The Tragedy of Macbeth

“Something wicked this way comes” Steamer No.10s CAST production of Macbeth. “Blood will have blood” in this Shakespeares classic tale of ambition, witchcraft and murder. More »

Auditions - The NeverEnding Story

A boy who needs a friend, finds a world that needs a hero. More »

The Original Steamer No.10 on parade on Madison Avenue in 1895

Original Steamer 10 Engine, to learn more about our history. More »

We are working on making a new Cover for the Book of Steamer No.10. Frankly, we want it to do justice to the theatres contents - a full season of 120-150 performances for kids, adults, everyone. To bring our cover closer to our dream we have embarked on a Capital Campaign to Finish the Castle. More »



Outside view of Steamer No. 10

Exterior view of Steamer No. 10 at 500 Western Avenue Albany, NY

Steamer No.10 Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt professional theatre producing and presenting shows for children and families, and touring to schools and theatres throughout the Northeast.

Located in Albany, NY Steamer No. 10 Theatre presents a variety of live stage and music productions, including children’s theater, Eclectic Performance Series, Vacation Daze, Theater Voices, and Too Deep Entertainment.

“We want to get children, adults, teachers, grandparents…everyone…excited about theatre and the performing arts. Everyone should attend live performances with a burning desire to see more.”

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:pm; Nov. 12, 19 at 3:pm

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jacqueline Donnaruma

“Something wicked this way comes” Steamer No.10’s CAST production of Macbeth. “Blood will have blood” in this Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition, witchcraft and murder.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare, plays at the Steamer No.10 Theatre, November 10 – 19, 2017. It’s the infamous chronicle of a Scottish hero’s fall from grace, through spellbound seduction and the unrestrained pursuit of power.  Shakespeare’s study of ambition leads us from the battlefield where Macbeth is triumphant, to the bloody assassination that gains him the crown…but it costs him his soul and ultimate demise.

Macbeth is directed by Jacqueline Donnaruma and is performed by a combination of adult actors and students from Steamer No.10’s CAST program.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies along with King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar. Though Macbeth’s ambitions are powerful, it is Lady Macbeth whose ruthlessness sets off a string of murders. She initially shows a callus calm saying, “a little water will clear us of this deed.” In the end, however, the sanity of the murderers unravels into all-consuming guilt and paranoia.

While Shakespeare incorporated elements of the supernatural, the story remains an examination of the human foible and the study of moral conflict driven by fear, ambition, and aspiration. “While Macbeth becomes the tyrant and mass murderer by the play’s climatic conclusion, his struggle and his own horrific awareness of the stages in that struggle are a powerful exploration of the good and evil inherent in everyone.”

Auditions – Fall 2017

Steamer No.10 – CAST – Auditions – The NeverEnding Story

Auditions: Nov. 20 – 5:30 to 7:30 – Students 7-17 – CAST

Performance Dates: Feb. 2 through Feb. 11
A Boy who needs a friend, finds a world that needs a Hero
Audition sides from the script will be provided
Actors will be asked to read scenes from the play

CAST – Creative Arts at Steamer Ten is our Theatre Arts program.  We produce shows with students aged 7 to 17 with rehearsals at least twice each week over the course of a 6 week period.  The cast and crew create the sets and costumes for the show which has up to nine performances over three weekends.

 Tuition for C.A.S.T. Students
There is a $250 tuition charge to cover the expenses of instruction, costumes, props, scenery, rehearsal and performance space, licensing, and insurance. Tuition is due at the first rehearsal. Performers will be required to provide their own tights and dance shoes, which can be purchased at a discount through the program.  Scholarships are available based on economic need.


A “Finish the Castle” Update — July 2017

Castle, July 2017.We have completed the masonry for our “castle” — Steamer No. 10’s new lobby — and we will soon be working on the roof, to protect what we have done so far. We hope to have the windows and doors in by the time cold weather arrives.  We are moving ahead as quickly as we can (and as funding allows). Stay tuned for further updates, and read more about the project here!


Dog Sees God

Steamer No.10 Theatre’s Eclectic Performance Series Presents:

Dog Sees God

Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7:pm; Dec. 3, 10 at 3:pm

A Rave Review

The brilliance of “Dog Sees God”  —  The Alt | @thealt | Tuesday, June 6 2017

“Does it sound bleak? It absolutely is. However, if you let that keep you from seeing this show, you’re missing out on a brilliant piece of theater.” – Amy Durant — The Alt

By Bert V. Royal
Directed by Matthew T. Teichner

Tickets are $10 for Students/Seniors – $20 for Adults

Students – attending high school or college — Seniors – 65 and older
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Tickets will NEVER be mailed or shipped
When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife.  His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and the rest of his friends are too inebriated to give him much solace.  But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits.  Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, and sexual identity careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.
“A welcome antidote to the notion that the Peanuts gang provides merely a slice of American cuteness.”
– N.Y. Times
“Good grief!  The Peanuts kids have finally come out of their shells.”
-Time Out (New York)
Location:  Steamer 10 Theater, 500 Western Avenue, Albany

Finish the Castle! Help meet the CHALLENGE!

Times Union Article – Castle 3-10-15

Help us meet The CHALLENGE!

We have raised a portion of the money and we have started construction.  The Brickwork is underway!   We want to make our exterior reflect the quantity and cultural quantity of the performances taking place at the theatre, we have embarked on a Capital Campaign.  Now, Steamer No.10 has been given a CHALLENGE!  If we raise $50,000 we will be given an additional $50,000.  We are currently two-thirds of the way to  reaching our goal having raised $30,000 of the match.  We must do this.

Put Your Name on a Seat

For a contribution of $250, you can buy a seat at Steamer No.10, and place your name on it, or contribute in honor of a loved one.  You have up to 32 characters (including spaces) and a maximum of two lines.

Finish the Castle

Steamer No.10 Theatre spent its first century as a working firehouse and the past two and a half decades as the Capital Region’s Children’s Theatre.  Our goal is to continue to serve our audience of kids, parents, grandparents, adults, seniors, and neighbors.

Why we need the Castle


  • Create a Lobby for the comfort of our Patrons waiting for a show;
  • Improved handicapped accessibility;
  • Improve lighting for the entrance;
  • Improve the ability of audience to find the theatre – a distinctive entrance to serve as landmark – our Castle;
  • Get our Audience in out of the wind, rain, and snow.
  • Better signage to help the audience find us, and let everyone know what shows are taking place;
  • Additional space for classes and meetings.

The Plan – A Capital Campaign of $150,000

Phase 1
1. Brickwork and Permanent Roof, Windows & Doors
2. Finish: Interior, new Concession Exterior Landscaping & railings
Phase 2
3. Update Theatrical Systems – Replace the 20 year-old (failing) theatrical lighting system, upgrade other systems
4.  Air Condition the theatre – we currently use noisy window units – we have already installed 75% of a built-in system.

Name the Castle

We have numerous naming opportunities for portions of the Castle such as the towers, drawbridge, etc..  Contribute a significant portion of the total Campaign and we will Name the Castle for you.

Our Mission and How We Achieve It

We want to get children, adults, teachers, grandparents…everyone…excited about theatre and the arts. Everyone should attend live performances with a burning desire to see more.

Steamer No.10 Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt professional theatre creating shows for children and families. We produce  nine shows each year, with an emphasis on fairy tales, children’s literature and local history, reaching 12,000 to 14,000 people annually.

We have been dubbed the mad scientists of children’s theatre. We rely on audience participation, so no two shows are ever the same and we never know what will happen at any given performance. We take risks, but it’s worth it. That ‘expect the unexpected’ atmosphere is what makes us unique and enjoyable for parents and children alike. In the process we are getting the next generation hooked on the performing arts.


Steamer No.10 Annual Appeal

Steamer No.10 Theatre, Inc. is a small, 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation.  We have a full time staff of one, and 5-7 part-time actors, teachers, directors, designers, whatever job needs doing.  We earn more than 65% of our $200,000 budget; however we still need to raise that other $70,000. Please become a member of the Steamer No.10 family as we move on toward a fantastic season of family oriented cultural entertainment.

We have launched our 2017 – 2018 season and here is an overview of what we have planned:

  • six family oriented productions using professional actors and students from our CAST program, are planned for 60 to 70 performances;
  • we’re bringing in fifteen different artists for kids with our Vacation Daze series for 35 to 40 performances;
  • we host Theater Voices for free staged readings of four shows for 16 performances;
  • and the Eclectic Series of programming for an adult audience will feature both shows that we produce and at least 10 different artists who will both entertain and challenge our adult audience.
  • our theatre arts school – C.A.S.T. – Creative Arts at Steamer Ten – offers classes and produces shows for students 7-17.  This year we will produce three C.A.S.T. shows – produced entirely by students, plus several C.A.S.T./Kids Fare shows where students work with professional actors.

This past year we offered more than 120 performances, 400 classes/rehearsals with our students, community meetings, a day-long street fair – the Upper Madison Street Fair to promote the neighborhood and other events. We don’t simply pinch pennies, we make sure every one of them is spent in a way that serves our mission of introducing children and families to live theatre.

Steamer No.10 is the Capital Region’s Children’s Theatre, the place where kids are introduced to the performing arts.  Please become a member of the Steamer No.10 family as we move toward a fantastic season of family oriented cultural entertainment.