Olean Theatre Workshop

About Us:

      The Olean Theatre Workshop, Inc. is a not for profit corporation organized under the laws of the state of New York and is recognized by the U.S. government as a tax-exempt educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions received are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Mission Statement:

a. To perform and present a variety of theatrical productions focused on children and family theater.

b. To offer seminars, workshops and classes which maintain programs that further the educational goals of the organization.

c. To work closely with schools and youth organizations in making a positive, sustained, and creative impact in the area of arts and music education.

d. To bring "Shakespeare in the Park" to our rural community by presenting Shakespeare in Historic Oak Hill Park.

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      In 1983 the Olean High School auditorium was being renovated. No funds were available to replace the stage curtains. Those who now constitute the Theatre Workshop’s executive, artistic, musical directors and orchestra conductor staged a community production of "Annie" to raise funds for the curtains. The production was so successful that the following year "Peter Pan" was staged to refurbish the school's grand piano. Parents of children involved in the productions requested that a permanent program, to continue working with the children, be established. With overwhelming support, The Olean Theatre Workshop came into existence. Over the (36) years The Workshop has grown into a full-time, non-profit organization.