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NYSCA increases support of the Depot Theatre with 2020 grant

Westport, N.Y. — The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has increased its commitment to the Depot Theatre with a grant of $17,000 per year for each of the next three years. The grant is the largest multi-year general-operating support NYSCA award to the Depot since 2008.

NYSCA grants, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and media arts in New York State.

The Depot Theatre is one of 462 arts organizations across New York State receiving a total of $8,383,993 million in grants through NYSCA’s Round II FY2020 funding to support arts programs that drive New York State’s economic growth and community health.

“New York’s cultural sector is a driving force in our state’s economy,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, New York State Council on the Arts. “As our arts organizations expand their audiences and programs with NYSCA support, we will serve many more New Yorkers and build the vitality of our communities statewide.”    

“This increased commitment will have a tremendous impact on both our long term budget planning and our ability to achieve our strategic goals,” said Cheri Phillips, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the Depot, we are grateful to Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature and, especially, the dedicated staff at NYSCA for their continued confidence in the mission and direction of the theatre.”  

In 2017, the Depot Theatre replaced the seating and carpeting in its 134-seat theatre. The project was funded in-part by a facilities program grant from NYSCA. In 2018, NYSCA awarded the Depot a multi-year general-operating grant of $15,000 per year for two years. In 2019, an additional full-time Associate Director/Company Manager position was made possible in its initial year with funding via a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) workforce development grant, the result of a successful Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiatives Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

NYSCA will award a total of $41 million to arts organizations across New York State for FY2020. The second of three rounds of NYSCA funding for FY2020 includes support for museums, theatres, and arts organizations that drive tourism and anchor communities and arts education programs essential to learning for all ages, including public school students, aging populations and at-risk youth.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in the Adirondacks, and is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. The theatre currently offers 3-4 productions in the summer along with educational outreach programs. 2020 will be the theatre’s 42nd season.

For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org or call 518.962.4449.

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About The New York State Council on the Arts

The New York State Council on the Arts champions community and creativity by preserving and advancing numerous aspects of the cultural heritage that makes New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit.

NYSCA upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development and quality of life. Through its core grantmaking activity, NYSCA awarded $51M in FY2019 to 2,400 organizations statewide through direct grants and regrants in our 15 programs, the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, and the Mid-Size Capital Project Fund. NYSCA funding supports the visual, literary, media, and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities. NYSCA further advances New York’s creative culture by hosting convenings with leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources.

Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960, and continued and expanded to the present day with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYSCA is an agency of the Executive Branch of the New York State Government. For more information on NYSCA, please visit: www.arts.ny.gov.  

About the Depot Theatre

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2020 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The season productions are made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County. www.depottheatre.org

Cloudsplitter Foundation increases Depot Theatre support

Cloudsplitter Foundation Director Chenelle Palyswiat (R) presents Depot Theatre Executive Director Kim Rielly with a check for $4,000.

Westport, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation for capital improvements to its artist housing. 

As a professional theatre operating under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Depot is required to provide housing for its visiting artists who work at the theatre during its summer main stage season. The Cloudsplitter Foundation funds will be used toward improvements to the Depot-owned facilities, allowing the theatre flexibility to expand programming into the winter months. 

Last year, Cloudsplitter awarded the Depot $2,000 toward Phase 1 of the project, which resulted in upgraded HVAC and new smoke/CO2 alarm systems among other improvements. “This award for continued progress on our project represents double the amount of Cloudsplitter’s previous grant,” said Kim Rielly, the theatre’s Executive Director. “We’re grateful for their ongoing support of our strategic goals, which include the ability for us to offer opportunities for year-round programs and creative collaboration, as well as a community meeting space.”

The Depot Theatre a non-profit, professional theatre located in a functioning, circa 1876 train station in Westport, New York. For more information about the theatre, visit www.DepotTheatre.org.

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ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2019 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The season productions are made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County. The Depot Theatre’s 2019 Season is sponsored by the The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation.

ABOUT THE CLOUDSPLITTER FOUNDATION

The Cloudsplitter Foundation is dedicated to improving the future for the flora, fauna, communities, and people of the Adirondacks. Over 70% of the grants made by the Cloudsplitter Foundation go to improve the environment, economies, and lives of the the people in the Adirondacks. The primary purpose of the Cloudsplitter Foundation is to improve the environment, both physical and cultural, in the Adirondacks and to make life easier, healthier, and more rewarding for the people who live there. While over 70% of the Foundation’s grants go to institutions in the Adirondacks, their secondary mission, to the extent that funds are available, is to aid other organizations dedicated to humanitarian causes, wilderness preservation, protecting civil liberties, and cultural development. http://cloudsplitter.org/

Depot Theatre appoints Marvin to new full time position

Westport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre in Westport on Lake Champlain is pleased to announce the appointment of Angel Marvin as its full time Associate Director/Company Manager.

The added full time position is made possible in its initial year with funding via a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) workforce development grant, the result of a successful Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiatives Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

The new associate director/company manager will be responsible for coordinating administrative activities related to human resources and company management, finance and development. 

Marvin possesses both extensive development experience and a love for theatre. An Elizabethtown native, Angel has gravitated professionally toward community-oriented non-profits for most of her career. Her 17 years’ experience in proposal writing and grant administration, project management and planning include past posts at the Nature Conservancy, Lake Placid Connecting Youth and Community and the Village of Lake Placid/Town of North Elba. Marvin worked most recently as a Leadership Gifts Officer at Vassar College, her alma mater.

She has performed in or directed 21 community theatre productions in Lake Placid and the Champlain Valley as well as, years ago, appearing in two professional shows at the Depot. 

“There is tremendous momentum here, and I’m proud to be part of it,” said Marvin. “Working as part of a wonderful team at the Depot in my beloved Adirondacks pretty much brings it all together for me.”

“We’re very excited to bring someone of Angel’s caliber into the fold,” said Kim Rielly, the Depot’s Executive Director. “In just a short period of time she’s already proven to be a tremendous asset, demonstrating that increasing our staff capacity will propel us more quickly toward our strategic goals.”

The theatre recently announced its 2019 main stage season, which begins on June 28. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit www.depottheatre.org.

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ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2019 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The season productions are made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County. The Depot Theatre’s 2019 Season is sponsored by the The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation.

Depot Theatre awarded workforce development grant

Westport, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre in Westport on Lake Champlain has been awarded funding by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in the amount of $26,250.

The award is the result of a successful Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiatives Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for fiscal year 2018-2019.

NYSCA also supported the Depot Theatre with a multi-year general-operating support grant of $15,000 per year for each 2018 and 2019. And, in 2017, the Depot Theatre replaced the seating and carpeting in its 134-seat theatre. The seating project was funded in-part by a facilities program grant from NYSCA.

The new funding, a workforce development grant, will allow the theatre to add a full time staff position. The new associate director/company manager will be responsible for coordinating administrative activities related to human resources and company management, finance and development. 

“We are extremely grateful to NYSCA and the North Country REDC for their confidence in the work that we do at the Depot Theatre,” said Kim Rielly, Depot Theatre Executive Director. “This is a big boost. It will strengthen the organization by right-sizing the staff, and positioning the organization for future success, which will indirectly help to improve the quality of life in the Adirondacks/Lake Champlain region.“

The theatre just announced its 2019 main stage season, which begins on June 28. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit www.depottheatre.org.

READ AN INTERVIEW WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KIM RIELLY IN THE SUN COMMUNITY NEWS: https://www.suncommunitynews.com/articles/the-sun/theater-on-the-rise/

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ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2019 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The season productions are made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County. The Depot Theatre’s 2019 Season is sponsored by the The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation.

Depot Theatre awarded grant from NYSCA; support increased 

Westport, N.Y. — The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has increased its commitment to the Depot Theatre with a grant of $15,000 per year for each of the next two years. The multi-year general-operating support grant is the largest NYSCA award to the Depot in eight years.

NYSCA grants are awarded in 15 programs and the Regional Economic Development Council initiative in all 62 counties to support the creation of visual, performing, literary and media arts. The Depot Theatre is one of seven non-profit arts organizations (including two theatre companies) in Essex County to receive funding this year.

“This more than doubles our annual allocation over our previous grant,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the Depot, we are grateful to Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature and, especially, the dedicated staff at NYSCA for their continued confidence in the mission and direction of the theatre.”  

“NYSCA recognizes and supports the importance of the arts to our communities,” said New York State Senator Betty Little, who is a member of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. “The State’s continued commitment to the Depot Theatre, especially during its 40th anniversary season, is a testament to the organization’s significance in the overall cultural landscape in the Adirondacks.”

In 2017, the Depot Theatre replaced the seating and carpeting in its 134-seat theatre. The project was funded in-part by a facilities program grant from NYSCA.

The Depot Theatre’s 2018 Season, its 40th, is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in the Adirondacks, and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. Celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2018, the theatre currently offers 3-4 productions in the summer along with educational outreach programs. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org or call 518.962.4449.

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ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE 

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2018 Season, its 40th, is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the Essex County Arts Council.

 

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Awards the Depot Theatre with Grant for Theatre Improvements

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The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received a grant for theatre improvements from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust.

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has awarded the Depot with a grant of $6,710 to replace the theatre’s aging lighting grid. “The new lighting grid will improve and expand the theatre’s technical capabilities for our designers and technicians,” said Kevin Cochran, the Depot’s Producing Director.

The grant provides half of the funds for the project, of which the remainder will come from the theatre’s recent theatre improvement fundraising campaign, which began last summer. The goal of the campaign is to raise funds for infrastructure improvements including new seats, new carpeting, aisle lighting, expanded WiFi service and other projects. “Improvements such as these allow us to fulfill our mission of producing professional theatre for our community,” said Erin Harrington, business manager at the Depot.

“We are so pleased that the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has decided to support this important project,” said Amy McNamara, president of the Depot Theatre Board of Trustees. Donors to the theatre improvement campaign include numerous individuals from the community, the Charles R. Wood Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org.

ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2017 Season, its 39th, is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the Essex County Arts Council.

ABOUT THE ALFRED Z. SOLOMON CHARITABLE TRUST

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was established to benefit nonprofit scientific, medical, educational, cultural, religious, and charitable organizations by funding project and programs in memory of the Trust’s founder, Alfred Z. Solomon. Mr. Solomon, a leader in the fashion industry, a horse racing enthusiast, and a philanthropist in Gansevoort, N.Y., and New York City, died on Sept. 4, 2004, at the age of 104, and founded the Trust in his Last Will and Testament.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Beth Glover (secretary), David Howson, Daniel Keegan, Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (president), Diana McGuigan, Cheri Phillips, Kathy Recchia (vice president), Kimberly Rielly (treasurer) and Shirley Bacot-Shamel.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bobbi Atz, Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Jonathan Hadley, John Klipper, Karen Lewis, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Annie Scavo, Sally Struthers and Michael Thomas.

 

Depot Theatre Receives Grants for Theatre Improvements

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

Depot Theatre, Westport, NY

The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure which will enhance the patron and artist experience.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot with a matching-grant of $16,653 to replace audience seating and carpeting in the 140 year-old building. The new seats will replace the existing 60+ year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. New commercial grade tile carpeting will be installed throughout the seating area, as well.

“While there is a nostalgic fondness for the existing seating, we believe our patrons deserve to experience professional theatre in modern comfort. And, NYSCA agrees!” said David Howson, president of the theatre’s Board of Trustees.

The matching-grant, which is in addition to $6,000 in annual operating support from NYSCA, will also provide for dedicated accessible and companion seating sections for patrons with disabilities. The theatre will begin a campaign this summer to raise the matching funds and installation of the new seats is anticipated to be completed before the opening of the theatre’s 39th season in 2017.

“I have no doubt these new seats will be put to very good use,” said Senator Betty Little, a member of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. “We’re fortunate to have some really unique cultural assets in the North Country, including the Depot Theatre in Westport. I am grateful the New York State Council on the Arts is offering financial support to ensure this theatre remains the jewel it is so that it may be enjoyed by area residents and tourists in the years ahead.”

The Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded the Depot Theatre with a grant of $11,000 for stage technology improvements including new lighting and sound equipment. “Though our historic venue was built in 1876, today’s theatre artists and stage technicians need state-of-the-art sound and lighting,” said Kevin Cochran, Producing Director. “I’m thrilled that the Charles R. Wood Foundation can make these upgrades possible for us.”

Located in the historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., the Depot Theatre operates under an agreement with the Town of Westport to lease the property as a theatre and art gallery. “Over the years, the Board of Trustees and staff of the Depot Theatre have been tremendous stewards of the train station,” said Ike Tyler, supervisor of the Town of Westport. “We are fortunate to have such partners who are dedicated to the preservation of both this historic building and one of the greatest arts institutions in the entire region.”

The Trustees and Staff of the theatre are grateful to NYSCA and the Charles R. Wood Foundation for their support. For more information about the Depot Theatre and the 2016 season, visit depottheatre.org.

ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2016 Season, its 38th, is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the Essex County Arts Council.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maureen Carlo, Jim Carroll, Alisa Endsley, Beth Glover (secretary), David Howson (president), Lawrence Masle, Amy McNamara (vice president), Diana McGuigan, Cheri Phillips, Kathy Recchia, Kimberly Rielly (treasurer) and Shirley Bacot-Shamel.

DEPOT THEATRE INC. ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bobbi Atz, Linda Beane, Bonnie Brewer, Randy Buck, George Davis (honorary chair), Howard Fish, Jonathan Hadley, John Klipper, Karen Lewis, Michael McDonald, Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, Libby Pataki, Jane Preston, Annie Scavo, Sally Struthers and Michael Thomas.