Exciting New Theater for PS21!

Dear Audience,

Over the past 12 years PS21 has earned a reputation for presenting dynamic programs of contemporary dance, classical and roots music, and theater. After 12 years in our temporary  tented venue PS21 spent two year constructing a state of the art theater to house the growing organization.

PS21 is delighted to announce the opening our new state-of-the-art theater! The black box theater was opened this past spring on April 14 and the larger pavilion theater opens June 30th with an exciting opening night celebration of many past PS21 performers!

Visitors who have received “preview tours” of PS21’s new theater or who attended a performance in the Black Box Theater are awed by the ambitious scope of the facility never having envisioned such an extraordinary leap from a tent to a fully equipped professional theater!  PS21’s theater is unique in Columbia County and will be transformative for Chatham.  With its elegant flexible design and state of the art sound and lighting equipment, the theater will offer many opportunities for community involvement and for creating ambitious, varied performing arts programming.

The black box theater will host performances of new plays, puppetry, dance, multi-media, and chamber music as well as community workshops for kids and adults.  In the summer, the east wall of the black box theater slides open and the black box will transform into the proscenium & stage for the 300-seat open-air pavilion theater in which we will present our annual summer festival of music and the August Chatham Dance Festival. In the fall the proscenium doors will close and we will return to the black box theater configuration!

We thank all of our supporters who helped bring us to this new elevated level of presenting! We know you will fall in love with our new theater when you see it!

Sincerely, for the Board and Staff of PS21, Inc.
Judy Grunberg


Construction photographs


From the Entry Patio

A south elevation view. The stage is to the left of the central entry.
In the winter the stage closes to become a conditioned black box theater.


The roof and support beams have been removed in this view.
In summer, the Stage opens to seating in the open building.


Architect Evan Stoller of New Lebanon with a model view showing the more open north side of the building

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPS21 Board breaks ground on the future home of PS21. Fall 2015

13043382_10156858407565074_3418559739744653698_nConstruction begins, Fall 2015

2067 The first concrete pour, Fall 2015

12311154_10156328355730074_3231138643010529398_nThe first concrete pour, Fall 2015

2864 copyConcrete forms for the foundation, winter 2015

0870 copyFoundation for the stage, winter 2015

IMG_0043Rising from the foundation, Spring, 2016

IMG_0044The future stage, Spring 2016

13907120_10157343667415074_7350156604011486020_nThe bones, Summer 2016

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_7996Inside the pavilion with roof on, winter 2017

IMG_2439Looking at the proscenium (temporarily covered for winter) from the back of the audience, Winter 2017

IMG_2437on stage looking up fat the backstage wall & rood, Winter 2017

IMG_2433on stage looking stage right, Winter 2017

IMG_2431looking stage right, Winter 2017

IMG_2223Looking Stage Left, Winter 2017

IMG_2429Construction of the elevator, Winter 2017

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19264699_1567484396606010_3060722544315041344_oFirst public tour of the theatre, on stage looking stage left, Spring 2017 Photo:Trudi Roth

19390600_1567484573272659_1905183722806190025_oInside; on the stage looking at the closed proscenium doors, Spring 2017 Photo:Trudi Roth

19390642_1567496386604811_7592425317101313509_oInside the the open air “summer pavilion” where the audience risers will be installed. Spring 2017  Photo:Trudi Roth

FullSizeRenderConstruction continues, Spring 2017 Photo:Trudi Roth

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Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 2.27.53 PMRailing installation, Summer 2017

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 2.29.25 PMAudience Riser installation, summer 2017

IMG_3367July, 2017

IMG_3994The finished theater, November 2017

IMG_3992The finished theater, November 2017

IMG_3986The front doors, inside the lobby. November 2017

PS21 Gala – Hosted inside the NEW PS21 Theater November 11th, 2017

DSC_9562Judy Grunberg, President, PS21 Board of Directors

DSC_9719Parsons Dance, performing at the Gala

DSC_9626Judy Grunberg giving opening remarks at the gala

DSC_9822Rory Block performing at the gala

Opening night of the Black Box Theater – April 14th, 2018

Opening Night Of Black Box Theater


Ribbon cutting by members of the PS21 Board

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Performance by Caleb Teicher & Nic Gareiss