About

OUR STORY: 
BSP (Backstage Productions), located in the heart of Uptown Kingston, NY, was originally constructed as a vaudeville theater in 1872.  It spans the entire length of the city block between Wall and Crown Streets.  Throughout its many incarnations, historical features and ornaments remain largely intact, including the awe-inspiring proscenium arch which still bears the marking “RKT” (Reade’s Kingston Theatre) at its crest.  It sat empty for many years until 1999, when Woodstock transplant Teri Rossin bought the building and conceived an all-encompassing Arts & Entertainment Complex within the renounced structure.


A Space to Gather: 
Since then, BSP has been devoted to performance, gathering and creating and is “home” to performers, actors, artists, dancers, and musicians of all genres.  For the past two decades – BSP has served the entire Hudson Valley and beyond as a mixed use Arts Center in the truest sense of the moniker.  Most recently, talent and promotion company Output Agency LTD. lead by producer Trevor Dunworth (OA), along with promotor Michael Amari teamed up with Teri.  This combination of intimate, dedicated staff competently oversees more than 27,000 sq ft of arts and performance spaces and manages dozens of ongoing programs benefiting the community.  We have presented thousands of events and are proudly considered an important cultural staple in the Hudson Valley.


Currently, we produce concerts of every size and genre in our Performance Venues, produce our own theatrical productions, or host other theater companies in our theater space, provide a Certified sound stage for noteworthy film productions and host preeminent Film Festivals, sponsor critical philanthropic fundraisers, accommodate corporate events, weddings and myriad life events, hold instruction in almost every genre of dance in our Dance Studios and provide gallery spaces for varied art forms.

 
Learn: 
Youth of all ages can pursue their creative interests through every area of the arts:  music, dance, drama, writing, visual arts and more. We provide numerous after school programs, summer camps, and extended holiday student programming.  Two resident theater companies have called BSP home throughout these years.  Stages In the Arts (formerly Woodstock Youth Theater) was founded more than thirty five years ago and came under the BSP umbrella in the year 2000.  Consistently amazing talent has graduated from our programs and many have gone on to great accomplishments in the professional world of entertainment ~ literally from coast to coast. 


Get The Party Started: 
Throw a legendary event.  Host it at BSP.  From weddings and formal galas to professional gatherings, social mixers and kid-friendly parties – events are more exciting at BSP.


We boast a variety of spaces available for rent to outside producers for performances, conventions, trade shows, etc. ~  and to the general public for private use for parties, life events and/or for uses yet to be discovered.  Our huge black box Theater space can be converted into any configuration imaginable, a New York State Certified Sound Stage allows the user NYS tax credits for related costs of Film / TV production or photo shoots, and several rehearsal / recording spaces are available. 

San Severia is a Spiegeltent erected at the east end of the theater space.  Spiegeltents were originally developed in Belgium as large, traveling restaurant tents, used as entertainment venues and mobile dance halls during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Constructed with hundreds of pieces of wood, antique stained glass and mirrors, and elaborately decorated with velvet, brocade and gold leaf – there are only a handful of original Spiegeltents left in existence.  Those continue to travel around the world for major Festivals and Fairs.  Famous for cabaret-style acts, their usage has expanded to host a wide variety of entertainment, which makes San Severia perfect for BSP’s ever-flexible venue.


We possess a full liquor license which can be employed or closed down as desired.  Having accomplished hundreds of Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Quinceneras, Sweet 16s, Proms, Fundraisers, and every other Life Event ~ we thrive on hosting our patrons’ functions. We can handle every aspect from soup to nuts so our patron can simply arrive and enjoy,  or rent a space for a flat fee while they construct their own vision –  or any combination in between. Teachers can use our spaces to teach their own classes, and there are multiple rehearsal spaces available. Or utilize one of our spaces for any purpose imaginable.    


Rent BSP: 
We offer these customizable possibilities for any function or occasion:

  • A 2,000 sq. foot reception area with full liquor license for events, parties, concerts, gallery openings, etc.
  • A 2,000 sq. foot state of the art 5-layer bamboo floor dance studio offering a wide array of dance programming and classes.
  • A 23,000 sq. foot back room which functions part time as a NYS Certified Soundstage and also is available for corporate, private and concert events.
  • San Severia ~ our 19th century original Spiegletent 

For more information about rental opportunities at BSP, please visit our RENTAL page.