About Us

The 2017 season was Chenango River Theatre’s 11th season.  As a theatre, we are committed to fully professional theatre - casting our shows with professional actors drawn from anywhere in the country.  It’s a real rarity to find a theatre like ours in a rural market - we were the first theatre in the greater Binghamton area under annual contract with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union for professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.  Every production features professional actors and a professional stage manager - people devoted to making their living by this craft.

Why does it matter if you have a contract with AEA?  Basically, every actor who makes a living at theatre, is in the union.  When you see Broadway productions, or a show at any of the regional theatres around the country, you’re seeing productions using members of AEA.  So if you’re a theatre company, and you want access to casting the best actors from around the country, you need to reach an agreement with AEA to allow professional actors to work with your theatre company.  And when you’re talking about pay scale, you really can’t complain too much - our union actors barely make minimum wage.  That’s right - minimum wage.  And these are actors that are seen in major films, on network television and at premiere theatres around the country. 

Our commitment is to give our audience the best overall quality production that our budget allows.  As part of that commitment, we believe we have to be able to use professional actors on our stage.  We’re proud to be the greater Binghamton area’s first professional theatre.

Bill Lelbach, Artistic & Managing Director


Professional Staff

Bill Lelbach, Artistic & Managing Director

Julie Duro, Lighting Design

Barbara Kahl, Costume Design

Seasonal Staff

Box Office Manager: position available for 2018

Technical Theatre Intern: available for 2018

Volunteers of Note

Sandra Houde, Administration Assistance

Faith White, Concessions

Board of Directors

Mindy Best

Kevin Cooper

Jim Daniels

Sandra Houde

Nancy Phillips

Christine Pollard

Karen Raymond

Heidi Weeks

Wish List - Your donations are tax-deductible.

Digital Video Camera:  We’d like to have a camera we could mount in the theatre so late arrivals can at least see what they’re missing.  

Vintage Clothes:  We’re always willing to accept vintage clothes.

VOLUNTEERS!:  We love finding volunteers who can make a regular commitment to us - whether it’s to help with marketing, front of house duties, working backstage, organizing our costume storage, or helping with building and grounds maintenance.  We need people with skills who are organized and reliable.  Call the office if you’re interested.

Contact Information: 

                Box Office:  607 656-8499 (TIXX)                                   Mailing Address:  PO Box 584, Greene, NY 13778

                Administration:  607 656-8778                                        Physical Address:  991 State Hwy. 12, Greene, NY.

                    tickets@chenangorivertheatre.org                          info@chenangorivertheatre.org

There’s many ways to support Chenango River theatre. 

We thank all those who did so by purchasing a full page ad for 2017.  Please visit their websites.

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