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What is Chickenshed NYC?

Chickenshed NYC is a New York-based inclusive children’s theater company. Founded more than 40 years ago in London, Chickenshed has launched in America to work with children of all ages (0-18+) and ensures that each participant can be successful in producing great theater—regardless of differing abilities or societal hurdles.

What we do at Chickenshed NYC

We believe in inclusive theater — where children of all abilities and backgrounds can come together to create, learn and perform. Beginning fall 2018, Chickenshed will begin our Early Childhood programs: Tales Away. In Spring 2019, we will begin our Children’s Theatre and Youth Theatre programs.

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Tales from the Shed

Tales is our much-loved interactive show for 0-6 year olds, featuring dancing, music, puppets and more. We invite children and parents alike to sing, dance and play along with characters like Lion Down and the colorful Blurgh puppets.   

Tales Away

We will be partnering to bring our programs to schools, including Riverside Montessori, Cassidy’s Place, Gillen Brewer School, and Wetherby-Pembridge. For more information on bringing Tales Away to your school, contact Cyndi

Meet some of the cast from Tales From The Shed

Meet Blurgh
Meet Preston
Meet Kingsly
Meet Yo-Hawn

Children’s Theater

Children’s Theater is the perfect opportunity for children under 13 to perform on stage, rehearse as a collective and grow together. Children will register on a quarterly or semester basis.


Youth Theater

Youth Theater is for children 13 and older to perform. YT also has opportunities for children to become student leaders and help teach other participants the Chickenshed methodology. Children will register on a quarterly or semester basis.


Who we are

  • Elaine Finkletaub American Friends of Chickenshed Board
    Elaine leads our team with more than a dozen years of experience as a Chickenshed UK parent and volunteer before relocating to New York in 2016. Elaine is also an entrepreneur.
    Contact Elaine

  • Elliot Fishman General Manager
    Elliot has more than 20 years of experience in advising and managing not-for-profit organizations, including Royal Shakespeare Company America, for which he serves as Secretary.  He has also co-produced several Broadway shows.
    Contact Elliot

  • Cyndi Steele Harrod Artistic Director
    Cyndi is an actress, teacher, director and producer and a mother of a child with mixed abilities.
    Contact Cyndi

  • Adrian Bumpas Associate Artistic Director
    Adrian is a New York-based actress and teaching artist who was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She is following her love of opening the theatre doors to children.
    Contact Adrian

  • Neil Simpson Marketing and Communications Director
    Neil is a UK based team member and has two children who are part of Chickenshed there. He has a background in advertising as a Creative Director with international advertising agencies.
    Contact Neil

  • Nathalie Ginvert Head of Special Projects
    Nathalie is a UK based team member. She is involved with Chickenshed as both a parent and a volunteer. She has a background in television production and as an event coordinator. Contact Nathalie

  • Victoria Ungvarsky Marketing & Administrative Manager
    Victoriais a theatrical marketing and producing consultant, with experience in both commercial and non-profit theatre. Contact Victoria

  • Sandy Dirkx Operations Manager
    Sandyhas an extensive background in theatre, education, and administration. As co-founder/director of a diverse NYC after-school program, she brings experience working with children, families and nonprofit Organizations.
    Contact Sandy

  • Laura Lindner-Bass Membership & Impact Coordinator
    Laura has more than 30 years of experience working with children and families as an educator, interventionist, staff/parent trainer and inclusion specialist.  She is a mother of three, NY based and an avid patron of the arts.
    Contact Laura
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Support Chickenshed NYC

Chickenshed NYC needs your help to bring life-changing inclusive theatre to New York. Click here to support an educational theatre program for all children.

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Chickenshed NYC operates under The American Friends of Chickenshed charity, a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization registered with EIN No. 30-0099170.

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