Chautauqua Institution

  • Western Plaza

    Western plaza

  • Back of the House

    Back of the house

  • Interior, West view

    Interior, west view

  • Interior, stage view

    Interior, stage view

  • Garden entry

    Garden entry

  • Aerial View

    Aerial view

Amphitheater Project

Recent letters and communications updating the community on the status of the Amphitheater project are available here, along with the project presentation delivered to the Institution's Board of Trustees in November 2014.


As of May 2015, Chautauqua Institution staff continues to explore preservation opportunities within its Amphitheater renewal project. To achieve this goal, and based on recommendations from representatives of the National Park Service, Chautauqua has enlisted the services of an advisory panel comprising historic preservation experts from local and regional organizations and the State Historic Preservation Office. The panel met for the first time at Chautauqua during the first week in May. The Institution has also retained an independent structural engineering firm that has expertise in historic buildings to complete a comprehensive assessment of the Amphitheater as it stands today.

Institution staff is working with outside experts to design a series of community engagement sessions to be held during the 2015 season, when the community has gathered together on the grounds. These sessions will be designed to listen and answer questions, and to educate attendees on the current state of the structure, the history of changes and modifications throughout its 122 years and the Institution’s proposed design. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and offer input, and their contributions will be recorded and reported out to the public. All recorded input will feed into materials the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees will consider at its Aug. 29 meeting, when the Amphitheater renewal project is scheduled for a vote.

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
Director of Communications