The Double Edge Theatre Farm Center is sited on a 100 acre former dairy farm in Ashfield, MA. The facility includes two performance and training spaces, production facilities, offices, archives, music and outdoor performance areas as well as hay fields, grazing pastures, a stream, pond, and forestland. There is also an animal barn, vegetable gardens and a high tunnel hoop house and an additional property in the town center housing resident and emerging artists. On the Farm, the company trains, performs, runs the business of the theatre, hosts programs and guests, and grows food. A vision of future facilities include a public archive/gallery, an expanded community kitchen, and a fully developed farm.

 

The preservation of the historic integrity of the buildings on the Farm has guided the process of renovation since the Double Edge ensemble moved to Ashfield, as has the shrinking of the theatre’s energy footprint. To that end, we have installed solar panels, and our two main performance spaces are wood stove heated. At the heart of all facilities planning is the development of long-term stability and an increased capacity to accommodate creative programming and food production.

The Double Edge Center consists of:

  • 18th century farmhouse, barn, outbuildings, historic farm

  • Two performance and rehearsal/ training spaces

  • Pavilion with multi-function as lobby/martial arts studio/ art gallery/ theatre archive/ concert hall

  • Student room

  • Wood and Metal shop

  • Main office and offices for the DE ensemble and staff

  • Housing for guests and for DE staff

  • DE community kitchen for group activities and summer spectacles

  • Lighting and Rigging shop

  • Music Training space

The Farm: 

  • 100 acres of rolling hills, streams, forests

  • Swimming pond and pastures for cows and haying

  • Animal barn currently housing chickens and goats

  • Herb and vegetable gardens

  • High tunnel for three-season organic gardening

Adjunct property in the town of Ashfield:

  • In-town ten-room resident and emerging artist house

  • Emerging Artist Studio

  • Ohketeau: a meeting house for Native voices

Design house in South Ashfield:

  • Costume shop and storage

  • Design studios and workshop

  • Production storage

Plans in the works for repurposing farm buildings, increasing the theatre’s energy efficiency, and increasing its food growing include:

  • the renovation of a garage to create a large scale kitchen

  • a public sitting area housing the theatre’s archives and a gallery, including display of DE history of costumes and puppets

  • the completion of a high-tunnel for four-season organic farming

  • expanded student room, for programs

  • animal barn expansion