This is NYSTI's 31st season of performance and teaching. Created through state legislation in 1974 the company began performing publicly in 1976. Founder Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder created the Theatre Institute in the belief thast theater for family audiences must be of the highest quality and that the theater, as teacher, can be used to celebrate the infininte capacity of the human spirit.
NYSTI performs it season, principally, at the Schacht Fine Arts Center on the campus of Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. From its inception the Institute has maintained a strong commitment to international cultural exchange and in 1986 became the first company from the U.S. to perform in the Soviet Union. The production was William Gibson's musical "Rag Dolly" which later moved to Broadway as "Raggedy Ann."
In addition to its local educational programs NYSTI's internship program has included more than 1,300 interns, each assigned a professional mentor from the staff, from more than 90 colleges across the US and thirteen foreign nations. Selected seniors from New York's high schools have also worked and studied with NYSTI.