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Amphitheater Project

November 14, 2014

Dear Chautauquans,

Greetings from snowy Chautauqua.

I want to follow up on my September letter on the Amphitheater project by sharing with you some of the material that we took to our board of trustees on November 7. During this session, the administration and board conducted a deep dive on the Amphitheater project, reviewing all materials and opinions received to date.

Since its construction in 1893, Chautauqua Institution’s Amphitheater has played a central role in both fulfilling Chautauqua’s mission and building community.

Acknowledging that the current structure has many challenges due to age, size, configuration and the demands of presenting a 21st-century program, Chautauqua Institution convened a group of experts and engaged Chautauquans to explore these challenges; examine the critical issues central to its rehabilitation, restoration and/or reconstruction; and to set a framework for the design process.

Study Group Report

The Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater Study prepared by the Amphitheater Study Group was delivered to the Board of Trustees on Nov. 5, 2011 and was reviewed in detail at the trustees’ retreat in February 2012.

Amphitheater Study Group Contact

Any questions regarding the work of the Amphitheater Study Group may be directed to John Shedd, Architecture and Land Use Regulations Administrator and Capital Projects Manager, at (716) 357-6246 or



The Chautauqua Institution Strategic Plan (2010-2018), as adopted by the Board of Trustees, identifies the
goal of rehabilitating facilities
that are critical to program presentation, including
the Amphitheater.


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Jordan Steves
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