The Castle Hill Chairs of 2016

The Woody English Distinguished Artist & Writers Chair: BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company, to extensive outdoor pageants which require the participation of many volunteers. Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.

Visiting Performers:

Joshua Krugman is a poet, fiddler, and puppeteer who lives and works in Glover, Vermont with the Bread and Puppet Theater. He has performed in Bread and Puppet's Fire, Captain Boycott, The Underneath the Above Show # 1, and The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to Oscar Lopez Rivera, as well as various Circuses, Pageants, and parades. His poems have appeared in Osiris, The Bitter Oleander, Ostranenie, and Matter.

Joe Therrien studied puppetry in the University of Connecticut's MFA puppetry program.  He has performed with many theaters including the Connecticut Repertory Theater, Great Small works (Brooklyn, NY), Papel Machete (San Juan, Puerto Rico), and Semi-Upright Puppet Theater (Brooklyn, NY).  He has worked and toured with Bread and Puppet Theater for the last 2 years performing in many shows including Birdcatcher in Hell, Fire, Man Says Goodbye to His Mother, Kingstory, President and Chair, and The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: History.

Esteli Kitchen is a musician, puppeteer, performer and aspiring horticulturalist. She has toured with Bread & Puppet Theater extensively over the last 4 years. Her favorite style of circus acts are animal acts and she's still trying to figure out why bass drum hits make everything funnier. 

Thomas Cunningham has worked with Bread and Puppet for 2 1/2 years, playing music, creating puppet shows and leading various workshops. Previously Thomas worked with several short-tempered restaurateurs, and he also used to sell tickets to stand-up comedy shows in Times Square. He is originally from St. Louis, MO. 

Bread and Puppet Theater will be teaching a  workshop Giant Puppet and Circus Workshop on August 23 - 27,  and they will be performing on Friday August 27th at 5pm at Edgewood Farm.

THE president's CHAIR: Mary Beth Meehan

 Mary Beth Meehan is a photojournalist and documentary photographer most recently known for her large-scale portraits of Providence residents installed as billboard-sized banners in that city, entitled Seen/Unseen. Mary Beth has spent twenty years working intimately within her own communities, meeting strangers and telling important stories. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Le Monde. For more, please visit

She will be teaching a workshop:  Photographing Strangers on August 8 - 12 from 9am - 12pm

The ella jackson chair: Sharon Butler

A painter and arts writer, Sharon Butler is widely known as the publisher of the award-winning art blog Two Coats of Paint.  She is affiliated with the MFA programs at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the University of Connecticut and has exhibited her work in numerous NYC galleries and universities. In January 2016, Theodore: Art in Brooklyn, NY, hosted a solo show of her work.

She will be teaching  Artist's Book on July 11 - 17 from 1 - 4pm

Jabari Asim by Rohan Preston

The Leslie Gillette Jackson Chair in Visual Arts and Writing: Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim’s 14 books include a forthcoming book of poetry, Sing It Like A God. His poems have been widely anthologized, as well as published in Painted Bride Quarterly, American Poetry Review and other journals. His awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009. He is an associate professor and director of the MFA program in creative writing at Emerson College.

He will be teaching a workshop The News From Poems on July 11 - 15 from 9am - 12pm.


Anna Poor is a sculptor with deep roots to the Cape. She is a founder and owner of ArtStrand Gallery in Provincetown. She has had numerous one person and group shows and awards, including a mid-career survey in 2010 at Provincetown Art Association and Museum and a Massachusetts Artist fellowship in 2001. This May, Poor is having a solo exhibition at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. She is represented by Taylor/Graham Gallery in New York City and Sladmore Contemporary in London, UK. She has been on the board of Castle Hill since 1988 and currently teaches at Lesley University/College of Art and Design.

She will be teaching two workshops : Wood Working on July 18 - 22 from 9am - 12pm  and Stone Carving on  Aug 1 - 4 from 9am - 12:30pm.

The Mary Lou Friedman Chair: MIchael Kline

From Bakersville, North Carolina, Michael Kline is a full time studio potter, known  for his fluid brushwork and strong traditional wood-fired forms. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee and was artist in residence at the Penland School of Crafts from 1998-2001. He was recently featured in the instructional video, “The Brush & the Wheel” produced by Ceramics Arts Daily.

He will be teaching a workshop The Brush and The Wheel on July 18 - 22 from 9am - 1pm.



The SUmmer Clay Intensive: Charlie & Linda Riggs


They  will be teaching  Flames, Smoke and Color: Naked Raku and Alternative Firing  on July 25 - 29 from 9am - 3pm

The Fall Clay Intensive with rebecca Hutchinson 


She will be teaching Handbuilding Paper Clay: Developing Personal Form on September 12-16 from 9am - 3pm