Theatre at AS220

Theatre, Dance and Live Arts at AS220


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 Black Box:

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!
  2. Works in Process Nights: AS220 hosts a semi-annual Dance Works in Process Showing for sharing new work in development. Our next show is in Fall 2016.  For more information, email   We also host an 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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AS220 currently has three different kinds of residency structures. For the first time in its’ history, AS220’s Blackbox will be home to three resident companies, each of whom will receive four weekends of performance space throughout the season.  Also new to Providence is AS220’s Community Live Arts Residency, a time intensive incubator-style residency in which teams of working artists are given six months of rehearsal space to create a new work while also completing a community based-arts project related to the content/theme of their work.  AS220 will also continue to provide 1-2 week production residencies for local and out-of-state companies to present new work on a rolling basis.


The deadline to apply for the Community Live Arts Residency is on a rolling basis. Production Residencies are ongoing. For more details, and to apply for residencies, please visit:, or contact


AS220 currently has three resident theatre companies for the 2016-2017 season as well as 4 forthcoming Community Live Arts Residency Performance in 2017. For more information on how to apply for these programs, please check out our residencies page.




AS220’s Resident Companies for the 2016-2017 Season


Counterproductions Theatre Company

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Mission Statement and History

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents a variety of theatrical productions (classic, contemporary, and new works) throughout the year. The company is dedicated to providing volunteer actors, directors, designers, and technicians an opportunity to practice their craft in a professional environment.

  Counter-Productions Theatre Company was founded in Boston, Massachusetts. We presented our first production, William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, in May of 2007 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. In October of 2007 we moved to the Piano Factory Theatre where we were residents for four years, producing five full length plays (Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, Glengarry Glen Ross, Psycho Beach Party, Twelve Angry Jurors, ART, and The House of Yes), two science fiction festivals (X Minus One and Journey To the Heart of X Minus One), and a new works festival (Tales From The Countertop). During this time, we were engaged by the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center to tour three shows from Boston to Woonsocket, Rhode Island (The Mousetrap, Twelve Angry Jurors, and HAIR: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical).

In February of 2012, we decided to permanently move our work from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. We began by producing Cabaret: The Musical at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center. We then moved to the Artists’ Exchange in Cranston, producing two full length plays (LUV and Speed-The-Plow) and revisiting our science fiction festival (Return to Planet X Minus One). In 2013, we moved to 95 Empire at AS220 where we produced a new work (Nico Was a Fashion Model) and a popular comedy (Picasso at the Lapin Agile). We had great success with both, winning a number of Motif Awards for both productions (Best Production, Best Scenic Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best New Work). In 2014-2015 we presented three shows at 95 Empire/AS220 Blackbox (Atomic Bride of X Minus One, Topdog/Underdog, and William Shakespeare’s Richard III).


2015-2016 Season at AS220


Winter Reading Series:

Choke By Matt Greene – Dec 2016

Isabel by David Valentin – Jan 2107


Fall Production:

The Final Voyage of X Minus 1 - November 2016


Spring Production:

Lonely Planet By Steven Dietz – April 28th-May 7th, 2017



Manton Avenue Project

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The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of young people living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood, one of the city’s lowest income neighborhoods, by unleashing their creative voices and uniting them with professional artists to create original theater.

Through our long-term, after-school playmaking programs, The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) sparks an ever-expanding sense of possibility by building each child’s capacity for personal and academic success. MAP gives young people tools to become tomorrow’s creative thinkers and community leaders.

The Manton Avenue Project’s volunteer company of actors, designers, directors, dramaturges and classroom assistants come from a pool of incredibly talented volunteers who are involved in Providence’s lively performing arts community in many capacities, and work with other local groups like Elemental Theatre, Wilbury Group, Strange Attractor, PIG, Improv Jones, Gamm Theatre, and Trinity Repertory, to name a few.


2016-2017 Season at AS220

The Pedal Power Plays – December 3rd-6th, 2016

The Favorite Book Plays – March 2017

The Farm to Table Plays  – May 11th-14th

The Dialogue Plays (part of  Fringe PVD) – July 27-30






Mission Statement and History

Head Trick Theatre is a performing group based in Providence, RI that puts on innovative productions of classic plays with a focus on the importance of liveness.

Our first play, produced at 95 Empire, was Pirandello’s metatheatrical mindscrew Tonight We Improvise, in an all-new translation specifically updated for the twenty-first century. Breaking through the formality of language and theatrical architecture, this version, designed for a black box, tackled head-on what it means to act a character.


Next was Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It. This production, performed in Blackstone Field, featured traditional folk music and dance, which served as a way of telling the characters’ stories in a stylized/abstract form in addition to the play’s actual text. We’ll be continuing our partnership with Blackstone Field and with local musicians this summer in Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy. Now that we’ve had one summer to get our bearings in our outdoor location, we’re excited to test the limits of what we can do in that space, and to bring this frankly hilarious play to our audiences.

We also offered our first workshop this year, “F#&%ing Shakes”. Participants studied and developed two Shakespearean monologues using several unconventional techniques. The final performance for the public, rather than showing the finished form of the monologues as they might appear in their plays, was a chance for the audience to see the techniques participants used for the text work — a behind-the-scenes look at preparing a Shakespeare piece.

2016-2017 Season

The Cradle Will Rock- October 2017

She Would if She Could- March 24th-April 2nd, 2017




                                                              Community Live Arts Residency Spring 2017

Doppleganger Dance Collective Presents: Myths, Legends and Questions; Works for the Stage and Screen


As the anchor performance of their second season, Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC), a duets company founded by artists Danielle Davidson and Shura Baryshnikov, will present “Myths, Legends & Questions: new works for screen and stage.” This concert comprised of four new interdisciplinary works will be performed in Providence on April 13th, 14th, 21st and 22nd at 7:30pm, and April 23rd at 2pm at AS220 as part of the collective’s Community Live Arts Residency. In addition, they will bring the concert to Cambridge, MA, in September, dates TBD, as they continue as Artists in Residence at The Dance Complex. The evening presents three separate works commissioned for the collective’s second season, as well as a solo performance by guest artist Heidi Henderson.

DDC will premiere a dance film, Echo + Narcissus, directed by Andy Russ in collaboration with poet Laura Brown Lavoie and students from the Jacqueline M Walsh School for the Arts. Drawing inspiration from the ancient Roman myth, the film is a surrealist reflection on contemporary issues of self-image, social media, and the lure of beauty. The creation of this project was primarily supported by the Community Live Arts Residency at AS220.

Interdisciplinary dance artist Alissa Cardone has crafted a work for DDC that blends Butoh and post-modern/ contemporary dance forms, bringing her unique vocabulary to New England audiences. Nate Tucker has composed an original score for the work, which will be performed live. This work was created in residence at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA through their CATALYSTS program. Heidi Henderson, Artistic Director of elephant JANE dance, continues her collaboration withDDC this season with a new work. The Providence-based choreographer will appear as specialguest, performing a newly created solo, as well as with Baryshnikov, Davidson, and cellist Adrienne Taylor (also a Season 1 collaborator) in a new ensemble work.

Tickets to Doppelgänger Dance Collective’s “Myths, Legends & Questions: new works for screen and stage” at AS220 in April are available on Brown Paper Tickets at Tickets for the performances at The Dance Complex will be available on their website at a later date.

For more information regarding Doppelgänger Dance Collective please email DDC at or visit the company website