THE RAILROAD PLAYHOUSE, founded in June 2010, is dedicated to the revitalization of Newburgh and the preservation of Newburgh’s historic West Shore Railroad Station by providing a space for high-quality, artistically creative performing arts experiences.
The Railroad Playhouse will strive to provide a home for playwrights to workshop and showcase new plays; present local, national, and international artists of all genres; create partnerships with local businesses and organizations to continue revitalizing the area; implement after school programming and a summer arts camp for local children; and create teaching-artists residences in local schools.
Programs include the
The Box Car Series: Producing new plays from the our playwrights in residence, as well as commissioning and developing new plays from up and coming playwrights and emerging theater companies;
The Locomotive Series: Presenting local, national, and international artists in an intimate venue (music, dance, theater, spoken word, etc); The Young Engineers Series: theater arts summer camp, in-school residencies with teaching artists, after school programs, and subsidized group tickets for school groups.
In the first year, the Railroad Playhouse has achieved various accomplishments, some of which include sponsorships from Key Bank, St. Luke's Hospital, Studio 208, WDST Radio Woodstock and the Orange County Arts in Orange Arts Community Grant/NYSCA for 2010-2011 Staged Reading Series.
RRP has honored its mission to aid in the revitalization of Newburgh and the preservation of Newburgh’s historic West Shore Railroad Station by providing a space for high-quality, artistically creative performing arts experiences by spending over $25,000 within the Newburgh-area and has generated over $90,000 to Newburgh business owners; working with approximately 35 local Orange County residents; premiering seven new works: America’s Brightest Star, Two from Terra Firma Theater Company, New Fangled Theater, unFRAMED, Mr. Bengt; hosting a Tony-Award winning producer and her special project unFRAMED; implementing a guest teacher program in the local schools with Iyaba Ibo Mandingo of unFRAMED; working with at least 150 local students with Educational programs such as GLEE Camp, 24-hr plays, unFRAMED in-school workshop and more; working with local, regional, and NYC talent to grace the stage; showcasing visiting artists, bands, dancing and more; partnering with local artists giving them an on-going residence with the theater, such as cabot | andcompany and Air Pirates; hosting over 40 productions, classes, workshops, and special events that have reached over 3000 audience members of all ages; signing 3 NYC Playwrights in Residence for three years, giving the Railroad Playhouse residual rights to three plays and their future incarnations; A member of the newly-formed Newburgh Theater Alliance, with Artistic Director Seth Soloway nominated as the President; Received large equipment donations from OCC-Middletown, Alan Wasser Associates, Newburgh Performing Arts Academy/Boys & Girls Club, Classic Stage Company, including chairs, theatrical curtains, stage lights, speakers, and platforms (from the original Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera).
The Railroad Playhouse is a 99-seat flexible performing arts venue. With no permanent seating or fixed stage, the audience experience is different for every event. Expansion features will include dressing rooms, office space, a box office area, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.