Artistic Partners


Nazareth College Visual Communications Design Program
RIT Theatre Department
PUSH Physical Theatre
Writers & Books
Hourglass Play Reading Series
Canary in a Coal Mine
Unleashed! Improv

R.I.T. Theatre Department Internship Program

Blackfriars Theatre has partnered with the RIT Theatre Department to offer their students professional internships in technical theatre, stagecraft, stage management and acting. If you're interested in finding out more about Blackfriars Theatre's internship program, submit an inquiry through our Contact Us form below. 

Nazareth College Visual Communications Design Program

As part of Nazareth College's Visual Communication Design BFA curriculum, Blackfriars works with the student designers on a 3-week Season Campaign Design Project. At the end of the program, each student pitches their design campaign and Blackfriars chooses one artist to be their Season Designer to help brand the new season with original artwork.

Hourglass Play Reading Series

Originally Rochester Fringe Play Reading Series, Hourglass Play Reading Series was founded in 2010 by Sandi Henschel, Barbara Lobb and Maria Scipione. After a successful first season at the Harley School, Hourglass PRS moved to Blackfriars Theatre for their 2011-2012 Season, where they're currently the in-house play reading series. For more information on the HPRS, visit

Writers & Books Partnership

Writers & Books is a literary center based in Rochester, N.Y. that fosters and promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities. They attract individuals of all ages and backgrounds within and beyond the greater Rochester area. Writers & Books has partnered with Blackfriars Theatre to create The 24 Hour Musical Theatre Festival! For more information on Writers & Books, visit

PUSH Physical Theatre Partnership

Blackfriars Theatre and PUSH Physical Theatre began an artistic collaboration during the 2015-2016 Season with the World Premiere production of PUSH Physical Theatre's Jekyll & Hyde. The intent of the partnership is to continue to champion new works of ground-breaking, theatrical storytelling in future seasons. 

Canary in a Coal Mine & Unleashed! Improv

Join Blackfriars Theatre for comedy weekends and late nights with two of Rochester's premiere sketch and improv comedy troupes! The Blackfriars Comedy Series is the in-house comedy team of Unleashed! Improv and Canary in a Coal Mine.