2020 Community Programming will be announced soon. 

Take a look at our 2019 programs below.

Hello, Chautauqua!: Featuring our 2019 Conservatory

July 3 • 3 p.m. • Bratton Theater
Tickets sold through the Friends of The Theater. Please call (716) 427-3462 for more information starting June 1.

Meet our 2019 Conservatory! Formerly known as How I Got This Job, this fun and intimate performance hosted by Artistic Director Andrew Borba introduces our 2019 conservatory actors and fellows to the Chautauqua community. All proceeds support the Friends of Chautauqua Theater Company.

Bratton Late Night Cabaret

August 2 • 10 p.m.
Directed by Stori Ayers
Available tickets will be distributed on the day of the performance. Check The Chautauquan Daily the week of the performance for more information.

CTC’s favorite late night talent showcase is back by popular demand! An evening of sketches and songs featuring the extraordinary talents of our 2019 conservatory.

Brown Bags

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. Free and open to the public.

June 27Take Me to Church: Theater and Religion in The Christians

July 11One touch of Nature, makes the whole world kin: An indoor discussion about performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream outdoors

July 18Fresh Ink: Behind the scenes of our New Play Workshop How the Light Gets In

July 25Commedia Re-imagined: One Man, Two Guvnors and Why Physical Comedy Stays Funny

August 1We’re with the Band: The Power of Music in Theater

August 8Fresh Ink 2.0: Agent 355 & On the Exhale, Two brand new plays in conversation

Free Chautauqua Shakespeare in the Park

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

June 25–July 31, 2019

CTC’s FREE outdoor Shakespeare returns with a magical midsummer comedy. Follow jealous lovers, mischievous fairies and first time players as they journey through the woods. Love potions, live music and physical comedy enchant in this energetic 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s most beloved play.

June 25, 4 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

June 26, 7 p.m. • Allen Park, Jamestown

July 4, 4 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

July 10, 6:30 p.m. • Lakeside Park, Mayville

July 13, 6:30 p.m. • River Walk, Jamestown

July 17, 6:30 p.m. • Southern Tier Brewing Company

July 20, 6 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

July 31, 6:30 p.m. • Southern Tier Brewing Company 

Young Playwrights Project

July 2, 2019 • Shows at 5 & 7 p.m.

Don’t miss CTC’s public family offering of plays for youth, by youth! CTC actors will perform winning plays from surrounding elementary school young playwrights. Presented to school children and parents in 2015, the Young Playwrights Project was such a hit that it will open for the 4th year in a row, the Institution’s Family Entertainment Series 2019!

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