The Riverdale Y will remain temporarily closed, as per the New York State mandate to close places of public gathering, but we are still working for you. Check out our online offerings

Riverdale Performing Arts Center

Theater

Home of the Award Winning Riverdale Rising Stars

Important Notice:

Governor Cuomo prohibited gatherings of 500+ people, and mandated reducing capacity at gatherings of fewer than 500 people to a maximum of 50%. As a result of this, and in order to ensure we are taking all necessary precautions to protect our children and families, we are making the following changes with our upcoming productions. Please read our current plan carefully – with the understanding that there could be further changes down the road. We will certainly stay in touch regarding any adjustments.

  • All rehearsals and auditions are suspended until further notice.
  • Our production of RENT will be postponed until May.
  • Our production of Frog & Toad is suspended until further notice.
  • Our production of It’s Easy will be postponed until the Fall. In its place, for our 10-12 year-olds, we will do a concert version of the musical “13.”
  • Our production of The Outsiders is indefinitely postponed. Information for this show will be forthcoming once we identify the specific details for the aforementioned production dates.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions. We know there will be many.

Our goal is to be able to continue to provide this outlet for the children – and we will resume as quickly as possible.

Theater

Pure joy emanates from our stage all year long. Just walk into The Riverdale Y’s cozy theater and feel the energy! Our three resident theater companies provide an exhilarating, creative environment where children, teens, and adults feel free to express themselves artistically. Our award-winning Riverdale Rising Stars and Jr. Rising Stars offer teens and kids the opportunity to be part of a professional theatrical company as they grow their self-esteem and confidence, develop camaraderie through ensemble-building, and create lifelong friendships. For adults 18 and older, the Riverdale Repertory offers a community theater program. A gifted faculty of working artists, directors, and technical directors guide each creative journey, cultivating members’ individual talents. Participation is by audition only.

Laurie Walton

Director, Performing Arts

(347) 913-4430

Laurie Walton is the founder of the Riverdale Rising Stars, the Y’s renowned teen theater group, and the Riverdale Repertory Company, The Y’s adult theater program. Under Laurie’s guidance, the…

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Shawn Renfro

Managing Director, Performing Arts

(347) 913-4430

From kindergarten in Staten Island, to high school in the Bronx, and from elementary school kids at the 92nd street Y to eighteen to twenty year old adults at Rikers…

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Staff

Laurie Walton

Director, Performing Arts

Shawn Renfro

Managing Director, Performing Arts

Eric Zoback

Set Designer

Mason Taub

Theater Staff

Brittany Dozario

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Bob Walton

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Michael Brown

Theater Staff