ArtYard’s performance and film programs consist of live events and communal engagements that take place in and beyond our theatre, including film screenings, poetry, music, performance, storytelling events and our biennial Hatch!
Hatch and Crankies are two of ArtYard’s signature communal events. Learn more below.
ArtYard’s poetry program consists of readings, workshops, poetry-on-the-spot improvisations, outdoor installations, ArtYard-designed “Poetry Confessionals,” and symposia.
ArtYard’s live poetry program pairs a nationally recognized poet and a local poet for public readings curated by Stephanie Smith. ArtYard has presented readings and installations featuring poets Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Patrick Rosal, Gabriella Calvocoressi, Jericho Brown, and Toi Derricotte. Local collaborating poets have included Hayden Saunier, John Smith, and former Frenchtown Mayor Warren Cooper.
The ArtYard film program, known as FilmYard, was spearheaded and curated until 2020 by producer Bill Horberg. The film program is now curated in-house or by guest curators, and focuses on films that complement the art exhibition program by helping to illuminate the creative process, spotlighting under-recognized films and directors.
ArtYard offers a diverse range of live programming, from powerful original plays and raucous political circus to dance performance, as well as a vast array of musical genres including world music, opera, jazz improvisation and ragtime.