Free Range Asheville provides a platform for research and discourse where local, national, and international artists can engage and collaborate in performance and laboratory settings with other artists and organizations. The driving force behind our vision is to create access points to culture that cross disciplines, traditions, and genres for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Free Range Asheville is a nimble organization that offers programs in a variety of settings ranging from under-utilized commercial spaces, traditional performance venues, and natural environments throughout the Western North Carolina region.

Free Rangers

Estelle Woodward Arnal – Executive Director
Jeff Arnal – Artistic Director

Estelle Woodward Arnal is the Executive Director of Free Range Asheville, a platform for performance, research and discourse. She also serves as the Senior Manager of Institutional Giving at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where she has been on staff since 2012. Estelle has been working in the field of arts administration for 15 years with a focus on fundraising, program development, booking, and touring. As a consultant she has worked with clients including Big Dance Theater, The Greenwall Foundation, and iLAND Inc. / Jennifer Monson. From 2001-2009 she worked in the Artist Services department at Dance Theater Workshop while also serving as the Artistic Co-Director of Improvised and Otherwise, an annual festival for experimental music and dance in Brooklyn. As a choreographer, her work has been presented at The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Roulette, and the Vision Collaborations Festival among others. Estelle received her BFA in dance from CalArts and a MFA in choreography from Bennington College.  She currently resides in Asheville, NC with her husband, Jeff, and sons, Thomas and Ian.

Jeff Arnal has worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past two decades first as a composer and percussionist, and later as a curator, writer, administrator, and producer. Until 2015 Arnal was a Senior Specialist for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in Philadelphia. Previously, Arnal worked as a consultant with the performance venue National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY and was an active curator of music, dance and multimedia events in the NYC arts community. He was Co-Artistic Director of Improvised and Otherwise, organized performances and sound installations at The Chocolate Factory and served as curator of On The Way Out, a monthly performance series he founded in 2003.

As a composer and percussionist he has performed and collaborated with a wide range of musicians and choreographers throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has received grants and fellowships from ASCAP, Brooklyn Arts Council, Meet the Composer and Art Omi International. His music can be heard on a number of independent record labels including Clean Feed in Portugal and Leo Records in England. Arnal studied percussion at The Peabody Institute, holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Music Composition and Filmmaking from The University of Maryland and MFA in Music from Bennington College. Currently he lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Estelle and their two boys. He works as a consultant for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is the Artistic Director of Free Range Asheville, a platform for performance, research and discourse.


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