Dedicated to high-quality, professionally produced plays and musicals, Shadowland is located in the charming village of Ellenville, in Ulster County NY. Ellenville is 100 miles from New York City, in a picturesque and narrow valley between the Shawangunk Mountains to the east and the Catskill Mountains to the west.
Shadowland performs in its own building, which first opened on July 3, 1920, as an art-deco movie and vaudeville house. Substantial renovations in recent years have completely rebuilt the interior of the old theatre, retaining the art-deco features while creating a tiered, 148 seat, and intimate semi-thrust stage. All seats are within 25 feet of the stage and have clear sightlines in the technically well-equipped and acoustically outstanding space. Other improvement include a new inner lobby, restoration of the outer lobby, new lighting grid, all new sound equipment and control booth and refurbished dressing rooms.
Shadowland Theatre was founded as an outgrowth of Cooperative Artists, a collective of 35 theatre artists working together in New York City in the early to mid-1980s. The members of Cooperative Artists led by Ron Marquette moved en masse to Ellenville in 1984-85 when the vacant, art-deco Shadowland Theatre building was made available to the group as a home base. After two seasons under the banner of Cooperative Artists, the company was restructured and incorporated as a non-profit theatre company governed by an elected community Board of Directors. It’s located at 157 Canal St. Ellenville, New York 12428.