about climate change. The presentation is timed to coincide with the current UN Climate Change Summit in Madrid, and is the day after the National Climate Strike.

The event is free. 

For more information, or to help making signs and other props for the Main Street demonstration, 

contact info@art-farm.org, or call (860) 346-4390.


ARTFARM is back in the research laboratory and studio development stage for our next generative work; UMBRA. 
Keep your ears out for any community opportunities.

The Women's Movement
received rave reviews and performed to sold out audiences.
"This changed my life."
"I couldn't stop crying- except when I was laughing!" 
"I just can't can't believe it. You got it. You really got it."
"...and that woman! with all of the recycling in her clothing...she was stuffing it in and it was exploding out- all of it, this being a woman..."
part of the proceeds were donated to 
New Horizons Domestic Violence Services


Samantha Sutton, Marcella Trowbridge, Cecelia Mccarthy Reid, Malenky Welsh, 
Summer Northup and Joyce Dilauro in Terpsichore rehearsal



is available to tour!

Interested in bringing this show to your 
school, environmental festival, nature space, kids/family fest?
Contact us!

 Antigone, Directed by ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge, received a beautiful response. 
Some unsolicited responses:
ANTIGONE is ExTrAOrdINarY. Beautifully directed!

Gripping, moving, perfectly analogous to us (We the People Ruled by Agent Orange), gorgeous minimal  and flexible stage set and 45-degree-angled-dynamic room, and beautifully acoustically balanced, subtle, minimal sound track, powerful acting, perfect pacing, choreography, and a strong strong sense of group dynamics. 

 a family of actors, auteurs, and Arcturians (who teach that the most important ingredient for thriving in the fifth dimension is: LOVE).

Antigone. She’s going places.  Such classic demeanor, countenance, and a stage presence so finely honed and projected... 
she leaves us breathless!

Antigone was an enormous gift. You are a masterful director. We  who have grown together for years, are now confronting national and global problems together. And I like to think that you, Marcella Trowbridge, in your directing of Sophocles' Antigone, were holding hands across the generations with him and with Brecht and Malina, carrying forward their intents as with a huge banner..

 Antigone is the perfect Greek play for these times. And you were the perfect director.

Thanks. We all resonated with the words...with the Chorus...with the powerful figures of Antigone, Kreon, Ismene and Tiresias. Because of your  careful, passionate directing, every line they delivered was strong, clear, evenly enunciated. The Directors Note in the program said it all: 
in directing Antigone, you used your Craft to speak to the world of Justice, Betrayal and Hope.

Antigone was incredible.  Your Kreon: nasty and hateful, Trump on steroids, convincing both in spoken expression and body language. 
The choreography of the chorus was so well done.                                       
The Elders' ensemble work, their pounding,  masks, and  coordinated movements made our hearts pound. Beautiful production!  

Bodies, Curiosity & Four Walls: 
A FREE Theater Workshop with Toto Kisaku

Saturday October 20, 2018
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Limited Enrollment. Registration Required. Contact info@art-farm.org

ARTFARM Artistic Director, Marcella Trowbridge, is collaborating with Oddfellows Playhouse on a production of ANTIGONE.

                                              Teen actors during the first rehearsal for Antigone


Artistic Director, Marcella Trowbridge, as Artist in Residence at Wesleyan University, 2018. 
Mixed in America; Race, Religion and Memoir.
photo (and article) by Olivia Drake 

Link to Radio Interview with The Rockfall Foundation on All Things Green: Marcella speaks about ARTFARM, Circus For a Fragile Planet and our Environmental Work


To see photos by Bill De Kine of ARTFARM's Hamlet productionlink to Shakespeare in the Grove 2017.

Thank you!

 ARTFARM Videos   

Brand new 3 minute promo video for 
Thanks to Lloyd Langevin and Dan Nocera at MxCC for helping to make this happen!
For more info about Little Apple Circus, look HERE or contact info@art-farm.org.  

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Thanks to our Funders: 111 Sunnyside Charitable Trust; Middletown Commission on the Arts; Pratt & Whitney; Community Foundation of Middlesex County; US Department of State; Network of Ensemble Theaters/Andrew Mellon Foundation; Fidelity Trust; Connecticut Office of the Arts/REGI Grant; The National Endowment for the Arts; & many generous individual donors & volunteers!