In Nature’s Studio brings performing arts outdoors and invites the audience to take a walk through a beautiful nature scape to see new work in a new way.

In Nature’s Studio is presented by the Reading Theater Project in partnership with JCWK Dance Lab and the Reading Public Museum.

Performance locations along the path (letters will be in chalk on the ground near the performance space and times are approximate):

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(A) Reading Theater Project Information Table (not a performance, just information)

Friendly and helpful volunteers can give you a printed program, direct you to the restroom, answer your questions, add you to our email list, and accept your donations here. 

(B) The Medium – Lady Strongman and Andrea Hart

THE MEDIUM (3.5 star rating) Reviews: “This guy, Orion, was pretty good. He definitely saw things and then told me about them.” “I’d call this guy Third Eye Blind if it wasn’t already taken.” “Plz y’all, my son is trying. <3 Orion’s Mom”

Performing at 5:35pm, 5:50pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm.

(C) Centaurus A – JCWK Dance Lab

Centaraus A is inspired by the philosophy that we are made of stardust and the Centaraus A galaxy. It is performed by Cady Monasmith and Woosoon Kim with choreography by Jessica Warchal-King. Music by Stephen Grieco.

Performing at 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:40pm.

(D) Picturing The Occult – Composed by Chris Heslop

This three-movement piece is inspired by the museum’s occult exhibit and exploits the spatial elements of the garden. Listeners are meant to experience the piece within the triangle of the brass trio (Anne Nye, Jeffrey Wohlbach, and Daniel Neuenschwander).

Performing at 5:50pm, 6:05pm, 6:20pm, 6:50pm.

(E) Street Connects – Richard Maldonado

Hip hop & elemental style dance, using the environment to influence the movement. Performance and choreography by Wilmarie Cortes Ortiz, Richard Maldonado, Zakiaf Jai Jones, and Jerriliz Marrero. 

Performing at 5:35pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:35pm.

(F) Undine of the Arboretum – Vicki Haller Graff

There are spirits among us, and this one has something to say. Are you listening?

Performing at 5:50pm, 6:10pm, 6:25pm, 6:40pm.

(G) Getting Familiar with Familiars – Rob Weidman

Using real historic data from the witch trials, a warlock presents an enlightening informational session on familiars.

Performing at 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:20pm, 6:35pm. 

(H) Fomalhaut – JCWK Dance Lab

Fomalhaut takes inspiration from one of the brightest stars in the sky, Fomalhaut. This piece continues exploring the philosophy that we are stardust with music by Stephen Grieco. Performance is by Arielle Ridley; choreography by Jessica Warchal-King. 

Performing at 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm. 

(I) National Parks – Composed by Jill Haley

Jill Haley (oboe/English horn) and Dana Cullen (piano) will be playing Jill’s National Park compositions.

Performing from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. 

(Bonus) Mirror Pond – Adam Richter

You have to walk a little further, but it’s worth it!  An audio walking play written by Adam Richter, performed by Kath Godwin and Vicki Haller Graff. Two swans visit the Arboretum in search of their ancestral home. To listen, visit anytime. 

Additional performers along the path: Erick Goldsmith, Madison “DJ” Fields, Jeanette Fotis, Gunnar Gebhart, Georgiana Hart, Quentin Hart, Beverly Houck, Ollie Houck, Austen Kennedy, Emilee Lawson, Ava O’Brien, Megan Rose, Maive Weidman, Zoe Weidman


Directors: Joel Richard Gori and Jessica C. Warchal-King
Production Support: Brad Gale, Noah Heslop, Kayla Laucks, Stacy Laucks,
Musician Coordinator: Chris Heslop
Image Design: Nadia and Andrea Pochan


  • Joel Richard Gori, Founder
  • Vicki Haller Graff, Artistic Director
  • Chris Heslop, Music Director
  • Adam Richter, Literary Manager
  • Sean Sassaman


  • Jennifer Reimer, President
  • Katie Hannon, Secretary
  • Sara Smith, Treasurer
  • Suzanne Cody
  • Bradley Gale
  • Amy Heichel
  • Tracy Schott-Wagner


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