Double Edge Theatre was founded by Stacy Klein in 1982 as an artist-owned ensemble theatre, in which each member would be responsible for the art making as well as the business and board leadership. In 1994 the ensemble moved from Boston to a 100-acre Farm in the Ashfield Massachusetts Hilltowns to further the sustainability of the theatre and its international artist collaborations. In 1996 actor Carlos Uriona moved from Argentina to Ashfield, bringing his outdoor street based theatre experience to the ensemble. Klein, Uriona, and actor/writer Matthew Glassman (DE member since 2000, and actor/creator Jennifer Johnson (DE collaborator since 1994) are co-artistic directors of the ensemble, and in 2016 actor/rigger Adam Bright, who came to DE from England in 2005, is the producing director. The ensemble also includes associate directors Jeremy Louise Eaton (actor, designer, student program leader); Milena Dabova (actor, choreographer, business integration manager); Hannah Jarrell (actor, community development); music and lighting director John Peitso; actor, singer, costumiere Amanda Miller; and ensemble emerita Carroll Durand. Associate ensemble members are Andrew Todd, Evan Barth, and Travis Coe. Together the group, who hail from across the US, England, Bulgaria, and Argentina, lead the art, the training, the producing, and the Board of the theatre and have been working together from 8 to 36 years.
Sustainability and Staffing
Alongside and with the Ensemble is the Double Edge company which includes our staff and resident artists: Jeff Freeman, development director; Cariel Klein, associate producer; Michael Fitzgerald, operations director; Rob Lizotte, food systems director; Tadea Klein, resident farmer and costume designer; Michal Kuriata, design director; Hayley Brown, Artist; Robert Carlton, musician and cook; Zoe Batson, carpenter; Jose Neustadt, graphic designer; and additional staff Gail Wiedmann, bookkeeper; and marketing intern Kim Chin-Gibbons.
Long-term collaborators include Morgan Jenness, dramaturgy; Alexander Bakshi, composer; Ludmila Bakshi, music and vocal direction; Manuel Uriona, music; Micaela Farías Gómez, music; Jeff Bird, designer/technical director; Ray Gray, facilities and farming advisor; Walton Wilson, vocal coach, and photographers Maria Baranova, Dr. Dave Weiland, and Bill Hughes.
Consortium of training and place based theatres
Double Edge Theatre of Ashfield, MA, The Hinterlands of Detroit, MI, Q-Staff of Albuquerque, NM, Mondo Bizarro of New Orleans, LO, and Anne Bogart and Stephen Webber of SITI Company of New York, NY, and Open Flame Theatre of Minneapolis, MN, are members of a national consortium of ensemble-based training companies. The consortium represents ensembles based in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast and Southwest. Member ensembles share a commitment to physical and vocal training as the foundations of our artistic methodologies, the centrality of place in the creation, presentation and touring of original performance work, and a deep investment in the land and communities we call home. Building upon years of informal relationship and exchange, we came together two years ago to share best practices regarding training, performance and ensemble growth and longevity. Members also collaborate, for instance The Ashfield Town Spectacle included the participation of Richard Newman and Liza Bielby from The Hinterlands and Walken Schweigert and Katie Burgess from Open Flame Theatre.
Board of directors
Stacy Klein, president; Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Matthew Glassman, vice president; Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Adam Bright, treasurer; Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Carlos Uriona, clerk; Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Vijay Mathew, officer at large; cultural strategist, HowlRound at Emerson College
Donald J. Allison, LLC, attorney at law, Allison & Angiers
Deb Clapp, executive director of League of Chicago Theatres
Milena Dabova, Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Carroll Durand, Double Edge Theatre Ensemble Emeritus
Jeremy Louise Eaton, Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Frederick Fierst, attorney at law, Fierst, Kane, and Bloomberg
Hannah Jarrell, Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Jennifer Johnson, Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Ceceile Klein, president and CEO, Belman Klein Associates
Rachel Moore, director of leadership gifts, Smith College
John Peitso, Double Edge Theatre Ensemble
Rus Peotter, former general manager of WGBY
Ilan Stavans, Professor at Amherst College and publisher of Restless Books
Mark Valdez, Artist/Consultant
Harvest Campaign: Rus Peotter, chair; Rachel Moore, Deb Clapp, Vijay Matthew, Matthew Glassman, Carlos Uriona
Equity in Community and the Arts: Vijay Mathew, co-chair; Stacy Klein, co-chair; Amrita Ramanan, Travis Coe
Finance and Personnel: Don Allison, chair; Adam Bright, Stacy Klein