Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Double Edge Theatre

Double Edge Theatre's mission is to create a 'living culture' by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance, based on the long-term imaginative work of the ensemble and other artists and their rich interaction with the communities in which the work takes place, and by cultivating at its home in Ashfield, MA - the Farm - a permanent center of performance, training, research, and cultural exchange. The company’s goal is to elevate the creation and understanding of artistic expression and cultural mutuality between artists and communities, with economic, environmental, and cultural sustainability.

Founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein, the ensemble applies vigorous physical training and the principle of an artist’s autonomy to create work intimately woven with the community. In 1994, Double Edge moved to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm has become an International Center of Living Culture, including performance, international touring and artist collaboration, year-round theatre training, conversations, convenings, greening and farming initiatives, and a popular indoor-outdoor traveling spectacle which takes place alongside the hills, pastures, river, and gardens of the Center. A highlight of 2017 will be the Ashfield Town Spectacle, involving the whole community, a celebration throughout the town inspired by the spirit of Direct Democracy.

Double Edge creates performance cycles based on identity, including the Women's Cycle, the Song Trilogy, the Garden of Intimacy and Desire, and the Chagall Cycle, with its signature Grand Parade, inspired by the life and imagination of Russian-Jewish artist Marc Chagall. The ensemble is currently creating the Latin American Cycle, an exploration of the artistic acts, culture, and magic realism of societies of struggle and dictatorship. This fifth cycle includes Cada Luna Azul, premiered in 2015 in a traveling version at DE’s Farm, and its touring versions in 2016 in Jamaica Plain, MA and Springfield, MA. Double Edge will premiere the indoor performance of the Latin American Cycle, Leonora and Alejandro, la maga y el maestro, in March 2017.

I Have Worked With

  • March 2018

    Location: Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)Date: March 17-25, 2018Activity: Residency and workshop productions of Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y El Maestro
    Website: https://www.peakperfs.org/

  • May 2016

    Location: Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
    Date: May 2016
    Activity: Student workshops, community development, large-scale indoor/outdoor performance of A Latin American Spectacle
    Webpage: https://doubleedgetheatre.org/latin-american-spectacle-tour

  • October 2015

    Location: Springfield, MA
    Date: October 29-30, 2015
    Activity: Workshops with local schools, performance of The Grand Parade
    Website: https://www.symphonyhall.com/

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Cariel
Job Title/Position: 
Associate Producer
Fax: 
866-649-0635
Mailing Address: 
948 Conway Road
Ashfield, MA 01330-9772
Physical Address: 
948 Conway Road
Ashfield, MA 01330-9772
Last Name: 
Klein
Phone: 
413-628-0277

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Year Founded: 
1982
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
25
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Network of Ensemble Theatres
Awards: 
Founder and Artistic Director Stacy Klein received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in Theatre.
NEA Our Town, NEA Art Works, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Multi-Arts Production Fund, InRoads/Arts International, TCG, Massachusetts Cultural Council CIP and Cultural Facilities funding.
2006 OTTO award for excellence in international political theatre.
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Double Edge Theatre welcomes people with disabilities, and is committed to providing accessible programs and facilities.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Requirements are dependent on the work that is being presented.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$20,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$50,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
6
Maximum Number of Performers: 
25

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Music
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults