2019 was Chenango River Theatre’s 13th season.  We are committed to fully professional theatre - casting our shows with professional actors drawn from anywhere in the country.  It’s a rarity to find a theatre like ours in a rural market - we are 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 actors' union (AEA).  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 have to have an agreement with AEA to allow professional actors to work with your theatre company.  

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 professional

non-profit theatre.

Bill Lelbach

Artistic & Managing Director

Professional Staff

Bill Lelbach, Artistic & Managing Director

Nathan Elsener, Technical Director

Julie Duro, Lighting Design

Barbara Kahl, Costume Design

Seasonal Staff

Box Office Intern:  position available for 2020

Technical Theatre Intern:  available for 2020


Volunteers of Note

Faith White

Warren Nash

Board of Directors

Kevin Cooper

Jim Daniels

Rich Doud

Jenn Fowler

Dori May Ganisin

Sandra Houde

Laura Knochen-Davis

Nancy Phillips

Christine Pollard

Jason Tripp

Heidi Weeks

Cooper Klumpp (student representative)