The Troy-based New York State Theatre Institute has been under attack in recent months. Back in January, Governor Paterson proposed eliminating their funding from the state budget – completely.
In April, NYS Inspector General Joseph Fisch released a detailed report charging NYSTI artistic director Pat Snyder with financial misconduct and serial nepotism.
Then, earlier this month Snyder – who had been at the helm since the theater’s inception 36 years ago – and the theater’s board of directors all resigned.
So what it the future of NYSTI? Can it possibly survive all of this turmoil and continue to present students with an introduction to live theater?
Here’s what NYSTI means to area youth, as seen from the viewpoint of some students from Hackett Middle School in Albany: