50 years on: A new beginning for the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Chatham, NY – April 2, 2019

The Mac-Haydn Theatre heads into its 51st season of summer theatre with new leadership and a revived commitment to the organization’s founding principles.

Producing Artistic Director John Saunders

Producing Artistic Director John Saunders

“We are very excited to continue building on our wonderful legacy,” says producing artistic director John Saunders. “What Lynne and Linda created here in Chatham is something very special. It was a dreadful blow when we lost Lynne last year.” Lynne Haydn, a co-founder of the theatre, died last year, leaving Saunders in the principal leadership role.

Saunders isn’t afraid to shed light on the challenges. “It is a huge responsibility, particularly given the circumstances. I was extremely close to Lynne, I mean, she was my mentor and dear friend. But, Lynne left me feeling very prepared and confident to move the organization into our next 50 years. Our board of directors, led by Paul Colarusso Jr., have been extremely supportive, and I am very excited about our future plans and prospects. We have an exciting staffing restructure in process and have brought in some excellent personnel for the Summer 2019 season. I know it is going to be one of our best.”

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Andrew Gmoser

Andrew Gmoser is thrilled that the Mac-Haydn is back, that he is part of it, and that you are here. In his 28 seasons at the Mac-Haydn he has designed the lighting for over 170 of our shows, and created the sets for some of our most spectacular productions, including Beauty and The Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, Spamalot, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ragtime, and Man of La Mancha. Andrew owns and operates Silent G Productions, providing design, equipment, and consultation for live theatre, dance, and concerts throughout Westchester, NY and beyond. Andrew’s best and most important production is with his lovely wife, Catherine: their twins, Thomas and Elizabeth!

Creative Roles this Season

Lighting Designer - 2024 Season