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Who We Are

Dedicated to the next generation of theater artists, the development of new work, first-rate productions of modern and contemporary classics, and fresh insight into Shakespeare’s canon, CTC produces the best of a year-round regional theater within an eight week summer season as the resident theater of the Chautauqua Institution.

Chautauqua Theater Company is where the finest theater artists of tomorrow bridge the gap between their training and the professional world.


Our Mission

CTC is where world class theater and education converge in America’s best small town.

CTC’s passion is to tell great stories by great writers with great artists.

CTC is committed to being a vibrant player in the panoply of arts at Chautauqua Institution.

CTC’s mission is to create theater that entertains and stimulates thoughtful involvement within our immediate and extended communities.


We Value...

Excellence. We make every effort to provide the highest atmosphere of creativity, possibility and professionalism.

Education. Giving opportunities for emerging theater artists to work side by side with world-class veterans in their field.

New work.  We develop and produce new works for the theater from new voices.

Inclusion. We champion diversity throughout the company, our work and within our community.

Community. We are committed to building relationships with audiences, our company, the national theater community and the Chautauqua Institution as a whole.

P.O. Box 28
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722
Institution website

Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization, dependent upon your gifts to fulfill its mission. Gate tickets and other revenue cover only a portion of the cost of your Chautauqua experience. A community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Visit our website for more information.