Chickenshed NYC’s priority is to protect the health and safety of our children, their families, and our staff.  We are therefore following the guidance of public health officials and pausing all programming through the end of March.  At the same time, we are exploring innovative ways to bring TALES FROM THE SHED and CHICKENSHED PLAYERS to the public, without an on-site presence.

Please watch this space for updates. 

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Chickenshed Players

Experience the magic of Chickenshed inclusive theatre classes for ages 6-13+.  Each semester ends with an original and joyful performance.

Chickenshed’s no-audition approach to creating authentic work--using storytelling, song and movement--is like nothing else in NYC. Our process focuses on each child’s individual creativity and strengths, and cultivates a “theatre family” of peers with different backgrounds, abilities, and talents. The kids work closely with professional teaching artists to collaborate and express their ideas, resulting in high-quality theatrical work. Our philosophy fosters inclusion, compassion and kindness, resulting in a vibrant and unforgettable experience.

$50 Registration Fee

Chickenshed Players 1 – Ages 6-8
Saturdays 11:00-11:45 ($400/semester)

Chickenshed Players 2 – Ages 9-12
Saturdays 12:30-1:45 ($450/semester)

Chickenshed Players 3 – Ages 13+
Saturdays 2:00-3:30 ($500/semester)

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

Fall 2020
September 5, OPEN HOUSE, 12, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21
December 5 PERFORMANCE, 12

Register HERE
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 The Thing that goes Blurgh.

Shows start at 10:00AM on the following Saturdays:

April 4 & 25

Actors Theatre Workshop
145 W 28th Street, NYC

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Meet some of the cast from Tales From The Shed

Meet Blurgh
Meet Preston
Meet Kingsly
Meet Yo-Hawn

Planet Play

Our magical world of sensory learning, wonder and exploration developed for babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years. These 45 minute sessions encourage young children to explore the world around them through songs, music and movement in a wonderful sensory experience.

Shows start at 9:00AM on the following Saturdays:

January 25
February 8
April 25

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

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We partner with some Manhattan schools to bring our programs to Twinparks Montessori, Kindercare, Gillen Brewer and International Pre-school and Wetherby-Pembridge.

For information on bringing Tales from the Shed to your school, contact Artistic Director Cyndi Steele Harrod [email protected]

What is Chickenshed NYC?


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

Our inaugural NYC performance at Symphony Space in April, 2018

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

  • Anastasia Brien Communications
    Anastasia is a lifelong arts enthusiast with a background in improv, dance and musical theatre. She has decades of experience as a writer in marketing, advertising, and journalism in London and the US.
    Contact Anastasia


Support Chickenshed NYC

Chickenshed NYC needs your help to bring life-changing inclusive theatre to New York.

Here are some of the ways you can help us:

• $60 will enable a disadvantaged family of four to attend a TALES FROM THE SHED or PLANET PLAY performance

• $150 will add a new puppet to our TALES/PLANET PLAY  cast

• $300 will subside 10 hours worth of Teacher Artist training in one of our programs

• $450 will subsidise a semester scholarship for our Chickenshed Players program

• $500 will allow us to bring an immersive workshop to an underserved school

• $1000 will underwrite a morning’s worth of TALES and PLANET PLAY performances to an undeserved preschool

• $1200 will enable us to record and produce 4 songs for children to enjoy at home

• $5000 will subsidise Tigon and Liger performances in public libraries across the city

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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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