Monthly workshops that focus on farming, food, and ecology. Led by professionals and self-taught experts in their field, Farm Days workshops are open to all community members and take place at the Farm Arts Collective greenhouse.
Farm Days workshops focus on topics such as herbology, plant propagation, local farming history, soil management, food preservation, and cooking. Some off-site, field-trip workshops may occur. Workshops include farm fresh refreshments.
Thursday Evening Workshops
Farm Arts Collective Seeks New Ensemble Members
Farm Arts Collective seeks new participants to train in ongoing performance workshops that take place every Thursday evening from 5:30pm to 7:45pm at Farm Arts Collective based on Willow Wisp Organic Farm.
Interested teens and adults may join Farm Arts Collective’s performance ensemble in skill building that includes acting, stilt walking and music as well as design, writing, and technical theatre. The company is developing new performances for touring in the 2021 season and Dream on the Farm to be presented at its home on Willow Wisp Organic Farm.
For questions and more information contact Tannis Kowalchuk at 917-566-7698; email Tannis@FarmArtsCollective.org
Dream on the Farm
Sold Out Run August 2020
Dream on the Farm is an annual event at Farm Arts Collective. The interactive, collaborative theatre and agricultural project engages our rural community around themes of environmental stewardship, farming, food security, and community resiliency as we confront climate change.
Dream on the Farm, performed on Willow Wisp Organic Farm, by the Farm Arts Collective ensemble of actors, stilt walkers, musicians and guests, explores the 10,000 year history of the land and its eco-systems, how living in harmony with the land as exemplified by our first nations predecessors offers a poetic and historical perspective as we ask ourselves "how will we change our behavior in order to save ourselves and the planet?"
Video by Mike Roberto
Stone Soup Cooking Class
Stone Soup Cooking Class is a theatrical cooking show and musical performance written and performed by Tannis Kowalchuk and Jess Beveridge, and directed by Daniel Lendzian.
Join farmer, actress, and cook, Tannis Kowalchuk and her assistant, Jess Beveridge for a song-filled cooking class that explores the origins of cooking, how food is grown, family recipes, with four demonstrated recipes that focus on the joy of cooking seasonal vegetables and healthy regional food.
This is an all ages performance, with a tasty ending, when the prepared food is shared with the audience.
Shakespeare on the Farm
Sold Out Run August 2019
Shakespeare on the Farm was the inaugural performance project at Farm Arts Collective in 2019.
Led by Titania (Queen of the Fairies, Midsummer Night's Dream) the experimental performance in the form of a walking tour, holds a mirror to nature drawing parallels between agrarian ecology and humanity's struggles and triumphs. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, Puck, and Ophelia make appearances in the throws of love, murder, betrayal, and death.
Directed by Tannis Kowalchuk and Mimi McGurl; Text by William Shakespeare and Melissa Bell; Music by Doug Rogers and Rima Fand; Costumes by Karen Flood; Production Design Sue Currier.
Video by JJ Keyser
Processions & Parades
(Available for Booking)
The Farm Arts Collective Ensemble of stilt walkers, drummers, musicians, large puppets and actors are available to perform in parades and at community events bringing colorful and dynamic performing arts and street culture to regional street fairs, parks, festivals and events.
(Available for Booking)
A musical street theatre performance about borders, immigration, and new arrivals.
Performed by the Farm Arts Collective ensemble, with stilt walking, live music, visually stunning costumes and puppets, the troupe explores the immigrant experience crossing borders, leaving hardship, and building a new life. Using broad humor and engaging touching text, “El Viento” ends on a positive and beautiful note.
10 Minutes in length.
Co-Produced by NACL Theatre.
An outdoor theatre performance performed by the Farm Arts Collective ensemble of stilt walkers, actors, and musicians.
The performance text is based on scientific information found in the book, The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben, and draws parallels between a functioning forest and the needs human beings also have to co-exist in dynamic communities.
15 minutes in length.
Co-produced by NACL Theatre.
Out of Mind
A hybrid lecture-performance that explores the neuroscience of depression.
Out of Mind is a fusion of experimental theatre and experimental neuroscience developed and presented by neuroscientist Allison Waters, PhD, and theatre artist Tannis Kowalchuk. The project draws on tools of inquiry from both fields to investigate how the brain constructs emotion in depression and wellness. The performance-lecture presents rationale, methods and results of a laboratory study that measured the brain of an actress as she embodied extreme emotional states. Out of Mind has been in development for three years. It is supported by funding from the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Sloan New Play Development Fund. Co-produced at Hurleyville Arts Centre and NACL Theatre.