THE BLUE HORSE REP is a professional theatre company dedicated to providing an inclusive and collaborative environment where professional actors, writers and musicians can rediscover the classics, develop new work, and apply themselves to creating a richer cultural experience for the whole community. In addition to providing quality performances, our goal is to offer educational opportunities for people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and gender identities as well as programs for people with special needs.
Founded by actress/teacher Lora Lee Ecobelli and actress/director Peggity Price, Blue Horse is the embodiment of a vision held by Ms. Ecobelli’s late husband, actor Leo Burmester. It was Leo’s wish to create a safe space where newcomers to the theatre, young and old, could call on the creative spirit to shape ideas into actions and actions into art.
Encouraging these artistic ambitions is an essential part of the Blue Horse Rep mission. Carried out through acting, voice and movement classes, personal consultation and mentoring, the aim of our teaching program is to develop a nurturing and supportive atmosphere where performers can explore the connections between personal revelation and well-crafted professional forms of expression.
Strongly committed to celebrating the unique character and resources of New York’s Hudson Valley, its people, history, industry, and economy, Blue Horse Rep strives to become a self-sustaining theatre company, integrally embedded in the Hudson community.
Leo Burmester (1945-2007) was the founding member of the Blue Horse Repertory Company which is dedicated to his continuing vision.
Leo was an actor, writer, musician and artist. As an actor, Leo appeared in thirty-seven films, thirty-two television appearances and nine Broadway plays. Some of his signature roles in films include: The Abyss, A Perfect World, Passion Fish and The Last Temptation Of Christ to name a few. On Broadway, he starred in the original cast of Le Miserables. He was nominated for Best Actor in Robert Altman's, Rattlesnake in a Cooler and won the New York Fanny award for best supporting actor in Ah Wilderness at New York's Lincoln Center. His last film, Aftermath will be released in 2013.
Leo was also an accomplished musician and singer/ songwriter. He recorded an album of original blues and folk music in 2003 called Blue Horse.
THE BLUE HORSE REPERTORY COMPANY
The Blue Horse Repertory Company's Acting School
The Blue Horse Repertory Company Acting School offers professional acting classes for adults of all experience levels in New York's Capital Region--Albany, Schenectady, Troy--at The Theatre Institute at Sage on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy. Scene study and technique classes are taught by Lora Lee Ecobelli. Private coaching and Skype sessions are also available. Ongoing classes that are designed for the working actor. Each student plans their own 8 week session.
Hudson Air Radio Theatre
Hudson Air Radio Theatre is an old time live radio show in the vein of Prairie Home Companion. Four professional actors perform short plays by classic writers or adaptations of beloved works of fiction.
HORSEPLAY IMPROV STABLE
Horseplay Improv Stable is Blue Horse Reps new improv ensemble. They perform and teach workshops throughout the Hudson Valley.
The Blue Horse Repertory Company have a variety of educational productions for adults and children featuring classic literature. Audiences love our interactive and exciting shows. We have both children and adult programing available. Our popular reading series read by professional actors featuring works by Tennessee Williams, Anton Chekhov, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and many other notable playwrights. A lively discussion and Q & A follows each reading.
All of our educational programs are available for bookings at libraries, schools and special events.
Blue Horse Friends and neighbors
At the Blue Horse Rep we strongly support our neighboring theatrical community. We recognize each company's unique contribution in nurturing the dramatic arts. We have proudly collaborated with the following theatre and production companies and will continue to do so in the future.