RAP Slam aka Rhythmic African Poetry Slam @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
THE FINAL OBSESSION screening + Dan White, Eric and the Nothing, and Denver Boot @ AS220 Main Stage
May 1 @ 8:00 pm – May 2 @ 1:00 am


THE FINAL OBSESSION is a dream come true for writer, director, cameraman, editor, Adam Theroux. Adam has been a fan of Lifetime movies for decades and thought it was about time to put his own twist on one. THE FINAL OBSESSION is filled with Rhode Island celebrities and characters, including and starring Miss Wensday, Dan White, Alex Platt, Rev Al Mighty, Randy Bush & Justine Leigh (from Math The Band) to name a few.


Dan White (also a lead character in The Final Obsession)

Eric and the Nothing

Denver Boot

Live Bait: Hell @ 95 Empire Black Box
May 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm


Jean-Paul Sartre once famously declared, “Hell is other people.” Come to Live Bait and you can hear their stories, and/or share your own. But beware, because May’s theme is “Hell.”

If you have a true story that in any way, shape or form fits May’s theme, come to Live Bait, put your name in the fishbowl and, when your name is called, tell it. Remember: no notes, no rants, no stand-up routines, and there is a six minute time limit. Of course, all are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen.

Live Bait is hosted by Phil Goldman, with banter, musical accompaniment and monthly theme song by Jerry “The Professor” Gregoire.



10:00pm Friday, May 1st, 2014

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box,

95 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information


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Traditional Irish Music Session @ AS220 Bar & FOO(D)
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hosted by Jimmy and Hannah Devine with Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Teddi Scobi and Friends!

Every Saturday (except for the first Saturday of the month) from 4-7pm at the bar at AS220!

No cover charge!

A full menu of food and beverage will be available, so come in for a pint or make this your regular spot for dinner while enjoying some of the best traditional Irish music around!

Brown/Trinity MFA Romp of Otters Presents ROO’D AWAKENING! @ AS220's Blackbox Theatre
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

It’s spring and there is so much theater to be made! Please join us for a week of new works in progress presented by Romp of Otters (ROO): Brown University’s Graduate Theater Community. Take note of our updated schedule!
All performances take place at 95 Empire.
$3 suggested donation or FREE admission with a Brown or RISD student ID.

SUN 4/26, 5pm
Critical Mess by Kuni Schmertzler, directed by Lucy Van Atta ’16 MFA
The story of two rival Italian restaurant owners

TUE 4/28, 9:45pm (double bill)
New work by Lee Osorio ’16 MFA
HOTFIREPOETICS by Diane Exavier ’17 MFA & Griffin Sharps ’16 MFA
A meditation on love, loss, and longing

WED 4/29, 8pm (double bill)
Low Year by Griffin Sharps ’16 MFA
Bad things happen to bad people who might not want to be bad, but are anyway.
New work by Tim Kopacz ’16 MFA
A shadow puppet performance

THU 4/30, 7pm
New work by Whitney White ’15 MFA

SAT 5/2, 7:30pm
Matchmaker Matchmaker by Elise Hudson ’15 MFA
A woman moves to New York to find the perfect life and perfect love. She finds both, only to realize that love is much more complicated than she expected.

Hayes (album release), Metta P, Night Enders @ AS220 Main Stage
May 2 @ 9:00 pm – May 3 @ 1:00 am
Improv Jones @ AS220 Black Box
May 2 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The best improv comedy you can find.
Saturdays at 10:00.
95 Empire
Downtown Providence Rhode Island.
Tickets available at the door for only $5.00.

Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!
*no class Sunday, May 24

A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business ( he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.


Intermediate Ballet @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.


Documenting Resistance: An Open Forum for Artists, Activists, and Allies
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An open forum for artists, activists, and allies to discuss their methods of, strategies for, and thoughts about documenting resistance. For those interested in sharing their documentation work in this public setting—photographs, art objects, videos, texts—please email by May 1st; submissions will be projected during the event.

“Documenting Resistance” is held in collaboration with Nafis White’s “Photographing the Movement” project at the RISD Museum and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, hosts of the “Changing America” exhibition. This event marks the launching of “Changing America Today,” a digital participatory archive of resistance.

THE EMPIRE REVUE – The Literature Show @ AS220 Main Stage
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 This month the Sparkling Beatniks will zing and zoom their way through the world of literature with their usual onomatopoeiac flair! Join us on this journey that is sure to be as epic as any Homeric work! Led as always by noted man of letters Keith Munslow, along with the always erudite Superchief Trio!

Tickets available in advance for priority seating: !

Special guests this month include:
Tim McIntire!
Joe Conscious!
Marc Boucai!

Check back soon to see what other bookish bedfellows will be coming along for the ride!

Witness a raft of talented local performers the likes of which you have never seen at Providence’s premiere variety show! The Empire Revue brings you sketch comedy, improv, musical interludes, burlesque, magic, and general devilment, on the first Sunday of every month.
Intro the Mac @ AS220 Media Arts
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Saturday, may 4, 11am-1pm

Eliminate those feelings of frustration and anxiety when you sit in front of your computer!
This two-hour class will allow you to better understand Apple’s OS (operating system), making it easier to learn software skills in other workshops offered by AS220 Industries. Get comfortable with the workflow, terminology, and shortcuts that will improve your overall productivity working within design software and on our Macs. We recommend this course to anyone who is interested producing work at AS220 Industries but is unfamiliar with OS X or is new to using computers for design.
This class is typically offered on the first Saturday of each month.
Instructor: Chris Anderson

Location and Parking

AS220 Media Arts is located at the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island on the 2nd floor. The entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way (Martha Street on GPS and computers); ring the bell by the double doors. There is 2 hour metered on-street parking available, bring your quarters. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.

Important Class Policies

Please be as respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn and be as on time as possible. If you arrive more than half an hour late we will not be able to teach you what you signed up for. Please plan ahead, it always takes time to find on-street parking.
To cancel your reservation, you must email at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.


If minimum number is not met in class enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of class payment and first choice to enroll in future classes. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible, thank you for your understanding.

Salsa Fitness w/ Mori Granot @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Salsa Fitness with Mori Granot // Mondays @12-1pm //only $5!

APRIL ONLY: Join us for a FREE trial class!

Salsa Fitness was inspired by the love for salsa music and dance and was created to bring awareness to the history of Latin dance and music. Salsa fitness incorporates Afro-Cuban body movement, basic fundamentals of Salsa NY style footwork and techniques from professional dancers training exercises. The music used in the class is an authentic salsa, Latin cha cha cha, and Afro-Cuban music. Salsa Fitness is for EVERYONE and is a unique fun aerobic low impact exercise. You will not only sweat, but you will work on your balance, core straightening, develop stamina, and burn a lot of calories while dancing and learning new moves you can use on the dance floor.

Mori Granot, originally from Israel, has been dancing Salsa for over 14 years. Starting with Ballet, Jazz,  and Modern, in 2000, Mori continued her dancing journey with Cuban style salsa. She then learned Salsa on1, La Style, which then led her to Salsa on2, NY Style Salsa, where she fell in love. Besides Salsa, Mori also teaches lady styling, body movement, Casino Rueda, Bachata, and Merengue. Mori is currently teaching at different studios throughout Rhode Island and is offering a new fun workout program called “Salsa Fitness”, which is based on the fundamentals of Salsa on2.

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance with Betsy Miller // Mondays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

This is a contemporary release technique with a solid base in ballet. Class begins with a full-bodied warm-up designed to activate the core and connect breath with movement while finding anatomically efficient pathways. Structured improvisations and set exercises explore dynamics, weight shifts, and flow to develop a quick mind and a listening body. Class finishes with a vigorous, high-energy dance phrase.  Students will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and develop as versatile technicians. For intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages.

Stretch & Strength @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 5 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Stretch & Strength with Myah Shein // Tuesdays @ 5:45-6:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes


If you’ve always wanted that “dancer body,” but pink tights aren’t for you, make Stretch & Strength part of your routine.  Using the fundamentals of Pilates, yoga and dance, this class promises a total body workout to build long, lean muscles and increase flexibility.  All fitness levels welcome!  Bring your own mat or use one of ours.

Myah Shein is a dance and theatre artist from Chicago. She has trained in a variety of contemporary dance techniques, as well as maintaining a person practice that includes yoga and Pilates. As a founding artistic ensemble member with Red Tape Theatre, she served as resident choreographer and a performer, and performed in work for independent choreographers around Chicago. Outside of dancing, Myah produced the annual Chicago Fringe Artists Networking Night, served as dramaturg and assistant director for various store front companies, and is a makeup artist who designs for dance and theatre. Myah is the Public Relations and Advertising Manager for Trinity Repertory Company and holds a degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign in International Studies and French and a post-bac degree from the Dance Center of Columbia College in Dance with a focus in Dance Studies.

Open Life Drawing @ AS220
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open Life Drawing – Drop -in 6pm-8:30pm
Bring your own drawing materials, we supply seats and model.

Intro to Digital Photography and the DSLR @ AS220 Media Arts
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Tuesdays, 5, 12, and 19, 6-9pm, Cost: $120

Register online:

The class introduces new photographers to DSLR cameras. Students will learn fundamentals of photography, how to navigate their digital cameras to control exposure through aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and how to take creative photographs with their DSLRs.

The class will start with an overview of how a camera works and an introduction to general digital terms. Students will learn camera functions and basic photography concepts. Most of the class will focus on learning about exposure. Students will first learn about shutter speed and aperture by using S (TV) and A (AV) priority modes, and finally how to combine both through manual mode. In addition,participants will learn about the pros and cons of ISO, how to read and use histograms, white balance, metering modes and lens options.

Instructor: Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Intermediate Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 5 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Danielle Davidson// Tuesdays @ 7:15-8:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Foster or build on your love of movement in this fun and energetic ballet class. This class will introduce a more advanced classical  vocabulary, while allowing dancers to recognize their own individuality and body mobility. Focus will be on coordination, placement and fluidity. At the barre,  we will  warm-up thoroughly and tackle the classical technique with accuracy and precision, while the center floor exercises will focus on simplicity, efficiency and travelling through space. Musicality will be emphasized along with balance, stamina and the strengthening of the body core. This class will develop your technique as well as your means of self-expression!

Danielle Davidson is an independent dance artist, choreographer and educator currently working in Providence, Boston and Montreal. She was trained at  L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec. Her professional career began upon graduation with Le Jeune Ballet, where she had the opportunity to tour Europe and North America, performing in new works by Thierry Malandain/Biarritz, Jean-Grand Maitre/Alberta Ballet and repertory by George Balanchine, Roland Petit, Jean Louis Morin/Martha Graham Company and Brian Macdonald. Danielle has since performed  with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Banff Festival Company, Opera Ontario, AmpleMan Danse, Debra Brown, Productions Fila 13/Lina Cruz, Prometheus Dance Company and Zoé Dance. Danielle is also a freelance choreographer and has been commissioned to create works for  FDanse, SBDC, Endicott College and Brown University’s repertory dance company, to name a few. She is recipient of le 1er Prix du Jury from Le Festival International de Danse Encore. Danielle has been teaching classical ballet and contemporary/post-modern dance since 2002.



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Live Arts Venues

Main Stage:
The AS220 Main Stage hosts over ten events a week and is a 200 capacity performance venue and gallery space. The venue contains 4 powered main speakers, three monitors, in house compression and efx, projection / dvd capabilities, and a 6 foot screen. A full inventory can be viewed here.  While the Main Stage hosts a wide array of artistic programming, it primarily is used as a concert venue. It is located at 115 Empire Street.


Black Box:
The Black Box is an extremely versatile 90 capacity performance theatre. It has a surround sound system, Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and full theatrical lighting. The space focuses on theatrical and dramatic works and encourages users to customize the space to suit the needs of their production. The Black Box is on the first floor of 95 Empire Street.


Dance Studio:
The dance studio hosts regular dance, yoga, and fitness classes and is available for rental for rehearsals and private instruction. The Dimensions of the marley floored room are  28′ X 42′ and it is equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, an easy to operate sound system and sunlight!

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Psychic Readings:
Psychic Readings is an intimate and mysterious multi-purpose room. It has a capacity of 45, but also has an “Annex Room” which moonlights as an art gallery. Psychic Readings is run in conjunction with the AS220 Artists in Residence on the third floor of the Empire Street building.