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Core Training takes place in New York City.   The venue is near NYC's major train stations (Grand Central and Penn Station), bus terminal (Port Authority) and subway system.



Ripley-Grier Studios

520 8th Avenue,

16th Floor


The studio number will posted on the electronic board once you get out of the elevators.


All training is non-residential.


Information below about our summer courses (including venue, transportation, preparation, food and lodging) is available below.  Links are provided for your convenience.  If you're having difficulty with a specific link, cut and paste it into your URL directly.

One Epic Place

122 Main Street

New Paltz, NY 12561

(845) 232- 0402


Epic Place is across the street from the New Paltz bus station and New Paltz Hostel. We work in the Loft Space at Epic Place, which is a room in the back left-hand corner of the parking lot up a set of outside wooden stairs.


Bus from NYC

The Adirondack Trailways bus (click here for schedule) that departs from Port Authority in NYC several times a day. The trip is about an hour and a half without traffic.

You get off at the SECOND STOP at the New Paltz Bus Station (not the Park-n-ride stop).

Train from NYC

There is also a Metro-North train from Grand Central station in NYC to Poughkeepsie station several times a day. Poughkeepsie is about 20 minutes from New Paltz, across the river. You would need to take a taxi to the venue from the train station. (Public transportation from Poughkeepsie to New Paltz is spotty, but you can try here.) The trip from Grand Central Station to Poughkeepsie is about two hours.


STEWART/NEWBURGH AIRPORT is 35 minutes south of New Paltz: Car service is available to New Paltz from the airport. We recommend Visconti Limousine from Stewart airport (845.562.5671).

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is 1 hour 30 minutes North of the New Paltz: Click on the airport link for ground transportation information to New Paltz.  Car rental, car service and bus service (Adirondack Trailways) is available from the airport. Click here for direct link.

You can also fly into the NYC airports (JFK, Laguardia and Newark) and take a bus from Port Authority in Manahattan up to New Paltz (follow Bus instructions). 



If you can, please read Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre, by Jo Salas, to prepare for the workshops. You can order book from Tusitala Publishing or Amazon.

For other readings about Playback Theatre, feel free to visit this website, which has a library of hundreds of downloadable readings

Please wear comfortable clothes you can move easily in and bring layers in case we decide to use the air-conditioning. New Paltz is usually in the 80’s- even 90’s-  Fahrenheit in July (and usually humid), but these days with the weather, you never know! The work space has air-conditioning if needed.



Students are responsible for their own food and lodging. There are many restaurants and delis located very close to the venue. Lodging options are listed below. There will be a place to make tea and coffee on the workshop site and a fridge if you need to store lunch, as well as a stove and microwave for heating up food.


New Paltz Hostel-  (located across the street from Venue)

Air B & B-

Americas Best Value Inn-   (Enter “New Paltz” under “Location”)

Hampton Inn by Hilton-

Econo Lodge -

Minnewaska Lodge-

Stonegate Bed and Breakfast-


Maplestone Inn B & B -

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