Harrisville is a picturesque New England town centered around a uniquely preserved and historic 19th century mill. The village, located in the Monadnock region of Southern New Hampshire, includes 10 lakes and ponds, a restored brick and granite mill, hiking trails galore and a quintessential New England general store, library and church. Harrisville is known for its vibrant art scene, as many of its residents are local artists and artisans.
The historic schoolhouse, built in 1857, is a 4000 square foot space flooded with natural light and artistic energy. The space has been home to many different artistic and educational ventures over the years.
Harrisville and the schoolhouse serve as the ideal setting for artists to create. Artists are gifted the precious resource of time to imagine, dream and generate in one of the most beautiful settings in the country. They then have the opportunity to share the fruits of their labor with a village of creative and supportive people.
HATCH at the Schoolhouse was founded by a team of Philadelphia artists who believe in providing opportunities for female and non-binary Philadelphia theatre makers. Studies about unconscious bias have shown that women tend to be evaluated on their experience, whereas men tend to be evaluated based on their potential. HATCH seeks to reverse this trend by providing female and trans artists with the opportunity to take risks and experiment.
HATCH serves the women and non-binary theatre artists of Philadelphia. HATCH values the essential contributions of this community and provides a necessary chance for artists to develop new work without the stress of losing valuable income. In essence, the residency is a love letter to the Philadelphia community.