About 95 Empire

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95 Empire is a theatre and live arts program of AS220 comprised of the Black Box, the Psychic Readings room, a multipurpose space, and a dance studio. It’s a performance space and a learning place. 95 Empire supports artists of all levels, providing a forum and home for work in theatre, dance, film, literary arts, sound-art and forms that stretch genre conventions. We are committed to creativity, accessibility and affordability; we strive to create incomparable experiences for our audiences as well as unique approaches to arts education that extend and deepen the theatre’s programming.

In addition to events presented through our four primary series: Screens, Sounds, Live and Residence, 95 Empire offers a wide range of workshops, classes, talk-backs and artist-talks that are aimed at developing skills, creating awareness and fostering creative critical discourse around and through the subject of performance.

95 Empire is comprised of

  • The Empire Black Box (first floor). Dimensions: 30.5′ X 43.5′
  • The Empire Dance Studio (third floor). Dimensions: 28′ X 42′
  • A Flexible studio/rehearsal space (second floor)
  • Psychic Readings (second floor)


Each space is equipped with a PA system. The Empire Black Box has EAW surround sound system with a VFS250 Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and theatrical lighting. Full inventory can be downloaded here.  Full ground plan can be downloaded here.

Make 95 Empire yours by presenting your work with us!

95 Empire Booking Form for General Requests

Residence@95 Booking Form


Jacob Nathan
Email: 95empire@as220.org /// Phone: (401) 831-9327

Betsy Miller, Dance Studio Coordinator
Email: betsy.miller@as220.org


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Live Arts Venues

Main Stage:
The AS220 Main Stage hosts over ten events a week and is a 200 capacity performance venue and gallery space. The venue contains 4 powered main speakers, three monitors, in house compression and efx, projection / dvd capabilities, and a 6 foot screen. A full inventory can be viewed here.  While the Main Stage hosts a wide array of artistic programming, it primarily is used as a concert venue. It is located at 115 Empire Street.


Black Box:
The Black Box is an extremely versatile 90 capacity performance theatre. It has a surround sound system, Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and full theatrical lighting. The space focuses on theatrical and dramatic works and encourages users to customize the space to suit the needs of their production. The Black Box is on the first floor of 95 Empire Street.


Dance Studio:
The dance studio hosts regular dance, yoga, and fitness classes and is available for rental for rehearsals and private instruction. The Dimensions of the marley floored room are  28′ X 42′ and it is equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, an easy to operate sound system and sunlight!

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Psychic Readings:
Psychic Readings is an intimate and mysterious multi-purpose room. It has a capacity of 45, but also has an “Annex Room” which moonlights as an art gallery. Psychic Readings is run in conjunction with the AS220 Artists in Residence on the third floor of the Empire Street building.


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