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Pendragon Theatre is an ensemble of artists, based in the Adirondacks, dedicated to preserving the vitality and enhancing
the quality of professional theatre through year-round performance and educational programs.


Pendragon Theatre is a professional theater in Saranac Lake, NY. Now in its 35th season, Pendragon produces a five play theater season annually and offers a music series, extensive children’s offerings, and rehearsal and performance space for other local organizations.

Our facility is in urgent need of a newer and safer lighting system! We have recently received a $20,000 grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation to begin the work but we are still about $10,000 short of the estimate for replacing the system. We could really use your help. Every little bit counts! Help us bring our lighting system into the 21st century so we can continue to provide a vital arts resource to our community.

We hope to raise $2,000 on Adirondack Gives to go toward this project. If we hit that mark quickly, we’ll increase our goal!




2015 Update: A Tribute to You

2015 Update: A Tribute to You

Due to the generosity of our loyal donors and passionate patrons,
Pendragon Theatre continues to prosper as an iconic North Country cultural jewel.
As we make plans for an even-brighter artistic tomorrow, here are some things we’d like you to know:

The 2015 Season
The theme of the 2015 season has been Tributes, to acknowledge and honor the contribution of both the
late Binnie Ritchie Holum, and the major role so many of you have played in making Pendragon the grand
success story it is today. This year’s season has included Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, a 2013 Tony Award
winner for best play; Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, and Tintypes, both Tony-nominated; the family classic Snow
Queen; and opening September 3 and continuing for the Arts in Education tour, Anton Chekhov’s timeless
masterpiece The Seagull.

From NCPR to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the reviews have been excellent.  Under the leadership of
Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham, and with so many wonderful actors and directors on board –
both admired Pendragon veterans and talented new faces – who could have doubted it?

Exciting Recent Accomplishments
•  Thanks to you and to so many other ardent supporters, our three-year Campaign to Secure the Future
exceeded our very ambitious goal of $200,000. This is a tremendous achievement, and shows that you
believe in the promise of Pendragon’s future as passionately as we do.
•  New Managing Director Tara Palen brings 20 years of theatrical management experience to the
Pendragon team. Tara’s personable and steady professionalism adds an important new voice to the mix.
•  Music @ Pendragon has brought us lively music and new patrons, filling the theatre with enthusiastic
capacity crowds over the winter.
•  The re-energized Young Playwrights Festival culminated with an exciting series of workshops and
public performances on April 11, and resulted in excited and motivated students.
•  Two very popular youth summer camps, one for teens and another for younger children, helped
develop the thespians of the future.
•  We have received a grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation to partially fund replacement of the
aging lighting system. Designed to move into any new facility as well, the new lighting will improve the
safety, reliability, and flexibility of the current system. We have opened an Adirondack Gives campaign to
help complete the funding.

A Bright and Ambitious Future

To ensure the sustainability of the theatre, the board is now investigating the feasibility of a new home for
Pendragon, one which resolves the sizable issues with the current site, reflects the quality of the performances
we create, and potentially creates a community arts center as the heart of a vibrant downtown area. Phase 1
of our study, integrating community requirements and looking at comparable facilities, is almost complete
and has generated tremendous community interest. It was funded by a state grant and the generosity of
some loyal donors, and has been in conjunction with North Country Community College, the Village of
Saranac Lake, and Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Phase 2 will include market assessment and a pro forma business
plan. We have received a matching grant from Cloudsplitter Foundation and will begin once matching funds
are identified. We do not expect to make any change until 2017. But we do know that we must do something
with our facility, and that the journey of the next few years will be a very exciting one.

We are counting on you to be there with us — every step of the way.




nyscalogo Pendragon receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.