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Timeline of the Redhouse Arts Center

September 18, 1978

Originally incorporated as the Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse.

  • The Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse went defunct for a period of time until a group of local people reignited interest in it to ensure there was live theater in our community. It was re-founded as the Redhouse Arts Center.

August 2004

The new founders’ first show was Proof. This was before the officialname change, as they wanted to get things moving with the rebrand.

January 17, 2006

The name was officially changed to The Red House Arts Center, Inc.

  • Moved into new space at 201 S. West St., Syracuse, New York.
    • Continued to produce theater in this space until December 2017.
  • The final show in the old space was I Do, I Do.


The first year of educational programming, known as RedEd.

  • Our Director of Education, Marguerite Mitchell, starts at Redhouse.


We officially purchased what would become our new space: 400 S. Salina St, Syracuse, New York

  • Our current space was the old Sibley’s building.


Samara Hannah starts as Managing Director.

  • The opener of this season was was Spelling Bee, which was when Samara first met our current Artistic Director, Temar Underwood, as he was playing Mitch the Comfort Councilor.

2016/2017 Season

Samara Hannah is promoted to Executive Director of Redhouse Arts Center

  • This season was a real turning point for Redhouse. Our success was allowing us to produce bigger shows, and to start compensating our actors.

March 9, 2018

Officially moved into new space at 400 S. Salina St.

  • The first show was On Golden Pond
    • Our cast and crew rehearsed for this show in hard hats because the space was still being renovated.
  • Fred Grandy performed with his real daughter in the show (who also played his daughter in On Golden Pond).

June 1, 2018

Grand opening!

  • Kicked off our first full season in the new space (2018/2019).
  • The final production of the season was La Cage Aux Folles, chosen to truly celebrate our first full season.


We kicked off a national search for an Artistic Director.

  • The first formal Artistic Director in our new space was Hunter Foster (brother of Sutton Foster).

2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Seasons

Our first two seasons in our new space were incredibly successful for Redhouse.

  • Growing upwards of 20% each of these years.
  • 2019/2020 was the best year Redhouse has ever had, even though the final two productions of that season were canceled.
    • This success, especially with our fourth quarter being non-existent, showed us the value and importance of moving to our new space on Salina Street.
  • From the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in March 2020, we were dark from producing our live theater for637 days.
    • We utilized some streaming opportunities.
    • Our education programs were able to continue in an online format.


The first season backfrom COVID, when we were really able to come “back to life.”

  • Opened this season with Sister Act, chosen to mark the celebration of returning to live theater.
  • This was Temar Underwood’s first season as Artistic Director of Redhouse.
  • We began to navigate our new theater world and our audience’s new relationship with theater as a whole.


We have taken a meaningful approach to our programming in a way that we hope gives people confidence in us, and comfort in coming to our space.

  • 2023 will be our fifth year in our new space on South Salina Street.
  • The 2023/2024 season will be our 20th season since becoming Redhouse Arts Center.
  • Moving forward, we want to make sure we continue to remain visible in our schools, in our community, and in our Redhouse space.