Pay-What-You-Will Theatre

Recent Work


CNY Shakes has a new home!

CNY Shakespeare is proud to announce that we have...

Review From James MacKillop For King Lear

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Our First ShakeUP Was A Success!

Our first ever Semi-Annual ShakeUP Fundraiser was...

More About Our Company

Our Mission

CNY Shakespeare consistently seeks to provide our community with a bold theatrical experience by focusing on artistic excellence and theatrical innovation. We seek to challenge our audience’s expectations of classical and contemporary theatre, as well as to generate excitement in the next generation of theatre-goers.



How It All Began

In the summer of ’09, three dear friends sat in the dressing room of the Gifford Family Theatre in Syracuse, NY. They reflected on a theatre of old that everyone could afford. “Bread and Circus,” one friend shouted! They laughed, and then there was a silence. In that moment, the three friends knew what they had to do.

For two years their pay-what-you-can theatre company was in the works. The friends received aide from all over the US that believed in their plight: Theater that’s worth it…

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