About the Railroad Playhouse

The Railroad Playhouse, located at 27 South Water Street in Newburgh, NY is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Newburgh and the preservation of Newburgh’s historic West Shore Railroad Station by providing a space for high-quality, artistically creative performing arts experiences.

The Railroad Playhouse will strive to provide a home for playwrights to workshop and showcase new plays; present local, national, and international artists of all genres; create partnerships with local businesses and organizations to continue revitalizing the area; implement a summer arts camp for local children; and create teaching-artist residencies and after-school programs in local schools.

Since our we opened our doors on November 20, 2010…

  • Our mailing list has grown to over 1300
  • We have hosted over 30 performances that have reached over 2,500 audience members of all ages
  • We have signed 3 NYC Playwrights in Residence for three years
  • We have partnered with Newburgh’s Independent Living, Inc. for ushers and volunteers
  • Mothers and Others for a Better Newburgh “MoBetta” joined forces with us in our outreach efforts for unFRAMED and will continue to be a partner for our Youth Programs
  • We have become a member of the newly-formed Newburgh Theater Alliance, with Artistic Director Seth Soloway nominated as the President
  • We have received large equipment donations from OCC-Middletown, Alan Wasser Associates, Newburgh Performing Arts Academy/Boys & Girls Club, including chairs, theatrical curtains, stage lights, speakers, and platforms (from the original Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera!)
  • We completed a 24-hour play with 18 Newburgh Free Academy theater students, with the theme of “bullying”
  • We worked with a Tony-award winning Broadway producer to present unFRAMED, which included a FREE African mask workshop with the writer/performer Iyaba Mandingo at the Temple Hill Academy’s afterschool program
  • We will be kicking off our inaugural Young Engineer’s Glee Camp at the end of June, and recently started “Spikes”, a theater club for youth

FOUNDERS:

Seth & Jen Soloway, founders of Railroad Playhouse, November 2010.

Jen Soloway (Co-Founder, Executive Director): Jen Soloway currently serves as the Business Manager for Making Books Sing and was previoiusly the Finance  Director of the Jose Limon Dance Foundation.  She  has worked as the Assistant General Manager at Classic Stage Company, the  Chief Operating Officer at Off Broadway  Booking, and the Production Manager of the Vittum Theater in Chicago. Jen also  worked at Webb Management Services as an Arts Management Consultant and wrote a proposal to  convert a historic Brooklyn church into an arts center for Stages on the  Sound.  Jen was recently the Production Manager and  Venue  Consultant for the  Astoria  Performing  Arts Center. Jen holds a BFA in Theatre Technology from DePaul University in Chicago, and an MFA in Arts Management from Brooklyn College. Jen moved to Cornwall, NY from Astoria, NY with husband and Co-Founder Seth, in December 2009.
Seth Soloway (Co-Founder, Artistic Director):  Seth Soloway holds a BFA in Directing from Marymount Manhattan College an MFA in Theater/ Arts Management from Brooklyn College, and a Teaching Artist Certificate. Favorite directing credits include After Wednesday (new play by Louise Schwarz), the New York premiere of Survival by Jeremy Basescu, Stock Home by Alex Goldberg (NYC Fringe Festival), Sweet on the Donor (Ashlin Halfnight) The Underpants by Steve Martin (Gallery Players) and most recently America’s Brightest Star by Alex Goldberg at RRP.  Along the road Seth has held many producing/ management positions including Director of Programming at The Paramount Center for the Arts, Artistic Director at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Director of Booking at OBB, a theatrical booking and touring agency, Associate at Richard Frankel Productions (Producers, Hairspray, Sweeny Todd) and served as the Lortel Administrator for the Off Broadway League.  Other previous experience includes various positions at Second Stage Theater and the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center. Seth currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Electric Pear Productions, Chairman of the Newburgh Theatre Alliance and is on the Brooklyn College MFA Performing Arts Management Alumni Board. Seth is also a managing partner of 917 Films.

Carolyn Perl (Co-Founder): Carolyn Perl dedicated half of her life to raising her wonderful kids! She is currently one of the top-selling sales associates at Weichert Realtors. From 1996 to 2005, Carolyn was the President of Perl Quality Installations, a construction firm which provided installation of windows, curtain walls, and entrances for commercial buildings in NYC. She operated Carolyn Perl Interiors, a full service interior decorating service, from 1995 to 2003. From 1987 to 1995, Carolyn served as the executive assistant to the VP of Premium Audit  at AIG. She has also worked in front offices for many top executives.

PLAYWRIGHTS IN RESIDENCE:

Alex Goldberg: Alex Goldberg is an award-winning playwright, director and comedian. Produced full-length plays include I’m In Love With Your Wife (Winner – Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script, Midtown International
Theatre Festival, dir. Tom Wojtunik), Stock Home (New York International Fringe Festival, dir. Seth Soloway), The Final Jew (staged reading, APAC; O’Neill Playwrights Conference semifinalist), and the book and co-lyrics to the musical Election Day (ASCAPlus songwriting award, American Theater of Actors, O’Neill finalist, dir. Laurie Sales). Produced one-act plays include Lying Naked (Winner – Outstanding Overall Production of a One-Act, 2010 Planet Connection Festivity), Broad Daylight (New York, San Pedro, Taiwan – in Mandarin), The Third Date (Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Raconteur Theatre in Columbus, Ohio), Breakdown in Babel (Instant Theatre Fest.), and
Time Crime (four different New York Theater Companies). Publication: Turn the Page: Two One-Act Plays about Closure by Alex Goldberg (Original Works Publishing). He co-wrote the feature film Fade to White, currently in post production, and the TV pilots Flights of Fancy and The Adventures of Rick Brickman, finalist – FOX TV Comedy Script Contest and Bronze Medal Winner – PAGE Awards. He directed the feature film Today Will be Yesterday Tomorrow featuring Billy Dee Williams. He is a member of the award-winning sketch comedy group Fearsome and with them has performed in festivals in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland Oregon, and Washington D.C. He studied improv and sketch comedy at The Upright
Citizens Brigade Theater and The People’s Improv Theatre in New York. He is a graduate of Skidmore College and a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild, Inc. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, actress Catia Ojeda. www.alexgoldberg.net.

Ashlin Halfnight: Ashlin Halfnight’ s plays include Balaton (Nominated for Best Play of 2009, NYITA), GoodPictures (Outstanding New Play – 2008 Talkin’ Broadway), God’ s Waiting Room (Best Play, 2005 NYFringe), Diving Normal (Plays and Playwrights 2007), and Artifacts of Consequence.
He is a Fulbright Award winner, and is the recipient of a TCG Grant, a Ludwig Volgelstein Artist Grant, and the Howard Stein Playwriting Fellowship. He was an artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary in 2005/2006, was member of The Royal Court’ s New York Residency, is a member of    MCC’ s Playwrights’ Coalition, and is Resident Playwright at the Railroad Playhouse. Ashlin received a BA from Harvard and an MFA in playwriting
from Columbia. His plays have been performed in Canada, The US, and Europe, and his film Northbound, starring Gordon Pinsent, will shoot in May 2011. Ashlin is currently the Artistic Director of the award-winning New York theater company, Electric Pear Productions.

Louise Schwarz: Louise has had her plays produced and workshopped at venues all over the country, including The Fair Hope Memorial (Mark Taper Forum, Stage Left Theatre, Pandora’s Box PlayRites of Spring Festival, Horizon Theatre’s New South for the New Century Festival, Trilogy Theatre), August November (Pulse Ensemble Theatre), After Wednesday (New York International Fringe Festival at Theatre for the New City, Neo Pack Productions at Trilogy Theatre), Floor Show In The Sweet Life (recipient of the 2000 John Golden Award, Oscar Hammerstein Center, Cherry Lane Alternative, New Perspectives Theatre), Veronica’s Legacy (Women’s Project and Productions Directors’ Lab, Virginia Commonwealth University), among many others. Fellowships and residencies include Blue Mountain Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Hambidge Center, and the Edward Albee Foundation.  She has taught playwriting and theatre appreciation at Oklahoma State University and at Hofstra University, and headed the Theatre Department at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, where she taught, wrote, and directed for ten summers. She was recently an administrator and instructor with the Playwrights Project at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vermont, which brings playwriting classes into underserved rural schools and produces an entire festival of student-written plays with professional actors, directors, and designers. Ms. Schwarz is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild. Education: M.F.A. Playwriting, Columbia University.  B.A. Directing, University of Georgia.  Additionally, playwriting courses at Primary Stages School of Theatre.