About Us

Private Lives               
 Penfield Players'
Board Members

Richard Kendrick

President

Elizabeth Gill

Vice President

Elizabeth Saunders

Secretary

Susan Marino

Treasurer

Lee Kirk

Publicity

TBD

Historian

Sandy Dusel

Logistics

Christopher

Woods Marlin

Logistics

Jerry Argetsinger

Play Reading

Dean Amsler

Technical Director

Vikki Hammond

Logistics

Paul Vincent

Digital Media

Sarah Roberts

Social Media 

Wendy Webster

Social Chair

Our Mission

To provide an entertaining, welcoming, and intimate theater experience for our ensemble and audience members. 

The Players’ slogan has always been “Your Community Theatre.” To us, community means more than just geography. It is a feeling of belonging, of friendship, of family. We want to provide that feeling to everyone, whether you’re in the cast, the crew, or in the audience.

We hope you will join us in carrying out this mission, to help create a stronger, more
vibrant and culturally aware community. Our Players come to the Penfield stage, driven by a desire to create and tell wonderful, funny, tragic, beautiful, and most importantly, meaningful stories.

About Us

We are a non-profit community theater organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, currently launching our 55th season of great performances. We're one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area.

The Penfield Players is open to anyone who has an interest in theater, whether it be acting or other aspects of production such as costumes, makeup, lighting, or set design and construction. Current members reside throughout Monroe County and beyond. New volunteers are always welcome.

We also enjoy many off-stage activities such as cast parties, a summer family picnic, the season kick-off party, and our holiday party.  

Our Beginnings

In January of 1965, an informal meeting was held downtown at WXXI. A Penfield resident himself, Bill Haley, was the program chair at the time and said a small group from the town could use the facility for a meeting to discuss a new community theater group. Bill was very supportive of the idea of helping to create a cultural outlet for town residents.


The commission approved the formation of the Penfield Players, citing it would help to improve the cultural aspect of the community. After that, the group met to appoint its first Board of Directors, including:


– President, John Kinter
– Vice President, Maurice Peizer
– Treasurer, Earl Cooley
– Recreational Secretary, Marge Peizer
– Correspondence Secretary, Elizabeth Haley


Membership fees were set at two dollars per single membership and three dollars per married couple to defray incidental clerical and mailing expenses. Three months after the group’s formation, The Players was already 75 members strong.


In March of 1965, the Players presented its first play, Janus, a romantic comedy. Janus was written by Carolyn Green and directed by John Kinter. It included a cast of charter members, including: Nelson Carman, Sheena Cator, Libby Haley, Keith Pomeroy, and Ray Spencer. Other charter members were Delores Clark, Harold Clark, Case Patten, Robert Stahley, and Charlie Struck. The play was held in the Penfield High School auditorium with over 300 in attendance.


It is important for us to remember and honor the founders of the Players, as they set the tone and standard still guiding the group today. The best way to do that is to continue to be involved and support great theater in our community.

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