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The Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery is celebrating its grand re-opening with a gala on October 30th! 

Please read our interview with Chris Mays at the Brattleboro Reformer for more about this event!

The event will feature performances from local artists and friends of the Hooker-Dunham. Come for an evening of music, theater, dance, games, poetry, art, and much more!

The doors open at 6:00PM and the performances will begin at 7:00PM. Must bring a mask and proof of vaccination to attend. 

Meet the Artist!

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Assertions is a collection of opinionated wisdom distilled from social media, news cycles, and personal experience. Working in fabric, thread, canvas, cardboard, and electroluminescent wire, Shafer makes statements that range from abstract to aggressive. The works poke fun at both traditional and trendy craft techniques, playing with words and context in an attempt at telling the truth.


Ruth Shafer is a Brattleboro artist and writer. She works primarily in recycled or repurposed materials, using craft and humor to figure out how the world works.


Meet the Performers!

The Baker Street Readers, created by James Gelter and Tony Grobe, regularly performed staged readings of Sherlock Holmes short stories at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery before the pandemic. For the past year and a half, they have turned their project into a successful podcast!

We are excited to welcome them back in person this Saturday with a reading of an original Sherlock Holmes story, written by James Gelter.

To learn more about the Baker Street Readers, visit their website:


Jim Maxwell will be performing "On The Harmfulness of Tobacco," by Anton Chekhov, 1902.

Jim will be teaching an acting class at the the Hooker-Dunham, Introduction to the Meisner Technique. The class begins November 3rd with a free, no obligation introduction to the course. Students who wish to register for the November 3rd introduction can email Registration for the full 6-week course will take place after the first class.

For more information about Jim's acting class, click here. 

Patty Cake. This sultry housewife is always cooking up a good time whether she's reminiscing about her youth or cleaning her home. Excited to make the Hooker Dunham her new home, Patty Cake will be inviting you in, entertaining you, and showing you a good time!


She has been performing burlesque since 2018 and teaching people of all ages, expressions, and abilities the art of empowerment at the Brattleboro School of Dance since the beginning of 2021. 

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GennaRose Nethercott will be performing a reading!

GennaRose will also be leading a Halloween Writing Workshop at the Hooker-Dunham on October 31st! 

GennaRose Nethercott is the author of The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally performing from her works and composing poems-to-order on a manual typewriter with her team, The Traveling Poetry Emporium. She has taught writing workshops from coast to coast, and her first novel and short story collection are forthcoming from Knopf Vintage.

The Harmony Lot has been serenading delighted audiences in the Brattleboro area for almost 4 years. This ragtag group of singers and friends have performed at BMAC for downtown Gallery Walk and the Southern Vermont Young Professionals Gala, at local watering holes for their annual St. Patty’s Day Singing Pub Crawl, at the Orchard School Community Center in Alstead, NH, in The Baker Street Readers’ Christmas special at Hooker-Dunham, at various/random locations around town when the mood strikes, at private parties and events, and can be heard spreading love and music with their Valentine’s Day telegrams. We are so pleased to be performing at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery once again, and hope you enjoy our music as much as we enjoy making it!


Cyndi will share the true story of her childhood encounter with La Llorona, the weeping woman of Hispanic folklore. This story is a preview of the Hooker-Dunham's monthly story nights, which will be starting November 11th. 


Cyndi is a singer, songwriter, poet, musician, actor and activist. She has been performing in the Brattleboro area since moving here in 1997 and was a founding member of Brattleboro based bands SugarHouse and Alafia.


Lately Cyndi has been reconnecting with her storytelling roots. She participated in her first speech competition, The Peach Blossom Festival in Fresno California, as a kindergartner. She went on to compete for her High School and College Forensics teams, ranking in the top 10% of the American Forensics Association from 1985 – 1989. She won first place in Original Poetry at the California Governor’s Cup Invitational tournament in 1985, 1986 and 1987.


Cyndi was featured in the February 2020 Fables show where she shared “Never Say Never”, the true story of how love came to visit and decided to stay. And most recently Cyndi introduced local audiences to a 17th Century Poet & Playwright through her piece “Aphra Behn: A Woman of Ideas” featured in Episode 6 of the award winning “Solos” series, filmed at the Hooker-Dunham Theater.


Cyndi is also an active community volunteer, serving on local boards and committees for nearly two decades. She has produced many successful fundraising events including “Brattleboro Area Women Artists: A Benefit for the Hooker-Dunham Theater” in 1998 and “Heart and Soul: A Benefit for the Brooks House Residents” in 2011.

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