One of the nation's leading contemporary arts institutions is relocating to Catskill in 2018.
Catskill, New York will become a new mecca for performing arts when LUMBERYARD opens its doors this year. Two hours north of Manhattan and three hours west of Boston, this quiet, artsy town is the scene of a major development as the new home of LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center, formerly known as American Dance Institute.
Set to open in September 2018, the arts center facility will host technical residencies for performing artists, and residents will have access to LUMBERYARD’s theater, studio, event space, production staff, equipment, and other materials – all while housed and fed at the center.
LUMBERYARD is the first place in the U.S. designed for artists explore their creation, to test, experiment and bring their vision to life immediately before premiere. The center’s artist-first mission and dedication to social impact programming has many in the community excited.
“I’m looking forward to the river crossing performances at Hudson Hall in Hudson and Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill,” said Jennifer Greim with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. “The programming brings together these two great communities that will soon be linked by the Hudson River Skywalk initiative.”
Not only will the LUMBERYARD host performances and performers, but the arts center will focus attention on the community as well. A series of free weekly after-school workshops in performing arts will meet every Monday for students in grades 4-10 in the Greene County School District. Students will learn about various types of performances with Melanie George, LUMBERYARD’s audience educator and dramaturg, and other performing artists.
“LUMBERYARD is itself a testament to the transformative power of the arts, and we’re so looking forward to partnering with the local community, as well as artistic venues across the country to create a bold, new model for the arts,” said Sharon Thony, head of marketing for LUMBERYARD.
The arts center also interacts with Greene County and other Hudson Valley communities through audience education events, artist meet-n-greets, and other community-facing initiatives.
In addition to its performing arts facilities, LUMBERYARD received Qualified Film Production (QFP) status, which allows film production companies to utilize the center’s spaces for filming and post production. Soon, the center reports, the Catskills may start seeing more television crews, filmmakers, and commercial producers in the area. Most recently, John Krasinski’s directorial debut A Quiet Place was filmed in the area.
While construction of the main building will finish later in the year, the 2018 performance events season kicks off June 28at different venues and performance spaces around the towns of Catskill and Hudson.
The summer’s performers will creatively utilize the under-construction spaces of LUMBERYARD to perform and stage pieces in unconventional ways. From July 6-8, STREB Extreme Action Company will perform in LUMBERYARD’s parking lot, and from July 13-14, a performance mixed with video will take place in a 17-foot U-Haul truck in the parking lot, too.