Community Outreach Programs & Special Events

Each season Syracuse Stage hosts a number of auxiliary programs to engage audiences and enhance the theatre experience. Through these programs we develop new audiences and hone existing relationships, deepening our ties in the local community through our work with artists, local businesses and other non-profit organizations. All events are free for Subscribers, Flex Pack holders and single ticket holders.


Blue Star Theatres

The Blue Star Theatres program is a national initiative sponsored by MetLife, Blue Star Families and Theatre Communications Group. It is derived from the Blue Star Museums program, where museums offer free or discounted admission to military personnel. The program launched on September 28, 2012 with more than two dozen theatres participating. Syracuse Stage is one of seven participating theatres in the state of New York. Visit our Blue Star page for more information.

Discussions & Lectures


Join us an hour before curtain for a free, initmate, insightful pre-show discussion with the members of the creative team in the Sutton Pavilion. Check the Events Calendar for a list of dates.

Wednesday @ 1 Lectures

Before a select Wednesday matinee a guest lecturer talks about show-related topics in the Sutton Pavilion. For a list of lecturers and dates check the Events Calendar.

Actor Talkbacks

After the last Sunday evening performance during the run of each show, enjoy a question and answer session cast members. Talkbacks for each show are listed on the individual show pages under the "Shows" tab.


Happy Hour

Our Happy Hour series warms you up before the show with half-price drinks, complimentary appetizers from local restaurants and plenty of fun and games! Happy Hour takes place from 6-7:30 PM in the Sutton Pavilion before select Thursday evening performances. See the Events Calendar for details.

LIVE! in the Sutton

Join us for a post-show party after the opening night performance. Hear music by local musicians, indulge in yummy appetizers and enjoy a variety of wine, beer and spirits from our bar. Go to the Events Calendar for a list of dates and musicians.

Gallery exhibits

During the run of select shows we invite local artists and exhibitors to display their work in our lobby area. The pieces on display relate to the production in some way and enhance the audience's visual understanding of the show. 

For a calendar listing of special events check out our Events Calendar!