Theatre at AS220

Theatre, Dance and Live Arts at AS220

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Here at AS220, we see theatre, dance, music, fine art, installation art, video and new media work, not as separate disciplines but as in constant dialogue. Our performance opportunities and theatre/dance residences cover a wide range of theme and content, from traditional theatre to experimental performance art, dance, and interdisciplinary work.  In addition to our featured programming and residency programs, the Blackbox theatre also hosts one-night performance events, music shows, and 1-2 night presentations of work from touring groups.  If you are interested in booking one of these kinds of events please fill out a Live Arts online booking form.


Unjuried and Uncensored Theatre and Performance at AS220’s Blackbox:

In keeping with AS220’s mission to create a space where any and everyone in the state of Rhode Island has the opportunity to share work, AS220 offers a number of gateway events that allow performers to share their artistic projects. Although we will try to book anyone and everyone –  it’s hard to accommodate this demand.  Please give us multiple dates and times that you are available so that when you try to book a performance it is more likely we stage your work.


  1. Events for Nascent Performers: We have  Community Curators whose monthly events make space for new performers to try out work. The Providence Poetry Slam is the first and third Thursday of the month in our Main Stage and features an open mic.   If you just want to get your feet wet and share a true-life story in front of an audience, mosey over to Live Bait (all newcomers who want to tell a story can!).   Also, look out for a new, recurring Open Mic Night inspired event from AS220 in the fall of 2015!

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2.  Works in Process Nights: AS220 hosts a semi-annual Dance Works in Progress Showing for sharing new work in development. Our next show is in Fall 2015.  For more information, email   Also, starting in July 2015 will be our first evening of From Scratch: Theatre Works in Process. In each of these     events, performers/companies will be given 1-15 minutes to perform a new or in-process piece of work and will have time for audience feedback.



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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.