Who We Are

Dedicated to the next generation of theater artists, the development of new work, first-rate productions of modern and contemporary classics, and fresh insight into Shakespeare’s canon, CTC produces the best of a year-round regional theater within an eight week summer season as the resident theater of the Chautauqua Institution.

Chautauqua Theater Company is where the finest theater artists of tomorrow bridge the gap between their training and the professional world.

Our Mission

CTC is where world class theater and education converge in America’s best small town.

CTC’s passion is to tell great stories by great writers with great artists.

CTC is committed to being a vibrant player in the panoply of arts at Chautauqua Institution.

CTC’s mission is to create theater that entertains and stimulates thoughtful involvement within our immediate and extended communities.

We Value...

Excellence. We make every effort to provide the highest atmosphere of creativity, possibility and professionalism.

Education. Giving opportunities for emerging theater artists to work side by side with world-class veterans in their field.

New work. We develop and produce new works for the theater from new voices.

Inclusion. We champion diversity throughout the company, our work and within our community.

Community. We are committed to building relationships with audiences, our company, the national theater community and the Chautauqua Institution as a whole.


Our History

Bratton Theater historyThe Chautauqua Theater Company has a unique role to play in the American Theater.

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708CTC is lead by Andrew Borba, artistic director, and Sarah Clare Corporandy, managing director.

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2018 Company

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Past Productions

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CTC is the resident professional theater of the Chautauqua Institution located in Southwestern New York. Nationally celebrated actors, directors, designers and writers, join a Conservatory of nineteen of the finest emerging theater artists to present full productions, new play workshops, and related events in the award-winning Bratton Theater.

Chautauqua Theater Company is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any individual, employee, or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law.


Administrative and Production Positions

0627 WoodShop RLG02masterView a listing of administrative and production positions open for the 2018 season.

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Internship Opportunities

063016 TracyChristensenprofile CB 04The CTC internship offers the opportunity for young theater artists and students to gain experience and resume credits while working alongside professionals in a community based artistic environment.

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Conservatory Application

AfterLoveRehearsal1 RW 08.05.15 MASTERAuditions for the 2018 conservatory will begin in late fall of 2017.

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Friends of CTC

DSC 5640 2Since 1994, the Friends of Chautauqua Theater Company have played an important role in encouraging Chautauqua Institution's commitment to theater as a vital part of the performing arts during the season.

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What is the Conservatory?

The Conservatory is the core of the Chautauqua Theater Company. The 14 actors, 4 design fellows and 1 directing fellow we accept into the program are offered an unparalleled opportunity to bridge the gap between their training and professional careers. Working side by side with nationally recognized professionals on stage and off, the conservatory experience is challenging, supportive and deeply influential. Best of all, it is made up of exceptional theater artists from across the country, giving everyone an opportunity to make connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Where and what is the Chautauqua Institution?

Located on beautiful Chautauqua Lake in western New York, the Chautauqua Institution is a renowned summer center for arts, recreation, and learning that welcomes nearly 200,000 people from all over the world to its season of programs, performances, lectures and activities. The theater is just one part of a very rich intellectual and cultural summer festival. In addition to the theater, the Institution is home to professional symphony, opera, and ballet companies, a thriving visual arts center and attendant summer school programs in each discipline.

How much does it cost?

IT'S FREE. All Conservatory members receive full fellowships covering tuition, room, and board**. Unlike many summer theaters where you pay them for the privilege of building scenery or serving concessions, at CHQ all you are expected to do is develop and practice your craft. A rarity among summer programs, CTC invites you to join a company of your contemporaries and future peers and pays for you to do it. All you have to do is get there.
**Design and Directing Fellows see additional information on Fellowship page.

What if I'm Equity?

AEA members can obtain waivers if they are enrolled in a conservatory program or have just graduated from one. EMC points are also available.

What about housing & food?

The Chautauqua Institution provides private room, shared living space housing for all conservatory members.

Acting Conservatory

7O4Q9123The acting conservatory began 30 years ago alongside CHQ’s first resident theater company. Founded by Michael Kahn, grown by Rebecca Guy and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba, the acting conservatory has emerged as the premiere summer training ensemble in the country.

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Design & Directing Conservatory

071416 chelseamarcantel CB 02Started in 2005, the Directing Fellowship provides a very valuable opportunity for early career directors to work side by side with experienced professionals and with future colleagues (young actors, directors, writers and designers). It also exposes emerging artists to the inner workings of an exceptional seasonal, professional company and conservatory.

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Meet the Conservatory

DSC 4494Read through the bios of the Conservatory members.

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0717 MayQueen RLG01masterA list of alumni from 1983–2016.

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Alumni in the News

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The New Play Workshop (NPW) is the arm of CTC dedicated to fostering important new American playwrights and to providing a safe and stimulating playground for artists to develop new work for the theater. As such, it is at the core of our mission as a cultural and educational organization.

Currently there are three official programs under the NPW umbrella:


New Play Workshop

873Our 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.

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Chautauqua Play Commission

DSC 4494Playwrights are given a generous grant to support an original work created specifically for our company. Over the course of the commission, playwrights spend two weeks or more a season in residence at CHQ, participate in CTC events and teach with the Writer’s Center.

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Chau-talk-One Series

IMG 2106Chau-talk-Ones are designed to give our alumni and company members a platform to test out solo work in front of an adventurous and supportive audience. They also serve to expose our audience to diverse stories and performance styles within the one-person medium.

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