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/




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.