Open Life Drawing @ AS220
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open Life Drawing – Drop-in: 6pm-8:30pm – $6
Bring your own drawing materials, we supply seats and model.

We are always looking for new models, please inquire at:

Intermediate Ballet w/ Betsy Miller @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Betsy Miller// Tuesdays @ 7-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create both clarity and expressivity in your dancing.

Betsy MillerBetsy Miller is a dance artist and educator currently based in Providence, RI. She has trained in the Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD, and Bournonville styles, and combines elements of each along with a somatic approach to ballet.  Her choreography has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas, and she has received funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Ohio State University. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Fusionworks Company and shove gently dance, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Doug Varone, Pascal Rioult, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Rachel Boggia, Stephanie Turner, and Deb Meunier. Betsy serves as the Dance Coordinator of AS220. She is on faculty at Providence College, Dean College, and AS220, and regularly teaches as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.



Deaf Reverend // Vudu Sister // Heavy Drugs @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 9 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 10 @ 1:00 am


Deaf Reverend - Dark Americana – Dulcimer, Banjo, Guitar, Bass Drums playing music from the mountains to the delta.

Vudu Sister -  Vudu Sister is an original band. Keith McCurdy is a Romanichal singer/songwriter. Songs of death, the dying, the dead, murder, sadness and insanity.
Heavy Drugs – Electric sludge mini-orchestra – Members of AKR & the Eyesores and Shamanic torture sounds which should not be from their instruments
Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunchtime Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore // Wednesdays @ 12-1pm // only $5 per class! A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.

Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.


Geek Dinner! @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with Katie McNamara & Olase Freeman// Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

04_FleetingThoughts_4OlaseJessicaOlase Freeman (BA Wesleyan University 1994, MFA UWM 2011) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara.  A partial list of the companies he has worked with include the Richard Bull Dance Theater, Jane Comfort & Co., Creach/Dance, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, and Leah Stein Dance Company.  Olase’s choreographic work has been performed in such diverse venues as The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, Link’s Hall (Chicago), the Cunningham Studio, Joyce/Soho, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill (Long Island University), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2002), as well as RIIPN/Cheek-to-Cheek and American Dance Legacy Institute (Brown University).  As a teacher, in addition to being on faculty of Rhode Island College from 2008-2010, as well as Muhlenberg College in 2011-2012, Olase has conducted residencies and taught classes at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, Western Wyoming Community College, the DanceCenter at Columbia College (Chicago), SUNY Brockport, Hobart/William Smith College, Link’s Hall (Chicago), CalState San Marcos, Sushi Performance Inc. (San Diego), Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, (Seattle, WA), and University of Montana, Missoula.

KatieMcNamara2Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Intro to the 35mm Camera @ AS220 Media Arts
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


 Wednesday, February 10, 7-9pm Cost $45
Register here:

Take the mystery out of aperture sizes, f-stop numbers, shutter speeds, ISO numbers, focal length, synchronization speeds, and any other aspects of the 35mm camera that you have ever wondered about!

Note: This workshop goes over using your film camera only. To learn the darkroom process, there is a workshop the following week.

Instructor: Sam Thompson

Romp of Otters Presents: The 100 Minute Summarize Proust Competition @ AS220's Blackbox
Feb 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Romp of Otters Presents: The 100 Minute Summarize Proust Competition @ AS220's Blackbox

Tuesday, 2/9, 7:30pm

The 100 Minute Summarize Proust Competition

hosted by Jack Dwyer

A workshop exploring text lifted from an absurdly long French novel that is reinvented into a devised movement piece.

Join us for another week of new works in progress from your favorite rompers! All performances take place at 95 Empire. $3-5 suggested donation or FREE with Brown/RISD student ID.

Romp of Otters [ROO] is Brown University’s Graduate Theater Community.Want to know more about ROO? Check out our website to find out what we’ve done and what we’re up to next:
The Baz, 1031, and Kyles Dogs Head @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 10 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 11 @ 1:00 am


The Baz may only be a two piece band, but their sound resembles one, of a one of a kind energetic, cosmic, and chaotic orchestra of beautiful rock music with different feels. If you were to mix The Doors, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, all with a heavier and very modern twist, you may have an idea where these guys are coming from.



an Alt/rock band from providence RI bringing back the 90’s sound such as bands like pearl jam alice n chains and our lady piece. we are a female fronted band with years of experience playing together or in other local bands such as Lucky United side track and tony jones and the cretin three !! 1031 remember its always halloween !!!



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Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

RISA presents Songwriters in the Round at AS220

4 Songwriters ~ 4 Rounds ~ All Acoustic ~ All Original


Be a part of the audience, hear some great original music AND help select the theme for next month’s players….

AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI

$5 admission

7:00 p.m. ’til 8:30 p.m.

Romp of Otters Presents: Talkin’ Bout Some Revolutions @ AS220's Blackbox
Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Romp of Otters Presents: Talkin' Bout Some Revolutions @ AS220's Blackbox

Thursday, 2/11, 7:30pm

Talking ‘Bout Some Revolutions

hosted by Brown MFA Playwrights

A revolutionary play reading featuring work from a collection of new plays from Egypt and the 2011 events at Tahrir Square

Join us for another week of new works in progress from your favorite rompers! All performances take place at 95 Empire. $3-5 suggested donation or FREE with Brown/RISD student ID.

Romp of Otters [ROO] is Brown University’s Graduate Theater Community.Want to know more about ROO? Check out our website to find out what we’ve done and what we’re up to next:
Max Meditation @ 3rd Fl. Dance Studio, 95 Empire St.
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Max Meditation hosted by Michael Borge

Thursdays 8-9pm (doors open at 7:30), 95 Empire St. 3rd fl Dance Studio

$10 per visit

774-322-6518 for more information

Modern Lives, Wichita, and Littlefoot (solo) @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 11 @ 9:00 pm – Feb 12 @ 1:00 am
Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open Level Contemporary African Dance w/ Mekbul J. Tahir// Fridays @ 6:30-7:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6-class package *no class 1/1

The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. Based on traditional African dance (especially Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release, and Graham technique), the philosophy of this technique is about identity: placing yourself inside the community and nature, and being aware of your own body. The technique respects every different body, and addresses life and the connection between human being and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundaments of the spirit of the technique.

NT4L36991Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Romp of Otters Presents: The New Jim Crow; An Adaptation @ AS220's Blackbox
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Romp of Otters Presents: The New Jim Crow; An Adaptation @ AS220's Blackbox

Friday, 2/12, 7:30pm

The New Jim Crow: An Adaptation

by Brad Wilson and Alexis


An experimental adaptation of Michelle Alexander’s seminal work, The New Jim Crow.

Join us for another week of new works in progress from your favorite rompers! All performances take place at 95 Empire. $3-5 suggested donation or FREE with Brown/RISD student ID.

Romp of Otters [ROO] is Brown University’s Graduate Theater Community.Want to know more about ROO? Check out our website to find out what we’ve done and what we’re up to next:
Sticky Stories III: Sexual Confessions and Awkward Adventures @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Sticky Stories III: Sexual Confessions and Awkward Adventures is bringing back all those awkward memories! The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health’s 3rd annual Sticky Stories is comedic community story-telling event, designed to create a space for participants to share hilarious stories from childhood or adolescence (or now if life is particularly amusing and ridiculous). We look forward to showcasing sticky stories about wet dreams, awkward crushes, embarrassing love letters, coming out stories, sexual debuts, locker room horror stories, menstruation disasters, or what folks thought sex was before they knew what sex was and more!

Online tickets available in tiered costs of $10, $15, and $20.
Tickets will also be sold at the door, at the same costs.


Intro to Audio Recording @ AS220 Media Arts
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturdays, February 13, 20, 27,

Instructor: Brett Lehrman

Learn the process and production involved with audio technology for various media and musical applications. In the workshop, we will explore the recording process in the audio lab at AS220, which is available for public use upon completion of this workshop. Participants in this workshop will complete a basic audio project and present it at the end of the final session.

This workshop is for musicians, audio enthusiast, media artists, and anyone looking to acquire the necessary skills for making audio creations. This course balances theoretical concepts with practical techniques to help you approach your future projects.

Register here:

Romp of Otters Presents: A Pot Luck and Play Reading @ AS220's Blackbox
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Romp of Otters Presents: A Pot Luck and Play Reading @ AS220's Blackbox

Saturday, 2/13, 12pm

Potlucks + Play Readings

hosted by B/T Interruptors


Kicking off a biweekly, roaming play reading series of works by playwrights of color starting with Jackie Sibbles-Drury ‘s We are Proud to Present About the Herero of Namibia Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwest Afrika, Between the years 1884-1915. Anyone is welcome to read and everyone is welcome to bring food!

Join us for another week of new works in progress from your favorite rompers! All performances take place at 95 Empire. $3-5 suggested donation or FREE with Brown/RISD student ID.

Romp of Otters [ROO] is Brown University’s Graduate Theater Community.Want to know more about ROO? Check out our website to find out what we’ve done and what we’re up to next:
Fab Lab Foundations 2: Introduction to the CNC Router @ AS220 Labs
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Register Here 

This workshop is for anyone interested in using a CNC Router for digital fabrication, specifically the ShopBot machine for computer-controlled cutting and routing. The course covers an introduction to the ShopBot, Computer-Aided Design software to design projects for the machine, creation of 2D tool paths for the machine using PartWorks, and basic machine operation and safety.  You will learn how to safely operate the machine on your own, so that you may use the machine independently after completing the training and signing up for membership.

Our machine is a ShopBot PRS standard 96 with a cutting area of 96″ (x-axis) x 48″ (y-axis) x 6″ (z-axis). The machine is capable of machining 2D parts (profile, pockets, drilling) and making 3D carvings.  This workshop only covers 2D tool paths, not 3D carvings.

This workshop consists of two parts, 1 3-hour instructional session and a followup session on the machine where you run a project on the machine.

While it’s not mandatory, we strongly encourage students to have experience with vector design. Not familiar with using computers at all? We also offer a basic computer training workshop
Traditional Irish Music Session @ AS220 Bar & FOO(D)
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hosted by Jimmy and Hannah Devine with Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Teddi Scobi and Friends!

Every Saturday (except for the first Saturday of the month) from 4-7pm at the bar at AS220!

No cover charge!

A full menu of food and beverage will be available, so come in for a pint or make this your regular spot for dinner while enjoying some of the best traditional Irish music around!

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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.