April Arts Offerings

Spring brings so many exciting things, old and new! Check out our events page, as well as classes and workshops: we have new classes starting this month, and ongoing classes that you are welcome to join anytime. Artwork by Lourdes Morales and Abbie Steiner is up through the end of the month, and we welcome you during open hours to pop in and see the space, the art, and all that’s happening at the Center! Open Tuesday through Friday 2:00-6:00pm and by appointment.

Photos above, in order: 1. Program Director Kelly Silliman and Associate Director Melissa Dimetres welcoming guests at Will Call 2. Glow—Ecstatic Dance series 3. Strident Theatre’s kickoff fundraiser 4. Shakespeare Stage presents The Tempest 5. NYC-based concert pianist Melody Fader 6. Abbie Steiner’s art critique class 7. Abbie Steiner’s exhibit 8. Lourdes Morales’ exhibit 9. Wednesday morning drawing group 10. Western MA Tango classes 11. Community yoga classes 12. Teen performance workshop 13. Duncan dance classes 14. Lisa Leizman Dance classes

The Center invites you to Penny's From Heaven

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Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm at 33 Hawley Street

The Center for the Arts invites you to its debut signature party at Northampton’s hottest venue. Join us for an evening of music and dancing with DJ Johnny Memphis, colorful cuisine, creative cocktails, and special guests in celebration of Penny Burke (retired but not retiring) and all things Penny…

Visit our event page for more information!

There's nothing Like following up a snow day with some summer planning!

That’s right, even though it’s February, it’s time to start thinking about summer plans!


ArtPlay returns to the Center for the Arts in 2019! Register early for this exciting summer program for youth ages 6 to 12 years.

ArtPlay encourages kids to think of themselves as fundamentally creative beings with a fun, interactive, interdisciplinary approach. The program connects youth to local teaching artists through classes and workshops, as well as providing space and structure for youth-initiated performances and exhibitions. Kids will have the chance to experiment with dance, music, drama, visual arts, collaborative play, and more!

Click here for more information!

Introducing New Staff Member Melissa Dimetres


The Center gives a warm official welcome to Melissa, with the title of Associate Director. She will collaborate with the staff on all projects.

Melissa Dimetres joined the Northampton Center for the Arts in July 2018 under the mentorship of Penny Burke. After nearly a decade as a fiction and screenwriter in New York City, she relocated to the Valley and is thrilled to be an active part of such a thriving arts community. Recently, she was a playwright in the 24 Hour Theater Project. Her work has been published in journals such as the Metropolitan Report and the Common Denominator, and has been featured in staged readings in New York and Los Angeles. Her most recent project is as writer and director of the short film Two Eggs, Scrambled. She is passionate about arts administration and fostering the arts in our community and feels very lucky to be a part of such an incredible team at the Center for the Arts. 

Valley Advocate Gives a Shout Out to 33 Hawley's New Flex Space!

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“The most encouraging development in a stage-starved Valley has been the flowering of new venues along with more shows at established ones. Performances have begun at 33 Hawley, the Northampton Center for the Arts’ new home. A new-work showcase from the Northampton Playwrights Lab, the 24-Hour Theater Project, Shakespeare Stage’s Twelfth Night and Real Live Theatre’s When Last We Flew all took flight there this fall.” Link to article

The Center for the Arts Presents:

The Lisa Leizman Dance Company’s
“Long way home”

Friday, December 14th, 2018, 7:30 PM . SOLD OUT. Will-call tickets purchased in advance will be available from 6:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm for general seating. Performance starts promptly at 7:30 pm.

Please join us for a winter concert celebrating the debut of the Center's resident dance company in the newly-opened Flex theater space at 33 Hawley Street. The performance is followed by a trademark festive dinner reception prepared by members of the troupe. Advance tickets are recommended.

About Long Way Home: After five years of wandering throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, awaiting a new home for the Center, this long-time resident company finally has a new residence. Grateful and joyful, the dancers will present audience favorites Spiegel im Spiegel, set to music by Arvo Pärt and Derek Walcott’s the amen of calm waters, with music by Ludovico Einaudi. The concert will also include the secret that bamboo guards with music by composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien.

“There are no shortcuts in art. Do the work. Be tenacious. Be resilient. Keep going. Applaud the beautiful, elegant destination. Celebrate the journey, no matter how far. Take the long way home”—Lisa Leizman

Image by Bob Richard

Twelfth Night a Hit!

Malvolio reads the letter with his deceivers hiding in the hedges.

Malvolio reads the letter with his deceivers hiding in the hedges.

Shakespeare Stage’s Twelfth Night (Or What You Will), was a resounding success November 31-December 2. The show even sold out on Saturday night. The staging was riotous, the music, led by Feste, the fool, played by Chris Devine. Devine played a different instrument in every scene. Sir Andrew was played by the director Julian Findlay, as a florid, red-headed wildman. Jasmine Caamaño played the dual gender Violo, with hilarious expressivity; while Malvolio played by Jimmy Murphy, burst from the background as his wild passions emerged.

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The Arrival of the Grand Piano

Penny Burke, the Center’s former executive director, oversees installation of the piano in the Flex space. Dick Damon, tuner and piano mover, is in the background to Penny’s right.

Penny Burke, the Center’s former executive director, oversees installation of the piano in the Flex space. Dick Damon, tuner and piano mover, is in the background to Penny’s right.

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“It’s a miracle,” Penny said, after seeing the grand for the first time in five years. For all that time it has been in the Sullivan Building, the Center’s former home. “We stored it in 2013 expecting to leave it there for only two years. It’s been five years. It’s a miracle we’re all still alive to see it back where it belongs.”

The 6’-1” piano “is the equal of the greatest pianos in the world,” said Dick Damon, who orchestrated the move and then spent two hours tuning it. “Steinway is better known, but Mason & Hamlin is just as good.”

THIS WEEKEND! Jaunito Pascual Trio with Special Guest Flamenco Dancer Neli Tirado


November 11, 2018 4:00 PM

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 students, $10 children under 12.  They are available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3629205  until noon on Sunday. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door from 3 pm. Please note that door sales are cash or check only.

A versatile virtuoso guitarist/composer/improviser, Juanito Pascual has been called "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years" by National Public Radio, a major accolade that is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native's masterful musical style. His sound is an organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. 

The Juanito Pascual Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, New York-based percussionist Guillermo Barrón and stunning bassist Brad Barrett. By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a fresh, exhilarating and constantly evolving sound, performing to enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. The 2014 release Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio was included in NPR critic Milo Miles Best World Music Albums for that year. 

The Trio will be joined for this performance by special guest, highly acclaimed flamenco dancer Neli Tirado. 

Pascual's international touring schedule has brought him to venues that include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's Lincoln Center and Blue Note Jazz Club, and Madrid's renowned Casa Patas. He has performed with a lengthy 'who's who' of top flamenco artists including Jorge Pardo in addition to collaborations with a diverse range of musicians: Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw; bassist John Patitucci; pianist Danilo Perez; percussionist Jamey Haddad; virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev.

Please use the main street entrance to the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. Parking is free in the lot directly adjacent.

The Northampton 24 Hour Theater Project...countdown begins....


Let the countdown begin to the 24 Hour Theater Project, a dramatic race against time to bring five short plays to life. The Center for the Arts is proud to revive its role as host for this beloved and highly anticipated event founded in 2002 by playwright Tanyss Rhea Martula.

While the premise is simple, the execution is anything but: within 24 hours, five ten-minute plays will be written, rehearsed, directed, produced, and staged. The culmination of this day-long burst of creativity are two public performances, often standing-room-only, showcasing local writers, actors, and directors.