The Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of owning, restoring and operating the 100 year old Playhouse, maintaining its cultural, educational, entertainment and service value to the community at large. The Foundation is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Shoreline region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.
About Ivoryton Playhouse
The building that is now the Ivoryton Playhouse was built in 1911 as a recreation hall for the employees of the Comstock-Cheney factory. In all likelihood, the building would have been demolished long ago but for its chance encounter with a remarkable man. Milton Stiefel started his long career in theater as an actor, playing with such famous personalities as Julia Marlow and Lionel Barrymore. Eventually, his career took him backstage and he became nationally known as “The Assistant Director,” right hand man and confidante of David Belasco, considered by historians as one of the greatest directors in American theatre. Over the course of the past 28 years, the Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation has completed a total renovation of the building, including new shingles, a new heating and air-conditioning system, new seats and state-of-the-art theatrical sound and lighting systems. In the fall, 2008, the Playhouse received a grant from the State of Connecticut to replace the roof and the old furnaces. The building is now prepared to face the second century of its life. In 2006, under the Artistic Direction of Jacqueline Hubbard, the Foundation began producing a year round season of professional theatre.
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Transportation & Parking
From South/West. New York, New Haven: Get on I-95 North. Get off at Exit 65, Westbrook. Take a left at end of ramp onto Rte. 153. Travel four miles to the third traffic light. At first light turn left. At the next light, turn left. The Playhouse is located one and one-half miles on the right, at 103 Main Street. From East. New London, Niantic: Get on I-95 South. Get off at Exit 69. Bear right onto Rte. 9N. Get off at Exit 3. Go left at end of exit ramp. Continue straight through on Rte. 154 / Main Street for approximately two and one-half miles. The Playhouse is located on the right, at 103 Main Street. From North. Hartford, Middletown: Get on Rte. 9 South. Get off at Exit 4, Middlesex Turnpike/Centerbrook (approximately 18 miles south of Middletown). Turn right at end of exit ramp onto Rte. 154 / Main Street. Travel about 7/10 of a mile to the first traffic light. Turn right and travel one and one-half miles to the Playhouse located on the right, at 103 Main Street. From Old Saybrook: Get on Rte. 9 North. Get off at Exit 3. At end of exit ramp, take a left. Continue straight through on Rte. 154 / Main Street for approximately two and one-half miles. The Playhouse is located on the right, at 103 Main Street.