Oct 13


Cordis is a contemporary and progressive chamber music group originally from Boston. This group distinguishes their performance by delivering their music via a fusion of traditional, custom-made, and ethnic musical instruments. Their signature sound is their brilliant achievement of expanding the boundaries of classical chamber music.

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Oct 22

Salam Neighbor

Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees.This event includes a screening of the film as well as a panel discussion with director Zach Ingrasci.

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Oct 25

Side Effects

Side Effects is a solo performance by Michael Milligan. As his physician father slips towards senility, Dr. William MacQueen strives to live up to the standards he has inherited. William must choose between the roles of doctor, husband, father, and son.

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Welcome to Castleton Arts!

Community. Engagement. Transformation.

These three words summarize the ongoing efforts of Castleton University’s arts programs as we continue to expand our offerings, diversify our audiences, and invite conversation from the rich tapestry of our community. Through the production of plays, musicals, concerts, and exhibitions by our three outstanding academic departments, the presentation of some of the world’s finest artists and speakers through Castleton’s renowned Soundings general education program, and our collaboration with outside partners such as Rutland’s Paramount Theatre, we are in the process of creating something very special in our corner of New England.

Indeed, the arts are thriving in Spartan Nation. Academically, our departments of Art, Music, and Theater Arts continue to educate and train artists, arts leaders, and educators of tomorrow with recent graduates securing positions in schools throughout the region and undertaking professional careers in epicenters of arts & culture such as New York City, Boston, and as far afield as Colorado and California. Additionally, this summer we launched a Master’s degree program in arts administration, unique in its approach of offering students the opportunity to complete an entire graduate degree in one calendar year while spending time on the Castleton campus, taking online coursework, and affecting meaningful change in significant arts organizations through an executive internship. Again, our students are making their marks far and wide—from Arizona to the Carolinas to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

As we grow, we are reminded constantly of our obligations to our community—that is, that the arts are virtually useless unless the experience of them is shared. To this end, we are proud to offer a diverse lineup of events this year that will thrill, challenge, and cause our audiences to consider not only the role of the arts in our society, but also the role of the society itself. As our region grapples with how (and whether) to accommodate the resettlement of refugee families in our communities, Castleton Arts will present a number of arts events designed to encourage education, conversation, and compassion in our approach to these issues. Our ongoing and unparalleled collaboration with the Paramount Theatre, Project 240: Celebrating the American Experience, offers opportunities to engage fully with the important election of 2016 while elevating the public discourse around American politics. Simply put, we believe in the power of the arts to bring people together, to stimulate our senses and minds, and to encourage positive social and personal transformation.

Perhaps the only aspect of our arts programming more remarkable than the performances and exhibitions themselves is their affordability. Tickets that would cost upwards of $75 in other area venues will only set our patrons back $18 at the maximum, and most of our event admissions are even less. Moreover, you can purchase season tickets—these get you admission to over $450 of events for only $109 for adults and $89 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors. Stop by the Castleton Box Office in the Fine Arts Center, online 24/7, or call (802) 468-1119 to reserve your season tickets now!

I hope you will join us on this journey and support the arts at Castleton. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at to share your thoughts and responses. We look forward to seeing you—now on with the show!

Richard Cowden
Director of the Arts

Upcoming at the Casella

Oct 22

Salam Neighbor

Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Directors Chris and Zach were the first filmmakers allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp in order to immerse themselves and the viewers into the life of a Syrian refugee. This important and timely event will include a screening of the film as well as a presentation and talk-back with director Zach Ingrasci.

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Nov 10

Hand to God by Robert Askins

Hand to God is presented by the Castleton University Department of Theater Arts. After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own.

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Oct 25

Side Effects: A one-man show presented by Mike Milligan

As his physician father slips towards senility, Dr. William MacQueen strives to live up to the standards he has inherited. The frustration of forms, complicated…