Our Outdoor Theatre at Cornell Plantations

In the summer, the ISC performs outdoors in the F.R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell Plantations (near the ponds and sculpture garden).

Directions and map

Get driving directions or set your GPS device address to "80 Caldwell Drive, Ithaca, NY". Both will bring you to the Caldwell drive entrance to the arboretum. Once you get there, just enter the Arboretum and follow the road up and over the hill. The performance site will be on your left, and parking attendants will be on hand to direct you to the appropriate parking areas.

Drive times and routes

  • Syracuse: 1 hour (route)
  • Rochester: 2 hours (route)
  • Binghamton: 1 hour (route)

Rain policy

Performances are rarely cancelled ahead of time, since weather forecasts can change frequently before the start time. If there is a very high chance of thunderstorms, a decision may be made to cancel the show approximately two hours before the start time.

Once a performance has started, it will continue in most weather as long as the audience wants to stay. We may need to stop the performance in the event of heavy rain.

We are required for safety reasons to stop in the event of a thunderstorm, but we will attempt to continue the performance after the storm passes if possible.

No refunds can be given due to bad weather unless an entire performance is cancelled in advance. We will be happy to transfer your reservations to another performance with the same ticket pricing if you email us and request a transfer prior to the show for which you have a reservation. If you wish to transfer to a performance with different ticket pricing, there may be an additional charge to make up the difference.


Reserved Seating: If you order reserved seating online, we will reserve a seat for you in the first two rows of chairs closest to the stage. The chairs we set up for you will be simple metal folding chairs, but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs and switch them out when you arrive. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes before the performance begins to be sure you can be seated without disrupting the performance.

General Admission: We have a small number of metal folding chairs available, but be sure to arrive early if you want them. Otherwise, bring your favorite folding chairs, picnic blanket (and picnic basket!) or what-have-you to sit on.

Accessibility for wheel chairs, etc.

The performance space is located about 300 feet from the parking area, however a closer drop-off point is available if needed. Just ask the parking staff for information. The ground in and near the performance area is firm and mostly level grass lawn with some gentle slopes. A wheelchair accessible portable toilet is available nearby.

Food and drink

We don't usually don't provide food or drinks for sale, but you may bring snacks, drinks, a picnic, or whatever suits your fancy. Please be sure your activities won't cause much noise, or other distractions.

Restrooms, water, trash, and recycling

Portable toilets are available nearby, but there is no running water near the performance location, so plan ahead. Trash and recycling receptacles are available, however, following a "carry-in, carry-out" policy would be helpful to us.