Double Edge is a center for discovery: A rural international center for performance, collaboration, and training.

Double Edge Theatre was founded thirty-one years ago with a new vision of theatre: rigorous training, an actor-led process, multi-year research and artistic exchange. Its pursuit of the extraordinary has never ceased. Today, Double Edge has grown into the Rural/ International Farm Center for Performance, Collaboration, and Research in Ashfield, MA, where we host artists, students, and community exchange through the practice of ‘living culture.’

We are committed to fostering the next generation of artists and creative thinkers in our schools and in our communities. Hundreds of youth and emerging artists take part each year in workshops, internships, and residencies at our Farm Center and in their schools, and so many more are waiting for the opportunity to participate. They come from our Western Massachusetts communities and across the USA, and from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, India, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

To support talented young artists in need, we started our Scholarship Fund through a seed grant from Monika Fimpel in memory of her late husband, Timothy Francis O’Brien; they were inspired by Double Edge and wanted to help others experience our work. Your donation today:

  • Helps underwrite a training workshop in one of our local schools
  • Aids the creatively curious to attend an open training session
  • Backs international student travel assistance
  • Provides meals for a Summer Intern for 3 months
  • Endorses an emerging artist's participation in the Summer Intensive Program
  • Offsets the tuition costs for an artist in the 3-month Artistic Internship
  • Supplies design materials for K-12 workshops

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Help us build our Scholarship Fund and offer eager young people from underserved backgrounds a life-changing opportunity!

Authentic, inclusive culture both makes and is made by communities. Please join us in growing a living culture for many years to come.

The experiences at Double Edge help us expand our imaginations and hone our craft… but it’s so much more than that. At the heart of what we do is teaching children and young adults ensemble work and how to be part of a team. What I’ve learned most from my time spent at Double Edge is that theater isn’t just about acting and set building, it’s about world-making. We’re using theater to build supportive, creative communities.-Jonathan Diamond, Parent & Drama Club Director, Valley Advocate 2013

"I'm grateful for the environment of the Farm. The land, the sky, the trees, the snow, the sun. For the company and their unspoken reverence for the space.” – Siobhan Brown, Winter Training Intensive 2011

Today was a transcendent experience for me and for all the kids involved. I was implored by all who participated that I had better have DE come back.” -Eric Constantineau, Drama Teacher, Timberlane High School

"Double Edge's unique brand of training and collaborative theatre-making is an opportunity for encounter and exchange." - Anne Bogart, Artistic Director, SITI Company

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