About Us

The 2014 season was Chenango River Theatre’s 8th 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’re the only 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 make $237/week.  That’s right - they barely make 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 only Equity theatre in the Binghamton area.

Bill Lelbach, Artistic & Managing Director


Professional Staff

Bill Lelbach, Artistic & Managing Director

Julie Duro, Lighting Design

Barbara Kahl, Costume Design

Summer Staff

Box Office Manager:  Natalie Goodall

Technical Theatre Intern:  Dominick Gaudiosio

Volunteers of Note

Sandra Houde, Administration Assistance

Faith White, Concessions

Board of Directors

Janet Beal

Bonnie Cobb

Bill Gorman

Geoffrey Harris

Mike McGowan

Nancy McGowan

Cliff Olin

Peter Orville

Karen Raymond

George Schambach

Calvin Stovall

Ruth Young

Wish List - Your donations are tax-deductible.

Riding Mower:  Thanks to the Raymond Foundation, we’ve now got one!

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 have done so by purchasing a full page ad for 2014.  Please visit their websites.