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On select Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., bring a lunch to Bratton Theater and get an inside look at our upcoming productions and the craft of theater-making in our popular series of freewheeling demonstrations and discussions with artists.

June 28 & July 2 Adaptation and Identity in Octoroon: Adapting an old play in a new way (Note: July 2 is a Monday.)

July 12 The Profundity of Air Guitar: Making meaning and connection out of nothing

July 26 The Art of Dissent: A roundtable on the role of artists in protest

August 2 Fresh Ink: Two Brand New Plays in Conversation

August 9 TBD


Artistic Director: Andrew Borba
Managing Director: Sarah Clare Corporandy

Senior Staff

Company Manager: Christine McKay
Production Manager: Daniel Thompson 
Marketing and Communications Director: Jessica Kahkoska   
Production Stage Manager: Jenn Rae Moore

Conservatory Actors

Lavour Addison, Jennifer Apple, Emily Daly, Patrick Foley, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Will Harrison, Moses Ingram, Kelsey Jenison, Jules Latimer, Maggie Mason, Adrianna Mitchell, Isabel Pask, Micah Peoples, Siddiq Saunderson  

Guest Artists

Barzin Akhaven,Stori Ayers, Jed Diamond, Craig Divino, Carol Halstead, Andy Lucien, Nafeesa Monroe, John Seidman, Keith Randolph Smith

Artistic Staff

Artistic Associate: Sarah Wansley 
Directors: Vivienne Benesch, Andrew Borba, Steve H. Broadnax III, Katherin McGerr, Dawn Monique Williams
NPW Playwrights: Noah Haidle, Robert Schenkkan  
Designers: Scott Bolman, Andrea Bechert, Tom Buderwitz, Angela Calin, Michael Carnahan, Curtis Craig, Alan Edwards, Courtney Flores, Elisheba Ittoop, Katherine Freer, Rob Kaplowitz, Richard St. Claire, Masha Tsmiring

Conservatory Directing & Design Fellows: Amelia Bransky, Alexandra Miller-Long, Jordan Tani, Mari Taylor, Adin Walker  
Faculty: Andrew Borba, Chris Corporandy, Nathan Crocker, Marcia DeBonis, Jed Diamond, Joy Dickinson, Erica Jenson, Gary Logan, Budi Miller, Tom Schall, Ashley Teague 
Artistic Intern: Kara Post


Business/Office Manager: Sara Billeaux
Assistant Company Manager: Robert DiGiovanni
Marketing and Communications Associate: Sarah Haley

Media and Design Associate:Jeff Meyer

Marketing Intern: Sara BenBella  
Company Management Intern: Mia Rosenfeld 

Stage Management

Stage Managers: Bonnie Brady, Jenny Kennedy
Assistant Stage Managers: Lauren Contard, Kaitlin Marsh  
Stage Management Intern: Jorge Rodriguez 


Associate Production Manager: Liv Scott 
Production Management Intern: Aidan McBreen 


Technical Director: Jonathan Bull
Master Carpenter: Michael Granier 
Scenic Carpenters: Matthew Lang, Meredith Wilcox 
Carpenter/Scenic Intern: Sonya Theil 
Scenic Charge: Erin Weglietner
Assistant Scenic Charge: Maddy Ashton


Costume Shop Manager: Janet O'Neill
Assistant Costume Shop Manager: CeCe Hill
Stitcher: Cody Lorich
Wardrobe: Erin Harteau
Costumes/Wardrobe Intern: Lauren Venezia 


Properties Master: Hyla Sue Stellhorn
Assistant Properties Master: Sam Stark
Properties Artisan: Danielle Ferri
Props Intern: Katherine Sharpless

Sound and Electronics

Master Electrician: Gabriel Goldman 
Electrician: Stacy McQueen, Jr.
Sound Board Op: Marisa Arellano
Audio Engineer: John Kolblinski 
Sound/Lighting Intern: Haley Dunlavey 

Patron Services

House Manager: Roz Fulton
Assistant House Manager: Jodie White

The Chautauqua Theater Company has a unique role to play in the American Theater -- it offers our loyal and discerning audience the best in classical, contemporary, and new plays and features a company made up of internationally acclaimed professional actors, directors, designers, playwrights and faculty, joined by 14 of the finest emerging actors in the country.

As originally conceived by founding artistic director Michael Kahn, the goal of the CTC was to build "a professional theater company centered at Chautauqua that would, in the future, be able to do a season of very, very good theater combining professional actors and students."

Under the 18-year stewardship of the incomparable Rebecca Guy, the Conservatory emerged to fill Michael's original vision of a resident company at Chautauqua. Patiently, with years of support from Chautauquans near and far, Guy built the infrastructure of a sustainable theater organization and completed the stunning renovation of Bratton Theater.

Now, the future that Michael Kahn once envisioned is here. Building on the firm foundations laid by their predecessors, our leadership team is poised to bring CTC to the forefront of summer theaters in this country and unite the twin traditions of performance and training under one Bratton roof.


History of Bratton Theater

Theater has existed at Chautauqua for over 100 years. Many theater companies have performed at Chautauqua over the last century, including the Jamestown Players, the Pittsburgh Players Club and the Chautauqua Players. The Cleveland Playhouse made Chautauqua Institution its summer home for over 51 years beginning in 1930. During that time, Normal Hall (as Bratton Theater was then called) served as the rehearsal hall and scene shop for the Chautauqua Opera Company. In the early 1980's the prestigious Acting Company made Chautauqua a recurring stop on their national touring circuit. This fortuitously brought Michael Kahn to the grounds of Chautauqua, and under his leadership, the Chautauqua Conservatory Theater Company was created in 1983 and Normal Hall became a dedicated theater space.

Andrew Borba, Artistic Director

A BorbaAndrew Borba is in his second season as Artistic Director. He has served 8 seasons as CTC’s Associate Artistic Director and this is his 13th summer at the Chautauqua Theater Company.

Andrew spent the early part of this last year performing Claudius in Lisa Peterson’s Hamlet and Jaggers in Penny Metropolis’ Great Expectations at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also appeared as the head of NASA on the FOX series Rosewood written by CTC alum Marc Halsey ​- i​n this case acting literally was “rocket science.” All of this paled though when compared to the joy he felt as his beloved Liverpool football team finally returned to Championship level soccer! He also began a full-time professorship at UC Irvine, where he teachers the MFA students Advanced Acting and Shakespeare.

This season he is directing Noises Off and performing in Building the Wall.

Andrew has directed The Taming of the Shrew, After Love by David West Read, The Comedy of Errors, The Philadelphia Story, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Swimming Thru Abu Dhabi by Michael Gaston, and Carve by Molly Smith Metzler all at CTC as well as Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and Ellis Island with the CSO in the Amp. Andrew also conceived and directed the Chautauqua Inter-Arts work Go West! The Mythology of American Expansion. Outside of CTC, he has directed: ​The How and the Why, ​Woyzeck​,​; Hamlet-the First Quarto​,​ Satisfy Me; A Song of My Own, ​Evolution; Skins and Bones; Right to Post-all by Ruth McKee,​ A Midsummer Night’s Dream and others.

As an actor at CTC, he has appeared in Our Town, Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, The Just, All My Sons, Frankenstein and Dracula. Outside of CTC, Andrew has performed in theaters around the country, including South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, The Globe Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (5​ seasons), Chalk Rep., Antaeus, Theater @ Boston Court, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company, Long Wharf, Delaware Theatre Company and others.

On film, he has appeared in small parts in big films and big parts in small films and has had recurring and guest appearances on over 30 television series.

Andrew is a member of The Antaeus Theater Company, a cum laude graduate of Brown University and received his M.F.A. from New York University.


Sarah Clare Corporandy, Managing Director

Sarah Clare

This is Sarah Clare’s ninth season with Chautauqua Theater Company. Having started at CTC in 2009 as Company Manager, she took over the role of Managing Director in 2012. She has also served as line producer for two of Chautauqua’s Inter-arts collaborations: The Romeo & Juliet Project and Go West.

Sarah Clare is co-Founder and co-Producing Artistic Director of the Detroit Public Theatre, which will enter its third season in the Fall of 2017. In its inaugural season, DPT collaborated with playwright and DPT board member Dominique Morisseau, to bring her nationally celebrated play Detroit ’67 home for the first time, in a co-production with Baltimore Center Stage. The theater has also received a Kresge grant to bring a mobile production of Detroit ’67 to lower income communities throughout the city, and a WeWork grant to support their successful Shakespeare in Prison program at the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility.

Sarah Clare also served as Managing Director for Philadelphia’s celebrated interdisciplinary ensemble Pig Iron Theater Co., as company manager for Barrington Stage, and for New York Stage & Film. She served as an artistic partner with the Canadian-American cross-border Breathe Art Theater Project, and has served on the advisory boards of New York Shakespeare Exchange, and the Serenbe Playhouse in Georgia.

Sarah Clare held a professorship at Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching in the master’s program for arts administration on both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses and through their online eLearning program, for which she developed new course curriculum. She currently serves as a professor at SCAD, the University of Kentucky and Wayne State University. Her work has been published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society. Sarah Clare earned her BA in voice and theater from Hope College and an MFA in arts administration from Wayne State University.

Signature Staged Readings

Due to our limited resources, we are unable to accept unsolicited scripts at this time. Agent submissions may be sent to Artistic Associate Sarah Wansley at

Over the last eleven years, CTC has been committed to using our resources to launch new work onto the stage and into the industry. Our signature staged reading format offers a unique bridge between written play and production. Though performed script-in-hand, plays are staged, receive design and technical support, and run for three ticketed performances in our 270-seat Bratton Theater. As one of our playwrights described it, “CHQ’s NPW series is not just another music stand stop for plays in development – it's an exceptional opportunity to see the play come to life on its feet in front of a wonderfully supportive audience.”

Past seasons have hosted new work by Anna Ziegler, Zayd Dohrn, Molly Smith Metzler, Nick Gandiello, Chelsea Marcantel, Heidi Armbruster, Kate Fodor, Rinne Groff, Quincy Long, and Michael Mitnick, among others. Our past NPWs have gone on to receive productions both off-Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club, Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons and at regional theaters across the country.

2017 Season

June 9, 10: Dan Cody's Yacht by Anthony Giardina, directed by Doug Hughes

*Chautauqua Theater Company is pleased to announce an unorthodox addition to its 2017 repertoire — on June 9 and 10, the company welcomes playwright Anthony Giardina and director Doug Hughes to Bratton Theater for a "New Play Workshop: Pre-season" staged reading of Dan Cody’s Yacht. Its stop at Chautauqua represents a significant step for CTC and Chautauqua toward the long-term goal of more off-season offerings.

Aug. 1, 3, 4Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, directed by Vivienne Benesch 

*Birthday Candles follows Ernestine Ashworth on a magical 100-year journey from her 17th birthday through her 117th. This quirky and clever play invites us into questions of identity, family and legacy. Birthday Candles was commissioned by Detroit Public Theatre and will premiere there this fall. 

Aug. 2,4, 5: Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Katherine McGerr

*Written by the Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, Building The Wall is a tense, immediate drama that brings a human element to what could happen when inflamatory rhetoric transforms into policy. Not to be missed!



Previous Seasons



by Chelsea Marcantel | July 14-16, 2016

Bohdi is a hypnotherapist. Jevne is a YouTube artist. Ollie sells haunted dolls online. Cath just left her job to move to Oregon with her boyfriend. And they are all building a house together in the back yard. In a world where bigger is always better, can tiny really be happy? Or is this a recipe for disaster? A comedy about what happens when the world shrinks.


by Nick Gandiello | August 3-5, 2016

Maryanne and Allan Dempsey's son disappeared in a deep cave dive many years ago and now a young and ambitious diver wants to retrieve his remains at great personal risk. This achingly beautiful play investigates the depth of loss when we unexpectedly lose someone we love and what might arise after they are gone.