ABOUT O’CONNELL & COMPANY
O’Connell & Company was founded in 1995 by Buffalo award-winning actress Mary Kate O’Connell. The Company was in residence at its own theatre, the Cabaret in the Square in Snyder, N.Y. until June 2008. During that time, O’Connell & Company grew into one of WNY’s most respected resident theatres. Performances have included: “Baby”, “Nunsense”, “Closer Than Ever”, “Passion”, “We’re Still Hot”, “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues”, “Musical of Musicals-The Musical”, “Buffalo ZINGS”, and the wonderfully popular O’Connell & Company original, “DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women!”, WNY’s longest-running production. Coming up on its 20th Season!
O’Connell & Company Announces Move to Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons
BUFFALO, NY – O’Connell & Company will move the theater company from The Park School of Buffalo to The Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons (formerly Philip Sheridan School) located at 3200 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14217, on September 1, 2019.
The move stems from The Company’s unprecedented growth over the past few years and record-breaking sold-out performances. “Over the past few years O’Connell & Company had experienced great growth and enjoyed many sold out performances,” said Artistic and Executive Director, Mary Kate O’Connell, “it was time to move to a bigger venue that we could continue to grow in to.” O’Connell & Company will produce a full season of plays, musicals, concerts and special events at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons.
“The new location at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons will more than double our current seating and production capacity. This unique and wonderful opportunity, could not have come at a better time for us. Moving in to a new and exciting venue! What a wonderful way to celebrate our 25th Season Anniversary. We are extremely thankful for our friends at The Park School of Buffalo with whom we have spent the past 6 years ‘In Residence’.”
O’Connell shared, “We are looking forward to reaching new audiences at our new location, where we will produce an exciting variety of productions with local professional actors, musicians designers, writers and directors.”
The Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons project will feature 15 senior apartments on the second floor of the main building with an additional 154 senior apartments to be located on the former athletic fields behind the main school building.
“We want this project to be a hub – a source of information, culture, and community for the Town of Tonawanda.” said Developer John Duerr, “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with O’Connell & Company.”
Work is currently underway for the $30 million, private-sector development located in the Town of Tonawanda. It has long been the vision of Mr. Duerr, and partners Thomas and Phyllis Siskar to bring in a theatre company to take over the large auditorium space and offer programming not just for the residents but also for the entire community.
“We want this project to be a premier entertainment venue for the Town of Tonawanda, which is why we are eager to be working with O’Connell and Company. They bring decades of experience putting on events, cabarets, musicals, and traditional theatre that appeal to a wide-range of audiences.” Duerr said.
The Company plans to open its 25th Anniversary Season at its new home with Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, October 3-27,2019
O’CONNELL & COMPANY PRODUCTIONS IS A 501(c) (3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
All donations made are fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
O’Connell & Company is a proud member of The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo (TAB). The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo is a consortium of Western New York professional theatre companies dedicated to promoting the welfare of its member organizations and the appreciation of the art of theatre.
TAB was founded in September 2004 when sixteen professional producing theatres from Western New York came together in an unprecedented and groundbreaking partnership. Since its inception, TAB has grown to over 20 member theatre groups governed by by-laws and elected officers. Regular monthly meetings and various committees have resulted in a shared database of over 75,000 contacts, allowing for a multitude of cross marketing initiatives to take place. Additionally, TAB rolled out its own website in March 2009, bringing a “one-stop” approach to finding information and links to its member organizations. For more information about TAB, please visit their website: http://www.theatreallianceofbuffalo.com
A promotional video was produced by TAB in 2011 to demonstrate the vibrance and importance of the WNY theatre community. To view this video, click on this link: BUFFALO: All the City’s a Stage.
Mary Kate O’Connell – Artistic/Executive Director
Pamela Rose Mangus – Managing Director
Elaine Todd – Box Office Manager
Marie Olczak – Volunteer Coordinator
Ann L. Mosner – Playbill Designer
Shauna Piwowar – Office Supervisor
Terry Tucholski – Office Volunteer
The 2017-2018 lineup of shows has been announced. As a flex-pass holder for two seasons with high school friends…O’Connell & Co. shows do not disappoint! Looking forward to another season of great local theatre at reasonable prices at a convenient location.
I’ll be honest: “Breast in Show” is a challenging show to watch. It’s poignant. It’s terrifying. If you’ve lost someone to cancer, it brings up things that you can’t watch (which is why I had to leave early). I can’t imagine the impact on cancer survivor or those who are powering through. All that being said, see it. Especially if you’ve never been touched by cancer before. Your eyes will open. You won’t be the same. This is the most important reason to support local theatre
We attended The Betsy Carmichael show Saturday evening and had a wonderful time! The cast was terrific and we are hooked on Betsy! The show was funny and fun! We loved the interaction. This was our first time at an O’Connell & Co. performance but we are planning on seeing many more. If Betsy decides to return again in the future, do yourselves a favor, DEARS, don’t miss her!
Some of the most entertaining theater in Buffalo! A great choice for theatergoers of any level!