Chickenshed is heading to New York City!

Chickenshed NYC is bringing the UK’s renowned and fully inclusive and transformative theatrical programming to the children of New York. Chickenshed NYC will include children from all abilities and from diverse economic, cultural, and social environments. Chickenshed NYC operates under The American Friends of Chickenshed charity, a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization registered with EIN No. 30-0099170.

We had a fabulous pilot demonstration week in April 2018, which saw a team of practitioners from London visit us to demonstrate Chickenshed’s inclusive methodology with local children, families, arts and cultural leaders, philanthropists, and other stakeholders.  

Chickenshed Changing Stages

Through workshops and training sessions we explored our unique potential to create a theatrical community for children of mixed abilities and backgrounds, and discovered more about how we can play our part in fulfilling Chickenshed's vision of a society that celebrates diversity, inspires positive change, and enables everyone to flourish through the creation of outstanding, entertaining theatre. 


The Chickenshed NYC leadership team has diverse skills and expertise:

  • Elaine Finkletaub  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  combines a legal background with more than 20 years of expertise in working with not-for-profit organizations, particularly those with relationships to overseas organizations. Contact Elliot.
  • Michael Kurzrok  is a parent with longtime involvement in the performing arts. He has a business background in finance and real estate. Contact Michael.
  • Cyndi Steele Harrod is an actress, teacher, director and producer, and a mother of a child with mixed abilities. Contact Cyndi.
  • Nathalie Ginvert is a UK based team member. Nathalie 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.
  • Lisa Poelle is an early childhood education professional in NYC. She has a long history of working with children and youth theatre organizations as a parent, board member, producer, event coordinator, and administrator. Contact Lisa.
  • Victoria UngvarskyContact Victoria
  • Adrian BumpasContact Adrian.

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Chickenshed Changing Stages performance    Chickenshed performance

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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