The Ivoryton Playhouse is an historic, not for profit, 280-seat, professional theatre located on the Connecticut Shoreline. The Playhouse operates a year-round season, which includes eight main stage productions, educational programs, special events and a Summer Children’s Theater Series.

A summer internship at the Ivoryton Playhouse offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to expand and develop technical theatre skills, make professional contacts, and develop the insight and experience necessary to pursue a career in theatre.

The Production Internship is designed for students aspiring to careers in technical theatre, production or design, including but not limited to the following: Carpentry, Costuming, Lighting, Painting, Run Crew, Scenic Design, Technical Direction, Properties, Production Management and Stage Management.

Internships run from mid-May to early-September.

Ideal candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled in college or be a recent graduate and should be working towards a career in theatre or performing arts. Please refer to FAQ document for other candidate information.

For FAQ please follow this link:  Ivoryton Playhouse Summer Interns FAQ

For an application form for a Production Internship, please follow this link:
Ivoryton Playhouse Summer Production Internship Application

The application deadline is Friday, February 28th, 2020. All applications postmarked by that date will be accepted.

The internship positions will be filled by March 13th, 2020.

Contact for more information.

The Ivoryton Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

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The Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce details of its Fourth Annual Women Playwrights Initiative – 4 x 4 in 2020. Over 170 plays from all over the country were submitted to the initiative and the four finalists will be traveling to Ivoryton from Washington State, California, Indiana and Maryland to have their work presented in a series of staged reading on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

The Initiative includes the Ellie Award and a stipend for each of the four women playwrights chosen and provides a safe, nurturing environment for the development of new, one-act plays with a director and actors. The plays are by and about women and the issues that shape their lives, and the workshop culminates in a festival of staged readings.

To purchase tickets for the Women Playwrights Festival please call 860.767.7318 or go to

Tickets:  $20 adult; $15 senior; $10 student for one performance.  Buy tickets for both performances for $30.00 adult; $25 senior; $10 student – call box office 860.767.7318 to book 2-performance package.


PANEL DISCUSSION:  Join us between performance times when the League of Professional Theater Women and Dramatists Guild co-partner on a talk called “Inside Playwriting” at the Ivoryton Library.  Moderated by Lauren Yarger (LPTW) and Emma Palzere-Rae (Dramatists Guild).  Panelists include Susan Cinoman (playwright and screenwriter); Tracey Knight Narang (producer of the groundbreaking Broadway revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!); Shellen Lubin (director, playwright and songwriter/singer); Dorothy Lyman (Emmy award -winning actress); Kato McNickle (Connecticut-based playwright, director, and artist); Emma Palzere-Rae (actress, playwright, director and producer).


FOOD SPECIALS:  Spend all day in Ivoryton and take advantage of these great restaurant deals:

Ivoryton Tavern
Just reopened with new owners!  Good Food, Good Friends, Good Spirits (and great burgers!) – casual pub food directly next door to the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Great daily specials posted on their facebook page.

8 Summit St., Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.1449

Special promotion:  10% off food bill when you show your WPI tickets.


Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom
The Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom brings southern inspired coastal cuisine to the shoreline area with a dedication to fresh, made from scratch, authentic dishes created from years of travel, living and cooking in the south.

107 Summit St., Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.0260

Special promotion:  15% off food bill when you show your WPI tickets.


The Copper Beech Inn
A country inn and renowned award-winning restaurant.   The restaurant features snug and distinctive dining rooms complemented by wine from the over 2,500-bottle award-winning wine cellar.

46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.0330

Special promotion:  WPI patrons can order a 3 course pre-fixe menu at the special price of $35pp.



Holly Arsenault is a Montreal-born, Seattle-based playwright. Her debut full-length play, Undo, was the recipient of the 2013 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play. Her work has been developed and produced at Seattle Rep, Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, The National Winter Playwriting Retreat, Mirror Stage, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Her play The Great Inconvenience will be read at Sacred Fools Theatre in Los Angeles in March, 2020.

To be performed at 7pm: Court
Marle and Rosanna are not best friends. Actually, they barely know each other. But, over the course of one evening in Rosanna’s attic bedroom, they’ll forge a bond in the flame of Rosanna’s very big problem: going to court to testify in her own custody hearing. This is a story about two very ordinary, weird girls just dealing with how incredibly ordinary and weird it is to be thirteen.  Directed by Jacqueline Hubbard.


Sharon Goldner is this chick who perpetuates the notion that crazy is just a frame of mind. Her writing goal is to make audiences laugh at things they feel guilty for laughing at because she thinks humor helps break down barriers, enabling honest discussion. Sharon’s award-winning plays have been performed in theaters across the USA from Off Broadway to Los Angeles and in-between, plus Toronto. Sharon is a member of The Dramatists Guild. Additionally, her award-winning short stories have been published in literary journals all over the U.S.A, and in England, and she is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Sharon assures audiences that no letters of the alphabet have ever been harmed in the creation of her work.

To be performed at 2pm:  Savior
What do you do when your five year old tells you he is the messiah?  Marlene confides this in her best friend, LuLu, seeking advice, comfort, and answers. A best friend was never more put to the test. A five year old was never more … out of this world.  Directed by Kate Katcher.


Dagney Kerr is a Los Angeles-based actress and writer. She’s guest-starred and recurred on TV shows, appeared in national commercials, and performed on LA stages from the Hudson Theatre to the Geffen Playhouse.  Her plays have been featured in many national playwriting festivals and competitions, winning Best Original Script, Audience Favorite, and Excellence in Playwriting Awards.  Her short film, Dalton, recently premiered at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and her play, Swindled Heart, was recently published in a collection of noir inspired works.

To be performed at 7pm:  Deanna and Paul
Deanna’s a quirky waitress with a strict no tipping policy. Paul’s a surly customer with a tight lid on his heart. Their lonely worlds collide one day in a small-town diner, where one cup of coffee can change everything.  Directed by Missy Burmeister.


Crystal V Rhodes has served as Playwright-in-Residence for the Connor Prairie Interactive History Park. She is the recipient of The Black Theatre Alliance Award for her comedy, Stoops.  Her play The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin won the American Stage 21st Century Voices New Play Festival.  Rhodes was recently the recipient of the 2020 Creative Artist Renewal Fellowship awarded by the Indiana Arts Council.

To be performed at 2pm: 1200 miles from Jerome
During World War II, a mother, her two daughters, a young school teacher and a fourteen year old Japanese American fugitive from a “Relocation Camp” are forced to flee the town of Jerome, Arkansas headed to New York City.  The journey is over 1200 miles of roads where African Americans aren’t allowed to sleep in most hotels, eat in most restaurants, use restroom facilities or purchase gas at many stations.  It is a trip filled with danger, one that could prove to mean the difference between life and death.  Directed by Kathryn Markey.

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The Ivoryton Playhouse admin office will be closed as of 12noon on Friday, December 20, 2019 and will reopen again at 10am on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

The last show in our 2019 season – AN ACTOR’S CAROL – will close on Sunday, December 22, 2019 and the Playhouse will reopen again with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES TO IVORYTON on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The Ivoryton Playhouse Box Office will be open until 5pm on Monday, December 23, 2019 for the sale of gift certificates.

To make an online end-of-year gift to the Playhouse, please follow this link:  DONATE NOW!

Thank you for supporting the Ivoryton Playhouse!





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Gift certificates for subscriptions, single tickets or memberships are available.

Call 860.767.7318 or visit our box office at 103 Main Street, Ivoryton.

The box office will be open:

Tuesday, December 17 – 10am-5pm
Wednesday, December 18 – 10-5pm
Thursday, December 19 – 10am-8pm
Friday, December 20 – 10am-8pm
Saturday, December 21 – 10am-8pm
Sunday, December 22 – noon-4pm
Monday, December 23 – 10am-5pm




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A Hollywood moment for the Ivoryton Playhouse

Congratulations to the cast of A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN CONCERT for two triumphant shows at the Ivoryton Playhouse in partnership with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The production was a resounding success and raised the necessary funds for us to purchase a new sound system for the theatre! Thanks to all who helped make this very special show happen!

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You are invited to a special fundraiser at the Ivoryton Playhouse for 2 performances only

December 8th at 3pm and
December 9th at 7:30pm

with the New Haven Symphony orchestra

as Scrooge
as Marley and the ghosts

A special event in partnership with New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ivoryton Playhouse

In December, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ivoryton Playhouse will partner to present a very special production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winner Kathleen Turner in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tony award winner, James Naughton, as Marley and the Ghosts.

Inspired by spoken on-air radio performances that were popular in the early 20th Century, this new imagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale will feature an original score by John Forster performed by musicians of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The script is by Arthur Yorinks and the performance is conceived and directed by Elliott Forrest.

The cast also includes Ivoryton Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard, as well as Erik Bloomquist, Collin L. Howard, Josh Powell, Sarah Jo Provost and Tess Santarsiero. Fred Newman of A Prairie Home Companion, will be the on stage Foley artist, lending his creative talents to add mystery and atmosphere to this well-loved holiday classic.

Performances will be at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Sunday, December 8th at 3pm and Monday, December 9th at 7:30pm.

VIP seating is available for both performances (details below). General admission tickets are $75 and all funds will be used to purchase a new sound board for the Playhouse.

A limited number of center aisle and front row balcony seats are available priced at $100 for the Monday evening performance.

Call the box office at 860.767.7318 to book your tickets now for this very special holiday performance.

A limited number of VIP and sponsorship tickets are available for the Sunday matinee which will include a private reception with the cast. Contact Jacqui at for more details.

Other performances include:

December 13 at 7:30pm at the Lyman Center at Southern Connecticut State University
December 14 at 7:30 at the First Congregational Church of Madison.  For tickets and information call 203 787 4282 –

December 15 at 3pm at Sacred Heart University.  For tickets and information call 203 371 7908 –


 126 years after its inaugural performance, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) continues its legacy of artistically excellent performances, award-winning education programs, and innovative approach to community engagement. The fourth-oldest orchestra in the United States, the NHSO, under the leadership of Music Director Alastair Neale, as well as Principal Pops Conductor Chelsea Tipton, performs for more than 50,000 audience members per season and the NHSO’s education programs reach more than 20,000 students each year.

To learn more about the NHSO, visit


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The Fifth Annual Ivoryton Playhouse Fall Golf Classic at Lake of Isles – South Course
a private club of distinction for an elevated golf experience
In memory of Mark C. Yellin

Registration: 10:00am
Putting Contest following registration
Shot Gun Start: 12:00noon

This is a unique golfing opportunity. The South Course at Lake of Isles is a members only course and not open to the public.

Since opening in 2005, Lake of Isles has consistently been ranked as one of the top golf facilities in the country. The Rees Jones designed layout gives guests the ultimate golf experience. Guests will enjoy exclusive access to the challenging, private South Course which features rolling terrain, island greens and tees and extraordinary views from every hole.

Lake of Isles is in picturesque southeastern Connecticut, adjacent to Foxwoods Resort Casino.


Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, two courses North (public) and South (members only), wind their way through 900 acres of wooded Connecticut countryside and around a 90-acre lake. Managed by Troon, the worldwide leader in upscale golf course management, Lake of Isles offers the ultimate golf experience. In addition to superior service and impeccable course conditions, amenities include a 50,000 sq. ft. clubhouse.

Funds raised benefit the community and educational programs of the Ivoryton Playhouse. Funds also support Ivoryton Village Alliance projects.

Sponsorship packages are available here: Fifth Annual IPH Golf Sponsorship

Just Golf! registration forms are available here: Fifth Annual IPH Just Golf Registration form

Just Golf! reservations include a round of golf on the exclusive, private, members only South Course at Lake of Isles, carts, box lunch in carts at start of play, a buffet dinner and awards ceremony at the end of play and a chance to win raffle and silent auction items.


Tournament limited to 88 golfers. Call 860.767.9520 x 205 to book your foursome today.

Sponsorship packages are available here: Fifth Annual IPH Golf Sponsorship

Tournament Sponsor $5,000
Four golfers with preferential tee placement
Two tickets to a show at Ivoryton Playhouse for each of your golfers (subject to availability)
Recognition as a Tournament Sponsor in all press releases and color logo on all event literature, etc. (Exposure 70,000+)
Color logo on event banner hung on the day of the tournament
Company logo or name listed on all golf carts used during event
Two additional invitations to Buffet Dinner after tournament and half page ad in tournament program
Acknowledgment on the Ivoryton Playhouse website with link to your company

Gold Sponsor $2,000
Four golfers with preferential tee placement
Recognition as a Gold Sponsor in all press releases and event literature (Exposure 70,000+)
Color logo or name on event banner hung on the day of the tournament
Company logo or name listed on all golf carts used during event

Silver Sponsor $1,000
Two golfers with preferential tee placement
Recognition as a silver sponsor in all press releases and event program (Exposure 70,000+)
Company name listed on all golf carts used during event

Tee Sponsor $250 (does not include golf)
Company name on a sign located on one tee

Tournament, Gold and Silver sponsorship reservations include a round of golf on the exclusive, private, members only South Course at Lake of Isles, carts, box lunch in carts at start of play, a buffet dinner and awards ceremony at the end of play and a chance to win raffle and silent auction items.

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Check out our video for SHEAR MADNESS! Patrick Noonan and Lisa McMillan talk about this hilarious show on stage now until Sunday, October 6th. And when we say hilarious – we mean it!! Shear Madness is one of the most popular productions in the world and it’s so amazing to hear so much hearty laughter in our house each night! Don’t miss!

Our thanks to Overabove for producing our great videos!


SHEAR MADNESS at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Shear Madness, one of the most popular comedy productions in the world, is opening in Ivoryton on September 18, 2019. This iconic production was first produced in Boston in 1980 and has been delighting audiences ever since with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.

This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

Voted “Best Comedy of the Year” seven times by the Boston Globe and recipient of the title “Best Play of the Year” by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer, Shear Madness has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade.

Shear Madness is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the history of the USA. The flagship Boston company has given birth to 50 productions in the U.S. and Shear Madness has been translated into 23 foreign languages, playing worldwide in a host of cities including Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Paris, Rejkavik, Rome, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Johannesburg and Seoul. Over 12.5 million people worldwide have joined in the fun.

The production features veteran performers Jordan Ahnquist*, Patrick Noonan*, and Lisa McMillan* who have performed these roles many times – most recently in the off Broadway production. They will be joined by Ivoryton Playhouse alum Bill Mootus* and Siobhan Fitzgerald* and Lev Harvey will be making his Playhouse debut.

The production is directed by Robert Lohrmann with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Liz Saylor.

Shear Madness opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on September 18th  and runs through October 6th, 2019. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at

 (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. Discounted tickets after 6pm on Thursday evenings – get half price adult ticket (subject to availability). Six-Tix are only available at the Playhouse Box Office window and do not apply to special events.  Limit 4 Six Tix per person.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after September 20, 2019

Picture courtesy of Shear Madness
Patrick Noonan and Jordan Ahnquist

*denotes member of Actors Equity


Tickets are available now by calling our box office at 860.767.97318 or purchase on line.


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David Lutken talks about WOODY SEZ: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie at the Ivoryton Playhouse.


WOODY SEZ:  The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE, the internationally acclaimed West End and Broadway hit, opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Wednesday, October 23rd. The tumultuous, touching, tragic and joyful tale of “America’s greatest folk poet” told in his own words and featuring Bound for Glory, Pastures of Plenty, The Ballad of Tom Joad, This Land is Your Land, and two dozen more of Woody Guthrie’s indelible protest songs, is brought to vivid life with an award winning cast including creator David Lutken* as Woody, with Darcie Deaville, David Finch*, Maggie Hollinbeck* and Andy Christopher*.

This show is a celebration of one of the giants of American music. A joyful, uplifting narrative about a difficult man’s difficult life during difficult times, WOODY SEZ is a tale of struggle, activism, patriotism, and commitment. Guthrie’s songs have become ambassadors of the best of the American spirit.

Introduced at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007, WOODY SEZ has played in over 50 cities in the US, the UK, the Middle East and across Europe.

Lyn Gardner, theatre critic for The Guardian, WROTE OF THE London performance – “This low-key, high-spirited celebration of Guthrie’s life and music knocks big West End biopics into a heap of dust” Peter Marks of the Washington Post wrote, “ The musicianship is first class; the cast effortlessly adapts to the rousing spirit of the songwriter’s heartland balladeering and protest music. It’s pleasant to be reminded that, once upon a time in America, raising one’s voice in dissent could make for some beautiful music.”

This production is directed by Nick Corley with Sherry Lutken, musical directed by David Lutken, set design by Luke Cantarella, costumes by Jeffrey Meeks, lighting by Marcus Abbott and sound design by Ray Smith and Tate Burmeister.

The performance, in the folk tradition is unamplified and authentic. (The show and the musical arrangements incorporate over 20 acoustic instruments). Hootenannies will follow Sunday matinees – check our website for more details.

WOODY SEZ opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on October 23rd and runs through November 10th. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. There will be one Thursday matinee on October 24th.

Tickets are $55 adult / $50 senior / $25 student / $20 children 12 and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at  (Group rates and subscriptions are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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elephant_circle-right-150x150-DDThe last of our Summer Children’s Theatre performances are this Friday – for children of all ages!

The Ivoryton Playhouse brings you another summer full of fun and educational programs all geared towards children! The Playhouse is proud to present some new and exciting live performances featuring some of Connecticut ’s most popular, professional artists. Performances are for children of all ages. Help your child discover the magic of theatre this summer at The Ivoryton Playhouse.

All tickets $14.00.

For more information, please call 860.767.7318. To purchase tickets on line, please follow this link.


August 23rd
Paper Heart Puppets presents:

11:00am – * NEW * I LOVE TACOS!

There is joy in the world, and it comes wrapped in a tortilla!

Join White Nosed Coati and a cast of amazing Mexican wildlife in three original stories celebrating tacos and the place they were created. Each story is packed with exuberant humor, and colorful characters. So get ready for magical Qeutzal birds, taco monsters and the mystery of the volcano rabbit and his ultimate salsa!


With a simple snip of the scissors, adventures unfold for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion’” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. In each story audience members help puppeteer, Brad Shur, transform simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters right before your eyes.




Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. Recommended for ages 4 and up

TWO SHOW SPECIAL: buy tickets for both Paper Heart Puppet shows for $25. Bring your lunch to have on our patio between shows and enjoy complimentary lemonade.  Coloring activity and hand puppets to play with as well.  Join us!


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