Brendan Burke – Artistic Director

Brendan Burke is in his 16th season as Artistic Director at SHADOWLAND STAGES, where he has directed and/or produced over 80 productions, including multiple world premieres, and shows featuring such actors as Sean Astin, Judd Hirsch, Alley Mills, Orson Bean, David Strathairn, Stephanie Zimbalist, Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss and more. During his tenure, SHADOWLAND STAGES completed renovation and restoration of its MainStage building, built the Studio at SHADOWLAND STAGES, and constructed actor and staff housing. In 2019, Shadowland will relocate its scene shop and administrative offices to Center Street in the Village of Ellenville. The theatre has received multiple accolades and awards during his tenure, including Ulster County Cultural Business of the Year from the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, Arts Organization of the Year from Arts Mid-Hudson, Citizen of the Year from the Ellenville Noonday Club, and recognition from the NAACP for contributions to our community. Mr. Burke’s other regional work includes productions at Seven Angels Theatre, NJ Rep, Chenango River Theatre, Half Moon Theatre, and FringeNYC. A member of SDC and AEA, he is also an instructor in the Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz.

Elena K. Holy – Managing Director

Elena K. Holy joins the staff of SHADOWLAND STAGES as the Managing Director following a five year tenure as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition to her partnership with Brendan at SHADOWLAND, Elena serves as the Producing Artistic Director of The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC + FringeBYOV). As Producer, Holy was awarded the New York Magazine Award for her “creativity, vision and enterprise” in creating the festival. Productions from FringeNYC have appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, and on the road; and many have been published and turned into screenplays. From 1998-2002 she operated the largest rehearsal and performance space on the Lower East Side providing subsidized space to more than 200 companies per year. In 2006, Holy was named one of New York Magazine’s “Influentials” because she “turned the Fringe Festival, which she founded in 1996, into Sundance for the theater crowd” In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg awarded the Fringe the Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture “for its phenomenal leadership in showcasing the best and boldest theater and performance by both established and emerging artists” and more recently, Elena was named an Indie Theater Hall of Fame “Person of the Decade”. She has served as a Tony Awards Nominator and continues to keynote and serve on juries at international festivals. Like many New Yorkers, Elena and her husband were ecstatic to find beautiful Ellenville, and make it and SHADOWLAND their new home.  


Brittany Proia – Education Coordinator

Brittany Proia – is thrilled to join the SHADOWLAND STAGES team as Education Coordinator. Brittany also serves as the Executive Director of Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory – a women+ led devised theatre and arts education organization, Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Eastern New York – providing support and education to the regions playwrights, co-founder of Dead Horse Productions LLC – a company created to responsibility and sustainably create theatrical work that fosters lasting social change, and works as an instructor at the State University of New York at New Paltz. From 2017 to January 2020, Brittany served as the founding co-artistic director of DENIZEN Theatre in New Paltz, NY producing 9 full productions and 30+ readings and events. Brittany has assisted in the development of new work with MTF, The PiTCH at Rev Theatre Co, NYMF, BMI MT Workshop, and the Voices of Women Theatre Festival in Tampa. Brittany holds an MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and a Bachelor of Music from NYU’s Steinhardt School. She is a proud member of AEA, the Dramatists Guild, a graduate of the Ulster Leadership Development Institute, and a proud ‘key’- of The Ring of Keys; a national network of queer women, trans, and gender non-conforming artists. 


Peter Johnson – Technical Director

Peter is very pleased and honored to be the Technical Director at Shadowland Stages. His 39 year theatrical career began at Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. His talent brought him to Center Stage in Baltimore, MD. At which point he was hired as Production Manager at Baltimore Opera Company (BOC) overseeing an annual 5 million dollar production budget. After 12 years with BOC he returned to New York for work with the world famous Production Resource Group. Peter is happily married to his wife of 18 years and they reside in Ellenville.

Audience Services Team

Alex Abrams, Michelle Cruz, Megan Eckert, Amy Laureano, Molly Pidel, Regine Russell, Rowan Shard, Michelle Whaley

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