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
Angus Hepburn / OffTheCuff-NYActor / Director / Artistic Director / Theatre: mainstage, cafe / Contact
Stephanie Hepburn / Bricktown Theatre Company / Contact

Sarah Beckham Hooff / Website /Sarah Beckham is an active multi-disciplinarian, combining training and experience in environmental science, international community work, and theater performance. Her practice focuses on cultivating subjectivities and improvisation.  To this end, Sarah Beckham team coaches with musician Aaron Latos, helping bands and ensembles of all genres develop better chemistry, more dynamic performances, and better inter-band communication.

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