Rhoda Averbach / Contact / Organizer and DJ for community dances in the Dutchess County area. Formerly at Howland Cultural Center, we are now presenting our second dance at The Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon and are looking to expand to other venues as well.

We mainly feature derivatives of many African and Latin genres from the ‘60s to present. These include R&B, soul, funk, reggae and many of the gorgeous Latin rhythms. We also add disco, rock and more; always aiming for the music to be moving, exciting and beautiful. People are also invited to join the Town Crier Dance Jam free Meetup group at:

Beacon High School Drama Organization – “Beacon Players”/ Contact: Anthony Scarrone / Website /  The Beacon High School Drama and Theater Arts organization, Beacon Players, brings together students who share a passion for theater and performing arts. The organization promotes theater education, in the performing venue as well as technical theater. Theater education is fostered through major performances, conferences, trips, and student-directed productions that enhance the educational goals of the theater discipline’s courses and productions. Membership is open to all Beacon High School students who share the club’s goal of promoting awareness of theater and performing arts on campus and throughout the community.

Frank Billingley / Contact/Actor, musician, composer and writer.  Credits include “The Singing Cowboy” in the World Premier of THE GELDINGS at Schoolhouse Theatre (Croton Falls, NY); also at Schoolhouse Theatre: “Bobbie” and “Les Rolling” in the radio and stage productions of THE ROLLING BROTHERS; “Harry” in SAFE HOUSE.  Frank is in the process of finishing his most recent book project ACTOR MASTER SHOWMEN, slated for musical and screen adaptation. Previous: GEORGE TURNERS GHOST, a fictional/historic ghost story.
Dr. Lucky / Website / Performance Artist
Kelly Ellenwood / Website / Contact / Soprano and award-winning actor Kelly Ellenwood has performed principal roles on and off Broadway, on stages in every state across the US, and on film & television.
 Connie Hall / Avant Garde Restaurant (website) / Theater artist and administrator
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi / Website / Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi believes in the power of the spoken word to enlighten, educate and delight all who listen! For 23 years, she has shared the gift of story through performance, workshops, writing and story event production. A versatile performer and emcee, her original stories of wit, wonder and wisdom captivate audiences of all ages whether she is standing in the classroom or on a concert stage.
Lorraine is also co-founder with Karen Pillsworth of Tall Tale/Short Story Productions which produces “TELLABRATION! An Evening of Stories for Grown-Ups.”  Her book Wisdom in the Telling Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold was the winner of the 2008 Storytelling World Resource Award for Special Storytelling Resources.
Angus Hepburn / OffTheCuff-NYActor / Director / Artistic Director / Theatre: mainstage, cafe / Contact
Stephanie Hepburn / Bricktown Theatre Company / Contact

Jessica Jelliffe / Contact / BHouse is an artist residency program based here in Beacon that brings together two of New York’s most exciting artistic hubs – Beacon and Brooklyn – in an attempt to cross-pollinate both artistic communities through dialogue, exchange, education, collaboration and performance.

Nada Khodlova / Website / Nada is a Dance/Movement Therapist and Ritual Dance Facilitator.  Traditional Balkan, Greek, Rom, Armenian, Near Eastern and modern sacred circle dances. Throughout all ages and cultures, traditional circle dances were used to honor the divine, to heal, to affirm connection to the earth and each other, to build community and celebrate rites of passages and life transitions. The danced patterns illuminate the web of these connections. It is where personal and universal healing can occur. The dances are joyful, meditative, mournful, full of beauty, longing, life and celebration!

Karen Michel /Website / Karen works primarily in sound, making a living as a broadcast journalist covering culture/the arts for NPR and doing what she calls “performance documentaries” that combine sound, text, and image–my photographs, ephemera, objects gleaned primarily from dollar stores and souvenir shops.

Susan Osberg / Website / Susan Osberg is an interdisciplinary artist — writing, dancer/choreographer, films. She is the director of Workwith Dancers Company
Peter Smith / Facebook / Stand-up comedian, founderof Lesser Stage Productions, which is devoted to staging variety entertainment (comedy, music, dance, spoken word) throughout the Hudson Valley.

Kate Stryker / Website