Curtain Up! Enjoy a Show at the Chautauqua Institution Theater

Aside from the incredible lectures and educational opportunities available during the Chautauqua Institution season, there is a fantastic theater scene to be explored as well. The Chautauqua Institution Theater Company (CTC) has been providing quality productions during the Chautauqua season for many years.

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The Chautauqua Institution Theater Company

The CTC is composed of professional actors, directors, designers, playwrights, and faculty, as well as up-and-coming actors, directors, and design fellows from across the country. As with everything in the Chautauqua Institution, the goal of the theater is to provide education and entertainment to the public as well as to nurture young talent.

Aside from the Shakespearean classics frequently performed on the stage, CTC also features American classics, like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Death of a Salesman. If you’d like to see something more contemporary, don’t miss the new play workshops.

Chautauqua Institution Conservatories

The core of the CTC is The Conservatory, a summer theater program that offers 14 actors, four design fellows, and one directing fellow the chance to work in a professional environment. The Conservatory is completely free. The members receive fellowships that include tuition, room, and board. The Chautauqua Theater Company Acting Conservatory is the most popular, with a wide range of applicants. The Acting Conservatory began 30 years ago and is considered one of the premiere summer training ensembles in the country.

Buy a Theater Pack

If you’re looking to guarantee your seat and save some money, order one of the Theater Ticket Packages. There are three packages available at

Stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa

When you’re watching a play from the Chautauqua Institution Theater Company, make sure you’re staying in gorgeous accommodations just minutes away! The Spencer Hotel & Spa is a five-minute walk from the Bratton Theater, where most of the major products are held. Our beautiful literary-themed rooms are the perfect place to end your day at the theater. Consider staying in the Lillian Hellman Room. This American playwright and memoirist was a leading voice in American theater. This room is decorated in florals and creams, with an incredibly comfortable king-sized bed, a neo-angle shower, and a small kitchenette. Check our availability and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.