Our Mission

DENIZEN Theatre will explore what it means to be human in all its duality and complexity, producing new works that provoke, challenge, and inspire often ignored conversations.

Welcome to the DENIZEN

I am Harry Lipstein, the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the DENIZEN Theatre. It is with a humble heart that the doors of the DENIZEN opened in October 2018 to its' first production. The DENIZEN's success is attributed to the artistic leadership and passion of many talented artists.

At the DENIZEN, you are invited to be a part of the adventure. Walk through our doors. Enter another world. See life through the eyes of one of our characters and be changed.

I look forward to meeting you at the DENIZEN!

With Gratitude,

Harry Lipstein

Founder & Producing Artistic Director


DENIZEN Theatre is a non-profit, arts organization producing intimate, professional, live theatre at Water Street Market in New Paltz, New York.

Our flexible, 70 seat, black box theatre allows audiences to experience compelling, actor-driven, live theatre with a season of plays that focuses on new works, emerging playwrights, and powerful themes.


DENIZEN Theatre pledges to make live theatre accessible to everyone in the community with affordable ticket prices, internships, and workshops.



"I cannot sing enough praise for Denizen Theatre. I am a true fan. What a fabulous gift it is to have this jewel of a black box theatre in New Paltz...The selections are always thought provoking, speak to the times

and touch one's heart."

— Elise, 2020