Brian Sneeden and Thomas Butler started Asheville Vaudeville with a series of shows at the BeBe Theatre in 2009. These shows shone the spotlight on some of the creative performers in Asheville, from musicians, jugglers, acrobats, and magicians to puppeteers, comedians, aerialists, actors, dancers, and yet more. The shows were popular and the performers were able to network and collaborate on pieces that blended different genres of performance.

I truly believe Asheville Vaudeville has been one of the key ingredients in keeping Asheville weird, unique, and refreshingly different from other towns. This is not homogenized pap; it is hand-crafted entertainment from folks with distinct styles of performance, up close and personal. – Jim Julien, from an interview on AshevilleGrit

Right around the time that Brian and Thomas went on to new adventures, some of the folks from Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth and The Runaway Circus were busy building the groundwork for Toy Boat Community Art Space. This performance space is a great fit for this dynamic group of performers and a show that is very much in the spirit of vaudeville shows of the past. Walter Beals resurrected Asheville Vaudeville in the Toy Boat space and passed it on to a board of vaudeville veterans who work to keep it alive and thriving under sometimes difficult situations.

In early 2018, ToyBoat will be forced to close its doors as a brewery expansion takes over its location. The high cost of space rental and lack of accommodations for lower income artists yet again impacts the artistic community of a town known for its quirky creative types.
Asheville Vaudeville will become a touring company until it finds a new home – maybe a new Toy Boat? Maybe something we haven’t yet imagined? Either way, stay posted, and join us as we continue to showcase the wild and weird arts hidden in these beautiful mountains.


12747466_1149641058394250_2682466162357108237_oToy Boat Community Art Space

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Bookings: (484)678-1761

Circus School: (314)795-7232

Rehearsal Space: (828)332-1021

Email – [email protected]

Location – 101 Fairview Road, Asheville NC 28803