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 under a temporary tent venue with performances of classical music and modern dance. During the twelve successful season under the saddlespan tent, PS21 presented a variety of prominent dance companies including Parsons, TAKE, Keigwin, Rioult, RubberbanDANCE, The Chase Brock Experience, Gallim, Jamal Jackson, Vanaver Caravan, Dance Heginbotham, PearsonWidrig, Lionel Popkin, and Monica Bill Barnes. Our music performances have 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. PS21 has be proud to host such musicians as Rory Block, Eugene Drucker, Dom Flemons, Simone Dinnerstein. Dafnis Prieto, Tony Triscka, Simon Shaheen and Yehuda Hanani.  Our theater offerings have ranged from full productions by Walking the dog Theater to Staged readings and live radio plays by Hudson Air.

Now entering into our 13th season PS21 will be moving into its new theater located just a few hundred yards up the hill from the current tent site. This amazing new space holds a 99 seat black box theater in the winter and open up in the summer to become a beautiful 300 seat open air theater.The new PS21 Theater will be inaugurated in spring 2018 opening the 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