History

The Ancram Opera House was erected in 1927 as Ancram Grange #955, a chapter of the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, to address the social, educational and economic concerns of the region’s farmers.  In 1972, the building was repurposed and renamed the Ancram Opera House as an arts venue focusing on light operatic fare.  Over the years, a variety of performances, film showings, vaudeville acts, lectures, gatherings and, most recently, weekly yoga classes have taken place here.  Today, Ancram Opera House rededicates itself to aspects of its origins, producing and presenting inventive contemporary theatrical performances to be shared by a rural community.

Vision

Inspired by the aspirations of the grange movement, the Ancram Opera House envisions meaningful encounters through the performing arts that forge connection and community.  We believe performances—conceived, created and experienced in our small, intimate space—offer the possibility for real exchange, instill a sense of place and contribute to healthier and happier lives.  Our hall fosters an audience’s immersion with a performance to make it complete and the potential for personal growth that the arts provide.  We also look to Ancram's pastoral character to nurture fervent artistic creation. 

Mission

The Ancram Opera House is a non-profit organization that brings together residents and visitors of Ancram, the Hudson Valley, and neighboring Berkshires for sustaining, shared experiences in the performing arts.   We produce, present or host diverse theatrical performances and offer training programs for theater artists.

Values

  • Discovery--Every play is built around a question.   We embrace inquiry throughout rehearsal and performance, and what emerges in response.
  • Inclusiveness--We convene audiences and artists of diverse backgrounds to inform our evolving understanding of one another and ourselves. 
  • Intimacy--Theater offers opportunities for self-discovery; the shared experience of a performance in our small space makes these revelations all the more nuanced and pronounced.
  • Relevance--We reflect the local world we know through the work while also investigating stories from around the globe with a local audience.
  • Synergy--We support artists, their process and drive to create, yet recognize the central role audiences play in the ultimate realization of any work.
  • Playfulness--Each production presents a chance to try something new, float an idea, test new methods or break rules.
  • Immediacy--The Ancram Opera House is noted for its excellent acoustics.  We are especially interested in the capacity of listening to engage on multiple levels.