Moving Up!

After many years without a permanent home, the Center is excited to be in residence at the new Northampton Community Arts Trust Building. Welcome to 33 Hawley Street where we host performances, workshops, family programs, and community events; offer dance, theater, writing, and visual arts classes; provide much needed rehearsal space for actors, dancers, and musicians. Please visit us in this exciting venue. The lower level multipurpose workspace is bright and versatile. The upstairs dance studio is filled with light. And now, the public is invited to the main floor where finishing touches are breathing life into a flexible performance/event space with a spacious lobby and mezzanine for gathering.

Play by Play 2018

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Sept. 21-23 & 28-30
The Northampton Playwrights Lab and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in association with the Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E. Gallery Ltd. present:
Third festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors with INAUGURAL performances in the Arts Trust Building FlexSpace Theatre. Featuring new plays by playwrights Leanna James Blackwell, Stephanie Carlson, Meryl Cohn, Harley Erdman, Peter Kennedy, Talya Kingston, and Tanyss Rhea Martula
All Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 23 performances at 2 p.m and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m
Suggested donation at the door: $10 - $15
 33 Hawley Street, Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, Downtown Northampton. Plentiful parking.
Week One:
Friday, Sept. 21:  Leanna James Blackwell, NEW SOUL, directed by the playwright
Saturday, Sept. 22: Tanyss Rhea Martula, FRESH AIR, directed by Sam Rush
Sunday, Sept. 23:  Stephanie Carlson, SEAMONSTER, directed by John Bruner
Sunday, Sept. 23:  Talya Kingston, CAMPUS UNREST, directed by Trenda Loftin
There will be a half-hour reception between performances on 9/23
Week Two:
Friday, Sept. 28: Harley Erdman, INSTITUTION, directed by Talya Kingston
Saturday, Sept. 29: Meryl Cohn, ALMOST HOME, directed by Will MacAdams
Sunday, Sept. 30: Peter Kennedy, FAMILY GAME NIGHT, directed by the playwright



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For 120 years, the Alexander Technique has been helping people with chronic pain and injuries regain natural comfort and ease in their daily life.  Lessons have proved useful for people engaged in activities as varied as acting, playing music, singing, athletics, desk work, and gardening.  Learn how to decrease pain by improving posture, coordination and balance - by integrating the whole self.  Class will include constructive rest positions and movement strategies basic to the Alexander work. Needs of class members and individual interests will also be addressed.”

     Teacher Mary Holland explains, “what one gets out of an Alexander lesson is essentially an experience, an experience of gradually growing into a better state.  And to put that experience into words is rather like trying to explain music to someone who has never heard it.

Try a FREE first class on Wednesday October 17

5 Wednesdays @ 5:00-6:15  October 17 - November 14

$75 for the series. (Please wear comfortable clothes & if possible bring a mat and 2-3 paperback books.) 

To Register and for More Information Contact Abbie: or 413-478-7600

Yoga Lab with Molly Kitchen


In this all-bodies-welcome class, we explore asana, pranayama and philosophical themes as they relate to real life experiences. We’ll use the yoga mat as a “laboratory” to explore not only physicality, functional movement, and proprioception, but also the more subtle realms of mind and heart. Expect plenty of invitations to deep inner listening, smart out-of-the-box approaches to postures, and a lovely community of supportive fellow practitioners.

Tuesdays, 6:45–8pm, Sept 4–Dec 18

$15 Drop-In; $180 Semester Pass; Sliding Scale 10-$15 available as needed -- cash preferred; you can also pay online:


Radical Closeness for the People: Peer Counseling Course, Level 1


A 9 week series taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell

Sunday nights September 16-November 11 2018, 6-8pm
Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street

To register go to                                                  

Or call Rythea 413 586-7390 or Samantha 413 824-2870

$280 or $100 deposit by August 16th and $300 after that date. Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege and societal racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color. Please inquire.

Human beings are meant to live in community, to be in relationships where true intimacy can flourish, where pain and joy are shared equally with compassion.
Peer Counseling is the practice of learning to give and receive empathetic, caring, love and support. We will cover material that is good for beginners and for people who have experience and want to be a in group doing this work regularly.

The aim of this class is to learn the skills and gain resources to:
-Feel less alone in your life
-Allow feelings to cycle through without getting blocked
-Have new insights that move your life forward
-Create relationships that support you to have true intimacy
-Wake up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression

-Gain the ability to act and make choices with confidence

If you have been in crisis recently or currently, please email us before you register to discuss if this course is appropriate for you. 


Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares Presents: DECADES


Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 pm

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares begins its seventh season with a performance by DECADES, featuring Jason Robinson, reeds, David Goodrich, guitar and Bob Weiner, drums. This exciting evening, that includes an informal reception following the show, is hosted by the Center for the Arts in the new Flex space on the main floor at 33 Hawley Street. Single tickets ($15) are available at and at the door. Doors open for general seating at 7 pm.

Long-time friends with deep roots in various overlapping and divergent music worlds, Austin-based guitarist David Goodrich teams up with Pioneer Valley stalwarts Jason Robinson and Bob Weiner to present an evening of imaginative sonic explorations full of joy, intrigue, and celebration. DECADES seamlessly merges the evocative sounds of exploratory jazz, visionary Americana, country music and must-get-up-and-dance rhythms, with individual sound languages that have become celebrated hallmarks of each of these distinctive performers of creative music.  A previous resident of the Pioneer Valley, Goodrich returns to debut a project a long time in the making.

David Goodrich (Goody) is a veteran touring and session musician, producer, composer, and teacher living in Austin, Texas. With more than 25 years of international touring experience, Goodrich has played on hundreds of recordings, scored multiple films, and produced dozens of critically-acclaimed albums. A life-long student and longtime music teacher and coach, Goodrich studied at Berklee College of Music with Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson and Mick Goodrick.

Jason Robinson’s leads the Janus Ensemble, featuring Marty Ehrlich, Liberty Ellman, Drew Gress, George Schuller, JD Parran, Bill Lowe, Marcus Rojas and Ches Smith. Robinson has released 15 albums as leader or co-leader and appeared on nearly 50 albums in total. His latest recording is Resonant Geographies. He has performed with Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, among others. Robinson is Associate Professor of Music at Amherst College.

Percussionist Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has co-authored two important percussion books, Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset with Duduka da Fonseca. An accomplished teacher, Weiner holds a Masters’ degree from Lesley University in Inter-Disciplinary Studies.