Reading Theater Project and JCWK Dance Lab Collaboration: In Nature’s Studio

Two performance companies work together to present new work outdoors.

The Reading Theater Project and JCWK Dance Lab have announced the 2023 In Nature’s Studio, an outdoor performance event at the Reading Public Museum Arboretum, 500 Museum Road, Reading, Pennsylvania.

The performance will take place Sunday, July 23, 2023, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, and is free to attend, thanks to grant and sponsorship support from the Reading Musical Foundation and Visions Federal Credit Union. More information can be found at:

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The park already has a wheelchair accessible path with a route that takes about 10-15 minutes to walk. The audience, rather than sitting and watching, walks and stops to see the micro performances stationed along the path, with each performance lasting about five minutes.

All performances use pieces of art and exhibits from the Reading Public Museum as inspiration and are appropriate for all audiences. The audience can choose to wander on their own or follow a guided path (which ensures they will see all performances).

“In Nature’s Studio flips performance on its head, stationing the performers outside while the audience moves from piece to piece. It’s a moving performance and welcoming to all,” says Vicki Haller Graff, artistic Diretor of the Reading Theater Project. “We’ve had an audience of all ages, and even dogs, deer, and geese!”

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Performing arts are the focus (theater, music, dance, and large-scale puppetry), though visual arts will also be a part of the overall spectacle with Plein Air (outdoor) painters affiliated with Art Plus Gallery in West Reading situated throughout the park.

The Reading Theater Project is a locally-focused, professional theater company, based in Greater Reading/Berks County, PA. We value collaboration and creative challenges and believe theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human condition.

JCWK Dance Lab combines education/ outreach, physical dance practice, and performance to investigate the ways that dance can be a vehicle for non-violent, positive social change. JCWK Dance Lab works to create Joy, Connection, and Wellness through Kinesthetic stories in Berks County and the surrounding communities.

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