Art by Carolyn Edlund and Staats Fasoldt

The Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts will present the work of Carolyn Edlund and Staats Fasoldt from July 6th-29th at the Cunneen-Hackett Art Gallery, 12 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY. There will be an opening reception on Friday,July 6th from 5-8pm featuring the music of Ben Basile Jazz Duo. 

Gallery Hours are Friday-Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment.

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"And Walls" Auditions!!!

DEAR FRIEND - actors, dancers, creatively bent!

Please audition for our upcoming original production - and help us spread the word …it’s happening fast!



Sunday, June 24 at 6 pm.

Tuesday, June 26 at 6 pm.

9 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie (Cunneen Office)

Ages 18 & upward to play roles of:

4 men

3 women

1 female dancer

Performs: Nov. 2-11


Cocoon Theatre holds auditions for its fall Mainstage Production - premiering an original, full-length play written by M. San Millan, entitled ‘…and walls’ to perform at Cunneen Theater in Poughkeepsie, Nov. 2-11.


‘…and walls’ deals with the destructive barriers within the human being, through an ensemble cast exploring class struggle, power play, man’s desire to overcome obstacles and seek understanding.


Call backs: Tues. July 10 at 6 pm. 9 Vassar St. Pok


Contact Director: Marguerite San Millan at Cocoon Theatre: 845-452-7870

Soiree in the Parlor

Join us on Memorial Day for a triple-header reading of scripts in process. Magic, a short screenplay by Nancy O. Graham, is a comic caper in the form of an unusual custody battle. In The Warriors, a short play by Kate Udall, an archeologist grapples with a Viking ghost, who may have the loot she needs to solve mysteries of the past. Open Mike, a screenplay in rhyming verse by Peter Ferland, is about college students who find thousands of dollars in a second-hand couch—and return the money. Inspired by a true story.


Nancy O. Graham, curator of this soirée, is a Kingston-based actor and writer. Recent acting credits include The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl (Threshold Stage Company, Kittery, ME); Tiny Rooms, a performance installation by Grace Pendleton (Brooklyn, NY); and The Skin of Our Teeth (Voice Theatre, Woodstock, NY). Her prose and poetry have been published in such online journals as PindeldybozBlazeVox, and Eratio, and anthologized in In|Filtration: Innovative Poetry from the Hudson River Valley, edited by Anne Gorrick and Sam Truitt. 

Peter Ferland lives in New Paltz. He wrote and directed the family web-series Pirate Birthday Party, which can be seen on his website: He also made a documentary about boys' rites of passage called Tending Fires and numerous music and commercial web videos.  He writes for children's television shows (Curious GeorgeArthurMolly of Denali and a few others you've never heard of.) Open Mikeis in pre-production now, to be shot in the fall of 2018.


Kate Udall is an actor/playwright/audiobook narrator based in New Paltz. 

She has appeared in off-broadway, regional, and international productions, including The Waves (Blue Heron Arts Center/Culture Project), The Seagull (White Heron@Second Stage), and the short film Gravity, which premiered at Slamdance ’11 in Park City, Utah. Look for her as Special Agent Tammy Hattley in Season Three of the Netflix series Daredevil, airing in fall of 2018.


Cunneen-Hackett Art Gallery Opening: Evocative Fragments


Opening Reception on Friday, April 6, from 5-8 pm.
On April 1st, Easter Sunday, the gallery will be open by appointment between 1 and 5 pm. Call 845-663-6273 to drop in.

Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1-5 pm.
Exhibition open until April 29th, 2018.



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At the C H Gallery

Due to the snow storm on March 2nd, the Opening Reception for Design X 3 was moved to March 17, from 4 to 7pm with an artists' talk at 4:30.

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New date 

No Theme 2017

For those of you who haven't heard, No Theme is back! Click here to see our No Theme Gallery.

What is No Theme you ask?

The No Theme Performance Festival supports emerging artists by providing space for experimentation and collaboration in original work. It celebrates the uniquely intimate performance experience, and opens up the pathways of deeper community engagement. One weekend only, you will find dance, theater, live music, visual art, comedy, poetry, and maybe even something you didn’t expect – all in one place. We hope you join us! 
September 1&2 – 7pm, September 3 – 3pm.

Ways to Get Involved:

       C O M E    T O   O U R   F U N D R A I S E R

Help the Cocoon Theatre Carnival raise money for our 4th annual No Theme Performance Festival. A night of food, music, performance, and a pop up shop of handmade goods for sale. Don’t miss our sideshows like the Bearded One, the Yadda Yadda Twins, the Fortune Teller, and the Singing Puppet. Plus a photobooth and games for all ages. Join forces and have fun with us as we use a little art to make way for even more.
Monday, July 31 at 7 pm. 9 Vassar Drive, Poughkeepsie. Admission $25.
**We are looking for more makers to sell their wares!** If you are interested in joining the squad, please email Ana for more information:


If you live far away and can’t make it to the fundraiser, you can still donate to our cause from the comfort of your own mediated interface! All contributions, however small, are helpful. We are a young festival, growing stronger every year. Since 2014, we have seen audiences expand, conversations with and between artists deepen, collaborations kick-off, and local excitement grow. Your gifts support festival expenses, and more importantly, getting the art here. We strongly believe artists deserve to be compensated, and with your help we can get there sooner rather than later. Donate now to help support our work.

       P E R F O R M

Do you have work that you would like to share with a hungry audience? Are you a dancer with no stage to dance on? Have you ever wanted to build a set that looks like a space station and sing the captain’s log on a loudspeaker? This could be the perfect opportunity. While some of the performances you will see here have been selected in advance, we suspect that there are more artists living among us than we can predict. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are itching to share! Email us and we will shoot you back with some questions:

       V O L U N T E E R

To put it simply, No Theme would not be possible without our incredibly dedicated and very small team. Volunteers work with crew members before, during, and after the festival. They can work the box office, help transform the space, host artists, cook, clean, deliver coffee, tell jokes, etc.

While we love any and all general volunteers, our 2017 season is especially looking to fill the following volunteer positions:
--Event Photographer
--Event Videographer

If you want to be treated like the last potato in town, or would like more information about volunteering, please email Ana:

       S T A R T     S P R E A D I N G     T H E    N E W S

What better way to get people talking than to get people talking? Tell your friends, email the cousins, share on facebook, spread the word!