About OHAC

The Mission of One Healing Arts Company is to produce theatrical work that opens hearts and minds; to create a nurturing environment for artists; to promote wellness and healing of mind and body; and to elevate collective consciousness.

Board Members

Laine Armstrong, President
Jim Bell
Apryl Gastry
Kate King
Krissy Shields

Nick Demos, Executive Director
Lisa Benner, Wellness Manager

One Healing Arts is a home base that nurtures artists. Spiritually grounded and inspirational, it offers artists much-needed services at much-reduced prices. Spearheaded by visionary Nick Demos, it blends spirituality with commerce, providing there is a place for spirituality in the market.

Julia Cameron, Best Selling Author of "The Artist’s Way"



Farm to Stage

NEW DATE ! RESCHEDULED DUE TO STORM JUNO. A benefit concert of the songs from composer/lyricist teams from our 2014 summer retreats on Doolite Farm. The writers will give a first hand account of their work on the farm and the material will be performed by some of Broadway’s best singers on the Laurie Beechman stage.
Featuring the songs of: and Kim D. Sherman and Darrah Cloud, and Andy Monroe and Tom Stuart
Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm
The Laurie Beechman Theater
$25, (plus $20 food and drink minimum)

For Tickets

Read about our Farm to Stage writers
Darrah Cloud’s latest full-length play, OUR SUBURB, premiered at Theater J in Washinton, DC in December 2013. Her play for teens, JOAN THE GIRL OF ARC, premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in January then toured. Other plays produced in Europe and across the U.S. include WHAT’S BUGGING GREG?, THE STICK WIFE, DREAM HOUSE, BRAILLE GARDEN and THE SIRENS. her musicals, written with composer Kim D. Sherman, include MAKEOVER, HEARTLAND, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, HONOR SONG FOR CRAZY HORSE and the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s O PIONEERS!, which was filmed by PBS. She has won numerous awards including the Macy’s Prize for Theatre for Young Audiences, an NEA and a Rockefeller. She has had over 10 movies-of the-week produced on CBS and NBC, is a proud alum of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the New Dramatists, and is the co-chair of Half Moon Writers, the development wing of the Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America in Hudson Valley.

Andy Monroe wrote the music, lyrics, and book for DRIVE (2014 Jerry Bock Award winner) as well as music for THE KID, produced at The New Group, 2010 (2010 Outer Critics Circle Award winner, 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award winner). He co- wrote a song for Rosie O’Donnell’s 2010 HBO documentary, A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY. He also wrote the score for THE TRAGIC AND HORRIBLE LIFE OF THE SINGING NUN (2006 New York Musical Theater Festival). He was the recipient of the 2001 BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Musical Theater and was a 2007-8 Dramatist Guild Fellow.
Kim D. Sherman is a composer whose music covers the spectrum of genres from musical theater to opera. Her musicals with Darrah Cloud include O PIONEERS!, HONOR SONG FOR CRAZY HORSE, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, HEARTLAND and their current work-in-progress MAKEOVER. Her incidental music has been heard on Broadway (I HATE HAMLET) and in regional theaters throughout the United States. Awards include the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, a NYFA Fellowship, a NAMT Development Award, and annual ASCAP awards. She has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and was awarded a Rhinebeck Writers Residency in 2011. In 2013 she spent a month at The Banff Centre as part of the Musicians-In-Residence program. Ms. Sherman received a Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University, and studied composition with Thea Musgrave. She is a volunteer composer and mentor for The 52nd Street Project.
Tom Stuart is a lyricist and book-writer in NYC. His mix-tape musical KIDS IN AMERICA premiered at the Triad Theatre in NYC in 2002 and went on to be produced regionally under the title I WANT MY '80S MUSICAL. His first original musical, HEARTLAND, was developed by the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and saw a workshop production at the University of Oklahoma. Other works include THE SASQUATCH OF PROSPECT PARK with composer Ben Green, RAINBOW AROUND THE SUN (NYMF 2009) with Matthew Alvin Brown, PORTION CONTROL AND OTHER FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS with Stuart McMeans, and the upcoming BLIND LOVE written with Andy Monroe. Tom is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writers Workshop and the Dramatist's Guild, and his songs have been performed at the Triad Theatre,The Laurie Beechman, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre.
Peter Yarin is a composer, pianist, and teacher working and residing in New York City; he can often be found bridging classical and improvisational styles. Original music: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE- book and lyrics Craig Fols; Scores for the musicals THE MASKED ZINFANDEL- lyrics Justin Warner, feature in ASCAP workshop 2008, SEMPO (Tokyo's New National Theater). Original music featured in HBO's Boardwalk Empire and the upcoming film SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY (dir. Peter Bogdanovich).
Recent Performances: With Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Town Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Midsummer Night's Swing, 92nd St Y. Accompanied Garrison Keillor, Michael Feinstein, Christine Andreas, Marilyn Maye, Tom Wopat, Leon Redbone...Co-Music director, 92nd St Y Lyrics & Lyricists with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Recording: Grammy-winning CD, "MUSIC FROM BOARDWALK EMPIRE" ; CAROL (dir. by Todd Haynes, 2015), KILL YOUR DARLINGS; MILDRED PIERCE; HUNGRY YEARS, HAMSTERS (short) and others. Recorded with Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Margot Bingham, Regina Spektor, Liza Minelli, others for HBO's Boardwalk Empire.
Craig Fols is an actor (THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, Original Cast), playwright (BUCK SIMPLE in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 1994-95) and director (The American Heartland Theatre’s production of NOBODY LONESOME FOR ME, Lanie Robertson’s new one-man show about Hank Williams). A longtime member of the BMI Librettist’s Workshop, he won the Harrington Award for his work on THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.

First Monday of each month

Manifest Your Artist! A monthly support group to encourage accountability for your artist. Each month has a different focus with self assigned assignments.

My time spent at The Farm with the One Healing Arts Retreat inspired my inner Artist and helped remind me that my Spirit, my work and my uniquely creative essence is uplifted and supported by a community of like minded people.

Chef Shain Fike



Join Executive Director, Nick Demos, for the One Healing Arts Company summer ’15 Yoga Retreat at the Doolittle Farm on Jack’s Lake.

$535 single
$435 double occupancy (limited)
2 daily yoga practices led by Nick
Artist sessions including writing, drama and art activities
Horse back riding
3 veggie/vegan meals a day
Transportation to and from NYC (midtown location)
bon fires, swimming, canoeing and paddle boating in the lake

add ons include:
Life Coaching/Tarot Card Session with Alissa Okrent
Creativity Counseling with Nick
Massage with a local licensed massage therapist

A telephone interview is required for attendance. Email nick@onehealingartscompany.com

Nick Demos has an uncanny way of unleashing ones creative self. Whether through yoga or his well-thought-out exercises, I experienced an artistic reawakening and physical transformation that was nothing short of cathartic.

John Patti, Winged Victory Films


The Writer's Residency at DoLittle Farm with One Healing Arts Company

What: A four to seven day residency at DoLittle farm in Long Valley, NJ (1 hour, 15 min outside of NYC). Transportation to and from NYC is provided. The stay is in an 8 bedroom, 4 bath home on a private lake. Meals are NOT provided. However, there is a grocery store nearby and a full kitchen for the participants use. No more than five participants will be in residence at one time.
Who: Any artist (writing and performing arts) who is 18 years or older is encouraged to apply.
How: Acceptance is through application. There is a $20 submission fee. Please use paypal link or mail a check to: One Healing Arts Company, 406 W. 45th St. #5D, NY, NY 10036 Please write: “Writer’s retreat” in the suject line. Please submit application and materials beginning April 1st, 2015 to submissions@onehealingartscompany.com by June 15th, 2015. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 1st, 2015.

What really impressed me about the One Healing Arts retreat was the combination of freedom and support. I had the freedom to make my own days and write on my own schedule, but I also got the chance to connect with other writers, to brainstorm and just unwind. All that, combined with the gorgeous natural surroundings, made this a remarkably relaxing and productive retreat.

William Johnson, Playwright

Having time away at the One Healing Arts retreat with no distractions and the unwavering ability to concentrate solely on writing was invaluable. Our project progressed by leaps and bounds—far beyond what I ever would have imagined possible—in just a few short and extremely productive days. Furthermore, those few days energized my writing beyond the scope of that particular project. They actually affected a huge change in my outlook as a writer, effectively “jump-starting” my entire writing process..

Andy Monroe-Composer

The great benefit of the One Healing Arts Retreat is the intimacy of the space, and the ability to keep working day and night on our new project if we chose, keeping the conversation going and being able to spend time with each other and our ideas. We could write, listen to what we’d written, talk about it, go for a walk and think about it, return and revise, hear it again. Cook and eat and keep talking about it. That is my idea of heaven.

Darrah Cloud, Playwright and Lyricist