About Auburn Public Theater
- Audience Service
Our highest priority is serving the needs of our audiences to their satisfaction by offering a place where they can joyfully experience local, regional, national and international artists and performances.
We consistently strive to meet the highest standards we can reasonably achieve.
- Programs and Performances
We present and produce performing and related arts that challenge, educate and entertain a broad community audience.
- Sustaining an Intimate Performance Space
We maintain an intimate performance space for actors, musicians, comedians, poets, dancers and other artists.
- Partnerships and Collaboration
We work toward our goals by combining the strengths of the APT board, staff and volunteers with those of others within and outside our community.
We use the resources entrusted to us in the most effective way possible to ensure the fulfillment of the APT mission.
Expressing ourselves with honesty and civility, we act courageously as we pursue the APT mission and vision.
- Audience Development
We are committed to developing regional audiences by offering distinctive programming of interest to a growing audience base.
We demonstrate our commitment to celebrating diversity in all aspects of audience development, programs, performances, services, staffing and volunteer support.
By providing an excellent performance space for local and visiting artists, Auburn Public Theater makes art a common experience in downtown Auburn and is recognized as a cultural, economic and social asset for the greater Auburn community.
Auburn Public Theater enriches the social, cultural and economic growth of our region by bringing people together through affordable access to live performance, cinema, arts education and community events.
Since its founding in 2005, Auburn Public Theater has welcomed more than 150,000 patrons to experience year-round programming in our multi-venue performing arts and community center. As a hub for theater, art, music, education and creative expression, Auburn Public Theater has brought new life to downtown Auburn through the following key programs:
Auburn Public Theater offers year-round learning opportunities through its educational arm, Auburn Public Studio, an accessible and affordable studio space, offering ongoing, dynamic programs in filmmaking, theater, music and writing for young people ages 3-18 and adults. Auburn Public Studio challenges and educates our community’s children and fosters creative growth for all through shared performance experiences. In fulfillment of its mission to provide affordable educational opportunities to all, the studio offers full and partial scholarships to support performance arts education for children from economically and culturally underserved families throughout Central New York.
Auburn Public Theater provides a multi-venue community center that serves as a gathering space for a variety of events in any one of our four spaces. Every Tuesday night the organization hosts Open Mic Night, an event which regularly draws a diverse group of over 60 people, from children to the elderly, for an evening of music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Many local organizations, schools and community groups utilize Auburn Public Theater spaces to conduct meetings or presentations, stage a show, teach a class, screen a film, or throw a party. Auburn Public Theater is also available on select dates for wedding, bridal shower, and other special events packages, which include exclusive use of our building the day of your event. Auburn Public Theater offers a versatile, affordable venue in the heart of downtown Auburn, New York for events ranging from a few hours to several days or weeks.
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) selected Auburn Public Theater as a decentralization site for the regranting of funds for the arts in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. Decentralization support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and work. Auburn Public Theater established Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants (FLCAG) to administer over $89,000/year in grants from NYSCA for arts programming by emerging artists and non-profit arts organizations.
Auburn Public Cinema is an independent, 65-seat art-house cinema that engages the community by providing affordable and accessible cinema programming to a diverse range of community members. Auburn Public Cinema seeks to increase film literacy and cinema appreciation through the screening of independent, documentary, foreign, classic and family films in a comfortable, convenient downtown theater with the highest quality digital projection and HD sound.
Through its Producing and Presenting Series, Auburn Public Theater brings nationally touring acts, live music, musical theater, plays and comedians to our 199-seat Mainstage for compelling and diverse programming throughout the year.