In 2012 the idea for “theater in a mall” started with a group of friends looking for a dedicated community theater space. Born from the ashes of Not Another Theater Company our collection of theatrical vagabonds opened our space in Shoppingtown Mall on November 1, 2012. CNY Playhouse is a New York State incorporated nonprofit.
Taking on one of the most ambitious theatrical schedules around, CNY Playhouse has staged several productions throughout the year since opening doors. We now boast over 100 theatrical productions in our short history bringing Broadway and Off-Broadway hits to CNY audiences. We have garnered over 150 Syracuse Area Live Theater nominations (and 50+ wins!) and 3 runner up nominations for Best Local Theater in the Syracuse NewTimes Best of Syracuse series.
From the moment we opened we partnered with other community groups and artists to give a space to their endeavors. We also have given homes to amateur comics in our Cuse Comedy Showcase series, the finest singers in town have been given the spotlight in our Cabaret series, and Singer/songwriters and children performers have found a home in our One Night Series.
In 2020, Covid-19 pandemic interrupted, and ultimately brought a a swift end to our production of The Matchmaker, and ended the season abruptly. After several months of quarantine, we learned that our home, Shoppingtown Mall would be closing, and we had to vacate.
Moving spaces in the middle of a pandemic was not easy, but CNY Playhouse has found its new home in Atonement Lutheran Church, a space where another theatre company, Appleseed Productions, once lived. In Atonement, CNY Playhouse reopened its doors in 2022 with the play, Silent Sky.
We are thankful to our audiences for following us to our new home, and are thankful to still be able to make art, after 10 years!
Whatever your entertainment taste, CNY Playhouse represents the best value for your dollar. Award winning theater at community prices. Come visit our theater and find out how talented your friends and neighbors really are!