Voted the "Best Outdoor Theater" in New York City by 'L' Magazine, over even the Public Theater in Central Park, Hudson Warehouse was founded in 2004 by Nicholas Martin-Smith with the intention of delivering the most vibrant, relevant, and engaging outdoor theatre possible. The first season consisted of a single modest production of The Tempest which performed over two weeks in July. Our summer season of classical theater has now expanded to three shows produced over the summer months of June, July, and August.
Hudson Warehouse was a 2013 recipient of Goddard Riverside's "Good Neighbor Award" in recognition of its "extraordinary deeds in helping build a better community." In September of 2013, Hudson Warehouse was invited to become the Resident Theater Company of Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Arts Center. Besides producing winter shows at the Arts Center, the company also taught playwriting in their Afterschool Program with Youths and continue an Acting Workshop with their Seniors.
With a winter home, the Warehouse now has a five show, year-round season which also includes both its 'Shakespeare in the Bar' and 'Writers-a-Go-Go' contemporary play reading series.
Hudson Warehouse also produces an annual Veterans Day Commemoration, in partnership with Goddard Riverside, interviewing veterans of war and creating a documentary on-stage, sharing their personal stories against the backdrop of war.
In addition to the company's full season, we teach workshops of the classics to high school students, bring our productions into schools and colleges.
In partnership with The Riverside Conservancy, we also offer our unique 'Hudson Warehouse Shakespeare Workout," three times during the summer, where we conduct master classes in Acting, Voice, and Stage Combat, free, to the public.
In 2016, our company partnered with New York City's Department of Corrections. We offer acting and writing workshops to inmates, as well as bring in full productions of our shows to Rikers, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx detention centers.
Hudson Warehouse was honored with a Proclamation from the City of New York "for distinguishing itself as a wonderful New York City institution that nurtures artists, audiences, and the community at large. At this milestone, their 15th anniversary, we are proud to commend everyone who has made its inclusive theatergoing experience a longtime cultural cornerstone of the neighborhood and the city." This Proclamation was given by Council Member Helen Rosenthal in May 2018.
In July 2021, Hudson Warehouse formally changed its name to Hudson Classical Theater Company which better reflects who we are and what we do.
Our summer home is The Solders' and Sailors' Monument located along the Hudson River in the heart of Riverside Park. It offers a beautiful back-drop and the north patio lends itself to a natural three-quarter thrust stage much like the one used by the actors at the original Globe Theater.
At the core of the company is a community of artists committed to presenting the classics in quality productions, made accessible to not only the Upper West Side and the five boroughs of the City of New York, but to people from as far away as New Zealand, and Taiwan, Rotterdam and Jerusalem who make this unique theatre experience a destination point during their visit to the city.
We are only able to continue to provide such wonderful, memorable productions and lasting community work through the donations of our friends, supporters and our generous audiences.
We hope you will choose to support us today and celebrate our continued work in improving the quality of life on the Upper West Side.