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Children’s Theater

Experience the magic of Chickenshed Inclusive Theatre workshops for ages 6-13.

2019 workshops begin September 14th, where children will explore themes that interest them through storytelling, dance and music. Our specially trained teaching artists will guide their creativity and foster resilience, patience, strength and acceptance as they collaborate each week. The final performance grows organically from the ideas and abilities of the children into something unique and unforgettable.

We believe that every person who joins our community positively changes the way that we work. We discover every individual’s strengths, providing the creative environment that will enable them to flourish. The children cultivate a theater family of peers with different backgrounds, abilities, and talents, and begin to see that when everyone has the power to contribute, the end result is beyond what they could create otherwise.

Classes take place at Wetherby-Pembridge School
7 E. 96th Street, NYC

Saturdays 12:30 - 1:45PM

September 14, 21, & 28
October 5, 12, 19 & 26
November 2, 9 & 16 (Performance!)
December 7, 14

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If you have any questions about the program, please email us at [email protected]

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.

Shows start at 10:30AM on the following Saturdays:

September  14 & 28 
October 12 & 26
November 9
December 7, 14, 21
January 18 & 25
February 8 & 22
March 7 & 28
April 4 & 25
May 2 & 9

The Wetherby-Pembridge School  
7 E. 96th Street, NYC.

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Tales From the Shed NYC

Meet some of the cast from Tales From The Shed

Meet Blurgh
Meet Preston
Meet Kingsly
Meet Yo-Hawn

Tales Away

We partnered with some Manhattan schools to bring our programs to Twinparks Montessori, Cassidy’s Place, Gillen Brewer School and Wetherby-Pembridge.

For information on bringing Tales Away to your school, contact Cyndi

What is Chickenshed NYC?

Chickenshed NYC is an American cousin of London’s Chickenshed Theatre Company, which has over 40 years been a leader in creation of inclusive theatre for children of all abilities and backgrounds.

We are pleased to bring Chickenshed’s inclusive methodology to New York, where children of all abilities and backgrounds can come together to create, learn and perform.

Who we are

  • Elaine Finkletaub President
    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

  • Olena Kushch Head of Marketing
    Olena has over 10 years of experience in advertising & marketing. She is a cross-cultural business consultant, performer and NYC mom. Contact Olena

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

  • 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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Email us at [email protected] for any questions, comments or suggestions.



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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