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 almost never cancelled ahead of time based on weather forecasts, which can change often before the show. If a thunderstorm hits during the performance, we are required to stop the show temporarily for safety reasons. But we will always attempt to continue once it passes. And performances will go on as scheduled in almost any other weather.


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.