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,  and free movie screenings. Performances are presented from mid-June through Labor Day.


Mission

Construct and operate facilities dedicated to the performance of music, dance, and other art forms as appropriate.

Serve a diverse community with concerts, programs, and residencies by professional artists and nationally and internationally known ensembles; festivals featuring local and regional performers; youth and children’s programming and cultural educational opportunities for all ages.

Demonstrate, through its programs and physical facilities, that the arts and the community can prosper together.

History

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, Rioult, RubberbanDANCE, The Chase Brock Experience, Jamal Jackson, Vanaver Caravan, Dance Heginbotham, PearsonWidrig, Lionel Popkin, Monica Bill Barnes. Our music performances included our 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. Our new building will be inaugurated in spring 2018 opening our 13th Season of performances.


Staff

Susan Davies, Administrative Director
Sam Reilly, Assisting Marketing Director & Site Manager
Melony Spock, Membership and Box Office Manager and Education Coordinator
Andy Smith, Technical Director
Kelly Mackerer, Box Office Manager
Johnna Murray, Rewraps Manager
Sara McKay, Housekeeping

Board

Judy Grunberg, President
Hannah Hanani, Vice President/Secretary
Fran Veillette, Treasurer
Marcia Fardella
James Kraft

Dance Advisory Group

Duke Dang
Marcia Fardella
Marcia Kelly
Nora Tuttle