WESTPORT, N.Y. —The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY was awarded two grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for fiscal year 2022 as part of the state’s support of the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector.
The Adirondacks’ only professional Equity theatre was awarded $10,000 from the NYSCA Recovery Fund and a NYSCA Support for Organizations grant of $49,500.
In addition to general operations, the funding will support the addition of two sustainable local arts positions that are necessary to meet the goals of the organization’s strategic plan.
“The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential we do all we can help this industry thrive once again,” Governor Hochul said. “These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well.”
‘We’re grateful for NYSCA’s continued support of the Depot Theatre and our mission,” said Kim Rielly, the Depot’s Executive Director. “This vital funding will increase our administrative capacity via two regional year-round positions, including an expanded operations manager role and the addition of an administrator to manage and oversee our growing Depot Theatre Academy outreach and education program.”
The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and it is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The theatre’s upcoming main stage summer season and Academy opportunities will be announced in early 2022.
For more information about the Depot Theatre and its programs, 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 it is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that 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 2022 programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the Adirondack Foundation – Generous Acts Fund and the Essex County Arts Council.
The Depot Theatre Academy is a robust educational experience for area youth and a pathway for those interested in pursuing a profession in theatre—whether that’s backstage or on stage.