Welcome to Art House’s 2018-2019 Season Overview. For the first time in Art House’s 17 years, we are announcing an entire season from Fall 2018 until Summer 2019. We couldn’t be more excited about what we have planned for you. From the workshop production of a new musical from Tony-award winning artists, to gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, and classes for adults and children. If you love the arts, you are sure to find something at Art House that will satisfy you. We hope you find many things as we have an incredibly ambitious season that requires your attendance and participation. We at Art House have a vision for the arts in Jersey City, the most diverse city in the country. We are a home to artists to develop and premiere their work, and as a Jersey City cultural center we see ourselves as a single thread within the fabric of our larger community. We are passionate about bridging gaps between communities through the arts and for encouraging and supporting artists who seek to make work that responds to and is in conversation with the political and cultural moment. We hope you’ll join us this season and contribute your time, energy, and passion to realizing our vision for what the arts can achieve here.
-The Art House Staff and Board of Trustees


Improv Classes for Adults
Tuesdays: September 25th - October 30th (6 weeks)
7pm - 9pm

Improv at Art House is geared towards the absolute beginner. The focus of this class will be on getting out of our own head, being present in the moment, and letting go of self judgement while playing short form improv games. You’ll be back to your child-like self again in no time.

Visual Arts Classes

AHP will now offer classes in Painting, Drawing and Photography instructed by Joe Velez. Students will have the opportunity to advance from Intro to Advanced classes, and be given the option of taking specialized courses such as Self Portraiture or Drawing the Human Form. These classes are for students aged 16 to adult. (Children's classes are also available upon request)

Figure Drawing 101
Mondays: October 1st - October 22nd (4 weeks)|
6pm- 8pm
Photography 101
Tuesdays: October 2nd - October 23rd (4 weeks)
6pm - 8pm
Self Portrait Oil Painting Class
Saturdays: October 6th - October 27th (4 weeks)
2pm - 4pm

2 classes - 425
3 classes - 525

Private Coaching
Singing, Piano, Acting

Ongoing throughout the year for adults and children. Contact the theater at 201-918-6019 for more info or email info@arthouseproductions.org with subject line: COACHING
Rate: $50/hour

SPRING 2019:

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Musical
AGES 8-16
Auditions/Rehearsals start Feb 4th

Performances April 18th and 19th
Rehearsals: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 4pm - 6pm

Tuition: $650/student. Discounts for returning students. Scholarships available
We are thrilled to reintroduce musicals to the STAGES Program! This spring 2019, students between the ages of 8 and 16 will have the opportunity to audition and perform in the Tony-Award Winning musical based on the classic comic series, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! All students who audition will be cast in the production, and students who are interested in design, directing, choreography, and stage management will also have the opportunity to take leadership roles if they are interested! Full and partial scholarships are available!


2018-2019 MAINSTAGE:

by Allison Gregory
Directed by Adin Walker

Dec 6 - Dec 16, Thurs - Sun

An exhausted working mother escapes for just one night to the sanctuary of the theatre - except the play is one she desperately doesn't want to watch. As the show goes on, she finds herself drawn from her reality into Medea's, even as she draws the audience into her own raw and surprising personal history. Myth and magic meet searing truths about parenting, love, and desire in this story that begins as Medea - and ends as something else entirely.

Created and Directed by Reid Farrington
Performed by Laura K. Nicoll

Performances will be between February 18 and March 4th

Using a single live performer and multiple projection surfaces, THE PASSION PROJECT is a 30 minute vibration between performance, film, and installation. Carl Th.Dreyer’s 1928 immortal masterpiece, “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is the main narrative along with the history behind the making of the film, a discussion with a Danish archivist, the story of making this project, as well as Joan’s own story –– her trial, torture, and execution. THE PASSION PROJECT explodes the film into the three dimensions; placing the audience inside the film, sitting next to Joan, subjecting them to the relentless rhythm of 35 mm film projection. There will also be a screening of the source material, talkbacks about the process of making this and other new media performances and the artists will share other new projects that are in-progress.


New this season Art House is thrilled to welcome individual artists and their collaborators to take over our space! This year our Artist-in-Residence series spans dance, performance art, theater, and media installation. Artists receive free rehearsal and performance space and are encouraged to make Art House their artistic home during their residency.

Artist-in-Residence I: Raven Taisce White and her company, BIRDHOUSE
present HOT WINTER

Performances Sep 21 and 22 at 8pm, Sep 23 at 5pm

Raven Taisce White is a trans woman from South Carolina. She has found art as her way of taking power from her experiences while helping others see humanity in a new light. She graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a degree in visual art and choreography, before moving to Berlin for a three month study in improvisational practices. In 2018, Raven founded BIRDHOUSE, a New York City based artist collective.

HOT WINTER follows five humans as they struggle to understand one another, unifying in difference and falling apart in sameness. The performers occupy a world between the real and unreal, moving through confusion, violence, and shifting gravities to find communication through touch and mutually decided blindness. HOT WINTER is a surrealistic look at the performers’ collective universe, each of their own worlds vibrating alone within it.

Artist-in-Residence II: Emily Kitchens
presents LOVE

February 8, 9, and 10

written and performed by Laura Gragtmans and Vichet Chum (2018 recipient of the Princess Grace 2018 Playwriting Fellowship Award)
directed by Emily Kitchens
designed by Aaron Johnson

Emily Kitchens is an actor, theatre-maker, writer, and teacher originally from Leesburg, GA and now based in New York City. She has acted in classic to contemporary works at vital American theaters including The American Conservatory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and California Shakespeare Theater. She is a founding member of Hunger and Thirst Theatre, as well as a founding core member of The Group Lab, a tribe of artists in New York City. She is also a frequent collaborator with Amios, a downtown theatre group in NYC. She performed her original play, Raft, at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She received her MFA from American Conservatory Theater and her BFA from University of Evansville.

In LOVE we follow Lilly and Billy as they move through a full New York City day. They will gloriously fumble, stumble and make a mess in their pursuits of love. Part storytelling event, part theatrical narrative - LOVE earnestly makes a case for connectivity. LOVE was presented as part of the Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theatre by guest curator Second Generation Productions.

Artist-in-Residence III: Ogemdi Ude
A new duet each night. Watch what happens.

February 14, 15, and 16, 2019

Ogemdi Ude is a Harlem based Nigerian-American choreographer, director, community organizer, and performer. Her work is interdisciplinary, intertwining movement, sound, and visual art to investigate themes of blackness, culture, and memory. Her practice is grounded in her academic work in Afrofuturism and black performance theory. This extends to exploring performance as a liberatory and healing practice for black communities. She has worked and trained in Berlin, Vienna, and Melbourne and with choreographers including Maria Scaroni, Thomas DeFrantz, Melanie Lane, and Prue Lang and directors Lear deBessonet and Laurie Woolery. Her most recent work includes: Hiatus, commissioned by Elizabeth Streb’s SLAM Emerging Artist Commissioning Program and pace, commissioned by Princeton University. She also serves as Community Coordinator for the Public Works initiative at the Public Theater.


This season, we will welcome two theater companies without a home-base of their own to tech and premiere an original play as part of our NOMAD Theater Program!  Companies receive free rehearsal and performance space and are encouraged to make Art House their artistic home during their residency.

NOMAD I: Third Space
Caveman Play by Savannah Reich
directed by Alex Tobey
Performances between January 10th -13th

Third Space creates performances that react to the world at large by developing new works or re-imaginings. Founded in 2014 by Carnegie Mellon graduates, Third Space aims to investigate discomfort in all our work, inviting our audiences to celebrate our differences and question our assumptions. Third Space has produced Kragtar: An American Monster Musical at the West End Theater, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at The New Ohio, Fireface at The Brick, Good Girl Gone Bad at HERE Arts; workshopped several new works; hosted a festival of new works, Third Space @ Threes; held readings of several new plays; established a new play series, Pizza Party Plays; and produced over 30 episodes of the award-winning Blank My Life. Third Space has previously received residencies at The Brick, HERE Arts, Abrons Arts Center, Title:Point, NTSA, Theater Now New York, and The New Ohio.

NOMAD II: Jersey City-based Theater Company
Performances between March 15 - 17

Applications will open in the Fall of 2018 for Jersey City-based theater companies who do not have a performance space of their own to premiere a new work. Stay tuned for our call for submissions!


A celebration of the arts in Jersey City!

September 7th, 2018
December 7th, 2018
March 1st, 2019
June 7th, 2019 - ACCESS JC FRIDAYS

Art House presents JC Fridays, a free arts festival with events throughout Jersey City! JC ​Fridays is held four times a year at the start of every season. For more information about how to participate or see the fest, go to www.jcfridays.com

Diwali Festival
In partnership with Surati for Performing Arts and Education

Oct 24th - 27th, 2018

Surati for Performing Arts and Education in partnership with Art House Productions is thrilled to present Diwali: The Festival of Lights, also known as Deepavali, and share it with the communities of Jersey City and beyond by spreading the message of light, love, positivity, brotherhood, and discipline. Originated in India as a more traditional festival, today it is celebrated around the world signifying the victory of good over evil, enlightenment over ignorance and light over darkness.

There will be a weeklong series of performances of Surati's original musical "Ramaavan" - the story of Prince Ram and King Ravan based on the epic tale The Ramayana (directed by Surati founder-artistic director Rimli Roy), an all day outdoor Diwali festival bazaar / mela followed by an indoor afterparty of drinks, Diwali dinner, DJ and dancing.

YOUR MOVE Modern Dance Festival
Jersey City’s modern dance festival returns this fall to the Landmark Loew’s Theater

November 2 at 8pm
November 4 at 2pm & 5pm

Your Move is New Jersey's jete award-winning annual modern dance festival, designed to support inventive choreographers from New Jersey, New York, and beyond. We have presented over 160 companies spanning from 12 states and three continents. Now in its 9th season, Your Move is co-presented by Art House Productions and Friends of the Loew's and co-produced by Morgan Hille Refakis and Christie Freeman. Performances for 2018 are November 2nd at 8pm and November 4th at 2pm and 5pm at The Landmark Loew's Theater.

Jersey City New Play Festival
May 9th - 12th

This inaugural four-day marathon festival of new play readings is the culmination of our year-long INKubator program in which a group of writers meet throughout the year to develop their newest plays. Audiences who attend the festival will also have the opportunity to participate in conversations with the writers, directors, and actors following each performance.

The festival will also feature a staged reading of Herculine and Lola, a new play by Dipika Guha and directed by Art House artistic associate, Adin Walker.

6BCF - 6th Borough Comedy Festival
June 2019

Art House Productions is proud to announce the 2nd annual 6th Borough Comedy Fest (6BCF). 6BCF will be held in Downtown Jersey City with over 70 performers, both local and national. The fest will feature Stand Up, Sketch, Improv, Comedy Podcasts and more. Art House Productions has long awarded adventurous and diverse performing artists with a stage to expose audiences to their ambitious and challenging projects. Like the theater, 6BCF puts a premium on diversity and inclusion in comedy.

Access JC Fridays
June 7th 2019

Art House Productions’ JC Fridays will be focusing on accessibility in the arts! ACCESS JC FRIDAYS will showcase a variety of happenings including visual exhibitions, live music, performance acts and educational demonstrations, all showing work from artists with disabilities or offering accessible participation options. All events are free and open to the public.



The Art House Gallery presents work by local, regional, national and international artists and curators. The visual arts program at Art House hosts a variety of initiatives that engage, celebrate and serve our community and reach beyond our borders to offer unique opportunities for engagement in vibrant and expansive conversations about contemporary art. Gallery is open during the week 10 am - 5pm and Sundays from 12pm - 3pm

Photographic Mural at Harborside JC
Opens Fall of 2018 at Harborside in Jersey City at Exchange Place

Art House curates a mural of the Pulaski Skyway for Mack-Cali , one of the largest commercial developers on the East Coast, by Jersey City artist, Joe Velez. Large scale format adorning two 110' panel causeways leading into the ferry. These pieces will stop visitors in their tracks.

Jersey City Art And Studio Tour (JCAST)
October 1st -  November 11th

Jersey City’s biggest visual arts event of the year and Art House’s largest visual art exhibition to date!  Artists from all over Jersey City and beyond will take over the Art House space in this multi-faceted show! Art House’s Gallery Curator, Andrea McKenna, will exhibit her own work in the adjacent room. Tour dates are 10/5 to 10/7.

Affordable Art Show
November 18th - December 30th

For the holidays there’s no better gift than a gift made by an artist!  Art House’s inaugural Affordable Art Show will exhibit works costing $500 of less.  Shop while enjoying holiday music and treats!

ANTI- Valentine Show with The Raven Gallery
February 2019

The Raven Gallery and Boutique is back and taking over the gallery with their favorite event, The ANTI-Valentine show!  You won’t want to miss this!! Reception dates TBA.

Serena Bocchino Solo Exhibition
March 2019

Internationally recognized artist, Serena Bocchino will be exhibiting her paintings, sculpture and famed mobiles right here at Art House!  Reception dates TBA

ESKFF RESIDENCY at the Art House Gallery
April 2019

ESKFF (The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit contemporary art and education residency program for artists and students from regional, national and international locations. ESKFF annually awards over 50 artists three-month studio residencies, stipends for material, and exposure through Professional Career Enhancement. The ESKFF residency at Art House will feature the work of past residents.

May - June 2019

Join us at the Art House Productions Gallery for its annual Access exhibition. Artists exhibit poignant work that express their truth about how their art is affected by having a disability.


Saturday, January 26th, 2019

The Art House Productions Snow Ball Gala Committee and SILVERMAN proudly present the 13th Annual SNOWBALL on SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th, 2019. SNOWBALL is a creative black tie gala to benefit Art House's arts programming and features live music, light fare, open bar, silent and live auctions, and a festive, arts-friendly crowd! VIP tickets include a champagne reception with Snow Ball honorees, first look at our silent auction, and an exclusive performance.

August 2019

A glamorous, summer party raising necessary funds for Art House's Youth Theater Education programs. Celebrate with friends and supporters on the gorgeous Charles & Co rooftop with breathtaking, panoramic views of the skyline.


We hope you will consider joining Art House  in our mission to sustain the arts in Jersey City by becoming a sponsor of one of our programs. Your financial contributions keep our lights on, our staff paid, and our doors open for the myriad artists and audiences who will participate in the unique conversations that the performing and visual arts inspire and facilitate. As a sponsor, you’ll receive open invitations to gain an inside-look at the processes for rehearsing and building our mainstage productions. There will also be opportunities to meet our Artists-in-residence and learn more about them, their work, and how you can continue to follow their project’s ongoing journeys. To inquire about our sponsorship programs, please write to Meredith Burns meredith@arthouseproductions.org.