For 40 years, Pendragon Theatre has been the backbone of Saranac Lake’s theatre scene—the only year-round, professional theatre company in the Adirondacks.
When Manhattanites Susan Neal and Bob Pettee arrived here in 1980 with the goal of bringing world-class theatre to a village in the mountains, they had a plan to stage three performances of A Streetcar Named Desire, with a single actor lined up and a $500 budget.
From that bare-bones beginning in a second-floor space, a true community pillar has emerged. In the ensuing years, Pendragon has become a reliable source of captivating, envelope-pushing cultural experiences that enrich and engage our entire community. Five-time Tony Award-winning actress Julie Harris has graced our stage and a Pendragon production won top honors at the International Fringe Festival. Today, we stage five summer shows, a touring production and other performances around the year, attracting outstanding professional talent.
But we’re not just a theatre in the community; we’re a theatre for the community. Our innovative slate of educational programs includes the Arts in Education Tour, which exposes hundreds of North Country students to live theatre every year; our Young Playwrights Festival, which pairs Pendragon professionals with budding writers; and our Summer Theatre Camp, which provides students in grades 7-12 an introduction to production.
We’ve worked with thousands of students over our 40 years. Many have gone on to careers in the performing arts, both as actors and in other, behind-the-scenes roles.
This kind of track record has made Pendragon an important contributor to the area’s arts scene. And we accomplish all of this from our home base, a converted, 1920s garage that attracts more than 5,000 theatre-goers a year.