Directions & Parking

From the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), take exit 60, turn left onto NY-394/North Portage Street. Continue to follow NY-394. From the Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86/Route 17) – if eastbound, take Exit 7 (Panama/Chautauqua Institution), turn left onto CR-33, then right onto West Lake Rd./NY-394. 

From the Main Gate go down the red brick walkway (down Vincent).  Once at Bestor Plaza take a left on Pratt.  Then go a few blocks and Bratton Theater will be on the left. 

Travel and Transportation
CHQ is served by the Chautauqua County Airport at Jamestown, NY (15 miles south of the Institution) via USAirways Express commuter from Pittsburgh, PA.

Other nearby airports are the Buffalo (NY) Niagara International Airport (70 miles northeast of Chautauqua) and the Erie (PA) International Airport (40 miles southwest of Chautauqua).
Privately owned transportation services for travel to and from the Chautauqua County Airport are available.



Heirloom Restaurant
Heirloom is a full-service restaurant that is available to hotel guests, CHQ visitors and guests coming from off the grounds for a great dining experience. Heirloom is open 7 days a week and is available and open to the public from June 27 through August 30.

Webb's Captain's Table Restauran
Webb's is a local lakefront eatery serving American dishes in woody, inviting surrounds with views & an upstairs deck. Located at 115 West Lake Rd., Mayville, NY 14757.

La Familia
A fine dining restaurant focusing on fresh seafood and farm fresh produce. Located on grounds, inside St. Elmo's.

We exist to create the meal your family builds memories around. Located at 4837 W Lake Rd., Mayville, NY 14757.

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Hearing Services

Bratton Theater and the Chautauqua Theater Company has recently installed a new hearing device system. The new Listen Technologies Intelligent Receivers have a range of up to 1,500 ft (457 m) and can be used all throughout the theater. Also, with the new receivers are the Intelligent Lanyard which uses an advanced driver that improves listening for individuals with hearing aids and cochlear implants. It offers a lightweight, easy-to-wear solution.

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About Bratton Theater

theater insideThe Bratton Theater was built in 1885 and is one of the oldest buildings on the grounds of CHQ. It was originally built as a schoolhouse for the summer program and accordingly, its original name was “Normal Hall”. In 2000, with the advocacy of the Friends of Chautauqua Theater Company and a successful Institutional capital campaign, a major renovation took place and the beautiful, 269 seat, newly named Bratton Theater was inaugurated. A major accomplishment in both preservation and renovation, the original laminated beam structure of Normal Hall is still in place today. 

Under the direction of architect Mitchell Kurtz, the renovation garnered several awards including:

  • An Honor Award from the US Institute for Theatre Technology

  • 2001 Adaptive Re-use/Historic Preservation Citation from the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

  • 2001 Design Award from the Buffalo/WNY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Announcing our 2017 Season

Apply now to join the Chautauqua Theater Company for the 2018 season.

Applications for the 2018 acting conservatory are now closed.

CTC 2018 fellowship positions are now open. Click here for more information.

To view open administrative and production positions and internships, click here.

Theater Packs will be available in April of 2018. 

Guarantee Seats and Save. Only a limited quantity of each package is available. Don’t delay - pick the package that is right for you and subscribe today!


An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins | Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

June 29 - July 8 

In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an Octoroon woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself. In this hilarious and incisive new play- winner of The Obie Award for Best American New Play- Branden Jacobs-Jenkins jabs at the history of slavery and identity in America.

Airness by Chelsea Marcantel | Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody

July 14 - July 29 

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already within us. The writer of the beloved 2016 NPW “Tiny Houses” returns to CTC with her newest play, straight from her triumph at The Humana Festival of New Plays.

Galileo by Regina Taylor | Directed by TBA

August 11 - August 17

After observing the movement of the stars and moons with the newly invented telescope, Galileo confirms that the earth moves around the sun. However, the Catholic Church of 17th Century Italy is not ready for this reversal of heaven and earth. In this world-premiere CTC commission with original music, acclaimed playwright Regina Taylor explores the commodification of truth and how it is used as an object of power. Is seeing believing?

Free Will: Chautauqua Shakespeare in the Park

As You Like It by William Shakespeare | Directed by Andrew Borba

Rosalind and her cousin Celia journey through the Forest of Arden to find safety, and eventually love. Along the way they meet a rag-tag group of rebels in the woods, the lovesick poet Orlando, the melancholic philosopher Jacques, and the witty clown Touchstone.

Performed on-grounds at Chautauqua Institution and in Jamestown, Mayville, and Southern Tier Brewery. Full schedule and venues to be announced shortly.


New Play Workshops

July 31 - August 4

Two brand new plays performed in repertory. Plays and directors to be announced shortly.


The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey | Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

August 19 - August 21

A fictional investigation of the real life Nickel Mines school shooting, this riveting one-woman show explores the Amish community’s concept of radical forgiveness. Performed by a CTC Conservatory alumni, The Amish Project portrays two communities shattered by a mass shooting, and their journey to healing.