The Riggi Theater, National Museum of Dance 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

FREE ADMISSION (Donations Welcome)  /  All readings take place at 7:30pm


Tuesday Feb. 24th - TEXAS BOOT by Jeffrey Sweet / Directed by Ron Holgate

Thursday Feb. 26th - DARK NORTH by David Skeele / Directed by Will Severin

Tuesday March. 3rd - GUARDIANS OF THE TREASURE by Dr. Selma & Gabrielle Nemer / Adapted & Directed by Mary Jane Hansen

Thursday March. 5th - SOMEONE by Kay Eldredge / Directed by Patricia Birch






A powerful new drama by Jeffrey Sweet, profiling the famous radical attorney who defended the Chicago Seven.  Starring Broadway veteran Jeff McCarthy as William Kunstler. See the show the New York Times called "wise and revealing." LIMITED SEATING. Tickets are available online or via phone at 518 584-7780. See below for more info.

Tickets for KUNSTLER are available online at:

Friday & Saturday, January 30, & 31, 2015 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2pm

SPECIAL BENEFIT PERFORMANCE Thursday, January 29, 2015 - A special gala event at the National Museum of Dance featuring excerpts from KUNSTLER and a spirited roundtable headed by Attorney E. Stewart Jones with members of the Capital District legal profession with Jeff McCarthy as William Kunstler in a discussion of Kunstler's legacy and the law. A reception follows. All proceeds will benefit The Creative Place International production and education programs. 

Tickets for the CPI GALA EVENT are available online at:



Starts December 4th! Get your tickets now...

Get your tickets for PINOCCHIO! Available now at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets:
Public performances of PINOCCHIO will be Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 at 2 pm in the Riggi Theatre at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. LIMITED SEATING. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved at 518 584-7780 or online. $15 for adults, $10 for children under 16. Performances December 3-5 are sold out to school groups.

Due to popular demand The Creative Place International and the National Museum of Dance School of Arts are bringing back Pinocchio for a limited engagement this December. Join us as we present a special live stage version of the beloved tale! Join Pinocchio on the fantastic journey that takes him from puppet to boy. Capturing the lively spirit of the classic Carlo Collodi story with authentic Italian flair and music, this new Pinocchio is perfect for families and child audiences. Join us at the Riggi Theater starting December 4th!


Thursday, December 4 and Friday, December 5 at 10 am

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7 at 2 pm

National Museum of Dance - Riggi Theater, 99 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY

Limited Seating -

Reserve tickets at 518 584-7780 or 

$15 for adults, $10 for children under 12. Special rates for school groups. 


Starts August 21st! Get your tickets now...

Join us again this summer in the Spa City, as The Creative Place presents THE SOUND OF MURDER by William Fairchild. A whodunit in the fine British (Agatha Christie) tradition, the play is directed by Tony Award winner Ron Holgate.

A writer of children's stories is popular with his fans but not at home, where he is a calculating fiend. His wife turns to another man for affection, and eventually the two of them devise a fool-proof plan to do away with the husband. Plot twists abound in this tense thriller which will keep you guessing until the end. Adult content.

August 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30 at 8pm and August 24 & 31 at 2pm

The Dee Sarno Theater at The Arts Center

320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY  

Limited Seating - Tickets: $25

Reserve tickets at 518 584-7780 or

Support your favorite charity at benefit performances of THE SOUND OF MURDER. The Creative Place International (CPI) will continue its tradition of sharing the proceeds of performances with several area charities as follows: The Brave Will Foundation (8/21), Code Blue Saratoga (8/22), Saratoga Independent School (8/23), The Yaddo Garden Association (8/24), The Saratoga County Children's Committee (8/28), The Franklin Community Center (8/29) and The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts (8/30). The final performance on Sunday, August 31, will benefit The Creative Place International.

August 21st    The Brave Will Foundation      

August 22nd   Code Blue Saratoga

August 23rd   Saratoga Independent School      

August 24th    The Yaddo Garden Association

August 28th   The Saratoga County Children’s Committee      

August 29th    The Franklin Community Center

August 30th   The National Museum of Dance School of Arts     





Starts July 19th! Get your tickets now...

The Creative Place International and the National Museum of Dance School of Arts present a new live stage version of the beloved tale! Join Pinocchio on the fantastic journey that takes him from puppet to boy. Capturing the lively spirit of the classic Carlo Collodi story with authentic Italian flair and music, this new Pinocchio is perfect for families and child audiences. 





Think. Do. Play. Write... 


A World Premiere of a New “Pinocchio”

4 weeks of classes & rehearsals June 30-July 26 / Performances July 24,25 & 26, 2014

Auditions will be held at the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts on Saturdays, April 26 and May 3- 3:00-5:00 PM. Young people ages 11 and upward are invited to register for PINOCCHIO. Admission to the program will be by audition only.

The School of the Arts (SOA) at the National Museum of Dance is excited to announce a new theatre program in collaboration with The Creative Place International (CPI), a Saratoga-based non-profit arts organization providing cultural resources to the community through workshops and theatrical events. This new program, On Stage Showcase, will highlight the world premiere of a new adaptation of the beloved children’s tale, Pinocchio. The performance, created for a family audience, will be held at the National Museum of Dance and will feature music and actors of from 11yo to adults!

The On Stage Showcase program will be four weeks of classes and rehearsals, held 

Monday through Friday - 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Classes will focus on character research, technical aspects of production, stage movement and circus/clowning techniques, as well as a basic introduction to the theatrical style of the Commedia Dell’arte. This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring actors and actress to delve into theatrical study and then use this knowledge in performance. Don’t miss this chance to work with accomplished theatre artists and educators: Patricia B. Snyder, Anny DeGange Holgate, and Mary Jane Hansen. These three artists have worked together for the past several years to present effective and rewarding theatre arts experiences for young people and adults. 
The program will start on Monday, June 30 and conclude with performances of Pinocchio July 24-26, 2014. Tuition for this four-week program is $750, with a 25% discount for families with multiple enrollments. If you are interested in participating in On Stage Showcase and performing in Pinocchio, register for auditions!




Attention aspiring actors, actresses, and playwrights! The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts (SOA) is pleased to announce a collaboration with The Creative Place International (CPI), a Saratoga-based non-profit theater arts organization. This exciting upcoming theater arts program will include three two-hour evening workshops this March and April 2014:

  • Acting Workshop for Teens will be held on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. for eight weeks from March 4 through April 29
  • Acting Workshop for Adults will be held every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. for eight weeks from March 3 through April 28
  • Playwrights Workshop for Teens and Adults will be held every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. for seven-weeks from March 4 through April 22. The tuition cost for each session is $200.
    For more information about any of the SOA/CPI Theatre Workshops and other classes at the SOA, please email or call 518-584-2225 ext. 3008.

Click here for the Online Registration Form 



Continuing a tradition of sharing box office proceeds from its productions with other area charities, The Creative Place International (CPI) has distributed a total of $4,552.50 to six area charities who worked with CPI to gather an audience for SARATOGA CHIPS performances at The Arts Center in Saratoga August 1-11.

Beneficiaries of the CPI proceeds-sharing initiative are: St. Clement’s Church, Maple Ave. Middle School Musical Club, The Brave Will Foundation, Saratoga County Children’s Committee, Shelters of Saratoga and the Yaddo Garden Association.

The Children’s Committee said, “Our committee was honored to have been chosen to receive half of the proceeds from ticket sales that night and were delighted to work with such a talented group of theatre professionals. Quality and professionalism describes our experience in every way! Volunteers helping other doesn't get any better than that!”

Kathy Mattes of the Yaddo Garden Association said, “We were thrilled to partner with CPI's multi-talented theatre professionals.  It was great to collaborate with another group of dedicated volunteers to support the community.”

SARATOGA CHIPS was specifically commissioned by CPI to be part of the Saratoga 150 Celebration, marking the Saratoga Race Course sesquicentennial as the oldest continuously operating sports venue in the nation. Corporate sponsors of SARATOGA CHIPS included The Adirondack Trust Company, Healthy Living Market and Café, E. Stewart Jones Law Firm, Mohawk Honda, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Stewart’s Shops and Stuyvesant Plaza, Inc.

Acclaimed by audiences at The Arts Center, SARATOGA CHIPS, by Saratoga playwright Mary Jane Hansen, revisits the Spa City’s colorful history during the time of the Civil War when the Saratoga Race Course was founded. The play is an entertaining theatrical adventure, combining history, comedy and music from Saratoga’s Victorian era and featuring many of the personalities of the time, including Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mark Twain, Madame Jumel, Saratoga Track Founder John Morrissey and President Ulysses S. Grant.

Working toward accomplishing its mission to provide cultural resources to the community, The Creative Place International will present workshops for young people and adults wishing to hone their performing and/or writing skills and is planning another theatrical production in the spring as well as next summer. 

 In the future, CPI will continue to partner with not-for-profit organizations and will also work toward establishing a modest theatrical facility in Saratoga Springs where CPI and other performing arts organizations in need of a legitimate theatre space can present their work in a professional setting for both artists and audiences.



 Thank you for joining us in downtown Saratoga Springs for another season of entertaining Theatre, as we presented SARATOGA CHIPS in honor of the 150th anniversary of America's Oldest Sporting Venue! 


From the Discovery of Water to the Eradication of Crime in the Racing City

a new play with music

by Mary Jane Hansen

Water,Turf, Air & Fire. Add in some smoking hot oil and the almighty dollar and you have a story as old as anyone can remember, and a few new inventions along the way. The fundamental constituents of the universe hold sway in SARATOGA CHIPS, but a few man-made elements like currency & crime, celebrity & and scandal reign supreme. From the gambling houses to the springs, from the piazzas of the grand hotels to the Graveyard of Favorites, see what happens when historical characters collide in the town you thought you knew. Commodore Vanderbilt, Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant, Mrs. Grant, Madame Jumel, John Morrissey and Mrs. Morrissey and aeronaut Carlotta Meyers are just a few of the famous names that pass through SARATOGA CHIPS, an entertaining evening of history, comedy and music from Saratoga's Victorian era.

Expanding on CPI's early tradition of sharing the wealth--however modest--among fellow non-profit organizations, seven (7!) Saratoga area charities had their own benefit performance of SARATOGA CHIPS during the play's run at The Arts Center August 1-11, 2013. Each organization received half of the box office proceeds generated by their benefit performance. A great opportunity to support a favorite charity, see a great play and help CPI bring more cultural resources to the community.

Thanks to our sponsors, CPI is working to enhance the Saratoga cultural scene with professional theatre. We are grateful to HEALTHY LIVING MARKET AND CAFE, THE ADIRONDACK TRUST COMPANY, E. STEWART JONES LAW FIRM, STEWART'S SHOPS, PRICE CHOPPER'S GOLUB FOUNDATION and STUYVESANT PLAZA for their generous support of CPI's work.




The Creative Place International was selected by The League to contribute to the Thirty Plays 30 Years celebration with the reading of SWEETIE by Gail Kriegel at the Pershing Square Signature Center.The Diamond Stage was full to the brim with the talent of Natalie Wachen, Timothy Ware, Katy Blake, Rebecca Pitcher, LaQuet Sharnell, Bret Shuford, Melvin Brandon Logan, Justin Lonesome, Garett Hawe, Brandon Espinoza and Michael Mitchell.....all directed by Patricia Birch. CPI is grateful to Ms. Birch and all the performers, to Louis St. Louis, Joshua Quinn,  Cindi Rush Casting, Ivy Austin, Mary Jane Hansen, Dennis Buck, Will Severin, Olga Delorey, Richard Snyder, Arlene Leff, Christine Saplin and the staff of the SIGNATURE and its Executive Director, Erika Mallin.  Special thanks to the Board of Directors of the Creative Place.

A Study Guide for the event was prepared for CPI by Christine Saplin for Rosie's Theatre Kids who attended SWEETIE with their teacher, Jeff Statie.  Students of Fashion Institute of Technology teacher, Michael Angel Johnson, were also in attendance. 



The Creative Place International (CPI), a newly formed non-profit organization dedicated to providing exciting cultural resources in Saratoga Springs, presented AMERICAN SOUP, a new play with music by Saratoga Playwright Mary Jane Hansen at The Arts Center in downtown Saratoga August 3-12, 2012 to enthusiastic audiences! 

Saratoga-based charities benefited from all performances ofAMERICAN SOUP, including the Maple Avenue Middle School Musical Club, The Kigali Medical University Foundation and The Creative Place International (CPI) programs for youth. 


Picture on right: John McGuire as Andy Warhol in American Soup (photo copyright 2007, Timothy Raab)


Comments by audience members:

"Congratulations to Mary Jane Hansen and all of the wonderful talent that delighted the evening with a wonderful performance. Don't miss it!" - Adrianne M.

"...everyone has to see this...just awesome!!!" - Annie L.

"I don't even know where to start...I saw American Soup today at the Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. This play is an amazing, creative, and artistic production that is not for's for EVERYONE!" - Tonya P.

"I've lived in Saratoga for almost 15 years, and never been so moved. Thanks again, and long live the arts!" - Graham G.

"If you are looking for some fun this weekend or next I highly recommend it!" - Kathleen S.

"American Soup was so awesome! I loved it!" - Annie D.

"Fun, entertaining, insightful and tons of talent. If you are looking for something to do next weekend, this show is for you!" - Karen L.

"I really enjoyed American Soup! What a fun way to portray how new events impacted the American Family. It was ingenious how stories of love, a family, Andy Warhol, and history were woven together and told with music and humor! Bravo!" - Lorrie L.



CPI presents workshops for young playwrights and performers at the Museum of Dance.  Master teachers for previous sessions included Broadway director and choreographer Patricia Birch and Tony Award winner Ron Holgate. 


Some comments by previous students on their experience:


“I liked working on a monologue and specific scenes—it was nice to channel our skills into specific presentations…” 

“…when Pat Birch came in and we did the bus improvisation…”

“I liked making our own characters…and the master classes…”

“I liked writing the stories and then writing lines for the scenes…” 

“I liked meeting new people and it was interesting to see what different things they brought to the workshop…”

“I learned a lot and it was sooo much fun!” 

“I really like meeting the master teachers and having them talk with us…”

“I liked everything!”




P.O. Box 99

Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

For more information call: 518 584-7780