Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Photo Credit: Studio Gang


Since its first season in 1987, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF)’s productions have been staged in a seasonal tent at Boscobel House and Gardens overlooking the Hudson River. The new design on a nearby site remains open to the elements but elevates the overall theatrical experience for both actors and visitors through improved rehearsal, performance, and amenity spaces; expanded accessibility for more diverse audiences; and technical additions that open up new opportunities for HVSF productions. The landscape design replaces the site’s water-intensive former golf course with restored native grasses and wetlands that support biodiversity and decrease resource use.

The new design establishes a permanent home and more versatility for its actors, audience, and back-of-house. The gently curved, timber-framed grid shell improves year-round functionality while evolving HVSF’s tradition of immersive performances, opening directly onto the revitalized landscape and framing views of the highlands along the Hudson River. Architecture and nature work together to create a transformative new cultural destination for New York and the wider performing arts community.

  • Client: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
  • Architect: Studio Gang
  • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
  • Civil Engineer: Badey & Watson Surveying & Engineering PC
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Tectonic Engineering Consultants, Geologists & Land Surveyors, D.P.C
  • MEP, IT, Security, Sustainability Consultant: Buro Happold
  • Lighting Design Consultant: Tillotson Design Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
  • Acoustic Consultant: Threshold Acoustics LLC
  • Graphic Design Consultant: Karlsson Wilker Inc
  • Completion Year: TBD
  • Location: Garrison, NY
  • Building Size: 6,800 SF (Theater); 5,000 SF (Back of House); 250 SF (Concessions); 1,800 SF (Public Washrooms)
  • Capacity: 480 seats

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