The Steamer No.10 Theatre
The Little Theatre that Could!
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C.A.S.T. –Creative Arts at Steamer Ten is our Theatre arts education program. Our students want to learn by doing, which means being in a show. We produce: dramas, musicals, classical works of Shakespeare, the Greeks, and others. We hire professional directors with experience working with students’ ages 7 to 18, cast students in the shows, and occasionally professional adult actors in appropriate roles where they can give depth to the show and serve as mentors to the students.
The history of the Albany area is deeply embedded in the land the Theatre rests on. In 1831 the first steam-powered locomotive in New York, the DeWitt Clinton made its inaugural run to Schenectady as the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad. In the late 1880’s the area was being developed and a firehouse needed to be constructed at the intersection of Western and Madison.
The Steamer No.10 firehouse was built in 1891 and opened that year. In 1910 they began to experiment with automotive fire engines and by 1920 they had committed to them, renamed the firehouse Engine No.10 and retired the horses and steam-engine. In 1926 they tore down the horse barn and built a police station, now Center Station. In 1988 the City built a new Engine No.10 at Brevator and Washington and the fire engine rolled out for the last time. After two and a half years of renovations, converting a working firehouse into a 120 seat theatre, Steamer No.10 Theatre opened on February 1, 1991.