Our Story / Mission
Set in an apple orchard in the foothills of the Berkshires, PS21 Chatham presents the annual Chatham Dance Festival every August and a Performing Arts Festival of music and theater in June and July. PS21 Chatham programming also includes free performances for kids, dance and theater workshops, community sings, and free movie screenings. Performances are presented from mid-June through Labor Day.
PS21 was founded under the leadership of PS21’s Board President Judy Grunberg in 1999 to bring world-class performances to Columbia County and adjacent counties. We offered our first summer program in 2006 with performances of classical music and modern dance. We have concluded our tenth season presenting performances under a saddlespan tent, during which time we presented a variety of prominent dance companies including Parsons, TAKE, RubberbanDANCE, Jamal Jackson, Vanaver Caravan, PearsonWidrig, Lionel Popkin, Monica Bill Barnes. Our music performances included our beloved Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert as well as concerts of music from a range of cultural traditions which have included bluegrass, klezmer, Middle Eastern, West African, and Cuban jazz. Our theater offerings have ranged from full productions by Walking the dog Theater to Hudson Air’s live radio plays.
We are now in the process of creating an exciting new theater space just a few hundred yards up the hill from our current site. It will be a 99 seat black box theater in the winter and open up in the summer to become a 300 seat open air theater.
Susan Davies, Administrative Director
Sam Reilly, Operations Manager and Social Media Director
Melony Spock, Membership and Box Office Manager and Education Coordinator
Andy Smith, Technical Director
Sara McKay, Housekeeping
Johnna Murray, Rewraps Manager
Most films at PS21 are introduced by Frank Farnham, adj. professor of Communications, FIT, NYC
Judy Grunberg, President
Hannah Hanani, Vice President/Secretary
Fran Veillette, Treasurer
Dance Advisory Group