Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Scapegoat Garden

Scapegoat Garden is a New England-based creative engine, established by Deborah Goffe in 2002 as a vehicle for ever-evolving practices of dance making as world making that center the transformative power of expressive bodies in relationship to place, collaborative processes, interdisciplinarity and nurtured imagination. Scapegoat Garden strives to forge relationships with artists and communities, helping people see, create and contribute to a greater vision of ourselves, each other, and the places we call home. Through its performance works, community engagement activities, and its laboratory for creative process at The Garden for Contemporary Dance (2011-2014), the company strives to forge relationships with artists and communities, helping people see, create and contribute to a greater vision of ourselves, each other, and the places we call home. The company’s repertory has been performed in regionally, nationally, and internationally, including: New England’s Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT), Real Art Ways(Hartford, CT), the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven, CT), Provincetown Dance Festival (Provincetown, MA), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA); New York City’s Dance New Amsterdam, DUMBO Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, Artists of Tomorrow Theatre Festival, and the 92nd Street Y; and internationally in Finland, Italy and Cape Verde.

I Have Worked With

  • Following its initial development on Trinity College students, Boiling Point, was further developed with Scapegoat Garden collaborators for performance on the patio of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA.

  • For the first time in over a decade, five rare 17th century tapestries depicting the story of the mythological Psyche were displayed in the galleries of the Wadsworth Atheneum (September 13, 2013–February 16, 2014). While exploring the allegory of Psyche as told in the second century Latin novel Metamorphoses, this installation addressed the history and use of tapestries through its narrative reinterpretation during the Renaissance and Baroque eras.  To enliven this exhibition, the Wadsworth invited Scapegoat Garden to develop a performance work inspired by the myth.   Developed and performed by Paul Dennis, Leslie Frye Maietta and Deborah Goffe, In Plain Sight, explores the notion of sight–discovering the ways seeing and being seen facilitates transformation.  In Plain Sight was performed in the Wadsworth galleries on two occassions in the fall of 2013.

  • a performance of (re)Birth alongside Boston's Ego Arts, Inc. (2012)


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

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56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06105
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56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06105
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Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Media - Film
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General Public
Immigrant Populations
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Wesleyan University, Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, MA Performance Curation (2019)
California Institute of the Arts, MFA Dance Performance and Choreography (2001)
University of the Arts, BFA Modern Dance (1996)
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network (2017)
MA Cultural Council Artist Fellowship (2015)
CT Dance All. Distinguished Achievement in Dance (2012)
CT Commiss on Culture & Tourism Indiv. Artist Fellowship to Deborah Goffe (2005)
Gtr Htfd Arts Council Indiv. Artist Fellowship (2007)
Surdna Artist Teachers Fellowship (2008)
Bates Dance Fest. New England Emerging Artist Residency (2010)
CT Office of the Arts Artist Fellowship (2013)
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
The company's repertory is varied and is performed both inside and outside conventional theatrical venues. As a result, terms for performance are negotiable based on the parameters of the work, budget, and logistics of the given space.
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Ages Served: 
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography
Professional Certificate - Curatorial Practice in Performance
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