Inspired by the nationally recognized program PUBLIC WORKS built by New York City's Public Theater. "Public Works is based on the thesis that artistry is an attribute of all people, not a skill limited to an elite few. Some of us get to practice more than others; some of us have natural gifts; but every human being has the ability, desire, and need to be creative. We have found that mixing amateurs and professionals on the same stage leads to beautiful and unique artistic results. We hope you share our view" (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater).


Our Story

Rehearsal to Stage Photo Gallery

Working with community‐based organizations, ARTPARK invited a WIDE DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE to participate in workshops and classes to join in the creation of an ambitious work of PARTICIPATORY THEATRE led by working theatre professionals.


Beginning with Local Auditions and Performance Workshops

at Community Partner Locations


To Individual Group Rehearsals on Stage


Rehearsals with professional directors and choreographers


And working with Broadway Stars

Providing Artpark Theatre Academy Students the opportunity to

collaborate with their local community




Thank you to the local bussiensses for providing their support

Domino Tops Lewiston, NY- Food donations throughout the rehearsal process

St. Paul's Church- donated rehearsal space

Niagara Falls Coachline

Bringing the community together

Performance Photo Gallery


"You could tell all on stage were so proud to be performing and felt the love from the audience. If only our world could learn from what was represented on your stage. I am so happy I attended. Your presentation will forever be a cherished memory."

- Karen Konecko


"This show was so touching and gave a message of coming home and inclusivity! Thanks to everyone, it was truly heartwarming!”

- Sheri





Originally commissioned and produced by The Public Theatre

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director

Patrick Willingham, Executive Director



Originally commissioned and developed by The Old Globe, San Diego, California

Louis G. Spisto, Executive Producer

A story of high adventure and true love that brought together 100+ WESTERN NEW YORK CITIZENS, BROADWAY STARS, PROFESSIONAL ACTORS, STUDENTS OF THE ARTPARK THEATRE ACADEMY and REGIONAL PERFORMANCE GROUPS to create the beautiful and dangerous world of THE ODYSSEY.

Terence Archie*


Apollo Creed in Broadway’s Rocky

The Odyssey, Seattle Rep

Courtney balan*


Broadway’s Falsettos, Finding Neverland

Christopher Guilmet*

The Singer

Duke in Man of La Mancha, Reprise! Theatre in Los Angeles

Gregg Goldston


"His ability and vision have expanded the art of mime."
-- Marcel Marceau 


Directed by

Roger Danforth


Jon Lehrer

Music Director

Patrick Towey

Set & Projections Design

Tatyana Wilds

Costume Designer

Bret Runyon

Lighting Design

Dyan Burlingame

Sound Design

Eric Burlingame

Puppet Design

Adam Kreutinger

Director of Production

Susan Stimson

Associate Directors

Paschal Frisina III,
Carin Jean White,
katie lupica

Associate Choreographer

Toni Dentico

Casting by

Stephanie Klapper Casting,
Kate LoConti


Based on the model built by New York City’s prestigious The Public Theater, this production is truly theatre of, by, and for the people, celebrating the diversity of our region in a spirit of collaboration and inclusion.

The program is supervised by Artpark’s Director of Family Programming, Tanis Winslow.

Special thanks also to Francine DelMonte and Paschal Frisina III. 



Artpark Theatre Academy is co-directed by Paschal Frisina III and Toni Dentico
A 4-week intensive for ages 10-18, exploring workshops in all aspects of musical theatre culminating in 2 performances of Artpark's The Odyssey! 
Click here for more info and registration


We are so pleased to share the stage with our community partners!
Thank you to all participants



Special thanks to Veterans One-stop Center of WNY for participating in our workshops

Artpark Volunteer Corps
Francine Delmonte, Coordinator

Lewiston Fire Company No. 1

Iroquois Indian Band

The Slyboots School of Music, Art and Dance

Mount Erie Baptist Church Choir

Random Ninjaz


More groups to be announced!


Thank you to our Odyssey sponsors!


The Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation

The Donald f. and Barbara L. Newman Family Foundation


Special thanks to: 


St. Paul's Episcopal Church 

The Odyssey is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036 (866) 378-9758