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

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!

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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.

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Harry Lipstein

Founder & Producing Artistic Director 

Harry Lipstein is the Founder & Producing Artistic Director of the DENIZEN Theatre since 2018. Founder of the Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota Florida and also Founding Ensemble Member. Harry studied acting in New York City with Willam Esper and is a Proud Member of AEA. He also has an advanced 5-year Professional Architectural Degree from Syracuse University. “Intimate black box theatre makes the incomprehensible realities of our world a little more comprehensible for all of us.”


JJ Kandel

Artistic Associate

J.J. Kandel is the co-founder & producing artistic director of the Summer Shorts at 59E59 Theaters, and is DENIZEN Theatre’s artistic associate since January 2020. Previous directing credits include the plays Lucky (World Premiere) by Sharr White; In This, Our Time (World Premiere) by Academy Award- winner Alexander Dinelaris; and the upcoming short film Sparring Partner by Neil LaBute with Cecily Strong and KeiLyn Durrel Jones.

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Sarah Cronk joined the DENIZEN Theatre team in February 2020. Sarah is a producer, actor, musician and filmmaker. As a producer, her credits include: Summer Shorts (2018 & 2019 Seasons; 59E59 Theaters), Lucky Penny (Harold Clurman Lab Theatre), The Soothing System (Executive Producer & co-writer; award-winning short film). Select acting credits include: Tara Tremendous: The Secret Diaries – Genesis (Season 1); Emilia in Othello and Mistress Page in Merry Wives of Windsor with the Worcester Shakespeare Company; and various concerts at The Appel Room (Jazz @ Lincoln Center). Sarah is a member of New York Women in Film & Television.

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Development Associate

Steve Bierfeldt has over 10 years experience in business training, executive coaching, and nonprofit fundraising & operations. He's been a featured author, interview or subject for more than 100 news outlets, including: The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The Huffington Post, and Fox Business. At age 30, Steve decided to "start over" with his career, grabbed a backpack, and traveled the world for a year. These experiences helped him create a keen eye to understand and relate to other people, especially those from other countries and cultures.

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Delaney O'Hare
Assistant Producer

Delaney O’Hare is the Assistant Producer at DENIZEN. She studied at Alfred University and received a BA in Theatre, with a double minor in Music, and Performance Design/Technology. She is an actress, singer/songwriter, artist, and theatrical technician, with a focus in scenic painting. Delaney has worked with the Geva Theatre in Rochester as a production overhire, and with the Lumberyard Centre for the Arts in Catskill, NY on electrics and production crew. Her acting credits include: Life is a Dream (Rosaura), As You Like It (Rosalind), and The Ashgirl (Ashgirl) and various background/voiceover gigs with films around the Hudson Valley.  



Marketing Intern

Emma Reifschneider is very excited to be the Marketing Intern at the DENIZEN Theatre! She is a junior studying Theatre Performance and Digital Media Management at SUNY New Paltz. She loves performing on stage and working behind the scenes! She loves to stay active, and you can catch her on the field playing for New Paltz’s Club Field Hockey Team. She is thrilled to be joining the DENIZEN team this summer! 


"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