The Rural Academy Theater

The Rural Academy Theater is a collaboration of individuals, two-legged & four, creating theater for primarily rural audiences in response to the growing urbanization of our culture, economy, food, education, media & art.

Their annual horse-pulled tour brings performers, musicians, sculptors & dancers to town greens, college campuses, theaters, riverbanks & farms via horse pulled wagon & bicycle power. They perform evenings of original theater under the stars or clouds using their wagon as their stage followed by a healthy dose of classic silent cinema accompanied by the Rural Academy Orkestar. 

The rest of the year they create theater, installation art, concerts, dances, feasts & all sorts of other gatherings that bring communities together to celebrate & ponder what it means to be alive together in this place, at this time.  




They have collaborated/ worked with:

Bread and Puppet Theater - Vermont

Friche Theatre Urbain – Paris

Teatro Indigena de la Sierra Tarahumara – Chihuahua, Mexico

Sun Son Theater – Taipei

Westbury-on-Severn Players – Gloustershire, UK

The Royal Forest of Dean Theatre – Bristol, UK

Great Small Works – New York City

Redwing Blackbird Theater – Rosendale, NY

Theadora Skipitares, La MaMa Theater – New York City

Superior Concept Monsters – Rokeby, NY

Paper Moon Theater – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Puppet Underground – Washington D.C.

All the Saints Theater – Richmond, VA

The Royal Frog Ballet – Amherst, MA 



The Rural Academy Theater has collaborated with the Pender Arts Council to bring theater workshops to schools throughout Pender County. They have conducted workshops at Heide Trask, Pender High School & Topsail High School. They also facilitate workshops with communities en route.